You Can Relive the GameCube on a Modern TV, and It’s Amazing

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Nintendo’s GameCube doesn’t support HDMI, but don’t let that stop you! With the right adapters, you can hook up a GameCube to a modern TV and play your beloved GameCube games.

Relive the GameCube Experience on a Modern TV

The official box art for the "Super Smash Bros. Melee" GameCube game, featuring Mario and Bowser.

It’s possible to play GameCube games on your PC with the Dolphin emulator. However, it’s just not the same as huddling around a TV with your friends and playing Super Smash Bros. Melee with a controller in your hand.

Related: How to Play Wii and GameCube Games on your PC with Dolphin

Imagine kicking back on your couch and playing some of your fave childhood games on a high-quality TV screen. This is what makes this method better than playing on a Dolphin emulator.

The Nintendo GameCube started many beloved franchises, including Animal Crossing in 2001. Imagine playing some of your favorites with original sound and graphics on a big 4K TV. Remastered versions of games just don’t have the same charm or memories—nothing beats the real thing.

The Dolphin emulator for PC is an open-source program that also allows you to play GameCube and Wii games, but it’s not the original experience. First, you have to get the games you want, set up the emulator, and have the hardware to power it. To play Dolphin flawlessly, you have to have a powerful machine; otherwise, you may encounter bugs.

On the other hand, if you have a GameCube console, some games, and the right cables, all you have to do is connect them and you’re all set!

You don’t have to mess with setting up an emulator—just use your original GameCube hardware.

And, if you love Smash Bros., be sure to check out some other GameCube titles, like Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, Super Mario Sunshine, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

How to Connect a GameCube to a Modern TV

If you have an old Nintendo GameCube, you’re in luck! With the right adapters, you can connect it to any modern TV.

Originally, Nintendo bundled an analog television retransmission adapter with the GameCube, so people could connect it to any television of that era. In 2009, though, the United States (following the lead of most other countries) transitioned from analog television broadcasts to fully digital.

Televisions manufactured since then haven’t supported analog broadcasts. This also made older device adapters obsolete, including the one that shipped with the GameCube.

However, for around $30, you can get an adapter that connects from the GameCube’s analog output to your television’s digital input.

If you have a GameCube, its controller, and the AC Adapter, all you need is an HDMI adapter. It decodes the analog output signal from the GameCube, digitizes it (you can even control widescreen versus standard resolution settings during this process), and then passes it along to the television.

These adapters are easy to set up, and they’ll give you a high-quality picture on your TV. Just connect the adapter to the analog AV output slot on the back of the GameCube. Then, connect the HDMI cable to the adapter and plug the other end into the HDMI port on your TV.

If you can’t figure out which cords go where, Nintendo has an original GameCube manual on its website. You can also find manuals for older systems, like the GameBoy.

HDMI-Switch Compatible

The HDMI cable we purchased is also compatible with an HDMI switcher; we tested it with this model.

Even with a pair of Xboxes, a PlayStation 4, and a Nintendo Switch dock connected to the same television, everything worked flawlessly. This model also supports signal detection if you want to automatically switch to the most recently activated input—even if it’s an 18-year-old GameCube.

If you have an old GameCube in your closet, dig it out and dust it off! You can use that classic console with a modern TV. All you need is the right adapter, and you can relive all your favorite nostalgic gaming experiences.

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