Nintendo GameCube turns 13 years old today, now let's see it get transformed into a hookah

I always considered the GameCube to be a well constructed and subversive middle finger to the rest of the gaming industry when it was released November 18th 2001, exactly 13 years ago. My god, you're getting so old.

At a time when other gaming consoles were dependent on optical media while Nintendo firmly held their cartridge empire with N64, SNES, NES, and Game Boy, the company finally took the plunge by releasing their first disc-based console in the GameCube. However in Nintendo's eternal pursuit to be completely different than any other gaming company on the planet, they chose to use mini-disc to deliver their games which also meant a slight degradation in gaming quality since developers were literally using half the power of a normal size optical disc. Nintendo also thought it would be cute to make oblong face buttons on their controllers instead of the standard circles gamers were accustomed to for over a decade. Of course without this, the gaming world would have never seen gems like Super Smash Bros Melee, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and perhaps the greatest of all GameCube games, Metroid Prime. If you've never played it we suggest you dust your GameCube off and find a cheap copy on Craigslist. You can also go with the alternative of just gutting out your entire Nintendo GameCube and turning into a hookah like the guys at Nebula Vaping and manifest something like this.

That's the 'VapeCube v1.0' and you can get it for the nominal price of $199, which is actually the exact price it cost to get a Nintendo Gamecube when it was released thirteen years ago. You can also upgrade your VapeCube to the 'J. Slim Limited Edition VapeCube' which looks like something Riff Raff created after a weekend-long coke binge in Vegas.

Unfortunately the site doesn't tell you how to make your own Nintendo GameCube hookah, probably because they want to capitalize the market on console smoking and not reveal any of their secrets to their fellow stoned gamer compadres. Well that's pretty selfish of them -- at least share the technique and then give people the option to buy it when we realize we're just too damn lazy to make it.

If you really want to explore the techniques of smoking one of these things, check out this YouTube video of the VapeCube in action. There seems to be a lot of technology behind it, which is another way of me saying it lights up when you use it. Oh, and happy thirteenth birthday, Nintendo GameCube. The cake is on the table (and it's not a lie) -- I'm pretty sure there's a few beers in the fridge and some vinyl playing in the living room if you want to shake your perfectly geometrical plastic booty.