The best launch game for NintendoÕs new GameCube system isn’t a Mario game. It isn’t even a game published by Nintendo. Instead, the GameCube’s most entertaining and addictive launch title comes from a little publisher named Sega.

No, that last line was not a typo. Since abandoning their Dreamcast system and becoming a third-party publisher, Sega has released ports of some of its more popular games for Game Boy Advance, Playstation 2, and more recently, Xbox. With Super Monkey Ball, an arcade conversion that represents Sega’s first game for a Nintendo home console, Sega has secured its position as a strong, cross-platform publisher.

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