Nintendo GameCube – Game Boy Advance link cable
|Type||Gamepad adapter cable|
|Connectivity||GameCube controller port, Game Boy Advance|
The Nintendo GameCube – Game Boy Advance link cable is a cable used to connect the Nintendo GameCube (GCN) and the Game Boy Advance (GBA). Small games can be downloaded into the GBA, the GBA may be used as a second screen to supplement gameplay, or the GBA can be a separate controller. By using this cable and a Game Boy Player accessory, a Game Boy Advance can be used to control a Game Boy game being played on the GameCube. The cable has one end that plugs into a GameCube controller slot and another end that plugs into the GBA's extension port. It is the descendant of the Transfer Pak. The cable is compatible with the Nintendo GameCube and the original Wii on the console side, and the Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Player, and e-Reader on the portable side. Because the Game Boy Micro has a differently-shaped link port, the official cable does not work with it, but resourceful enthusiasts have been able to hack together home-made versions which do.
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle was the first GameCube game to use this link cable.
The following is a list of compatible GameCube games, with the corresponding Game Boy Advance (GBA) game or N/A if no GBA game is required.
|GameCube Game||Game Boy Advance Game||Features|
|All-Star Baseball 2004||All-Star Baseball 2004||Transfer trading cards between both versions.|
|Amazing Island||N/A||Unlocks new content.|
|Animal Crossing||N/A (e-Reader optional)||It is used as a second screen for the GameCube to design patterns, to get to the secret island and/or play a virtual pet style mini-game with the islander, and to play downloadable NES games.
With the e-Reader, it allows scanning compatible cards for bonus items, patterns, and town tunes. The e-Reader support is absent in the European version.
|Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu||Unlocks special modes on GBA version, but cannot be saved.
The GBA link option is absent in both European versions.
|Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg||N/A||Unlocks bonus minigame content.|
|Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex||N/A||Enables a secret minigame.|
|Crash Nitro Kart||Crash Nitro Kart||Alternately unlock three characters (N. Oxide, N Trophy & Spyro) and all four cheats.|
|Dakar 2||N/A||Used to play the unreleased GBA version of the game.|
|Disney Sports Basketball||Transfer sceenshots from the GBA to the GCN version.|
|Disney Sports Soccer||Transfer sceenshots from the GBA to the GCN version.|
|Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse
Disney's Hide and Sneak
|Disney's Magical Quest series||Unlocks new content, and uploads items from the GBA to the GCN version.|
|FIFA Football 2004||Unlocks new content and transfers game progress.|
|Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles||N/A||Required for each player in the multiplayer mode. Allows each player to control their character and access an individual menu, without interrupting gameplay.|
|Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance||Fire Emblem, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones||Unlocks extra content in Path of Radiance|
|Game Boy Player
(add-on that plays most Gameboy, Gameboy Color & Gameboy Advance games)
|N/A||The GBA can be used as the controller instead of the GameCube controller.|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Unlocks new content.|
|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Unlocks new content.|
|Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup||Allows the transfer of Quidditch cards between the games, play co-op.|
|Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life||Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town series||Unlocks new content.|
|Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life||Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town||Unlocks new content.|
|Hot Wheels Velocity X||Unlocks new content.|
|James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing||Used to help players for the GCN version, and for co-op mode.|
|Kururin Squash!||N/A||Used to play unlockable minigames.|
|The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures||N/A||The GBA can be used as the controller instead of the GameCube controller for single player. Also enables optional multiplayer cooperative play with up to four players, but a separate GBA and cable is required for each player.|
|The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker||N/A||Enables optional two-player cooperative play. (Tingle Tuner)|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Unlocks new content.|
|Madden NFL 2003||Used as an interactive scoreboard.|
|Madden NFL 2004||Allows players to use Madden Cards in the GCN version.|
|Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour||Mario Golf: Advance Tour||Unlocks new content and transfers game progress.|
|Mario Kart Double Dash!! Bonus Disc||Fire Emblem||Unlocks exclusive items that can only be obtained from the bonus disc. Also unlocks the soundtracks 99 & 100.
The GBA link option is absent in the European version of Fire Emblem, since the Bonus Disc was not released in Europe.
|Medabots Infinity||Medabots series||Unlocks two secret characters.|
|Medal of Honor: Rising Sun||Medal of Honor: Infiltrator||Map of the current level shows on the Game Boy Advance.|
|Mega Man X: Command Mission||N/A||Used as second screen.|
|Metroid Prime||Metroid Fusion||Unlock content: the NES version of Metroid and the Fusion Suit to use in Metroid Prime.|
|NASCAR Thunder 2003||N/A||Manage data on the player's car.|
|Nintendo GameCube Preview Disc||N/A||Used to play downloadable games WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! & Dr. Mario|
|Nintendo Puzzle Collection||N/A||Used as a controller. Can also be used to download the NES version of Dr. Mario and Yoshi along with a GBA port of Panel de Pon|
|Pac-Man Vs.||N/A||GBA required to play. Controls the first player.|
|Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II series||N/A||Unlock new content.|
|Pokémon Box: Ruby and Sapphire||Pokémon series||Allows transfer of Pokémon between the games.|
|Pokémon Channel||Pokémon series||Allows transfer of Pokémon between the games.|
|Pokémon Colosseum (including the Bonus Disc)||Pokémon series||Allows transfer of Pokémon between the games, and battles can be held in Colosseum using the GBA to issue orders.|
|Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness||Pokémon series||Allows transfer of Pokémon between the games, and battles can be held in XD using the GBA to issue orders.|
|Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time||Unlocks new content and transfers game progress.|
|Rayman 3||N/A (Rayman 3 optional)||Allows the use of multiplayer in certain mini games. With GBA version, unlocks extra mini games.|
|Road Trip: The Arcade Edition||Road Trip: Shifting Gears||Unlocks new content. Uses the GBA as a controller.|
|The Sims: Bustin' Out||Unlocks new content and transfers game progress.|
|Sonic Adventure 2: Battle||N/A (Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2 or Sonic Pinball Party optional)||Transfers Chao to the Tiny Chao Garden (similar to Chao Adventure for VMU). With GBA games, allows user to save the Chao to the GBA's Tiny Chao Garden.|
|Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut||N/A (Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2 or Sonic Pinball Party optional)||Transfers Chao to the Tiny Chao Garden (similar to Chao Adventure for VMU). With GBA games, allows user to save the Chao to the GBA's Tiny Chao Garden.|
|SSX 3||Transfers cash between GBA and GC versions.|
|Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike||N/A||The GBA screen/controls can be used to issue wingman orders privately on Versus mode.|
|Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004||Unlocks new content.|
|Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell||N/A (Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell optional)||GBA is used as mini map/radar for GCN version. With GBA version, unlocks extra levels for the GBA.|
|Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow||N/A (Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow optional)||GBA is used as mini map/radar for GCN version. With GBA version, unlocks extra levels for the GBA.|
|Wario World||N/A||Sends a demo version of WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! to the GBA.|
|WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!||N/A||The GBA can be used as the controller instead of the GameCube controller.|