I've been a nintendo person since the SNES and although the Wii has taken a turn against me (except the virtual console with so many classic games to download). I loved the uniqueness of the controller for the gamecube. The wireless Wavebird controller is the best wireless controller still in my opinion and the new IPs that came out around then were well done.
Unlike my 360 and my Wii, my Gamecube had more than a 3 year lifespan. I bought it in 2003 and it still works. The one before from 2001 broke, but my 2003 one has been going strong for 9 years. And it's the only home console I have that's working right now.
Seriously. Drop it out of a 7 story building, it's still good. Guaranteed. Nintendo's marketing for it should have been "If you can find a way to break it, we will give you a new free GC, and your money back.
GameCube is my favorite Nintendo system ever! There are alot of reasons for it, but simply it's the first time with i played Zelda Ocarina Of Time, I got the Zelda Collectors Edition thing with the system and well it became my favorite game of all time. And well honestly it's way better system then Wii is i don't know what it's about Wii but it just seems games just looked way better on GameCube, Wind Wake, StarFox Adventures & Super Mario Sunshine looked amazing and still do to this day, Wii games look mostly really outdated and that's not appealing at all..
Melee, Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion, Mario Sunshine and Pokemon Colleseum/Gale of Darkness and Wind Waker made it a very addicting console to play. When I was only 5 or 6, back in '01 and '02, I played all day.
Why DID I like? Try why do I STILL like. :) Although I do have an Xbox360, I love plugging in my Gamecube and playing some of the great games people have been saying, like Super Smash Bros. Melee, Luigi's Mansion, and Super Mario Sunshine. The graphics were, in my opinion, actually really good, though they vary from game to game, for the most part, Nintendo did a really good job with graphics in games like Luigi's Mansion and The Wind Waker. I love all the games, since when I go back to them, I always have fun, they never get old, which I see people have been saying before. Overall? Love the Gamecube, always will.
The GC was actually the first console my parents bought me. Even though I grew up in the SNES/N64/Sega generation, I never had any of them. We were too poor, and even if we did have the money, my parents just didn't (and still don't) understand "the video game thing". My parents, especially my mom, just don't really understand it. I also like it because Wind Waker is my favorite Zelda. :3
The Gamecube was my prime as a gamer!!! I love it and still play it on a regular basis. I am at my strongest playing the Gamecube, always lost to my older sister when playing the N64 and now my brother and his friends can slaughter me at any xbox 360 game, so the Gamecube is my proudest moment. I also believe it is vastly underrated it was an awesome system!!!!!!!
Gamecubes could survive pretty much anything and still be playable. My dad accidentally dropped mine off of its perch on a bookshelf. It got a nasty gash across the top on the way down, but other than that it was perfectly fine.
Also great games. Paper Mario TTYD, Pokemon Colosseum, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, Mario Kart: Double Dash, A few of the better Mario Parties, LoZ: Wind Waker and others. So much fun. It also had a great controller design, despite what some people say, and it's still one of the most comfortable controllers I've ever used.
Pretty much everything about the Gamecube was great. Games like Tales of Symphonia, Wind Waker, and Luigi's Mansion made for great experiences. The controller felt great to hold. The console itself was small and easy to move around. On top of all that, in the unlikely event that the system breaks down new ones are super affordable.
The simplicity of the shape made it easy to carry around, which we did on vacations. I loved their early live action ad campaigns, especially the ones for Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion. I know that it's technically a Gameboy Advance game, but I played it plenty of times on the Gamecube thanks to the GBA adapter, which was another plus about the system. And of course, Rogue Squadron!