Brain Blast!!! One of the best Nickelodeon franchises of the 2000s also dipped its toe in the video game market with 3 Jimmy Neutron games on the GameCube. The movie started the series with a bang and continued with a really cool show we all loved to watch after school. The games...were OK. Jimmy and all his friends' adventures in video games were alright cartoon tie-ins that were probably only on your Christmas list if you were in-between waiting for other big Cube games. We await for the Hugh Neutron game on Switch to this day.
It's time to DUEL! On episode 63 of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast, Mike and Neil sit down to talk about Yu-Gi-Oh, Beyblade and a bunch of other animes/fads we loved when we were in school (and we kinda still do!). Joining us on the show is enemy of the pod Ramon to talk about how Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom isn't a card dueling game but actually an RPG/RTS that he became extremely fond of growing up. The boys start the episode off with some talk about Arthur, back to school memories and their favourite Pokemon. All this and more in this episode of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast!
Enter the Dragon. It's been 23 years to the day that Spyro first graced the PS1 and Mike & Neil are here dive head first into the purple dragon's history, games (the good and bad) and his future. The episode starts off with the boys welcoming friend of the show Andy to talk about the original trilogy and then transitioning to the 3 GameCube games. Friend of the show Quinn joins the pod for the first time to discuss terribly disappointing Enter the Dragonfly and the show moves along to talk about A Hero's Tail as well as the second Spyro trilogy starting with Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (featuring the voices of Elijah Wood, Gary Oldman and Mark Hamill?!?!). It's a jam-packed, nostalgia-filled trip that will hopefully leave you with some knowledge bombs and thinking just a little more highly of Spyro and the Insomniac team who gave him life.
Collecting video games in 2020 has become a difficult hobby for gamers who enjoy sifting through retro video games stores, looking for weird titles to bring home and play maybe once for a laugh. Not only has the option to wander aimlessly through stores been put on hold, but this year, GameCube game prices saw a massive spike right when the first lockdown took place back in March.
According to sales results on pricecharting.com, the price of Gamecube games rose in the last 12 months from an average $12.25 per eBay transaction to $17.88 per transaction. To keep the math simple, gamecube game prices went up a lot this year (roughly 46% to be exact). Neil and Mike take full responsibility for the rise in demand for games on the Cube, and would like to formally apologize for the stress this has put on collector’s wallets.
To compare the GameCube sales spike to other 6th generation consoles, Playstation 2 game prices rose 25% and Xbox rose 10%. Combining the increased popularity of Playstation 2 and Xbox this year is still 10% less than that of the mighty GameCube. Nintendo kids of the early 2000s are now in the midst of their 20’s, and have a little more disposable income to invest in reliving childhood memories once more. Nostalgia for Nintendo always grows stronger with time. The NES, SNES, and N64 all have experienced a renaissance 15-20 years after they are obsolete, and we are seeing it now with Gamecube. In 7 years we will see it with Wii, and yes, in 10 years we will see it with the WiiU.
In this short-lived time of GameCube inflation, I recommend limiting the number of ‘GameCube shopping sprees’ you go out on until the Wii kids start working 9-5. GameCube prices will level out and even go down again, and when that happens I will be first in line to pick up Billy Hatcher.
There seems to be some hope that within the next 12 months of writing this article, we could be looking at going back to the way things were pre-pandemic, and retail stores (those still in business) can re-open again with less restrictions. But the question that keeps me up at night is whether or not GameCube Game prices will continue to rise in 2021, or have we seen peak prices?