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« on: January 22, 2007, 04:37:06 PM »

I've actually been considering getting one for our bedroom, just to do some light gaming, here and there, at night and stuff, and the price is attractive. I wonder though, if its completely dead, if its even worth bothering with, if nothing new is gonna come out for it, and the "library" is merely decent. Been about 3 years since I owned one, anyone got any info for me?
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2007, 04:38:37 PM »

Deader than a door nail.  I think it's worth it for the back catalog but their ain't nothing new coming out of any note and, outside of Zelda and Chibi Robo, nothing really in the past year. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2007, 04:41:08 PM »

Would the PS2 be a better purchase?
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2007, 04:43:53 PM »

Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 04:41:08 PM

Would the PS2 be a better purchase?

Um. Yah. By a mile. Blockbuster titles are still coming out for it this year.

Blockbuster titles all over the catalog.

Yes. PS2. Yes.
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2007, 04:55:16 PM »

Amazingly, PS2's are still sold out all over my area. Thats impressive.

I might still jump on the Gamecube and buy Zelda, rather than buying a PS2 or a PSP. I'm thinking about it.
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2007, 04:58:30 PM »

You could find a bunch of games for either to keep you occupied for awhile.

That said, the PS2 just has so many more games in its catalog that I'd have to say go with it.
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2007, 05:01:02 PM »

Quote from: warning on January 22, 2007, 04:58:30 PM

You could find a bunch of games for either to keep you occupied for awhile.

That said, the PS2 just has so many more games in its catalog that I'd have to say go with it.

For light gaming, as well as the occasional "Mario type" game, the GC just seems like a better choice. Can you still get Component cables for the Gamecube?
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2007, 05:02:45 PM »

why not just get the Wii, play the Gamecube games on it, and eventually get some Wii games down the road. In all reality the extra $150 is worth it. Of course there is the matter of actually finding one.

Otherwise PS2 is clearly a better choice for previous generation
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2007, 05:03:34 PM »

Quote from: Tebunker on January 22, 2007, 05:02:45 PM

why not just get the Wii, play the Gamecube games on it, and eventually get some Wii games down the road. In all reality the extra $150 is worth it. Of course there is the matter of actually finding one.

If I could find the damn thing, I would. I actually have a friend that manages a Gamestop, and HE can't even get me one. It's ridiculous.
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2007, 05:05:46 PM »

Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 05:03:34 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on January 22, 2007, 05:02:45 PM

why not just get the Wii, play the Gamecube games on it, and eventually get some Wii games down the road. In all reality the extra $150 is worth it. Of course there is the matter of actually finding one.

If I could find the damn thing, I would. I actually have a friend that manages a Gamestop, and HE can't even get me one. It's ridiculous.

Then...WAIT!
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2007, 05:06:24 PM »

Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 04:41:08 PM

Would the PS2 be a better purchase?

Lightyears better.

Unless you want a bunch of Mario-ish style kid games, PS2 owns all over it.  Granted, the Cube  has some good shit, and most of it can be purchased for $2-$10 these days.  But the library will only get you so far, especially if you don't like cartoon stuff.    I'd go GC over Wii at this point just because the best stuff on the Wii, are GC games, and the price difference is huge. (but I am cheap)

PS2 on the other hand, has probably a good 30-40 must-play games IMO.  Cube?  Maybe more like 10.  Run up to Costco and get a PS2.
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2007, 05:18:12 PM »

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Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 04:41:08 PM

Would the PS2 be a better purchase?

Lightyears better.

Unless you want a bunch of Mario-ish style kid games, PS2 owns all over it.  Granted, the Cube  has some good shit, and most of it can be purchased for $2-$10 these days.  But the library will only get you so far, especially if you don't like cartoon stuff.    I'd go GC over Wii at this point just because the best stuff on the Wii, are GC games, and the price difference is huge. (but I am cheap)

PS2 on the other hand, has probably a good 30-40 must-play games IMO.  Cube?  Maybe more like 10.  Run up to Costco and get a PS2.

