Nintendo GameCube Broadband Adapter and Modem Adapter

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The GameCube BBA, attached to a GameCube

The Nintendo GameCube Broadband Adapter and Modem Adapter are a network adapter and 56k dial-up modem, respectively, for the Nintendo GameCube. They were produced by Conexant and made in the Philippines. The adapters fit flush into "Serial Port 1" on the underside of the GameCube and add a 8P8C (RJ-45) or 6P4C (RJ-11) port to the side of the console.[1]

Software[edit]

Title Developer(s) Online/LAN Play[a]
Homeland Chunsoft Online, LAN
Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Sonic Team Online
Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Plus Sonic Team Online
Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution Sonic Team Online
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Nintendo LAN
1080° Avalanche NST LAN
Kirby Air Ride HAL Laboratory LAN

^ a LAN games can be played online with third-party PC applications such as Warp Pipe and XLink Kai that allows online play of these three games by tunneling the network traffic through a computer and across the Internet.[2]

Hacking[edit]

Soon after Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II was released for the GameCube, it was discovered that a PC could be made to simulate the conditions of the server that the game would connect to. This information started as a method of tunneling the online service. When simulating this server, unsigned code can be streamed back to the GameCube, allowing homebrew, or information could be streamed back, allowing one to play copied games. This was also implemented to allow online gameplay in games for which it is not intended. Early dumps of GameCube games were created using this technique. From there, methods of running the games off of a computer through a GameCube were created. Nintendo and Sega responded by releasing the Plus version of the game.

Closure[edit]

The online gaming service was officially discontinued in April 2007, in order to focus on the Gamecube's successor, the Wii and its online gaming service. Although the service was discontinued, games can still be played online via private servers.[3] Games with LAN multiplayer support can still be played in LAN mode as well, and can be played online via tunneling software.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadband Adapter Instruction Booklet (PDF). USA: Nintendo. 2002. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  2. ^ a b Ransom, James (2004-11-30). "XLink Kai: free online gaming for the masses". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  3. ^ "PSO Episode I & II for Xbox Returns - Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Message Board for GameCube". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 

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