POSTS FOR 2003

Broken Nintendo GameCube™

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I’ve always been a fan of Nintendo. I’ve been a Nintendo fan since I got a hold of my first NES back in 1988 and bought a copy of Super Mario Bros 2. Although I have several other gaming systems as well, my preference has always been for Nintendo.

Anyways, I went down to the video store today, and rented a copy of Mario Kart: Double Dash for my GameCube. I stuck the disc in, and powered up the system. After an unusually long pause, the system went into setup mode, which is something is only does when the lid is open, or there is no game disc.

“Maybe it’s just dust,” I thought to myself as I wiped off the disc on my shirt and blew across the laser lens to get rid of any dust that may have been there. I tried it again, and it still didn’t work. So, I grabbed my Zelda: Wind Waker disc and tried that one. Same problem. Getting frusterated, I tried my copy of SSX Tricky. Still no luck. Well crap!

After 15 minutes with no luck, I figured it was the system, so I went online to look at my warranty/repair options. I’ve had the system for just over a year-and-a-half, so the warranty is definitely expired. I looked up my options for paying for a repair, and the cost was $74.95! Oh my goodness! With all of the Day-After-Thanksgiving sales going on, I can get a brand-new system for $80. So that’s what I’m probably going to do. I hate to do it though, ’cause it’s paying $80 for something I already have.

Then, I looked down at my NES (that I still have). I grabbed my Super Mario Bros 3 cartridge, blew into it, blew into my NES, put the game in and turned it on. Within a few seconds, I saw Mario and Luigi running around on the bottom of the screen, followed closely by three koopa turtles (with the third one slightly out of sync with the first two, as always). If my NES can last me 15 years, why can’t my GameCube last me two?

I’ve got a Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis 2, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, GameBoy, GameBoy Advance, and a Nintendo GameCube, and it’s the GameCube that breaks. What the heck?!

Ryan Parman

Ryan Parman is an experienced software engineer, open source evangelist, and passionate user advocate currently living in Seattle. He is the creator of and , and worked on DevOps and Security at . He is now bringing learning into the digital age as an Engineering Lead and Site Reliability Engineer at . Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than .