The nearest Costco is 110 miles away......seriously.
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2007, 05:20:17 PM »

Quote from: ATB on January 22, 2007, 05:05:46 PM

Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 05:03:34 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on January 22, 2007, 05:02:45 PM

why not just get the Wii, play the Gamecube games on it, and eventually get some Wii games down the road. In all reality the extra $150 is worth it. Of course there is the matter of actually finding one.

If I could find the damn thing, I would. I actually have a friend that manages a Gamestop, and HE can't even get me one. It's ridiculous.

Then...WAIT!

I probably should have been more clear, I will have a Wii, eventually, and whatever I buy now, will transition to our 6 year old.
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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2007, 05:21:29 PM »

IMO, you are better off getting a Wii and a Wavebird controller than getting a GC.  I haven't heard any issues about backward compatibility, so you are getting both a GC and a Wii.

[edit, just read above]  In that case, getting a GC doesn't seem like that bad an idea.  You can get a used one really cheap.
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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2007, 05:21:39 PM »

Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 05:01:02 PM

For light gaming, as well as the occasional "Mario type" game, the GC just seems like a better choice. Can you still get Component cables for the Gamecube?

Component cables are very difficult to obtain.  First, at some point into the Cube's run, Nintendo stopped including the Component port, so you need to find a Cube that can even support the cables first.  And the cables themselves can no longer be obtained through Nintendo I believe, so Ebay is pretty much the only option for those unless you luck and find some used in a Gamestop. 
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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2007, 05:23:28 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 22, 2007, 05:21:39 PM

Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 05:01:02 PM

For light gaming, as well as the occasional "Mario type" game, the GC just seems like a better choice. Can you still get Component cables for the Gamecube?

Component cables are very difficult to obtain.  First, at some point into the Cube's run, Nintendo stopped including the Component port, so you need to find a Cube that can even support the cables first.  And the cables themselves can no longer be obtained through Nintendo I believe, so Ebay is pretty much the only option for those unless you luck and find some used in a Gamestop. 

CRIMINY!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, so I guess it's S-Video only huh? Do the new GC's come with S-Video cables?
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2007, 05:24:33 PM »

Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 05:23:28 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 22, 2007, 05:21:39 PM

Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 05:01:02 PM

For light gaming, as well as the occasional "Mario type" game, the GC just seems like a better choice. Can you still get Component cables for the Gamecube?

Component cables are very difficult to obtain.  First, at some point into the Cube's run, Nintendo stopped including the Component port, so you need to find a Cube that can even support the cables first.  And the cables themselves can no longer be obtained through Nintendo I believe, so Ebay is pretty much the only option for those unless you luck and find some used in a Gamestop. 

CRIMINY!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, so I guess it's S-Video only huh? Do the new GC's come with S-Video cables?

Pretty sure that they only come with Composite, but S-Video cables shouldn't be too hard to find separately. 
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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2007, 05:26:25 PM »

Ok, thanks for telling me that Kevin.
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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2007, 06:11:36 PM »

Quote from: Kobra on January 22, 2007, 05:06:24 PM

Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 04:41:08 PM

Would the PS2 be a better purchase?

Lightyears better.

Unless you want a bunch of Mario-ish style kid games, PS2 owns all over it.  Granted, the Cube  has some good shit, and most of it can be purchased for $2-$10 these days.  But the library will only get you so far, especially if you don't like cartoon stuff.    I'd go GC over Wii at this point just because the best stuff on the Wii, are GC games, and the price difference is huge. (but I am cheap)

PS2 on the other hand, has probably a good 30-40 must-play games IMO.  Cube?  Maybe more like 10.  Run up to Costco and get a PS2.

A bunch of Mario-ish style kid games is the only thing in the GameCube library?  Wow.  I guess Resident Evil 4, Killer 7, Eternal Darkness, the MGS re-make, the Star Wars Rogue Squadron games, the Metroid games, etc. are just kiddy games.   retard
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« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2007, 07:21:04 PM »

Isn't it going to be easier picking up a Wii in the coming months, or is that utter stupidity? How long can you wait, J?
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« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2007, 07:44:20 PM »

If it truly is one or the other and not both, buying a Gamecube instead of a PS2 is sheer, abject lunacy.
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« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2007, 07:51:38 PM »

As the proud owner of a Wii I've got a Gamecube with S-video cable and original wired controller I'm not doin' anything with if you're interested.
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« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2007, 07:55:08 PM »

Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 04:41:08 PM

Would the PS2 be a better purchase?

