One major criticism about the Gamecube console was that it did not play DVD disks beacause of the small disk size. Thus, Nintendo and Panasonic decided to create a hybride. It was marketed for around $439 for a Japan DVD only version and $499 for the all region DVD version. Because of it's sheer price the Q was only released in Japan and was shortly discontinued because gamers could get a Gamecube and a DVD player for a much lower price. The Q features it's own version of the Gameboy Player because of the larger design of the console than the Gamecube.