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There are insiders who may have seen the unreleased Nintendo GameCube LCD Monitor, but many never knew such an accessory even existed. This 5-inch LCD boasts a 4:3 aspect ratio and 320 x 240 resolution, which sounds poor, but all things considered, it would have been amazing at that time to pack this for a trip.
However, the most surprising feature is its glasses-free 3D technology, the same technology found in many high-end screens today. The high cost of LCD screens in 2002 just made it too expensive for release, or at least for a reasonable cost. For those who don’t remember, the game console retailed for $199 USD ($331 in 2023) when it launched, and this LCD would have cost at least as much as the GameCube itself.
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Yeah. We tried fitting the Nintendo GameCube with a small, roughly four-inch, LCD that allowed you to enjoy Luigi’s Mansion in glasses-free 3D. We showed that LCD as a reference exhibit at the 2002 E317, but kept the 3D aspect secret. I liked that, though,” said Hideki Konno and Satoru Iwata.