The Nintendo GameCube was released in 2001 in direct competition to Sony’s Playstation 2, Microsoft’s Xbox, and Sega’s Dreamcast. First off, I must say that this is not the definitive GameCube list as there are so many worthy games. Also, this is purely my opinion and contains my personal top 10 GameCube games. I already know a lot of people will not agree with this list. I did happen to leave some notable games out of the top 10. With that being said, here are my top 10 games for the Nintendo GameCube.
#10 – Mario Power Tennis (2004)
Mario Power Tennis was developed by Camelot exclusively for the GameCube. It was the direct sequel to Mario Tennis 64 which was already a solid game. Power Tennis added in new courts and awesome power shots. Unfortunately, some of the new courts seemed a bit gimmicky and the power shots happened far too often. Luckily this game is loads of fun whether being played by yourself or with friends. Playing doubles is a sure fire way to have long rallies that make you feel quite accomplished whenever you are on the winning end. This is easily the best way to play tennis and that includes real life.
#9 – Star Fox Adventures (2002)
Many people hated Star Fox Adventures because it is not a proper rail shooter like the previous two Star Fox games. Star Fox Adventures was developed by Rare before Microsoft led to their demise (RIP Rare!). Originally the game was called Dinosaur Planet and did not have Star Fox in it at all. As it turns out, Shigeru Miyamoto thought that Dinosaur Planet seemed very similar to Star Fox. He then decided to change the lead character to Star Fox and you can see how it came out. I personally really enjoyed this game despite how much it resembles a Zelda game. Star Fox Adventures takes you on an epic journey that oddly ends with you fighting Andross in space. That is a bit jarring since you are on land for 95% of the game. By the time you fight Andross, you have little practice being in the Arwing. All in all, Star Fox Adventures is an enjoyable game that does not deserve the hate it received.
#8 – Mario Kart Double Dash!! (2003)
Mario Kart Double Dash was a surprisingly good game that was actually better than Mario Kart 64. Why is that surprising? Mario Kart 64 was THE game to own on the N64 and besides Goldeneye, it was the game people would gather around and play with their friends. Even my mom would play it even though she does not understand video games at all. In addition to better graphics and sound, Mario Kart Double Dash succeeded by having two characters team up together on a single kart. Flying solo it really made no difference, but with a friend it really made the game great. One person would drive and the other one handled items. Of course this led to shouting when the driver would suck and led to constant arguing of who would drive. Wait a second, did this game tear families apart? Is that the reason Nintendo hasn’t let us team in another Mario Kart game since?
#7 – Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 is possibly the best Spider-Man game to date. The latest game The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was garbage, even on next gen consoles. Spider-Man 2 finally unleashed us in an open world set in New York. It let us swing anywhere. This was pretty amazing as all previous Spider-Man video games had been linear affairs where swinging was nowhere near realistic. Heck, the game nailed the swinging mechanics so well that you could spend hours just swinging around. Swinging by as a little girl lost her balloon for the hundredth time really brought tears of joy to my eyes. Also, those cut scenes with the real life voices were so poorly done by today’s standards but back in 2004 they brought us further into the life of Peter Parker. Sometimes I would swing around and find the tallest building in the city. Then I would sit at the top and ponder how I had lived my life up to that point. Then I would jump off and on the way down realize I still hadn’t played Earthbound. Suicidal Spider-Man! By the way the PC version sucked… hard.
#6 – Viewtiful Joe (2003)
Coming from absolutely nowhere… or from Capcom… they made some good games I think. Viewtiful Joe throws us back to the good ole 2D days before it was cool. I’m looking at you Indie games on PS4 and Xbox One. Viewtiful Joe puts you into a movie that is divided into seven episodes. It is simply a guy named Joe who gets some powers when his girlfriend gets kidnapped by a movie while at the movies. (Um… what?) Joe becomes an awesome super hero who has the ability to slow down time, speed it up, and zoom in the camera. These are all used to fight enemies and solve puzzles in unique ways. Slowing down time is my favorite as it allows you to pretend to be Neo from the only good Matrix film… Reloaded. Viewtiful Joe had a good sequel on the GameCube as well but nothing beats the original. Not even Red Hot Rumble which was complete garbage and killed the franchise. Grr… why didn’t we get a proper Viewtiful Joe 3? Sigh…What else did you expect from Capcom?
