Forgotten Consoles: Panasonic Q

The Panasonic Q might be a bit familiar to some and it’s not a completely original console. The Q is basically a Gamecube that supports full-size DVD’s as opposed to just mini-DVDs. It’s still easy to pass by, but if you’re going to talk about the Gamecube, this is bound to come up.

The Panasonic Q. Released only in Japan.

The console itself sported a few extra hardware features, but otherwise wasn’t that special.

The Panasonic Q (sometimes known as Q and GameQ) is a hybrid version of the Nintendo GameCube with a DVD player manufactured by Panasonic in cooperation with Nintendo. The system was officially released only in Japan. A feature of its main competitors Xbox and PlayStation 2, the GameCube lacked commercial DVD movie playback functionality due to the use of the Nintendo optical disc format for games and the correspondingly small disc tray. The Q system was licensed by Nintendo and released on December 13, 2001 and listed at US$439.



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