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Gamecube/N64/SNES Component Cable - These are still how much?!?

Superblatt

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So apparently these are still commanding $90+. I need one for my SNES that I'm hooking up to my 50". I thought they wound up producing a third party option that reduced the demand/cost on the official one. Is that not the case?

If I have to, I'll go S-video, as I'm not shelling out $90 for a cord.
 

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Yeah it's kind of ridiculous. Even old consoles and accessories in general are still overpriced at all my local pawn shops.
 

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Superblatt said:
So apparently these are still commanding $90+. I need one for my SNES that I'm hooking up to my 50". I thought they wound up producing a third party option that reduced the demand/cost on the official one. Is that not the case?

If I have to, I'll go S-video, as I'm not shelling out $90 for a cord.
They didn't make a component cable that connected to all of those consoles... the component out on the GameCube was a completely separate port from the typical composite port. Why would composite cords cost so much?
 
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It's only for GC. Had to get the JP version cause it was cheaper, still was $30-$40. Worth it for the Game Boy Player mainly.
Even the official S-Video cable is hard to find, though not very expensive.
 

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scitek said:
They didn't make a component cable that connected to all of those consoles... the component out on the GameCube was a completely separate port from the typical composite port. Why would composite cords cost so much?
SNES, N64 and Gamecube all have the same connector on the back. That means if you've got a Gamecube component cable, you get the benefits on your SNES & N64.
 

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Nintendo never made a component cable that worked with SNES/N64, the GCN had a digital port for component video. But the S-Video cable will work with SNES/N64/GCN.

Superblatt said:
SNES, N64 and Gamecube all have the same connector on the back. That means if you've got a Gamecube component cable, you get the benefits on your SNES & N64.
You're mistaken here, the official GCN component cable only works with the GCN
 
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For SNES, go s-video.

If it's a GC, all the component cable gives you over s-video is progressive scan. Just watch it on eBay. I got mine a few weeks ago for $40 with free shipping.
 

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Holy shit! I had no idea these were commanding so much. I have an official Gamecube set I haven't used in years, but I'd still feel weird getting rid of them for some reason.
 

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Superblatt said:
SNES, N64 and Gamecube all have the same connector on the back. That means if you've got a Gamecube component cable, you get the benefits on your SNES & N64.
The component cable for the Gamecube connects to a different port. Only the older Gamecubes have them. If yours doesn't have this port then S-Video is the best you get.
 

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Superblatt said:
SNES, N64 and Gamecube all have the same connector on the back. That means if you've got a Gamecube component cable, you get the benefits on your SNES & N64.
The GameCube's component cable does not plug in to what you're thinking of.

And just cause they're the same plug, doesn't mean the system would support it (the redesigned SNES, for instance, does not support S-Video).
 
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No... You are mixed up with the Nintendo Multi Connector...

SNES Multi Connector has the hardware inside for composite, S-Video, and RGB (NOT component).

N64 Multi Connector has the hardware for composite, but while it has the same connector, the American one does not have the hardware for RGB (because American TVs don't use RGB).

Gamecube Multi-Connector has the hardware for S-Video and Composite.

Component is NOT RGB. The Gamecube component cable plugs into an entirely different slot in the Gamecube. (They took the slot out of later Gamecube revisions to cut cost, and they stopped selling the cable, too.)

The extra slot in the Gamecube DOES have RGB, however. You can modify the Gamecube component cable to RGB and hook it up to a PC monitor.
 

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Why would you do that? said:
No... You are mixed up with the Nintendo Multi Connector...

SNES Multi Connector has the hardware inside for composite, S-Video, and RGB (NOT component).

N64 Multi Connector has the hardware for composite, but while it has the same connector, the American one does not have the hardware for S-Video or RGB (because S-Video wasn't popular at the time in America, and American TVs don't have RGB). Plugging in an S-Video cable will do nothing.

Gamecube Multi-Connector has the hardware for S-Video and Composite. This was the first time the S-Video cable was sold in America.

Component is NOT RGB. The Gamecube component cable plugs into an entirely different slot in the Gamecube. (They took the slot out of later Gamecube revisions to cut cost, and they stopped selling the cable, too.)

