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#961 Gosha   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2248 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:04 PM

I'm sorry if this has been answered before but I only ordered paper Mario, it didn't work but I couldn't use saver because the size.of the order. Will they refund my shipping in store?


No.

#962 bob330i   just lookin' CAGiversary!   3279 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:10 PM

Just want a second opinion. For those who bought or have a GC now, if you don't have the component cable ($100-150? no way), should I just stick with a backwards compatible Wii so I can take advantage of the 480p capability? If I end up finding a GC, I'm not about to spend $100+ on a cable for an old console to get 480p.

The bummer thing is that my current BC Wii is doing the 360 thing and putting rings on some of my disks near the edges (yes, I keep it horizontal 100%). I think it won't do that to GC games as they're the mini CDs?

Anyhow, at some point, I'll likely will be a Wii U so that could cover my current Wii library but it won't have GC capability. In this case, I wouldn't be opposed to keeping my old BC Wii just for GC games as long as it doesn't etch the GC discs. Thoughts?

#963 SonictheHedgehog1337   CheapAssGamer4Life CAGiversary!   7414 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:40 PM

hi all,

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
baldurs gate
metroid prime 2
pikmin
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)
Sonic adventure
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. :)

#964 MrNinjaSquirrel   Emo Blogger CAGiversary!   12143 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:43 PM

Just want a second opinion. For those who bought or have a GC now, if you don't have the component cable ($100-150? no way), should I just stick with a backwards compatible Wii so I can take advantage of the 480p capability? If I end up finding a GC, I'm not about to spend $100+ on a cable for an old console to get 480p.

The bummer thing is that my current BC Wii is doing the 360 thing and putting rings on some of my disks near the edges (yes, I keep it horizontal 100%). I think it won't do that to GC games as they're the mini CDs?

Anyhow, at some point, I'll likely will be a Wii U so that could cover my current Wii library but it won't have GC capability. In this case, I wouldn't be opposed to keeping my old BC Wii just for GC games as long as it doesn't etch the GC discs. Thoughts?


Yes, 480p on Wii is a much cheaper alternative, and it looks miles ahead of a standard gamecube av cable. I'm not sure if the discs will be safe, because it's the lens that is scratching them, hence equal danger. Gamecube games are pretty durable, but if that happens it's basically a 99% failure rate for the game. I'd test it on something not super valuable for a couple hours, and see how it fairs.

Hey, you look like you have a lot of money; how about donating some of it to my Extra Life drive?


#965 genovincent   CAG in Training CAG in Training   5 Posts   Joined 4.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:01 PM

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'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.

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)
Sonic adventure
pacman vs/pacman world 2 (whatever it's called)


awesome info/feedback, thanks so much sonic!

out of curiosity, have you noticed any trends for in-store purchases having a higher success rate of functioning than online purchases (or vice versa)? unfortunately, i was way too naive when i made my rounds and bought my in-store games a few months back, and never tested any of them. if they have the same fail rate as my online purchases, im screwed - only silver lining being that i bought my first GCN system a few weeks into the 75% off sale, so most of the games i bought in-store arent highly-sought/expensive titles.

FWIW, here's my list of 10 that failed from two online orders last week:

mvp baseball 2005
need for speed underground 2
007 nightfire
backyard baseball
batman begins
wwe day of reckoning
medal of honor - european assault
wwe wrestlemania xix
call of duty finest hour
shrek super slam

i also havent bothered testing the games in my wii, but i did try them in a second GCN system i bought at gamestop about two months ago, and got the same (failed) results - this after cleaning the laser in the original testing system, as well as the disc surfaces.

and thats great that your trip to the store to return the stuff was fruitful beyond just the return - glad you had that good luck.

thanks again for the reply.

#966 theking20   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4620 Posts   Joined 10.9 Years Ago  

Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:22 PM

well i got one order in. I got an email saying they shipped just the zelda collectors edition 5 days after shipping mario kart double dash and mario baseball

both games came in a random case, no instructions and mario baseball had a crack on the disc (top) and it wont work, mario kart did

so 1 for 2 and both were refurbished


i have no positive hopes for zelda collectors edition :P

#967 spamfree2   cheap but tasteful ;P CAGiversary!   1358 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:28 PM

Anyone have a remedy for a disk that has a crack radiating from the spindle hub but still works. I have a GC disk that works but want to stop it for getting worse. I have heard of super glue.

#968 bob330i   just lookin' CAGiversary!   3279 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:43 PM

Yes, 480p on Wii is a much cheaper alternative, and it looks miles ahead of a standard gamecube av cable. I'm not sure if the discs will be safe, because it's the lens that is scratching them, hence equal danger. Gamecube games are pretty durable, but if that happens it's basically a 99% failure rate for the game. I'd test it on something not super valuable for a couple hours, and see how it fairs.


Thanks for the feedback. Most of the half dozen or so titles I have are first party Nintendo in great shape (picked up in last year or so's BOGO sale) so I"m hesitant to put any GC in it for fear of it killing the disc. I'll do a bit more research and hold pat on getting a GC now.

