Can You Pawn or Sell a Nintendo Gamecube At A Pawn Shop?

Most major pawn shops will happily work with you on newer video game consoles.

When it comes to the slight older console, it can be a little more tricky though. Where exactly does the Nintendo Gamecube fit into all of this? Let’s find out.

How 'Pawnable' Is This Item

What Value Does This Item Have

The Nintendo Gamecube was released all the way back in 2001. With that in mind, it may not come as much surprise that most pawn shops just don’t have much interest in a system that age.

Because of that, the Nintendo Gamecube ranks a “Very Poor” in both pawnability and value. Most pawn shops just won’t take them, and those that due almost certainly will not want to make a loan on it, opting to buy it outright instead.

The amount of money that you will be able to get out of a Nintendo Gamecube will equally be pretty low. You can typically buy tested and working Gamecube Consoles with accessories and games for around $30-$50 on eBay. Because of that, and the inherent risk in buying electronics that old, most pawn shops won’t be able to offer you more than $10-$20 at most for your system.

What To Bring With You:

If you do take a Gamecube into a pawn shop then there’s some things that you will want to have with you first.

  • Make sure that you properly clean the system before taking it in sot hat you present it in the best possible light when the pawnbroker looks at it. You don’t have to go crazy, but at least dust it off and remove any stickers or residue from it.
  • Make sure that you take the proper power cord and A/V cables with you so that the pawnbroker can turn it on and test it.
  • Speaking of testing it, you will want to be sure that you have at least one game with you. Ideally, you’d have more than one game; you should bring your entirely collection as that may increase the value that you’re offered for it.
  • You’ll want to bring any accessories you have for the system with you, but most importantly, a good condition, working, original Nintendo controller for the system. An aftermarket one is ok if that is all you have, but really an original is best.


Percentage Of Pawn Shops That Accept This Item 20%
Percentage Of Pawn Shops That Consider This Item Desirable 1%
Average Redemption Rate For This Type Of Item 10%
Percentage of Households That Have This Type Of Item 10%
Percentage Of Times This Type Of Item Is Pawned vs Being Sold 10%

It should come as no surprise at this point that only 20% of pawn shops would really consider working with a lower value, older game system like a Gamecube at this point. Only 1% of those pawn shops consider a Gamecube or any system of this age to be at all desirable.

Most of the time, a Nintendo Gamecube has a much lower than anticipated redemption rate of just 10%. Only 10% of households still have a game system this vintage around and of the times that they are bought into a pawn shop, 90% of people sell them, while only 10% of them make pawn loans against them. This is part in due to their lower than expected value.

What Are Some Advantages To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • If you do find a pawn shop that will still take in a system this old, you will be getting money on something that you likely haven’t used for over 15 years.
  • You are very unlikely to miss a Nintendo Gamecube if you make a loan on or sell it to a pawn shop.

What Are Some Drawbacks To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • Typically speaking, the value you will be offered for a Nintendo Gamecube will be lower than you might otherwise expect for a video game system as popular as it was.

Pawning or Selling Your Nintendo Gamecube to a Pawn Shop

As you can pretty easily tell by now, these systems just don’t hold the kind of demand and value that they once may have. There’s just not may people out there looking for them and they aren’t quite old enough to truly be considered collectible at this point.

If you do take yours into some pawn shops in your area, I can’t express enough how important it is that you properly clear your system, test it before hand, and be sure that it is totally complete when you take it in.

It your systems is dirty, incomplete, or doesn’t work properly, the odds of a pawn shop accepting it drop dramatically.