EON Gaming is the group behind the GCHD, an accessory that allows you to connect your Nintendo GameCube via HDMI to your modern TV. This helps display classic GameCube games in HD on newer televisions, without the use of other accessories to convert what the console displays originally. We unboxed and reviewed the original GCHD here on The Koalition, which you can check out right here. But EON Gaming is not done yet with the GameCube.
Today, Eon Gaming revealed its plans to release the GCHD Mk-II. This new version of the accessory is being made in collaboration with acclaimed retro gaming modder Dan Kunz. However, unlike its predecessor, the GCHD Mk-II will have a few extra features built inside, as well as more options for the overall design.
Via Press Release from EON Gaming:
After the overwhelming success of its flagship product, the GCHD, EON is thrilled to announce its next product designed to take high definition retro gaming to the next level.
In December 2018, EON will launch the GCHD Mk-II.
The GCHD Mk-II represents an exciting collaboration between EON and acclaimed retro gaming modder Dan Kunz to deliver the most comprehensive suite of features in a GameCube HD solution.
The GCHD Mk-II will be outfitted with the following:
- Standard HDMI out, delivering native 480p
- Additional Wii Component/SCART port supporting additional video options
- Dual video display
- 3.5 mm stereo audio out/MiniTOSLINK
- Updated custom GCVideo firmware
- A redesigned plug made from ballistic nylon for a snug-and-secure fit
- 3 new colors (Indigo, Black, and Platinum)
In an effort to maintain the highest level of quality and value to its customers, GCHD Mk-II will sell for $149.99, the same price point of its predecessor.
In January 2018, EON launched its pioneering product, the GCHD. Within 9 months of its launch, the GCHD sold out of its initial stock after garnering a wide base of enthusiasm from both casual and advanced GameCube players, including the Super Smash Brother Melee esports community.
The Smash scene quickly realized the value of the device to enable competitive play on lagless HD monitors, virtually rendering CRT TVs obsolete. This success led to a partnership with Smash’s Number 1 Player in the World, Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma, as EON’s official Brand Ambassador, opening up high definition GameCube play to an entirely new audience.
“The EON GameCube HD Adapter remains, to this day, the only alternative to CRTs that I am more than comfortable using,” said DeBiedma. “Having a consistent, clean, and lagless display on modern monitors is essential to fair tournament play and provides the essential competitive experience that many people desire. This is what will help Melee live on in the future, and it should be adopted as the new standard by all tournament organizers. The same monitors you’re using for Smash Ultimate can now be used for Melee.”
EON’s ongoing relationship with the esports community propelled the GCHD into the Melee Major scene, earning invitations to Shine and Heir 5 in London. EON also continues to support local tournament scenes and enthusiast events around the world, including a massive showcase of over 40 setups at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo and similar showcases at Classic Games Fest in Austin, TX, PAX East in Boston, MA, and the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo in New York.
EON is committed to delivering the most complete and comprehensive solutions for high definition video and audio for the GameCube, and it continues its dedication to the passionate close-knit community of gamers that it serves.
Are you excited about the news for the GCHD MK-II? Have any favorite GameCube games that you’ll want to revisit? Are you going to play a whole lot more Melee with the GCHD MK-II? Leave us a comment down below and let your voice be heard!