#969 MrNinjaSquirrel   Emo Blogger CAGiversary!   12143 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:53 PM

Thanks for the feedback. Most of the half dozen or so titles I have are first party Nintendo in great shape (picked up in last year or so's BOGO sale) so I"m hesitant to put any GC in it for fear of it killing the disc. I'll do a bit more research and hold pat on getting a GC now.


if your are really worried, maybe you should just pick up a used Wii off cowboom for $40-$50. Still cheaper than a component cable, and you already have the chords and controllers, so you can just get a super cheap system only bundle;)

Hey, you look like you have a lot of money; how about donating some of it to my Extra Life drive?


#970 Wrong   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   281 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:12 AM

I got my order for Mario Kart Double Dash in the mail today. I opened it up and saw the back. It was pristine, almost perfect. I turn it over... Super Bubble Pop. :(

I don't think there is going to be a lot of Mario weaving between karts on Rainbow Road going on this weekend.

I am going to go out on a limb and say I am going to have to return this one.

#971 Hemi   One with the never-ending backlog. CAGiversary!   2945 Posts   Joined 4.9 Years Ago  

Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:06 AM

XD well my order for two of MK: DD shipped today, hopefully my lucks better.

#972 bob330i   just lookin' CAGiversary!   3279 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 20 April 2013 - 03:20 AM

if your are really worried, maybe you should just pick up a used Wii off cowboom for $40-$50. Still cheaper than a component cable, and you already have the chords and controllers, so you can just get a super cheap system only bundle;)


Thanks again. Any easy way to know if it's a BC Wii from the Cowboom descriptions?

#973 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   22127 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 20 April 2013 - 03:24 AM

I got the first part of my order (from a few days ago) today and my shitty luck continues.
Kirby Air Ride - Looks good, works.
Smash Bros - Cover side looks like shit and doesn't work, obviously.
Mario Kart - Seriously looks like a new disc, cover art and underside are perfect and there's not even any goo in the disc center but it doesn't work. I almost didn't even think about testing it because I figured it would work...:-/

I got 5 more coming over the next week but since I'm already down to 1 for 3, I'm not getting my hopes up.

Currently playing: 

:ps4: Nier Automata - :)

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#974 MrNinjaSquirrel   Emo Blogger CAGiversary!   12143 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:01 AM

Thanks again. Any easy way to know if it's a BC Wii from the Cowboom descriptions?


you want to get a Model Number RVL-001 Released in November 2006. Should be listed as such, they have about 3-4 different ones up. This one says it is compatible, so I'd say it's a safe bet. And returns should be easy, should it come otherwise:)

http://www.cowboom.com/product/160615

Hey, you look like you have a lot of money; how about donating some of it to my Extra Life drive?


#975 kitsunisan   Meh. CAGiversary!   1517 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:13 AM

I got my order for Mario Kart Double Dash in the mail today. I opened it up and saw the back. It was pristine, almost perfect. I turn it over... Super Bubble Pop. :(

I don't think there is going to be a lot of Mario weaving between karts on Rainbow Road going on this weekend.

I am going to go out on a limb and say I am going to have to return this one.


Mario went Turbo.

#976 MrNinjaSquirrel   Emo Blogger CAGiversary!   12143 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:33 AM

Mario went Turbo.


:applause::lol::applause:

Hey, you look like you have a lot of money; how about donating some of it to my Extra Life drive?


#977 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   22127 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:41 PM

I got four more games in today: Zelda CE, Luigi's Mansion, Sonic Gems Collection and Eternal Darkness... not a single one works.

So far, I'm one for seven. This is ridiculous. I'm pretty sure my GC works fine since I tested my own copies of Wind Waker and Smash Bros Melee without issue, and Kirby Air Ride worked fine.

Currently playing: 

:ps4: Nier Automata - :)

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#978 YoshiFan1   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9828 Posts   Joined 13.9 Years Ago  

Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:46 PM

Luigi Mansions partially works for me. It loaded up ok and for 5 minutes it worked then after than every time the game has to load, it says the disc can't be read so I have to open the systems lid, and close it again then the next room loads only for the same thing to happen again a minute or two later. I'm planning to play through the game and then return it.

There were a few other games I was going to try to get if there was a restock but at this point, all it seems like is trouble to order anything used from GameStop.com

#979 Danika   CAG in Training CAG in Training   4 Posts   Joined 4.5 Years Ago  

Posted 20 April 2013 - 08:12 PM

I actually tried ordering a Grandia III from them a couple weeks ago and it unfortunately had a crack on disc 1 and was a generic GameStop case :S from now on I'll probably stick with checking GameStop B&M stores (when will PS2 go 50% then 75% off, later this year into 2014? It'll be really interesting with stuff like Shadow Hearts, Persona 4, Suikoden V, etc. on the website)

#980 Drclaw411   I miss Cartoon Orbit CAGiversary!   3272 Posts   Joined 7.5 Years Ago  

Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:32 PM

I actually tried ordering a Grandia III from them a couple weeks ago and it unfortunately had a crack on disc 1 and was a generic GameStop case :S from now on I'll probably stick with checking GameStop B&M stores (when will PS2 go 50% then 75% off, later this year into 2014? It'll be really interesting with stuff like Shadow Hearts, Persona 4, Suikoden V, etc. on the website)


I'm sure it will be a while. They'll start out with an occasional b2g1 ps2. Then, they'll have a long ass b2g2 ps2. A year or so after that, if they have remaining stock, they'll do a 25% off, 6 or 7 months later a 50% off, then a month or so later 75% off whatever is left.

