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Intended to make up for the lack of multimedia function in Nintendo‘s console of the time that could be found in their direct competitor’s machines, the PlayStation2 and XBox, the Panasonic Q was developed by the two electronics companies to include CD and DVD playback in a device that bore more resemblance to a hi-fi unit than a games console.
Marketed only in Japan the console hybrid featured a back-lit LCD display, remote control, Dolby 5.1 support and a jack for an independent subwoofer. The GameQ seems like a good idea on paper, unfortunately its downfall came as a result of poor sales, and for one significant reason. It was cheaper to buy a separate GameCube and DVD player than stump up the ¥41,000 for a Japan region locked device, or ¥46,000 for a multi-region version that could be exported. The Panasonic Q was discontinued in 2003.
Despite it’s flawed sales the Panasonic Q remains a high-end alternative to the standard Nintendo GameCube. It looks great, has great sound and should be robust with its stainless steel chassis. Reports suggest that less than 100,000 units were sold worldwide making the GameQ very rare indeed, and highly desirable for many collectors.
Do you have one or have you seen one? We’d love to know your thoughts on how good a machine the Panasonic Q really is.
Reference source: Nintendo Wikia