I mentioned in my intro last week that I am a big Nintendo fan but never ended up getting a GameCube as I was not actively gaming during high school and the beginning of university. I thought about picking up a Japanese GC so that I could play import games, and I as I was looking around trying to find a cheap one, I happened across something you might find interesting.
Did you know that Panasonic came out with a Panasonic-branded combination GameCube/DVD Player back in 2002? I think it's pretty sweet-looking (and useful if you need to play region 2 DVDs), and even my fiance, who is not much of a gamer, agreed.
Check out the attached pics for details. One of these can be had for between $100-$300 at various internet auction sites. I actually placed a bid for one but the bidding exceeded $200 which is more than I am willing to pay. What do you think of the looks of it? It's a little disappointing that the Nintendo logo doesn't appear on the controller, but I think it looks pretty sweet.
It's in Japanese, but if you think I'm faking it , check out the product's official page below (on Panasonic's website).
Panasonic "Q GameCube"