I wouldn't expect the b2g1 until late 2014 and a 75% off sometime 2016 at the absolute earliest.

#981 247   . CAGiversary!   1519 Posts   Joined 6.9 Years Ago  

Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:41 PM

I don't think GameStop will last that long.

#982 rlse9   Changos! CAGiversary!   940 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:52 PM

My copy of Starfox Assault arrived today. Fired it up and the game works fine, the disc doesn't look as good as the other games I've gotten but I played it for a while without problems. I guess I've been lucky as all 5 of the games I've ordered work fine.

Now Playing:
 

:wiiu: Paper Mario 64


#983 Hemi   One with the never-ending backlog. CAGiversary!   2945 Posts   Joined 4.9 Years Ago  

Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:27 PM

I don't think GameStop will last that long.




Oh please with BB dying out soon who will compete with GS??? They have a monopoly almost, this stuff sells itself even at the CRAZY prices they charge with the tiny trade in values.

Edit: Seem's theres some leftovers from another restock, check past the first page, was a MP 7 that someone snatched before me. Still a couple somewhat desireable games.

#984 Wrong   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   281 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:26 AM

Seem's theres some leftovers from another restock, check past the first page, was a MP 7 that someone snatched before me. Still a couple somewhat desireable games.


That has been there all day. I think the system is a little wacky today.

#985 SonictheHedgehog1337   CheapAssGamer4Life CAGiversary!   7414 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:47 AM

awesome info/feedback, thanks so much sonic!

out of curiosity, have you noticed any trends for in-store purchases having a higher success rate of functioning than online purchases (or vice versa)? unfortunately, i was way too naive when i made my rounds and bought my in-store games a few months back, and never tested any of them. if they have the same fail rate as my online purchases, im screwed - only silver lining being that i bought my first GCN system a few weeks into the 75% off sale, so most of the games i bought in-store arent highly-sought/expensive titles.

FWIW, here's my list of 10 that failed from two online orders last week:

mvp baseball 2005
need for speed underground 2
007 nightfire
backyard baseball
batman begins
wwe day of reckoning
medal of honor - european assault
wwe wrestlemania xix
call of duty finest hour
shrek super slam

i also havent bothered testing the games in my wii, but i did try them in a second GCN system i bought at gamestop about two months ago, and got the same (failed) results - this after cleaning the laser in the original testing system, as well as the disc surfaces.

and thats great that your trip to the store to return the stuff was fruitful beyond just the return - glad you had that good luck.

thanks again for the reply.


I didn't test my in-store purchases either, but I inspected each disc before I paid for them. I put back any discs that were very scratched and didn't buy them.

After reading your post I finally decided to test a few of the in-store purchases and they all work so far *knocks on wood.*

Kirby's Air Ride arrived today and it actually worked. It looks like a pretty fun game for the 5 minutes I played it.

#986 Abcdude   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   24 Posts   Joined 4.5 Years Ago  

Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:57 AM

I'm starting to reconsider buying any of these after hearing all the misfortune with the copies they ship.

I think i'm just going to start buying these on ebay and save myself the hassle ^_^

#987 Hemi   One with the never-ending backlog. CAGiversary!   2945 Posts   Joined 4.9 Years Ago  

Posted 21 April 2013 - 05:56 AM

Small smalll restock, nabbed
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes :)
Metroid Prime :)
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (needed good filler for SAVER)
Mario Superstar Baseball (needed good filler for SAVER)
Atleast I wont have paid shipping when I go to return my gamecube games previously owned by wolverine. But if 1 of the metroids work I'll be happy.

#988 whitereflection   Shake well before serving CAGiversary!   4917 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:00 AM

Those are probably everyone's defective returns. More than one person here had issues with Metroid games IIRC.

#989 Hemi   One with the never-ending backlog. CAGiversary!   2945 Posts   Joined 4.9 Years Ago  

Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:25 AM

Those are probably everyone's defective returns. More than one person here had issues with Metroid games IIRC.


Yup been on this thread since the sale hit, and have seen ppl get crushed, but there's always a chance it's a store sent, and besides, If I must return it I plan to mark it with a small thing on the case or something, to track if another cag gets it after me. Kinda like people with dollars.

But in SEMI related news, had ordered a .hack//G.U part 3 Redemption for ps2 after I saw it in stock when checking for a restock on GC and it arrived, generic 360 case, resurface gunk in the center, but disc look's great and I tested it for about 6 minutes with no problem. I consider that a good sign.

#990 Seshka   Part-time Warrior CAGiversary!   234 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:04 AM

There was a mini restock tonight. I managed to get Double Dash, I think there's still some left.

They also had some Smash Bros Melee and Mario Party 7 but they ran out quick.

They also restocked on a few refurb GC systems.