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

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The Nintendo GameCube does not support HDMI, but don’t stop there! With the right adapters, you can connect a GameCube to a modern TV and play your favorite GameCube games.

Relive the GameCube experience on a modern TV


It is possible to play GameCube games on your PC with the Dolphin emulator. However, it’s not the same as snuggling 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 relaxing on your couch and playing some of your favorite 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 large 4K TV. The remastered versions of the 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 lets you play GameCube and Wii games, but it’s not the original experience. You must first get the games you want, configure the emulator and have the necessary equipment to power it. To play Dolphin perfectly, you need a powerful machine; otherwise, you may encounter bugs.

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

You don’t have to worry about setting up an emulator, just use your original GameCube hardware.

And, if you like Smash Bros., be sure to check out 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 provided an analog TV retransmission adapter with the GameCube, so people could connect it to any TV from that era. In 2009, however, the United States (like most other countries) moved from analog television to full digital television.

Televisions manufactured since then have not supported analog broadcasts. It also made old device adapters obsolete, including the one that came with the GameCube.

However, for around $ 30, you can get an adapter which connects from the analog output of the GameCube to the digital input of your TV.

If you have a GameCube, its controller and the power adapter, all you need is an HDMI adapter. It decodes the GameCube’s analog output signal, digitizes it (you can even control the wide screen resolution settings from standard resolution during this process), and then transmits it to the TV.


These adapters are easy to configure and will give you a high quality picture on your TV. Simply 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 don’t know which cords go where, Nintendo has an original GameCube Manual on its website. You can also find manuals for older systems, such as the GameBoy.

HDMI switch compatible

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

Even with a pair of Xboxes, a PlayStation 4 and a Nintendo Switch dock connected to the same TV, everything worked perfectly. This model also supports signal detection if you want to automatically switch to the last activated input, even if it is an 18-year-old GameCube.

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

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