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From Game Console to Movie Center: The Panasonic Q was Nintendo’s DVD Dream

The Panasonic Q (2001) was a hybrid version of the Nintendo GameCube, exclusive to the Japanese market

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The Panasonic Q (2001) was a hybrid version of the Nintendo GameCube, exclusive to the Japanese market.

It added the capability of playing DVDs, which would enable it to compete with the Xbox (launched in November 2001) and the PlayStation 2, both of which had DVD players built-in. It also featured a stainless steel case with an LED screen, giving it a premium finish.

Unlike the GameCube, the Panasonic Q was developed by Panasonic through a partnership with Nintendo. It only lasted on the market for 2 years due to low sales. Now, it’s a rare and highly prized collectible on eBay.