|Released||December 13, 2001|
|Processor||485 MHz PowerPC 750CXe|
|Memory|| 40MB Internal Memory|
Nintendo GameCube Memory Card (16MB max. capacity)
|Resolution||480I/480P Progressive Scan|
|Media|| 8cm 1.5GB MiniDVD|
4MB GameCube Memory Card
17.08GB Digital Video Disc
MP3 Audio Compact Disc
|Controller input||Nintendo GameCube controller, WaveBird, Game Boy Advance, DK Bongos, Panasonic Q Game Boy Player, Panasonic Q DVD Remote Control|
|Units shipped||Less than 100,000|
|Best-selling game||Super Smash Bros. Melee, 7.09 million units sold (GameCube game)|
|Predecessor|| Nintendo GameCube|
The Panasonic Q multimedia console (known as the GameQ outside Japan) is basically a hybrid version of the Nintendo GameCube with the ability to play DVDs, Audio CDs, MP3s and CDs as well as several other new features. The Panasonic Q was released because the Nintendo GameCube lacked DVD playback which was feature its competitors, the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox had. This console was only officially released in Japan which was a downfall for North American and European consumers. Initially, the Panasonic Q was only able to play games and DVDs from Japan however, a modified version was released and allowed it to play games and DVDs from North America as well making it a popular console to ship from Japan. The unit was priced at around ¥41,000 JPY and the modified version was priced at ¥46,000 JPY.
The Panasonic Q is capable of installing all of the GameCube hardware upgrades; however, because of the legs on the bottom, it requires a special Panasonic Q Game Boy Player unit designed specifically for it. Other features of the Panasonic Q include a backlit LCD, a front-loading slot disc tray, an optical sound output supporting Dolby Digital 5.1, a separate subwhoofer jack, and a stainless steel chassis. Many of these features have made the Pansonic Q popular to collectors.
Panasonic and Nintendo ceased production of the Panasonic Q in December 2003 mainly due to low sales (only selling less than 100,000 units worldwide). Many gamers thought the price for the unit was too high as you could easily buy a Nintendo GameCube and a DVD player separately for less than the price of the unit.