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On 25/05/2020 at 22:23, Ketchup said:

Just putting it outside directly in the sun will give great results.


brb, putting an Amiga in the garden...

 

 

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they're both "before" photos. indoors and outdoors

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I want to get in on this in the next year, too. :D I remember when these SD adapters first emerged there were some compatibility issues with some games, possibly due to the faster loading speeds. Has there been an active firmware/fix scene and how is it in 2020? 

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I've just completed Thousand Year Door again on Wii via component cable for the first time since it was released. It looks incredible, only some the blurry edges on the characters give away how old it is. I'd forgotten how nice the Wavebird controller is as well and after years of disappointing Paper Mario games it was nice to be reminded of how great they were. Once I'd finished it I tried Baten Kaitos which I didn't put much time into when it first came out and thanks to pre-rendered backgrounds has not aged very well at all. 

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On 25/05/2020 at 17:10, Riven said:

 I think anyone who want to play Gamecube on a modern LCD should invest in a HDMI adapter, combined with the modern version of SWISS means you can play just about any import game on a PAL Gamecube and boot most PAL games into 480p. SWISS also corrects the text and save issue with the Japanese font on a English cube, but it does require that you then have a memory card set aside for only Japanese games and on boot your PAL cube bios can't read the card.

 

Kaico recently provided Randomised Gaming with a unit of their Gamecube adapter to review and while there are other adapters out there I must stress, I was really impressed with the results. Given my old Gamecube a new least of life for GC, GBA and GC games. Picture quality is slightly better then the Wii component output as well I found. I went down the route of a Action replay disc and a SD media loader to boot SWISS on Gamecube. You can burn a bootable SWISS disc, but getting the mini CDs and a burner that can write to them is rather tricky.

 

 

 

I bought one of these adapters last week from Amazon after putting it off for ages because of the price and I'm glad I did, I've had a great bank holiday weekend of solid Gamecube gaming, the games look incredible.

Being a technophobe I was a bit worried about setting it up but it was just a case of plugging it in the back and you're good to go and it comes with a 12 month warranty. Recommended!

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Yes it is a very nice bit of kit and one that works really well with SWISS on cube. We were lucky to be provided one to review, I understand the newer version have the later updates of GC Video on them, but I haven't used a newer version. Using homebrew software like SWISS can be a bit tricky at first, but once you have the needed equipment it fairly straight forward I keep meaning to do a video guide to SWISS at some point as well.

 

The cost of official component cables these days, means that while not that cheap HDMI adapter make a very good alternative.

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I just bought an OSSC (already have framemeister) and was wondering if I really need my cube official component lead any more, as i've an RGB lead.   Does feeding 480p compared to 480i (or 576 pal ofc) make any difference to your output if its coming over hdmi?

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On 13/11/2020 at 10:31, Colonel Panic said:

Mine arrived earlier this week. No fee! Gonna set it up over the weekend. 
 

I also got a 3D printed extender to make it look nicer!
 

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Where did you get this? I'd like one for my Spice Orange cube. Makes the finish look really nice.

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I think I might need a GC loader after all, if only to play around with a few things I never bothered with before, such as:

 

- Game Boy Interface, so the Game Boy Player is a bit more, erm, playable 

 

- The SD Gecko & SD2SP2 adapters I picked up years ago to facilitate easy use of other homebrew (such as some arcade board emulation and whatever else the community has cooked up over the years)

 

- Learning more about the GC library in general. Truthfully - I look at peoples recommendations and favourite games and there's barely anything that appeals. I did play the hell out of the Monkey Balls, Resi 4 and a small handful of other games back in the day (Iike Metroid Prime) but the Game Boy Player was really the main reason it stayed relevant to me (despite the controller being poor for 2D games). Off the top of my head - F-Zero GX, Viewtiful Joe, Luigi's Mansion, Killer 7, MG: Twin Snakes - every one of these games left me cold and remain pretty much unplayed to this day. Mario Sunshine, The Zeldas and the smattering of multiplatform games I'm aware of don't appeal to me either (the Zelda Collection that was bundled with my console has never once been booted up)... But there *must* be a healthy amount of smaller, stranger unique GC games out there I know nothing about that might be fun to explore, such as..

 

- Cubivore! I recently fell in love with the newly unearthed original N64 game and now want to experience it in English - but it turns out the GC port is an outrageously expensive rarity, so fuck that. It's exactly the kind of title I want an ODE for.. And PN03, I did always want to experience that one.

 

So maybe it's high time for me to finally give this literally most neglected and underused console a second wind.

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On 11/07/2021 at 11:03, Colonel Panic said:

480p is still way better. The OSSC doesn't do a great job with interlaced sources tbh.

 

Appreciate the reply, im debating moving on the XRGB now i have the OSCC, was just hoping to cash in on the cube lead. 

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Technically it was out in November for us, but I remember buying this with my first student loan cheque as my first ever games console. 

 

I got Luigi, SMB, Rogue Leader and Wave Race. I'd have not have got half of them if it hadn't massively dropped in price before it came out. Thanks, Nintendo! 

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£129 was just ridiculously good value.

 

I bought one from Game in early 2004 iirc. They had some offer for a GameCube with a couple of shit games for like £150. I overheard the manager telling a couple he’d swap the games for any others, so I asked if I could have it too. I got Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and Sonic Heroes, but returned them and got Mario Kart Double Dash and Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes instead.

 

Had so much to catch up on. Wonderful console. Possibly my favourite retro console ever. And that controller.

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I got my cube (indigo, of course) with Resident Evil and Super Monkey Ball. The first time I'd ever bought a console at launch, and I'd prepped for it by importing a few extra pads from PlayAsia, including the wonderful Spice Orange one. RE was an absolute stunner, and 4-player Monkey Ball, particularly Monkey Target, was a thing of legend.

 

It was my second year of Uni, first in a shared house rather than halls. So many fond memories of the Gamecube during that era!

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