Written by Erik Kubik, kube00 Friday, 30 March 2012 05:00
As of April 2, 2012, Gamestop will no longer take GameCube trade ins. This means consoles, games and accessories will no longer be accepted. In the long run, what does this mean for gamers?
The Wii U is coming out this year and Nintendo announced the system will not have backwards compatibility for GameCube games. This means gamers will have to hang onto their Wiis or their GameCubes. For some gamers, this just means another console gets shoved into the closet or pushed to the back of the entertainment center, until it's time to play Mario Party 5.
The good news from this announcement is that everything GameCube related should be converted to used, even the highly sought after wireless Wavebird controllers and Game Boy Player. Prices should drop on everything for the GameCube. The consoles will come down to less than $30. Gamers who don’t have a Wii should consider getting a GameCube at this price.
There are plenty of exclusive 1st and 3rd party titles worth playing. Outside of Mario and Zelda, there’s the Resident Evil remake, Resident Evil Zero, Phantasy Star Online, Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes, DK Jungle Beat, Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, Animal Crossing, Metroid Prime, Eternal Darkness, Skies of Arcadia, Ikaruga, and the list goes on and on. I personally recommend the Resident Evil games and Eternal Darkness. I also foresee Gamestop doing a buy 2 get 2 sale to eventually clean out all the GameCube games, much like they did with the GBA last year. This means gamers will be able to get some of the highly sought after, rare games for much cheaper.
For the collector, any sort of sale is always a good thing. But this will make some of the games harder to find and in the long run, gamers will have to turn to other sources to find games. Goozex has a decent amount of GameCube games for trade, which is one of the first places I’d start looking.