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1UP_MARIO

@Gamecuber correct. They had the consumer ones also the professional ones

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ThanosReXXX

@Gamecuber That is true, colors do pop, but I also think they often run and/or bleed. Do love my scan lines, though: that's the default display setting on my NES and SNES Mini now...

So, I kinda do and kinda don't have the nostalgia in that regard, but something about CRT screens that I personally do absolutely miss, is being able to use my light guns with the Dreamcast, because obviously, these aren't compatible with newer screens. That may also be part of the reason why I've come to grow so fond of Wii "light gun" games, because I really, REALLY miss being able to play those on my Dreamcast.

@1UP_MARIO Some are reasonably priced, though. If you look around on eBay or on any specific sites that sell that kind of thing, you could get a decently preserved one for anywhere between 100 - 300, and if you really want the best of the best, then that's absolutely worth the price.

Watch out for the suspiciously cheap priced ones on here, but there are some genuinely good offers in between them:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570....

Here's some more info on it and buying guides in video form:

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ThanosReXXX

@Gamecuber If it doesn't have PVM or BVM in the name, then it isn't the right monitor. And as mentioned in the RetroRGB article I linked to, they weren't just manufactured by Sony.

I also forgot to add a video in that comment to you:

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'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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1UP_MARIO

@ThanosReXXX thanks for the video will check them soon. My life in gaming is a great channel. I think ive watched all their videos multiple times.
That’s how I like to play my nes/Snes mini with scanlines and am hopeful they do release a n64 mini in the future so I can unplug the crt and n64. One day

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BlueOcean

@1UP_MARIO Besides, I think that the N64 is beautiful, it looked retro but elegant back in the day and a small version would be the cutest thing ever!

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1UP_MARIO

@BlueOcean It looks like a Ferrari with 4 exhausts at the back and a back bumper with a lifted lip spoiler 😉
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We need to stop talking about the n64.
This is the gamecube thread and it’s official😉

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BlueOcean

@1UP_MARIO Haha true but your answer was worth writing and reading. Nintendo 64 is the most beautiful console ever, I think. I tend to associate one with the other because I use the same RGB SCART cable and CRT TV for both.

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Gamecuber

@RedderRugfish my dad still has a similar sized rear projection tv in his study (the old main tv from the lounge before he upgraded). He would never let me use it for games when I visited though, as supposedly the screen can get damaged by playing games on them (is which I thought at the time and still do as nonsense).

@ThanosReXXX I did not notice colour bleed at all with the RGB cable, but definitely through composite. I find RGB pretty sharp (or as sharp as anything can be on a regular crt anyway).

@BlueOcean N64 is an interesting design, but very much stuck in the 90s (nothing wrong with that). Of all my systems though it is the one that suffers the most on modern TVs.

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‘You swapped those 3 games for Pokemon Stadium? Where’s your pride? You’re dignity?!?

‘....I traded it for a Pikachu...’

Gamecuber

I will also add about the N64 the fact that the game art is visible when a cartridge is plugged in is nice. At my place it’s usually Goldeneye or Perfect Dark plugged in 🙂

BTW the HD port of Perfect Dark is brilliant on Xbox. Highly recommended.

‘You swapped those 3 games for Pokemon Stadium? Where’s your pride? You’re dignity?!?

‘....I traded it for a Pikachu...’

BlueOcean

@Gamecuber The Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie Xbox ports are also easy to recommend. Rare Replay is a must-have collection for any Nintendo fan although some of them are reluctant to buy a console that doesn't have a Nintendo logo stamped on. Their loss.

I don't have any colour bleeding with my RGB SCART cable either on my modded N64 or on my pure GameCube.

Of course, an unmodified N64 looks bad on a HD screen. You need RGB output or at least S-video (more common in USA) for that. Even on a CRT TV the difference between composite and RGB is huge. The image is much sharper and colours much more accurate.

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Gamecuber

@BlueOcean yeah I checked this morning with wind Waker on crt through RGB and (aside from fuzzier edges than hd naturally) the colours were distinct and bright.

Rogue Leader looks great and that has rather muted colours on most stages (baring tatooine and the battle of Endor).

I remember when I got the RGB cable a few years back; I ran billy Hatcher at the giant egg through composite then swapped out for the RGB. Even on an hd tv the difference was night and day.

‘You swapped those 3 games for Pokemon Stadium? Where’s your pride? You’re dignity?!?

