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The Story of Wii Component Cables: Exorbitantly Priced on Ebay. Worth It?

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The Wii is here, but getting a hold of the better-looking component cables is turning out to be a real pain in the neck. Nintendo's official online store ran out of the $29 cables almost immediately, and now they're showing up on eBay for more than five times the regular price.

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Sure they look better than the standard composite cables. Since we're not even talking about high definition, what kind of difference do component cables really make?

Hit the jump for some before and after shots.

For these images, the default images use the composite (read: janky, non-progressive scan) and the mouseover version is the component version.

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A difference to be sure, but worth forking over all that dough? How about you make your own cables and be done with it? Our half brothers over at Kotkau show you how.

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Wii Component Cables Fetch High Prices On eBay [Kotaku]

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Cable Comparison [GameSpot]

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DISCUSSION

stridermt2k-old1
strider_mt2k

Really I agree.

While it is a significant improvement, it's not such a big jump that it can't wait for the cables to come around at a decent price.

It doesn't affect gameplay one way or the other, so cool those jets, Wiibles.

You can wobble, but don't fall down.