Gold plating doesn't equal better picture. . .it just makes the cable longer lasting as Gold is very corrosion resistant. If you want high quality picture you'd buy silver wires (for a pretty penny) but they don't have a long life span so you'd have to keep replacing them (silver isn't corrosion resistant like gold).Originally Posted by EvilAquaSnipe
To the point of wether you should buy third-party cables or not. . .I'd go with the Nintendo brand ones. They are a few bucks extra, but I always like to know that if I have troubles with my cables Nintendo will be there to help; if you use third-party and you give Nintendo a call then they'll easily say that its the third-party hardware that causing you an issue.