Nintendo GameCube (Model DOL-001) – $5.99 at Goodwill

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:

  1. I recently bought a Wii in really good condition that played the single GameCube game I owned (until a few days ago) just fine.
  2. 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.
  3. GameCube controllers have a tendency to be prohibitively expensive for what they are. I blame the demand for good Smash Bros. controllers for this.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Inside the lid is pretty clean, the laser appears to be in working order – the early first-run units apparently had trouble with dead lasers.
Unit is in very good condition despite needing a soap/water treatment.

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 DOL-001 Nintendo
The primary reason I’ve been holding out for a DOL-001: the “DIGITAL AV OUT” port. There’s nothing worse than playing legacy console games via composite video.
Another fun fact about early GameCube units: they have a 3rd port on the bottom labelled SERIAL PORT 2. Unfortunately, nothing was ever released that actually used SERIAL PORT 2 but it’s interesting nonetheless.
And yes, this unit came with all of its original expansion port doors.

GameCube Trivia: The “DOL” in the model number is short for “Dolphin,” the GameCube’s codename while in development.

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