Nintendo GameCube - Component Video and Progressive Scan Information


In order to use the Nintendo GameCube Component Video Cables, your TV will
need to have component inputs such as these.

Important Notes:

  • On newer models of the Nintendo GameCube, the necessary port for connecting the Component Video Cable was removed. For more information on this, please click here.
  • The Nintendo GameCube Component Video Cables are no longer available for purchase through Nintendo's Online Store. If you are interested in purchasing these cables, click here for tips on locating discontinued Nintendo accessories.

If you are already have the necessary cables and are ready to hook up your Nintendo GameCube, click here.

 

Component Video and Progressive Scan Information
Using the Component Video Cables can improve the picture quality of your games, resulting in sharper colors and a cleaner picture. This can be done in one of two ways:

  1. Component Video Signal
    The Component Video Cable provides a component video signal from the Nintendo GameCube to your TV. This signal is able to display a richer and cleaner picture than what is displayed with the Stereo AV Cable.

      What you need for a component video signal:

      • A Nintendo GameCube system that supports this feature (model # DOL-001)
      • A set of Nintendo GameCube Component Video Cables. (These cables are no longer available for purchase through Nintendo's Online Store. If you are interested in purchasing these cables, click here for tips on locating discontinued Nintendo accessories.)
      • A component video-capable TV. Check your television for green, blue, and red video inputs (see diagram above), or consult the owner's manual for your TV.
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  3. Progressive Scan Signal
    The Component Video Cable is also capable of transmitting a progressive scan signal to the TV. With a progressive scan signal, the TV is able to display a sharper and clearer picture. To do this, the Nintendo GameCube game being played must be programmed for progressive scan, and your TV has to have the ability to display this signal in progressive scan mode.

      What you need for a progressive scan signal:

      • A Nintendo GameCube system that supports this feature (model # DOL-001)
      • A set of Nintendo GameCube Component Video Cables. (These cables are no longer available for purchase through Nintendo's Online Store. If you are interested in purchasing these cables, click here for tips on locating discontinued Nintendo accessories.)
      • A component video-capable TV that supports progressive scan signals. Your television will need to have component inputs (see diagram at top of page); but just because the television may have these inputs, it does not mean it can display signals in progressive scan. Consult the owner's manual for the television, or contact the manufacturer to find out if your TV can support progressive scan.
      • A Nintendo GameCube game disc that supports progressive scan. Games that support this feature will have an icon on the back of the box that reads "Progressive Scan Compatible."
      • You will need to manually activate progressive scan for the game you are trying to play. Please link here for information on doing this.

Note: The Component Video Cables are designed for transmitting a video signal only. The stereo AV cables that are included with your system are needed to transmit the audio portion of the game.

Note about the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Player: The Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Player is programmed to send a progressive scan signal for all Game Boy games. Please keep in mind that improvements in quality may be difficult to notice with the Game Boy games.