‘....I traded it for a Pikachu...’

ThanosReXXX

@Gamecuber Yeah, I think I got things mixed up a bit. To clarify: in my area, most video consoles in those days, came with a SCART cable, which is also called SCART/RGB cable over here, so to me, SCART is the same as RGB, and although SCART is slightly better than composite, it highly depends on if you have a SCART connector with all the pins active (or present) or not, to give the maximum result that you could get out of it.

On my GameCube, I only ever used the standard cables, with a SCART converter block, so the standard image quality. That's why they look so much better now, being displayed on my modded Wii through component cables.

'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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Gamecuber

@ThanosReXXX that makes sense. The standard AV cable that came with the system was composite with a scart adaptor to connect it to a scart socket (not many TVs I encountered in those days only had a scart socket, a few had a port on the front or side with the yellow image cable and a white port for mono sound). My PS2 came with the same cable (as did my 360 now that I think about it 😁)

Although it could connect through a scart port the image was not RGB. However, most systems had a full RGB cables released which really improves the image. Hilariously an RGB cable on PS2 will give an improved picture for games, but any dvd watched through it is all coloured green to stop people pirating by filming the screen with a camcorder 😂

‘You swapped those 3 games for Pokemon Stadium? Where’s your pride? You’re dignity?!?

‘....I traded it for a Pikachu...’

ThanosReXXX

@Gamecuber Haha, yeah. That sounds like typical Sony, alright.

'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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Gamecuber

And now for something completely different: does anyone have any unusual GameCube related paraphernalia?

I have focused on games but have a couple of interesting bits. I have an indigo Gameboy player that matches the console. Was released in Japan but used the same boot disc from my original black European model.

I also have a collectors magazine that was released in the UK back in 2002. It has previews of loads of the games and some, er, interesting predictions about how successful the console was going to be...

It originally had a special preview cd attached, which I happened to have back on the day but have long since lost.

Anyone else got anything interesting lying about?

‘You swapped those 3 games for Pokemon Stadium? Where’s your pride? You’re dignity?!?

‘....I traded it for a Pikachu...’

Gamecuber

@RedderRugfish my dad’s rear projection tv dates from about 2004, when I moved out and my folks moved to a new house. It’s huge and I’ve always wanted to plug a system into it. I bet wind waker would look awesome!

‘You swapped those 3 games for Pokemon Stadium? Where’s your pride? You’re dignity?!?

‘....I traded it for a Pikachu...’

ThanosReXXX

@Gamecuber If by awesome, you mean horribly blown up and washed out, then yeah...
But all kidding aside, I don't really think that any projection type screen does any console justice, especially since either the silvery screen or wall it's projected on, impacts the picture quality.

As for your paraphernalia question, I assume you're not talking about stuff like steering wheels and such, but I do have to mention how good this one is:
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It's the Mad Catz M2 MicroCon Steering Wheel & Pedals.
This is literally THE steering wheel to own, if you have a GameCube (or Wii).

As for REALLY weird stuff: how about this little beauty, that I also happen to own?
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It's the Resident Evil Chainsaw controller from Nuby. They also had a PS2 version, which looks completely different. The controllers were released in a limited amount, and each of them had their own, unique blood spatter patterns. If you look up pictures from it online, you'll see that none of them are the same.

Mind you: an absolutely lousy controller, so more of a novelty item for collectors and Resident Evil fans.

I also have another special controller, that mimics the SNES dog bone shape, but with GameCube buttons, which I use in combination with the Game Boy Player:
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And last, but not least, a so-called soccer mat, that registers motion and translates it to various types of kicks:
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The GameCube controller plugs into the dongle in the back, so you still control your soccer/football players in a regular fashion, but you can actually swipe your foot over one of the three sensors on the front, to either pass or shoot on the goal, like so:
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Another crappy controller, by the way, but a still a fun item to own, in some ways...

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'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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LetsaGO

@ThanosReXXX I am blown away. Just wow. That chainsaw controller. Wow. Gonna have to go on YouTube and try and find a video on it.
That really is a conversation starter at any house party

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ThanosReXXX

@LuigisCube Fun fact: I didn't have any room to display it, so ultimately, I decided to put it on the night stand of my bed, opposite of my side, just to freak out any female visitors...

P.S.

Saved you the trouble of having to search for it, so here's a video for you:

'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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