We covered the EON GCHD not so long ago and found it to be a superb - if somewhat pricey - means of retrofitting your GameCube for the HD era without having to perform any awkward modifications.
EON has today announced that it is producing a successor to the unit which promises to be even better. Produced in collaboration with acclaimed retro gaming modder Dan Kunz, the GCHD Mk-II will offer updated custom firmware, a 3.5 mm stereo audio out / MiniTOSLINK port, a Wii Component / SCART socket supporting additional video options, a redesigned plug made from ballistic nylon and three colour options (Indigo, Black and Platinum) to fit with three of the console's most famous case designs. The unit will retail for $149.99, the same price as the existing GCHD.
Since its launch at the start of the year, the GCHD has been a solid seller, thanks in no small part to the endorsement of Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma, one of the best Super Smash Bros. players in the world.
The EON GameCube HD Adapter remains, to this day, the only alternative to CRTs that I am more than comfortable using. Having a consistent, clean, and lagless display on modern monitors is essential to fair tournament play and provides the essential competitive experience that many people desire. This is what will help Melee live on in the future, and it should be adopted as the new standard by all tournament organizers. The same monitors you’re using for Smash Ultimate can now be used for Melee.
The GCHD Mk-II launches this December.