Hey nin, while you are around, I need some advice. I'll be buying a console for the first time ever this year. I've decided on a Gamecube as it will have the best games for the kids.
What accessories do I need to buy? I can see I'll need a second controller (maybe a third later). Do you have to buy a memory card? What about all these other cables? What about buying a bundle? Any advantage to that? Any particular place I should buy from?
The gamecube is a good system, but it is aimed more at kids (which seems to be your audience).
Technically a memory card isn't required, but like the PlayStation, if you want to save your progress in games, you'll need one. So I'd highly recommend one. A Memory Card 251 (the largest Nintendo makes for here in the states) runs $20 and should last you awhile.
Controller wise, a second one might not be a bad idea. The standard (cabled) controllers feature a rumble feature. The alternative is a Wavebird controller (by Nintendo) that is wireless and runs on batteries. The catch is, it doesn't rumble like the cabled ones do (not a biggie, but FYI).
As far as cables go, I run old style coax through an RF adapter (I use an older tv). It supports better cables and output on the back I believe, but I'd have to check.
If the kids have any Gameboy games, they can be played on the cube with an additional $50 adapter (the cube rests on top of it, and you plug in the carts at the bottom).
Last year there was deal with the console, a game, and maybe a memory card for $150. There's a strong rumor that all 3 major consoles will drop in price this fall, Nintendo included. I just checked at EBWorld and Best Bi and I don't find any bundle deals. I've be VERY surprised if this doesn't change with Xmas approaching. Bottom line, the console shouldn't run over $150 by itself, and that may drop soon.
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