Buying retro game consoles


#1

I’ve been playing with the idea of getting a refurbished/restored/re-whatevered GBA or Gamecube for a long time now. There are a couple gamees on each I can’t find anywhere else, that I want to play more than anything else.

I know Gamestop sells refurbished old consoles, does anyone have good experience buying one of these? Or, are there better ways of getting them?

Thanks!


#2

GameStop is a great place to buy retro gear because you can easily return it to a store if it doesn’t work. I don’t buy retro from them often, but it’s been very convenient when the retro stuff I got was busted, which is pretty common for disc based stuff.

For a GameCube, I recommend you look into getting a Wii. The first editions of the console can play GameCube games and have ports for the controllers and memory cards. The advantage of the Wii is that you can save a ton of money on a component cable, allowing you to play on a HDTV. The GameCube component cables cost over $300.

The downside is that you lose the Game Boy Player. If you’re really set on a GameCube, you can get one HDMI modded, but that takes some time. There will eventually be an external HDMI adapter too, but it’s still in production.


#3

I haven’t personally used GameStop to buy any retro games or consoles but I’ve heard it’s very nice.


#4

One thing to look out for if you’re going to get into collecting GameCube games is called “disc rot”; basically the data layer on the disc rots away without scratching or mishandling. All disc-based game consoles can suffer it to varying degrees, but GameCube games seem to be particularly effected. Here’s a short video on how to identify it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq5fBhMxf-Y


#5

Awesome, I appreciate the input. Maybe I’ll just go for the GBA, what with the disc rot issues, and that I think it’s more likely what I want on the GC is more likely to get ported to Switch than the GBA game.

Thanks!