Trivia

Hard

Since The Introduction Of The Game Cube, Nintendo Console CPUs Are Manufactured By?

IBM
AMD
NEC
Intel
Photo of an IBM GameCube CPU.
ZyMOS (CPU Grave Yard)/Wikimedia

Answer: IBM

Nintendo might design their consoles, a fair number of their hit games, and market their systems worldwide, but they most definitely outsource the design and production of their processors.

Since the Nintendo GameCube, the CPUs of Nintendo consoles have been designed by IBM and largely based on the PowerPC chip platform. The GameCube featured the “Gekko” processor which ran at 486 MHz and was a variant of the PowerPC 750CXe line. The Wii featured the “Broadway” processor which ran at 729 MHz and is based on the PowerPC 750CL chip.

Despite criticism that the Wii U didn’t include much of a hardware upgrade over the Wii, the CPU (at least) got quite a bump. The Wii U sports a 1.243 GHz tri-core processor, “Espresso”, and although it shares some technology with the Power7 line of processors, the chip appears to be more highly customized for Nintendo than previous IBM creations.

Trivia

Hard

The Original “Snake Oil” Was Effective At Treating?

Trivia

Hard

The First Drinking Straws Were Used For What?

Trivia

Hard

The Weapon Or Tool A Video Game Character Needs To Advance The Story Is Called The?

Trivia

Hard

Which Planet Has Mysteriously Hexagonal and High-speed Storm?

Trivia

Easy

Robert Lucas, the 1995 Nobel Prize Winner In Economics, Lost Half His Award Money To?

Trivia

Easy

Across The American South-West You’ll Find Massive Concrete Arrows That Were Intended To Guide?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Games Is Credited With Defining The PC Adventure Gaming/RPG Genre?

Trivia

Easy

Sales Of What 20th Century Staple Have Been On The Rise For Twenty Years?

Trivia

Hard

A Vexillologist Is A Person Who Studies?

Trivia

Hard

Long Before Virtual Game Achievements Were A Thing, Activision Would Mail Gamers?