Honestly folks, a backwards-compatible Wii + component cables is the better option, and it is still capable of playing Phantasy Star Online through the SCHTHACK servers-
Good luck finding players now. Most of them are either Japanese players or non-GameCube users. Also, it is theoretically possible to also play Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Kirby Air Ride, and 1080 Avalanche online.
My dad found a gamecube in the trash at work 3 years ago. Nobody wanted it because it was old and they presumed it didn't work because it was left in a car during the summer. It had about 10 games, the only games I remember is metroid prime, super smash brothers melee and def jam vendetta. It came with the ac adapter, a/v cable, memory card and 3 controllers.
Out of your entire post, not once did you mention that you kept it.
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