Brief timeline of the Gamecube's history
Originally given the codename "Dolphin", Nintendo released what would become the GameCube in Japan on 14th September, 2001. It was released in the US on 18th November, 2001, and was later released in Europe on 3rd May, 2002 and Australia on 17th May, 2002. The GameCube was the replacement for the popular Nintendo 64 console, which had sold just under 33 million units worldwide, before being officially discontinued on 20th August, 2002.
The GameCube entered a three-way battle between the incredibly successful Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox. After initially selling well thanks to some high quality titles such as Super Smash Bros Melee, Super Mario Sunshine and Star Fox Adventures, the lack of third party support meant that the library of titles available for the console was lacking in comparison to the other two consoles. Another reason why it started to fall behind was a result of people deeming it to be a console targeted at younger gamers, despite the fact it featured Nintendo's first mature-rated game, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, as well as other more mature titles such as Resident Evil 4, Metroid Prime and Geist. As a result, sales began to drop.
In 2006, Nintendo unveiled the replacement for the GameCube called the Wii at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). It would be released towards the end of the same year. Due to the new gaming experience Nintendo promised thanks to the Wii's motion controls, interest in the GameCube dwindled and the console was discontinued in 2007 after selling just under 22 million units worldwide, around 11 million fewer than its predecessor, the Nintendo 64.