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The Nintendo GameCube is a home game console created by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on September 14, 2001 and North America on November 18, 2001. It is preceded by the Nintendo 64 and succeeded by the Wii. Only one Kirby game was released for the Nintendo GameCube, however, Super Smash Bros. Melee, a game that also features Kirby as a playable character, is a Nintendo GameCube game as well.
There were two additional Kirby games in the works for the GameCube which were never released. The first was a sequel to Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble which was controlled via the Game Boy Advance adapter. Kirby for Nintendo GameCube was also in the works for this system, featuring four-player co-op, Helpers, and at one point full 3-D environments. The project would later be reworked and released much later on the Wii as Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Game Boy Player
The Game Boy Player is an accessory for the Nintendo GameCube that allows Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games to be played on said home console. It is attached to a "Hi Speed Port" located at the bottom of the console, and comes with a special start-up disc that is necessary for playing said games on it. Methods of control include the Nintendo GameCube controller and a Game Boy Advance linked up to the GameCube itself. The Game Boy Player is compatible with various accessories in the Game Boy line as it has a Game Link port.
All Kirby games on the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance are compatible (for the list of Kirby games on said consoles, see their respective articles), and fully playable with the exception of Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. The reason behind Tilt 'n' Tumble's unplayability is its impracticality - the game was designed with the portability of the Game Boy Color in mind, which would mean that the Nintendo GameCube had to be picked up and tilted around during gameplay, which can damage the Game Boy Player start-up disc.
There are two Kirby series games that were in development by HAL Laboratory, but were ultimately canceled.
Other games featuring Kirby characters