longtime reader, first time poster - im much more a collector than an active gamer, and i collect mostly 3rd and 4th gen. picked up a gamecube at a thrift store a few months back and been using the GS sale to compile a library.
despite the sentiment here that theyd be predominantly (mini-) coasters, i figured id give the online order a shot this past week. ordered 44 games, 10 of which didnt work.
two big questions:
1. of the 10 that don't work, the majority of them have a readable surface in GREAT condition (no noticeable scratches at all). being relatively unfamiliar with the ins and outs of optical disc games, is their non-functionality likely the result of too much of the disc being resurfaced off?
2. on a lot of the discs, working and nonworking alike, theres a dark grey chalk-like substance around the hole in the middle of the disc. if you handle a few of them, it rubs off on your fingers - likewise if you take a cloth to the surface of the "hole". the substance is NOT the consistency of dirt, so i was wondering if this could be from resurfacing too.
any help/tips/info would be greatly appreciated. thanks so much!
1. I noticed a lot of the discs that are unreadable actually look very good. I already returned a bunch of them yesterday. So far I'm 12 out of 22 for working discs. I want Double Dash so fucking bad. I've ordered 4 copies on 4 separate occasions an all 4 aren't readable. I'm fucking bummed about that one.
I've only been testing them on the gamecube, I'm afraid to even put some of these in the Wii with all of the metallic inner stickers. Has anyone had luck getting games to work on their wii that didn't work on their gamecube. If there are any methods getting these good looking games to actually boot up, I'd be very interested as well.
2. I've been wiping off that black dust the same as you. I noticed it on my index finger and was like "I don't want this nasty stuff in my console." It's from Gamestop's refurbishing machine. People on this forum have confirmed it and yesterday Gamestop employee's confirmed it for me as well.
I'm only 12 out of 22, but I've been ordering a lot of the more expensive games because I bought 100+ games in store when the 75% off first went live.
Off the top of my head, the ones that actually worked are:
Simpsons hit and run
resident evil zero
resident evil 4
star wars clone wars
metroid prime 2
pacman world rally
mario party 5
mario party 6
Legend of Zelda Collector's edition <-- actually looks pretty good, especially for $6
It's almost too depressing to list the ones that didn't work that I returned...
Mario kart double dash
Resident evil (only had discs 2's and didn't even work)
metroid prime 2 (glad I bought 2)
simpsons hit and run (glad I bought 2)
pacman vs/pacman world 2 (whatever it's called)
I ask you what are the odds of this next situation that happened yesterday (1 in 1,000,000 at this point?). I walk into gamestop to return the nonworking gamecube games and I see a preowned gamecube controller and accessories sitting behind the counter. I ask if I can buy them and they said "sure, we just found them in a pre-owned gamecube display box we thought was empty."
They took the box off the wall earlier that day and noticed their was a controller and power cable sitting inside. I bought the controller for $3.xx and the power cable for $1.xx.
Talk about a crazy coincidence. I could drive to every Gamestop in 100 mile radius and never find another preowned gamecube accessory, but the one store I decide to stop in happens to find some.
Also scored a Batman Arkham City Armored Edition guide for $.01. Those were some really cool employees for letting me buy it instead of trashing it or doing an override to charge MSRP. I'm also lucky they don't seem to care about owning cheap Gamecube accessories.