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Nintendo planned a GameCube Portable and it sure sounds like the Switch

Nintendo reportedly – at one point – considered a Switch-like GameCube Portable handheld console, complete with a dock that would allow it to hook up to a television set.

Leaked internal documents show that, in the early part of the century, the company conceptualised the idea of launching the device that would have supported original controllers via the TV dock, as well as support for external storage and a TV tuner. Another report speaks of a “mini-DVD drive.”

According to Nintendo documents leaked online, the console may have been planned as a follow-up to the original system and a rival to Sony’s PSP console (via Eurogamer). It’s not known how far Nintendo got in the development of this system, but it does suggest the idea for the Nintendo Switch had been floated at least a decade before it actually went on sale in 2016.

The leaks don’t stop there. Another internal report cites the potential for a HD successor to the GameCube (which originally launched in 2001) around 2005.

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The PowerPoint-style presentation promises a gameplay experience that had “parity with PS3 and Xbox2” as well as HDTV support. Of course, that console did not come to fruition and Nintendo changed tack and went with the Nintendo Wii. That, of course, was a phenomenal success for the company, and the rest is history.

The GameCube itself was probably Nintendo’s least successful major console aside from the Wii U. It’s believed to have sold just 22 million units worldwide, putting it behind Microsoft’s original Xbox (24m) and the phenomenally successful PS2, which sold 155 million units.

However, despite the critical misstep, there were some excellent games along the way. Those included Metroid Prime, Super Smash Bros. Melee, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Resident Evil 4.

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