The extra slot in the Gamecube DOES have RGB, however. You can modify the Gamecube component cable to RGB and hook it up to a PC monitor.
Then it's a good thing I just ordered an S-video cable for $10. :lol

I'm not looking for standard RCA
 

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Superblatt said:
SNES, N64 and Gamecube all have the same connector on the back. That means if you've got a Gamecube component cable, you get the benefits on your SNES & N64.
That's not true. The Gamecube has the same connector as the N64 and SNES, true, but that port can only be used for Composite and S-Video, on all 3 systems. The Gamecube has a completely separate digital video-out for the Component cable.

CAREFUL, because later model Gamecubes don't have the Component connector at all; Nintendo removed it because they're stupid. If your Cube only has one video-out, it can't do Component.
 

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My sister imported her GCN component cable because a Japanese one was cheaper. That may be an option.
 

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Here's a crazy question.. can an AV Famicom support S-video? (It uses the same SNES/N64/Cube out).

I'm guessing no. Like the redesigned SNES.
 

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Why would you do that? said:
N64 Multi Connector has the hardware for composite, but while it has the same connector, the American one does not have the hardware for S-Video or RGB (because S-Video wasn't popular at the time in America, and American TVs don't have RGB). Plugging in an S-Video cable will do nothing.

Gamecube Multi-Connector has the hardware for S-Video and Composite. This was the first time the S-Video cable was sold in America.
Not true. Nintendo has sold the same S-Video cable in the US since the SNES days. I've had my SNES hooked up via S-Video since ~1996. And the exact same cable does work with the US N64. I've had it hooked up that way since launch. Heck, I just used it last night (was playing some Doom 64).
 

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Why would you do that? said:
No... You are mixed up with the Nintendo Multi Connector...

SNES Multi Connector has the hardware inside for composite, S-Video, and RGB (NOT component).

N64 Multi Connector has the hardware for composite, but while it has the same connector, the American one does not have the hardware for S-Video or RGB (because S-Video wasn't popular at the time in America, and American TVs don't have RGB). Plugging in an S-Video cable will do nothing.

N64 in the US works with the S-Video cable, second gen SNES in the US does not work with S-Video. S-Video cable may not have been sold in stores, but you could get them direct from NOA back in the SNES days.
 

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Yeah I have a Monster S-video cable connected to my N64 and it works fine, however that same cable doesn't seem to work with my model 1 SNES... Also my Dreamcast s-video cable stopped working for no reason... just felt the need to mention that.

I should probably sell my GC component cable, but after all the trouble I went through getting it so many years I can't bring myself to do it just yet, and I never know when I might want to play a Gameboy game on the big screen. Those games look surprisingly good on my tube HDTV.
 

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Gravijah said:
Not to hijack but... what would be the best play to get S-video cables for the 360/PS3? Are they even made?
You can find PS2 s-video cables for dirt cheap in bargain bins and on ebay, and use those on PS3.

I imagine 360 ones are pretty cheap... few people use s-video. It's either shit composite/component or HDMI on later models...

SlaughterX said:
Yeah I have a Monster S-video cable connected to my N64 and it works fine, however that same cable doesn't seem to work with my model 1 SNES...
My Monster S-video cable works on my model 1 SNES...
 

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N64 in the US works with the S-Video cable, second gen SNES in the US does not work with S-Video. S-Video cable may not have been sold in stores, but you could get them direct from NOA back in the SNES days.
Yep, this is the right answer. Just go s-video, you really won't get much out of composite on a Gamecube.
 

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You can find PS2 s-video cables for dirt cheap in bargain bins and on ebay, and use those on PS3.

I imagine 360 ones are pretty cheap... few people use s-video. It's either shit composite/component or HDMI on later models...
Thanks. I forgot you can use the PS2 cables on the PS3... now that I think about it I remember Wal Mart having s-video for the 360, but it was about 20-30 bucks. Hmm.
 
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Leondexter said:
Not true. Nintendo has sold the same S-Video cable in the US since the SNES days. I've had my SNES hooked up via S-Video since ~1996. And the exact same cable does work with the US N64. I've had it hooked up that way since launch. Heck, I just used it last night (was playing some Doom 64).
levious said:
N64 in the US works with the S-Video cable, second gen SNES in the US does not work with S-Video. S-Video cable may not have been sold in stores, but you could get them direct from NOA back in the SNES days.
Oh, that's good to know, actually. I remember sources before telling me that the N64 didn't work with S-Video. Maybe I confused it with the new model SNES...
 

