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Hardware Review: Should You Ditch Your GameCube Discs For The GC Loader?

We go hands-on with the system’s ODE option.

Back when cartridges were the main means of distributing video games on home consoles, the prospect of optical media was a technological revolution of sorts; these shiny discs promised greater storage at a cheaper cost (not that the consumer always saw the latter benefit), and carts were considered to be such a throwback in the mid-’90s that Nintendo was seen as ‘stuck in the past’ by using them for its N64 console.

As time has gone on, though, the industry’s switch to optical media has become something of a curse for retro players. Not only are discs easily scratched and far less robust that cartridges, but some of the older examples are also experiencing an unpleasant phenomenon known as ‘bit rot’, rendering them unplayable – even when kept in mint condition. Then there’s the problem of the hardware required to actually read these discs; over time, optical drives become misaligned or fail completely.

Read the full article on nintendolife.com

We go hands-on with the system’s ODE option.

Back when cartridges were the main means of distributing video games on home consoles, the prospect of optical media was a technological revolution of sorts; these shiny discs promised greater storage at a cheaper cost (not that the consumer always saw the latter benefit), and carts were considered to be such a throwback in the mid-’90s that Nintendo was seen as ‘stuck in the past’ by using them for its N64 console.

As time has gone on, though, the industry’s switch to optical media has become something of a curse for retro players. Not only are discs easily scratched and far less robust that cartridges, but some of the older examples are also experiencing an unpleasant phenomenon known as ‘bit rot’, rendering them unplayable – even when kept in mint condition. Then there’s the problem of the hardware required to actually read these discs; over time, optical drives become misaligned or fail completely.

Read the full article on nintendolife.com

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