Back in the day, Nintendo GameCube was my favorite sixth-generation video game console, just behind Sega Dreamcast. I had about 80 games for my original GameCube but at some point I traded it in for credit toward PC games at my local Electronic’s Boutique. I’ve regretted it ever since, until yesterday.
I had been holding off buying a Nintendo GameCube for quite a while for a few reasons:
- I recently bought a Wii in really good condition that played the single GameCube game I owned (until a few days ago) just fine.
- That single GameCube game I had was a $1 copy of Happy Feet – I’m not exactly chomping at the bit to play Happy Feet, believe me.
- GameCube controllers have a tendency to be prohibitively expensive for what they are. I blame the demand for good Smash Bros. controllers for this.
- I wanted a model DOL-001 with Digital A/V output and those seem a lot more difficult to come by, at least at thrift stores.
- GameCube games aren’t found at thrift stores too often either.
As luck would have it, only a week or two after picking up my Nintendo Wii, I found a Model DOL-001 Nintendo GameCube at Goodwill a couple of days ago for only $5.99. It came with a power supply and is in reasonably good condition.
I ordered a used controller from GameStop for $12.99 because I refuse to pay the $50+ at Amazon for the same thing or waste money on shitty aftermarket controllers. I’m hopeful I’ll get a working unit. I bought a few games for $3 – $4 each at the same time so that I’m not stuck playing Happy Feet.
GameCube Trivia: The “DOL” in the model number is short for “Dolphin,” the GameCube’s codename while in development.