Monday, February 17, 2014

GCN Interactive Mutli-Game Demo Disc Version 34

Remember 2006? That was the year Twitter launched and the Winter Olympics were held in Turin, Italy. Yeah, I don't remember it either. Perhaps this will jog your memory:
Via Mindl3ss of NintendoAge
I'll be straight with you, there's nothing extraordinary about demo kiosks in 2006. There've been demos of games set up in stores for as long as I can remember. What's interesting is when they have special discs and cartridges made only for them, often including older versions of games. These discs and cartridges can end up being quite (or just somewhat) rare since they were supposed to be retrieved by the game company when a representative updated the kiosk.

The only thing special about the GameCube demo from 2006 is that it's one that I own. Here it is:

The disc itself
Now, bear with me for a sec, because I don't have a way to directly capture screenshots from the GameCube or older consoles, but here's what it looks like when you boot up the demo disc on a GameCube and check the menu screen:

There you go, pretty standard. It does have its own preview thumbnail though. From there, up comes the GameCube logo and the sound of some woman creepily whispering "GameCube" before you get to the demo selection menu.
There it is running on a Wii, though it doesn't really make any difference. Other versions of Interactive Multi-Game Demo Discs had variations in appearance and available demos which also varied across regions. This is a US version, by the way.

Version 34 contains playable demos of Chibi-Robo, Sonic Riders, Naruto, and Super Mario Strikers and trailers for Odama, Metroid Prime: Hunters, Fifa Street 2, Major League Baseball 2K6, Chibi-Robo, Sonic Riders, Curious George, and ESRB.

If left idle on the main menu, a trailer is played. The demos also have restrictions on certain features or areas and eventually time out and reset back to the main menu.

And that's about it. If you can't get enough of game demos, check out my DS Download Station which is even more cool than this.
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