Gamecube reliability

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TWRoO said:
epsilon72 said:
shakarak said:
I own three gamecubes in different colors also. The only thing you want to watch for is disc read error, the lens can be very sensitive sometimes.

There is a way to fix this problem, but it requires a voltmeter and disassembling your console...

Anyways, the original gamecube that my family bought around launch still works, so I guess they're fairly reliable. Not their most reliable system, but still much better than average.


It's by a long way the most reliable disc based system though.... cartridges don't need moving parts or sensitive lasers so they are naturally more reliable.

My GC had a slight disc-read problem after 6 years.... by slight I mean it would very occassionally crash (I think in total about 20 times in total... most in the last year)

I think I was told it was something to do with the laser (or the plastic casing for the laser) would get slightly warped by the heat from lots of usage. Which meant the laser sometimes had a hard job finding whatever it looks for.

The problems that can occur with the gamecube are nothing compared to problems with the Wii or PS3, which from what i have heard and experienced seem to be close to each other in a kind of joint second.... and both of those are leagues ahead of the 360 or PS2.
Not sure about Dreamcast.


I had 2 dreamcasts go on me, but they were units from gamestop so who knows where they got those from.

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The system if very VERY reliable. All Nintendo SYstems are. Mine isn't working however because the power went out and burned the optical reader but I have my Wii so no prob.

I'm pretty sure they distributed Gamecubes to japanese police for riot control (off the books obviously). I mean... what else is the handle for but to pick it up and swing it at people. At night the policeman go home and plug it in to play Ikaruga and Animal Crossing.

Never had a problem, solid as. Mine still working perfectly from 7(?) years ago.

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twesterm said:
oxford-gamer said:
bought mine in winter '02. It stopped reading disks a year ago.

The only game that wit would read was SSBM

It was pretty old, but I'm sure yours is younger than mine. Should be fine.


So you're saying it could play everything you needed it to play?  bazing!

Seriously though, the thing is a rock.

No, he's saying that everyga.............wait, I see what you did there......


ph4nt said:
Gamecube is to consoles what the original Gameboy is to handhelds, they are both made of some indestructable element nintendium.


Someone should add nintendium to uncyclopedia.

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Sky Render said:
Nintendo builds hardware like tanks. It's their greatest "unmentioned claim to fame", and taken for granted by many users until they accidentally drop their Game Boy or knock their game console over and discover that it's not even damaged.

I'd say this was true until the Wii. I find the Wii to be my least reliable console ever... it's already on its "deathbed" with numerous disc read errors and artifacts all over the place :(

I could just be in the minority though.

So Wii> PS1/PS2s massive DRE, and the 360s RRoD? Seriously?


I had my GameCube for almost 7 years (got it on launch and still works as if it was still new) Nintendo is known for having high quality (as in durability) systems i still have my orignal NES and it still works.

My Wii and DS have broken more then my Gamecube ever did. It's made of pure Nintendium. You're good.