The Nintendo GameCube, GCN, or NGC, is Nintendo's fourth home video game console and is part of the sixth generation console era. It is the successor to the Nintendo 64 and predecessor to the Wii. The Nintendo GameCube was released on the following dates: September 14, 2001 in Japan; November 18, 2001 in North America; May 3, 2002 in Europe; and May 17, 2002 in Australia.
With relation to Metroid, the Nintendo GameCube is home only to the first two Metroid Prime games, Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, however; a feature on the first Metroid Prime allowed connectivity to Metroid Fusion. The connection is the only way of unlocking the Fusion Suit in Metroid Prime.