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Old 01-07-09, 03:45 PM
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Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

I'm thinking of hooking up my GameCube again, after a couple of years of inactivity.

Now that I have an HDTV though, I am wondering if anyone knows if the GameCube ever shipped with component cables? Or was this something Nintendo forced people to buy separately?

I did buy my GameCube not long after May 2004, so I'm not sure if the model I bought was produced after this date. If so, my unit doesn't even allow for component connections ...
Old 01-07-09, 03:52 PM
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

I don't believe it ever shipped with component cables. As far as I know, the 360 is the only console that actually shipped with component cables.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

There was a separate port on the back for the component break-out box. I believe the Wii component cables will work in it, but if you don't have the port it's a moot point.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

D'oh. I was thinking of buying some Wii component cables to use with my Gamecube, but some quick googling brings up some sites that say that Wii component cables will not work with the Gamecube, as the Wii/Gamecube connectors are different.

Does anyone know if there are any Wii component cables on the market that actually might work with the Gamecube (via some sort of included adapter or something)?

I'm going to go home and check if my GameCube has the component port or not. I hope it does.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

Nope, the only cables are the official ones that go for a premium on ebay.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

I have a spare set of Cube component cables that I'm willing to get rid of.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

Originally Posted by PixyJunket View Post
I have a spare set of Cube component cables that I'm willing to get rid of.
Price?
Old 01-07-09, 08:29 PM
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

Yeah Nintendo saved some money on the GC console by putting some of the hardware needed for the component video in the cable itself. I've no idea of the technicalities but that's why the cable itself was always so expensive (I think 50 USD) and no 3rd party ever was able to release one.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

Yeah that always pissed me off. Luckily I got the component cable early on before it was tough to find.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

I dig my Gamecube out every now and then, and I think it is still the most fun of any system I've ever owned.

Multi-player Super Monkey Ball and Mario Kart are too much fun.

Wish I had scored those cables when I had a cheaper chance....
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

They were never really that cheap. Even when still being made, they were hard to find and sold for a premium on sites like eBay. I think I sold my set on this site a few years back for $50.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

Boy, things are looking grim for component hookup for the ol' GameCube ... and to think that before I started looking into all of this I was thinking of using a $2 set of Wii component cables to hook it up! :O
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

For what it's worth, the difference between component and composite on this system is noticeable on an HDTV, but negligible. If you're truly eager to play over component I would recommend spending the extra money for the Wii as its fully backward-compatible with the GC.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

To cut the cost of manufacturing gamecubes, didn't they cut out the component output entirely from later models of the Gamecube? IIRC, they never even sold these in stores... you'd have to buy them from Nintendo directly. And as others have mentioned, no 3rd parties ever made them (not that I'd necessarily trust 3rd party cables).

Even the Wii doesn't come with component cables, and really early on, you could also only get wii component cables from Nintendo directly (though they now sell them in stores).

I'd second the recommendation to get a Wii instead. Few Gamecube games even support 480p and widescreen, and pretty much the only reason to still have a Gamecube are:
1. To play GBA games with the adapter
2. For those rare games, like Animal Crossing or FF Crystal Chronicles, that feature GBA connectivity (actually, I'm not sure if this works with the Wii, it might, since it plugs into the controller port anyway)

Is there anything else the Gamecube does that the Wii does not?
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

Originally Posted by fujishig View Post
2. For those rare games, like Animal Crossing or FF Crystal Chronicles, that feature GBA connectivity (actually, I'm not sure if this works with the Wii, it might, since it plugs into the controller port anyway)

Is there anything else the Gamecube does that the Wii does not?
GBA connectivity works on the Wii.

I believe only the GB Player does not work with the Wii. Neither do the broadband and modem adapters, but that's it.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
For what it's worth, the difference between component and composite on this system is noticeable on an HDTV, but negligible. If you're truly eager to play over component I would recommend spending the extra money for the Wii as its fully backward-compatible with the GC.
I think the last thing I need is a new gaming console... every time I purchase a new console, I always feel compelled to hunt down all the must-have titles (be they in or out of print). Probably the best thing for me then is to stick with the composite connections. Hopefully the visuals won't look like a dull and vaseline-smeared mess. I really just have a hankering to play some of my old titles like Metroid Prime, Super Monkey Ball, Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2, and Soul Calibur II.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
For what it's worth, the difference between component and composite on this system is noticeable on an HDTV, but negligible. If you're truly eager to play over component I would recommend spending the extra money for the Wii as its fully backward-compatible with the GC.
It's not, actually. I keep my GameCube (with component cables, of course!) around for the Game Boy Player attachment, for playing Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games on my TV.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

I was speaking from a software perspective, but you are absolutely correct about the GameBoy player.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

It never came with component cables, but I bought some directly from Nintendo. They were about $50, but everyone has already mentioned this. I still have them, too!
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

Originally Posted by fujishig View Post
To cut the cost of manufacturing gamecubes, didn't they cut out the component output entirely from later models of the Gamecube?
Yes.

Back in September, I eBay'ed off my original launch 'Cube (with the component output) and with component cables (along with some other accessories like the Game Boy Player) and I think it only netted around $36 or so. Much less than I was expecting. Probably should have done the component cables by themselves, but oh well.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

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Probably the best thing for me then is to stick with the composite connections. Hopefully the visuals won't look like a dull and vaseline-smeared mess. I really just have a hankering to play some of my old titles like Metroid Prime, Super Monkey Ball, Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2, and Soul Calibur II.
You should at least get an s-video cable. The quality will be much better than composite, and the cable should be cheaper and easier to find than the component one.
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

You should get these Yavin:

http://www.amazon.com/MADCATZ-Univer.../dp/B0000C88IB

works for multiple systems
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Re: Did the GameCube ever ship with component cables?

Dusted off my GameCube this weekend to hook it up and discovered that, in fact, my unit is one of the ones manufactured after May 2004 ... hence, no component port. Oh well ...

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