Panasonic Q

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Panasonic Q
Panasonic Q.svg
Top: The Panasonic Q shown with included controller. Above: The back of a Panasonic Q GameCube console.
Developer Nintendo
Manufacturer Panasonic
Product family GameCube
Type Video game console
DVD player
Generation Sixth generation era
Release date
  • JP: December 13, 2001
Retail availability 2001-2003
Discontinued December 18, 2003 (2003-12-18)
Media Nintendo optical discs, DVD, CD(Audio CD, VCD, MP3 CD)
Operating system Dolphin OS
CPU IBM Gekko 485 MHz
Storage GameCube Memory Card
Input Remote control
Controller input GameCube controller
Related articles GameCube

The Panasonic Q (sometimes known as Q and GameQ) is a hybrid version of the 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 discs format for games and the correspondingly small disc tray. The Q system was licensed by Nintendo and released on December 13, 2001.


Panasonic and Nintendo announced they were ceasing production of the Q on December 18, 2003 due to low sales.[1]

Hardware and accessories[edit]

Other features of the Q include a backlit LCD, a front-loading slot disc tray, an optical sound output supporting Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS, a separate subwoofer jack, and a stainless steel chassis.[2]

The Q comes with a grey, Panasonic-branded controller and a remote control. The Q is capable of installing all of the GameCube hardware upgrades; however, due to the legs on the bottom, it requires a special Panasonic Q Game Boy Player unit designed specifically for it. [2]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Panasonic Q Discontinued - News". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  2. ^ a b III, Fran Mirabella (2002-04-09). "Panasonic Q Review". IGN. Retrieved 2015-07-28.