Now just wait a second before you troll me! My first console ever was the NES. My brother had Atari and we played it a ton, but the NES was the first one that was mine. I have up console gaming for a bit, but got into it again right at the end of the N64 lifespan. I had a Dreamcast and loved it, but felt a nostalgia for Nintendo that went into full throttle in the lead up to the release of the GC. I preordered the black one and eagerly awaited release day. I set my alarm for 4 in the morning- a time period unseen at this point in my college career unless I was up drinking. I went out to get in my car, only to discover the tires slashed. Someone had done this to almost all the cars in our apartment complex. Undetered, I woke my roomie up and forced him to drive me to get it. I waited in line and was so excited when I got my hands on the box.
When I hooked it up, I instantly fell in love. Star Wars Rogue Squadron was a dream come true. Luigi's Mansion was fun, even if it wasn't the Mario game I craved. Smash Brothers was right around the corner and I got it as soon as I possibly could. I have so many wonderful memories of the time I spent on that console. It was more than the sum of its parts.
Sure, quantity-wise I'd say I had more fun with my 360, but quality-wise I can't ignore the Cube. It's that intangible thing -including the amount of free time I had over its lifespan. I'm sure Nintendo doesn't want Wii-U to be another GameCube, but I think it will, and couldn't be happier about that.