You are going to buy a Gamecube system but what else do you need to buy with it? What are the best games to buy? Do you need extra controllers? Should you buy a memory card, or Game Boy Player? And what is a Game Boy Player? Follow these simple directions below and you can answer all those questions and start enjoying your system in no time.
Games – After choosing the system, the biggest decision is what games will you buy to go along with it. The Gamecube is just a big indigo paperweight if you do not have any games to play. The first way to pick a game is to choose something related to a hobby of yours outside of gaming. Do you play football, skateboarding, like cars, or fishing? There are games for all of these hobbies and more. The second option for choosing your games is start with a list of the most popular games released on the Gamecube. They are:
Super Mario Sunshine, Zelda Wind Waker, Zelda Twilight Princess, Super Smash Bros Melee, Mario Kart Double Dash, and Sonic Adventure Battle 2
These games are not made for everyone, so be sure you check the ratings and descriptions before buying one.
Controllers – The Gamecube console originally came with one controller in the box but four slots for controllers. So you can buy three more controllers for the system if you want. If you will always be playing by yourself, you do not have to spend money on an extra controller. But I recommend buying at least one more because you never know when a friend will pop on over to play. If you choose any of the games that allow four players to play at once, definitely buy three extra controllers. They will be worth every penny with all the fun you will have with them.
This is a great time to mention the difference between Nintendo controllers and third party controllers. Nintendo controllers are more reliable and comfortable while third party controllers are less expensive. I only buy Nintendo controllers myself, because I think they are worth the extra money for the piece of mind that they will not break on you.
Accessories – Two major accessories were released on the Gamecube, memory cards and the Game Boy Player. Memory cards are required to save your progress in a game. You will need at least one memory card unless you want to keep playing the same levels over and over again. Nintendo made three different sizes of memory card, 4MB, 16MB and 64MB. The smaller sizes will work for many adventure games but almost all sports games will require at least a 16MB and sometimes a 64MB card to save a season. I recommend a 16MB card for most people unless you are definitely buying sports games.
The Game Boy Player is completely optional but can be a great addition to the system. The player allows you to play any Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance game directly on your TV. It is great if you already have a Game Boy game collection but can be quite expensive. Nintendo made a few other accessories for the Gamecube including a Network Adaptor for online play and a Game Boy Advance link cable but neither of these is supported by many games. Unless you are sure you are buying a game that uses one of these, you should not buy them.
This list should have helped you choose the games, controllers, and accessories you want to buy with your Gamecube. Now get out there and enjoy your new gaming purchase.