World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Panasonic Q

Top: The Panasonic Q shown with included controller. Above: The back of a Panasonic Q Nintendo 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
Introductory price ¥39,800
Discontinued December 18, 2003
Media Nintendo optical disc, DVD, CD(Audio CD, VCD, MP3 CD)
CPU IBM Gekko 485 MHz
Storage Nintendo GameCube Memory Card
Input Remote control
Controller input Nintendo GameCube controller
Related articles Nintendo GameCube

The Panasonic Q (sometimes known as Q and GameQ) is a hybrid version of the Nintendo 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 disc format for games and the correspondingly small disc tray. The Q system was licensed by Nintendo and released on December 13, 2001 and listed at US$439.


  • Development 1
  • Hardware and accessories 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5


Nintendo's uncharacteristic decision to license the gaming technology to Panasonic was a result of a deal brokered between Matsushita (owners of the Panasonic brand) and Nintendo. When Nintendo signed Matsushita as the producer of the optical disc drives used by GameCube, an agreement was struck allowing Matsushita to produce a DVD system with the capability to play GameCube games.

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

Hardware and accessories

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 (sound system), 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]

See also

External links

  • Panasonic GameCube Q review
  • Panasonic Q


  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. 

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.