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Yep, this is the right answer. Just go s-video, you really won't get much out of composite on a Gamecube.
I disagree. The Gamecube's component output is fantastic, much better than S-video. But all things considered, it might not be worth the effort or price these days.
 

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Wow, I should be ebaying my old cables. Have about 6 or 7 of these just lying around.
 

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Seriously? I picked up a N64 with all the cables and a few games for like $30 recently.

Edit: Wow, necrobump.
 

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That's not true. The Gamecube has the same connector as the N64 and SNES, true, but that port can only be used for Composite and S-Video, on all 3 systems. The Gamecube has a completely separate digital video-out for the Component cable.

CAREFUL, because later model Gamecubes don't have the Component connector at all; Nintendo removed it because they're stupid. If your Cube only has one video-out, it can't do Component.
Why would the Gamecube have a "digital out" connector for component cables when component cables are analog only?

Also, a cheaper option would be to go third party and get one of those component cables that does PS2/Xbox/GC all in one. That's what I did to get cheap component out on my PS3 since it used the same component connector as PS2.

No point in using component on SNES anyway since the resolution on SNES is so ridiculously low.

If you want SNES games to look really good, you need to emulate.
 

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There are 0 third party Gamecube component cables that I know of BigDug13. 0. That is because Nintendo included a chip in the cable itself. And yes, it is called a digital out port.
 

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There are 0 third party Gamecube component cables that I know of BigDug13. 0. That is because Nintendo included a chip in the cable itself. And yes, it is called a digital out port.
Hmm...well I looked again at mine. It's not xbox support, it's 360 support. So it's a component cable that works on Xbox360, PS2, PS3, and Gamecube.

I just looked online and apparently the Gamecube connector part didn't function, so I guess you're right on that one. I never bought it for Gamecube support since I upgraded to Wii and gave away my Gamecube anyway. I bought it because it was the cheapest PS2 component cable out there and worked on PS3. On that end, it worked perfectly.
 

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Yeah, Nintendo was the only manufacturer of the GCN component cable. This is partly because the chip that actually allows for progressive scan is inside the cable, not the console. Nintendo did this so as to cut down on costs in the console itself and move those costs to the cable and those consumers who really wanted it. It's possibly the biggest reason I regret selling my Gamecube and component cable. That's why I'll probably just stick with my Wii.
 

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Why would the Gamecube have a "digital out" connector for component cables when component cables are analog only?
It could have theoretically been used for things like optical output... Or remember that 3D screen prototype for Gamecube that was talked about recently? I bet a million bucks that's where it would have connected.

Actually I think the fact that the component cables needed to have some sort of digital to analog converter is why no third party ones were made and why they're so valuable today.
 

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SNES/SFC cannot output component at all. There is no such thing as a SFC/SNES component cable.
The best you can get out of a SNES/SFC depends on the region:
USA: S-Video
JAPAN/EUROPE: RGB.
 

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SNES/SFC cannot output component at all. There is no such thing as a SFC/SNES component cable.
The best you can get out of a SNES/SFC depends on the region:
USA: S-Video
JAPAN/EUROPE: RGB.
I think you can use RGB with a North American SNES, yes? We just don't typically have the right inputs on the TVs.
 

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Why would the Gamecube have a "digital out" connector for component cables when component cables are analog only?

Also, a cheaper option would be to go third party and get one of those component cables that does PS2/Xbox/GC all in one. That's what I did to get cheap component out on my PS3 since it used the same component connector as PS2.

No point in using component on SNES anyway since the resolution on SNES is so ridiculously low.

If you want SNES games to look really good, you need to emulate.
Nintendo is dumb, don't know what else to tell you. None of those multi-system cables can do component for the Gamecube, because of the digital-analog conversion.

They later removed the digital out port from the Gamecube, and their reasoning was that "less than 5% of Gamecube owners use component video". You don't say? It was only sold on nintendo.com, and constantly out of stock...shocking that nobody used them! I'd bet that less than 5% of Gamecube owners bought anything at all from nintendo.com.

They're morons, I tell you. They almost didn't sell Wii component cables in stores, too. They had a pre-sale about a week before launch on Nintendo.com, which sold out in minutes and crashed their site in the process. Then they finally realized they'd underestimated demand.
 

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That's why I'll probably just stick with my Wii.
It's also why I'll want to find a GC compatible used Wii in good condition sometime, if possible. I have one, but it's got artifacting so I'll want one with none of that, and ideally newer and probably more solidly built.