If you’re like me, you’ll have a BUNCH of old Nintendo consoles and games kicking around the attic. Whilst there’s emulators and ROMS all over the Internet, nothing beats the satisfying feeling of clunking a cart into a dusty console and seeing it jolt to life for the first time in 15 years. That’s why I’ll be showing you exactly How To Record or Stream Nintendo Gameboy, Gamecube, N64 & SNES Games on an Elgato HD60 Capture Card!
Before we get started, here’s a little background to why I created this guide and why you’re probably here in the first place. Recording any retro console isn’t as simple as plugging your Nintendo Gamecube or N64 into your capture card like modern consoles; first off, the Elgato HD60 Capture Card only has HDMI inputs which presents a massive problem. So is it still possible to Record or Stream Nintendo Gameboy, Gamecube, N64 & SNES Games on an Elgato HD60 Capture Card?
There is no physical way of plugging in a retro console into your Elgato HD60 Capture Card, since all pre-2006 (Playstation 3) consoles traditionally connected to your TV via RCA cables or a SCART cable (the non-60fps Elgato can, but there’s no point buying one if you have HD60 already). This method uses an RCA to HDMI converter which converts the analogue signal to a format that your Elgato HD60 Capture Card can understand. Make sure your console has cables that have the red/yellow/white output cable for a start, SCART cables won’t get you anywhere here. If not, you can always buy the correct RCA cable on eBay.
If you follow the extra steps, you can even record Nintendo Gameboy, Gameboy Colour and Gameboy Advance Games too – you simply need to pick up the Nintendo Gameboy player for Nintendo GameCube which can easily be found on eBay for around £70 at the time of writing (just make sure it comes with the appropriate region boot disk too). If you follow these simple steps, I’ll show you How To Record or Stream Nintendo Gameboy, Gamecube, N64 & SNES Games on an Elgato HD60 Capture Card in no time! Let’s get started…
Good things don’t come for free, buddy! But fortunately for you, one of these little babies comes in at only £12.99, a steal for what this tiny little box can do… click here to check out the one I use on Amazon UK. This is vital if you want to learn How To Record or Stream Nintendo Gameboy, Gamecube, N64 & SNES Games on an Elgato HD60 Capture Card. As I mentioned earlier, this adapter will convert the analogue signal to a format that your Elgato HD60 Capture Card can understand. Crucially, make sure that you buy an RCA TO HDMI Converter, not an HDMI TO RCA Converter! An HDMI to RCA Converter will essentially look identical, but will work in reverse and that won’t work for what we’re trying to do here. Sidenote: This little box needs to be powered and comes with a USB cable that will need plugging in somewhere. Maybe buy a USB mains adapter too if you want to plug it in to a wall socket, I used the head of an Apple iPhone charger which works perfectly. If you don’t have a spare HDMI cable either, you might wanna buy one now while you’re there.
2. Hook up all the cables.
Now your RCA to HDMI Converter has arrived, it’s time to hook everything up. This diagram above shows you exactly How To Record or Stream Nintendo Gameboy, Gamecube, N64 & SNES Games on an Elgato HD60 Capture Card. Set up your Nintendo Gamecube/N64 as you would normally, but instead of plugging your console’s RCA cables into the TV, plug the red/yellow/white cables into the corresponding ports on your RCA to HDMI Converter. Make sure your RCA to HDMI Converter is powered by plugging in the USB cable provided into your TV/your PC/into the mains with a USB plug. Take an HDMI cable and plug it into the RCA to HDMI Converter. Finally, take the other end of the HDMI cable and plug it into your Elgato HD60 Capture Card. Great job! At this rate, you should feel really smart. And you are smart. You’re great. Just make sure you have another HDMI cable going from your capture card’s output slot and into your TV too.
3. Test it out!
Fire up your Nintendo Gameboy/Gamecube/N64/SNES and open the Elgato Game Capture HD software. If it’s all connected properly, you should see the console gameplay footage on both your TV and your computer screen. If you do, clearly this guide is great and so are you. Let’s all take a moment to pat ourselves on the back. You now know How To Record or Stream Nintendo Gameboy, Gamecube, N64 & SNES Games on an Elgato HD60 Capture Card! If it doesn’t work, go back one step, don’t pass go, do not collect $200. But seriously, if it doesn’t work, just study the diagram in step 2 and double-check everything until it does – if not, one of your cables is probably failing. See below for troubleshooting.
4. But what about recording Nintendo Gameboy, Gameboy Colour and Gameboy Advance Games?
As I mentioned earlier, this is simply a matter of purchasing a Nintendo Gameboy player for Nintendo GameCube which can easily be found on eBay for around £70. This absolute beauty of a device is a stroke of genius by Nintendo that lets you play any Gameboy game on your Gamecube, so don’t hesitate to part with the cash if you love collecting all this junk like I do anyway (bonus points if you find one complete in box like I did!) Just slot your Nintendo Gamecube on top of the device, slide a Nintendo Gameboy/Gameboy Colour/Gameboy Advance game into the slot and put the Gameboy Player boot disk into the Gamecube and voila! You now have an absolute beast of a set-up than can record Nintendo Gamecube games AND all of your old Nintendo Gameboy/Gameboy Colour/Gameboy Advance games. Simple, right?
Still can’t figure out How To Record or Stream Nintendo Gameboy, Gamecube, N64 & SNES Games on an Elgato HD60 Capture Card? If you’re having no signal problems, picture stuttering or no sound/laggy sound, you need to do the basic tedious troubleshooting stuff that any true geek has probably already started doing right now. Let’s get started then…
Start by just testing the console on its own. Plug the console straight into your TV (yes it’s possible with RCA cables, even on most modern HDMI 4K TVs if you know where to put them. It varies on most TV’s so I can’t tell you exactly where to put each red/yellow/white cable but just look online or in your TV’s instructions).
If this works and you see the game footage on your screen, you know your console and the RCA cable isn’t the problem. If it doesn’t, your console probably needs a new RCA cable or your console is dead (obviously if it doesn’t even light up, then it could be the power cable too, or again, the console is just dead.) Next, we’ll test the RCA to HDMI Converter to make sure it’s working.
Now plug your console’s RCA cables into the RCA to HDMI Converter. First of all, is the converter powered? Make sure the RCA to HDMI Converter’s USB cable is plugged into a power source. Plug in the HDMI cable to the other end of the converter and plug the HDMI cable into your TV. If this works, the problem is 100% with your capture card/capture card software settings. If it doesn’t work at this stage, the problem is either with the RCA to HDMI Converter or your HDMI cable. If you’re confident the RCA to HDMI Converter is powered, then try a different HDMI cable. I was pulling my hair out for hours as the gameplay sound on my PC was lagging, stuttering and glitchy and upon trying a different HDMI cable, it suddenly resolved the issue. If only I had a guide that taught me How To Record or Stream Nintendo Gameboy, Gamecube, N64 & SNES Games on an Elgato HD60 Capture Card… If you get desperate, buy another RCA to HDMI Converter just to make sure you haven’t received a dead one (very unlikely).
If the set up works so far when plugged into your TV, yet fails when plugging into your Elgato HD60 capture card, either your capture card has died, or the software you’re using to view the footage is preventing the capture card from displaying it correctly. If your capture card works with other consoles, it’s 100% going to be something in your software settings. My best advice is to try and view the capture card footage in the Elgato Game Capture HD software as there’s very little settings there for you to change to start with. If this doesn’t work, try viewing the capture card footage in software like OBS or XSplit. If this still doesn’t work, then congratulations, you are bad luck Brian and have now broken the Internet. I hope you’re happy.
Happy retro recording!
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