Offering a variety of launch titles and a relatively low price of $199, the GameCube was well received on its release. Its controller returned to a more sensible two-handle controller, while retaining the combination d-pad and joystick introduced by the N64. Additionally, fans and critics praised new installments in classic Nintendo franchises, including Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
However, Nintendo was unable to maintain this initial success, as game development stagnated and the GameCube began to draw criticism for its toy-like design. Meanwhile, the video game market was skewing to an older fanbase, and the family-friendly persona that Nintendo had cultivated was no longer a successful sales strategy. The GameCube did not help Nintendo regain its dwindling market share, and the former giant of the video game industry took a back seat to both Sony and Microsoft.