I never actually got round to picking up a GameCube back in the day. I do remember though – very well in fact – the week before its official launch in the UK, where I was blown away by how good Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II looked on the demo unit in the shop window. I also got my first shot of Luigi’s Mansion on the system at my local Game store, which was great fun. At the time though, I already had a PS2 and didn’t give the GameCube much attention.
I think after this, a friend in high school had loaned me his GC to play Resident Evil on and I was blown away at how realistic it looked, especially for a Nintendo console. I gave the console back after completing it and i don’t think I ever touched a GC controller after that until university, where the guys and girls were having a smash and Mario kart tournament in one of the social lounges. Again, a lot of fun, but I wasn’t interested at this point since the PS3 and Xbox 360 had been released.
That was of course, until recently….
I was searching for a GameCube online last year and kept seeing the resident evil, Mario, Zelda games etc for it for a lot of money, and after a while I sort of gave up looking. Then randomly one day, when searching on Gumtree, I came across an ad that had a boxed black GameCube with controller and a few games. These games weren’t trash by any means, they had Resident Evil, 2, 3, 4, RE:CVX & RE: Zero, alongside Eternal Darkness and Star Wars Rogue Leader Squadron. When I saw the pic for the ad I was like if I was going to get a GameCube bundle that would be the one.
The thing that surprised me the most, and also threw me off a bit thinking it was scam was the price…no, it wasn’t £100, or £200-£300. It was listed as £25 ! Obviously seeing at this price, i thought OK its either a scam, or, when i contact the seller hes going to give me the real price which will be loads more than what its advertised at just now.
At this point I was tempted to leave it, but I thought well I’ve got nothing to lose contacting the seller, so I sent an email to the guy. He replied and said ”Sorry there’s already a buyer for who is collecting it later”.
A bit disappointed, I replied to the seller and said ”Thanks for getting back to me, if the buyer doesn’t show up I’ll give you £70 for it, just let me know”, and I went away and carried on with my day.
3 hours later, I got a reply from the seller saying the buyer didn’t show up and he would like to take me up on the offer, so we agreed to meet the next day outside my work where we’d complete the deal. The seller showed up as planned, we sat down in the break out area in my place of work and had a chat about the GameCube, why he was selling it and so forth and the deal was complete. Couldn’t believe it.
The console games and everything were in excellent condition. He said he was selling it as he was moving for work to the US and didn’t want to take it with him so just wanted to make anything he could, but money wasn’t important to him, he wanted to see the bundle go to a good home where it was appreciated and looked after.
Everything was tested and worked perfectly and I later ended up buying a Gameboy player for it, alongside a few other games online such as; Metroid, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and a couple more that were included in a game bundle (Animal Crossing, Time Splitters 2, Soul Caliber II and Pikmin.
Super happy I have a GameCube in the collection now and theres no need for me to pay 100’s of pounds to play the resident evil series on it either. I did use the GC / Wii Dolphin Emulator briefly on PC towards the end of university and the games looked Amazing upscaled to 1080p, but it didn’t have the same feel as playing on original hardware obviously.