By roughly 1 billion times J. Seriously, don't bother with the Cube. The PS2 has a gajillion games for light play.
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« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2007, 09:25:47 PM »

The wife and I talked and instead of buying our son a GC (that I would use for the time being) we are just going to buy him a DS for his birthday in August. I will just wait on the Wii and get it as soon as one pops up. We both kinda feel that at 6 (turning 7 in August) a DS might be a good starting place for him, rather than a console (though he enjoys his V-Smile system), as there are probably going to be more interesting games on the DS for him to play with.

Thanks to all for your input and advice.
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« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2007, 09:44:56 PM »

Well if the DS was a third choice why didncha say so.

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« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2007, 09:52:44 PM »

Quote from: ATB on January 22, 2007, 09:44:56 PM

Well if the DS was a third choice why didncha say so.

ELITE BEAT AGENTS!!!!!!!

Well we already have one in the family and thats what made my wife think that perhaps that would be the best way to go on this.
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« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2007, 09:53:24 PM »

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on January 22, 2007, 07:51:38 PM

As the proud owner of a Wii I've got a Gamecube with S-video cable and original wired controller I'm not doin' anything with if you're interested.

There you go.. Buy that.

FYI, some Radioshacks have old GC S-Video cables on the shelf priced at $24.99, but they scan at 97cents.  Seriously.  I picked up a couple just a few months ago from a local Shack.
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« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2007, 10:03:06 PM »

Brain Age is a must-buy.

That game is great, I would highly recommend it for anyone, but especially for kids.
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« Reply #28 on: January 23, 2007, 12:21:44 AM »

The Gamecube had some really, really stellar games on it that you can't find on any other system (outside of Wii BC), but even still the PS2 would be a better purchase at this point.

Even if you find a Wii and use it for all its backwards compatible goodness (Pikmin 2, Paper Mario 2, etc.) - I'd still wholeheartedly recommend buying a PS2 anyways as it has tons of killer games that can be had for very little $$
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« Reply #29 on: January 23, 2007, 12:23:40 AM »

Quote from: jblank on January 22, 2007, 09:25:47 PM

The wife and I talked and instead of buying our son a GC (that I would use for the time being) we are just going to buy him a DS for his birthday in August. I will just wait on the Wii and get it as soon as one pops up. We both kinda feel that at 6 (turning 7 in August) a DS might be a good starting place for him, rather than a console (though he enjoys his V-Smile system), as there are probably going to be more interesting games on the DS for him to play with.

Thanks to all for your input and advice.

I'm late to the party on this post but I would have suggested waiting for a Wii and also getting a DS or even a GBA. Just for the reason that even though the PS2 has a large library of E-rated titles it doesn't have a lot of variety amongst them and not many of them are exclusives. Whereas the GC does, all of which can be played on a Wii.

 The DS will also give him access to the GBA library which has an excellent variety of age appropriate titles. I'd recommend that when you pick-up your Wii to also purchase 2 GC wavebird controllers. There's a number of GC E-rated exclusives that he won't want to miss out on: Pikmin 1 & 2, 9 different Mario games, Legend of Zelda: WW & TP, Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion, Pokemon Coliseum and XD, etc... Not to mention that you and your wife will have a blast playing them too.  icon_wink
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« Reply #30 on: January 23, 2007, 12:43:39 AM »

I sure hope it is, then I can get cheap stuff off eBay for my GC. smile
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« Reply #31 on: January 23, 2007, 12:57:01 AM »

Quote from: Darren8r on January 23, 2007, 12:43:39 AM

I sure hope it is, then I can get cheap stuff off eBay for my GC. smile
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