The Nintendo GameCube was released in the Netherlands and Belgium on May 3, 2002, and was previously known under the code name Dolphin. It was the successor to the Nintendo 64 and offered better graphics.
Unlike previous Nintendo consoles, the GameCube no longer worked with game cartridges, but with mini-DVD discs in its own format. This allowed a game to be considerably larger in content, but sometimes had to wait for the game to load. Nintendo competed with the PlayStation 2 from Sony and the Xbox from Microsoft through these DVD discs.