Catawiki In the grand scheme of things, the GameCube might not have been Nintendo’s best console, or had a huge library of games. But I’ve got to say, it’s still one of my favourite consoles. When it dropped in 2001, no one expected that it’d offer us some of the best entries in long-running franchises, despite being a commercial failure, or that it’d introduce me to the world of gaming.
For that, I hold it in high regard and keep it plugged in and available, whenever I need a trip down memory lane, kicking my brother’s ass in
James Bond: Nightfire. For that game, and the others in the list, I salute you GameCube.
Nintendo 20) Super Mario Strikers
We’re used to playing as Mario and his friends in tennis, golf, basketball and baseball, but this was a whole new game. Putting these guys on a soccer pitch brought so much intensity and competition to the game.
It was soccer mixed in with cartoon violence. How can you go wrong?
Ubisoft 19) Beyond Good and Evil
Everything is awesome about this game; the graphics, the writing, the story. In the years since it dropped in 2003, it’s become a cult adventure game, in the vein of Tomb Raider.
EA Games 18) TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
When a game can perfectly balance humor with a FPS; you’ve got a winner. Designed by some former employees of Rare that gave us Perfect Dark & GoldenEye there’s also a sick multiplayer that keeps me coming back.
Nintendo 17) Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
I’m not much of an RPG player, but I couldn’t leave this entry of one of the longest-running Nintendo franchises out of the list. At first the turn-based, stat-heavy game seems cumbersome, but then it becomes addictive. Very, very addictive.
Nintendo 16) Luigi’s Mansion
This is an underrated gem and was a launch game for the GameCube. Taking Luigi out of Mario’s shadow and making him hunt ghosts with a vacuum cleaner amounts to hours of pure fun and enjoyment.
Nintendo 15) Mario Kart: Double Dash
While this entry didn’t revolutionize the franchise as much as it could have, it was still awesome. It had great characters, vehicles, tracks and even the weapons were awesome.
But where this game really made it’s mark was in the multiplayer. With two riders on each cart, the co-op gameplay was sick. One could focus on driving, while the other dished out the punishments. This is why it’s one of my favourites.
Sega 14) Monkey Ball
Another launch title, this game is so simple and cheesy, and yet, you also can’t stop playing.
Never has a world-tilting platformer about a monkey in a ball been so much fun.
Capcom 13) Viewtiful Joe
This Capcom game is a true rarity. It was a cell-shaded, side-scrolling scrapping game with fast forward, slow-mo and zoom mechanics to keep things interesting.
Nintendo 12) Super Mario Sunshine
While this game isn’t too far off from Mario 64 in terms of gameplay, it does look a lot better and the tropical setting helps. That, and the water-jet backpack.
Konami 11) Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
When you take of the the best PlayStation games and give a new developer free reign to port it for a new console, you’ll get this awesome classic.
Everyone loves a little sneaky-shooty shenanigans from time to time.
Nintendo 10) Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
At first, this seems like a bit of an oddball of a game, that might be a holdover from the N64 days. But then, you find those secret little touches that really make use of the console.
There’s something trippy about playing a 2D Mario in a 3D environment, turn into a paper airplane and slip through the cracks.
Nintendo 9) F-Zero GX
There are racing games, then there’s this franchise, where you’re piloting a hovercraft at 2,000kph while doing loops in the sky and tackling an impossible course.
There’s a love/hate component to this game. I hated how frustratingly hard it was, but also couldn’t stop.
Nintendo 8) Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition
While this might seem like a cheat, as this isn’t a GameCube exclusive game, but who wouldn’t love a compilation disc of early Zelda titles?
Easily hours of fun here.
LucasArts 7) Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
Another launch title for the console, this is a must-play for any Star Wars fan and really used all the computing power of the GameCube to build an immersive experience.
This game was a masterpiece.
Capcom 6) Resident Evil
This GameCube remake of the title was stunning when it first came out. There was an insane attention to detail, the animations were amazing and the horror was chilling.
This is probably one of the more definitive editions of the game.
Nintendo 5) Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
Taking a page from the horror stories of H.P. Lovecraft, this game has you fight terrors from beyond the grave, across multiple eras. You get to play as a escaped slave, a Franciscan friar, a firefighter, etc… The entire time, you’re scared shitless.
No other game since has filled me with such dread.
Nintendo 4) Super Smash Bros. Melee
What else do you need to know about a battle royale between all the major Nintendo characters? This. Game. Rocks.
Nintendo 3) The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
While Ocarina of Time & A Link to the Past get all the attention, this game is easily one of the best outings of the series. I loved the cartoon look, the navigational aspects and all the secrets.
Still one of my favourite Zelda games.
EA Games 2) James Bond 007: Nightfire
You won’t find this on any best list, but I don’t care. I love this game, especially the alpine multiplayer. I spend far too many hours sniping my brothers from a gondola, or taking them out with a heat seeker missile in Fort Knox.
Retro/Nintendo 1) Metroid Prime Trilogy
This was my first introduction to the Metroid series and the GameCube and I was hooked. It effectively translated the side scroller into a 3D FPS and made a legendary game even better. Plus all the little touches like rain and steam on the visor, the puzzles and the claustrophobia really brought the world of Metroid to life.
This is easily be the best game on the platform; hands down.
Still gives me goosebumps…
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