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Maybe Link doesn’t need to be a young boy. The father of one little girl decided he’d change the gender of one of Nintendo’s most iconic characters so he hacked The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. While playing the 2003 Gamecube title with his daughter Maya, Mike Hoye had been reading the game’s text to her, switching the pronouns to match her gender.
Next month’s release of the Wii U marks the end of the GameCube’s distinctive controller as a method for manipulating Nintendo games, but the color-coded buttons and sticks will always remain a method for making well-dressed attractive people look as if they are playing video games and not just smiling vacantly into a camera.
I get it. The GameCube was a cube. So you can show stuff happening inside a cube. It’s an advertising brief that writes itself.
I’ve played a lot of driving games. Some, like Gran Turismo, I play because they’re like an interactive version of a glossy car brochure. Others, like Dirt, I play for the sensation of barely keeping in control of a car that looks a lot like the one actually parked in my garage.
I was poor, still waiting on my first paycheck, I couldn’t understand a single word on the box, but still… I bought it. I shelled the 24,000 Yen I couldn’t really spare, smiled politely at the sales clerk, and stumbled home in the dark with my brand new GameCube.
This Tupperware cereal container (I think that’s what it is) forms the casing for a fully-functional handheld Nintendo GameCube built by user CKmods of YouTube. You can pop the top off it to get to the guts of the machine, but I wouldn’t advise laying the thing down on its back.