#5 – Metroid Prime (2002)
I honestly never completed Metroid Prime despite the fact that Metroid Prime is a masterpiece. It showed us all that you can actually have a first person shooter that was slower paced, with a good story, and no set pieces. Not to name any names but… CALL OF DUTY! BATTLEFIELD! Metroid Prime really showed what the Nintendo GameCube’s hardware was capable of. Metroid Prime ended up being a trilogy that had one mediocre sequel and one amazing sequel. Prime was so good in fact that it still has fans clamoring for another Metroid Prime esque game for the Wii U. After all it has been 7 years since we have had a good Metroid game. I say good because what the heck was Metroid: Other M? I am surprised Nintendo even allowed that game to plague Wii consoles at all.
#4 – Luigi’s Mansion (2001)
I may receive serious flack for putting Luigi’s Mansion this high but, even as a launch title, it was a really good game. Despite the fact that it lacked any real challenge, Luigi’s Mansion showed us that Mario’s brother is a wimp who could single handedly take on the Ghostbusters in a… ghost busting showdown? Luigi’s Mansion was a sign of things to come for Nintendo’s franchises on GameCube since they would innovate other franchises as well. Like the aforementioned Metroid, Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Star Fox, just to name a few. Not all of these innovations were good, but Luigi’s Mansion was a great game that showed everyone that you didn’t need Mario to launch a console.
#3 – Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Speaking of Mario, Super Mario Sunshine is a brilliant game that once again showed us that Nintendo was not afraid to try new things with proven formulas. By adding the water powered backpack FLUDD, Mario had a myriad of new abilities and ways to get around that made Mario 64 seem like child’s play. What I still want to know is why Mario is being allowed to run around despite Isle Delfino thinking he is a criminal. They sentenced him to clean up the mess they think he made but um… that’s it. The only thing Super Mario Sunshine didn’t have that Mario 64 had was a variety of enviroments. It is pretty much all tropical island for Sunshine and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all you could be stuck in space.
#2 – Animal Crossing (2002)
The game that made everyone hate Tom Nook. While originally this was supposed to be released on the N64, Animal Crossing graced us with it’s presence on GameCube. It was the game that still played even when the system wasn’t on. Actually now that I think about it, that sounds kind of creepy. Animal Crossing is basically a life simulator as the game takes place on the same day and time that it currently is in the real world. Unless of course you change the GameCube’s calendar to be Christmas everyday! Yay! Jesus and presents! You can do everything from upgrading your house, to being a slave to the local shop owner, to fishing. This game has everything to make you forget about your real life. Did I leave the oven on?Eh. Who cares? I have to go buy me a new shirt!
The following games are really good, but just didn’t quite make the top 10 list. If this was a top 20 then of course they would be on here! Listed in order of their release.
Wave Race: Blue Storm (2001)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2003)
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (2003)
Skies of Arcadia Legends (2003)
Beyond Good and Evil (2003)
F-Zero GX (2003)
Star Fox Assault (2005)
Battalion Wars (2005)
Resident Evil 4 (2005)
The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess (2006)
#1 – Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)
You had to of seen this coming. Super Smash Bros. Melee sold more systems by itself than any other game and that includes Halo. Being the quintessential game to play with friends made it a hit. However, the fact that it was an easy to pick up but yet hard to master game made it that much better. Melee is the sequel to Super Smash Bros on N64, which was a surprise hit upon release. Super Smash Bros Melee nailed everything. From character selection, to stages, all the way down to the fighting mechanics. This game still is considered to be the greatest of the series over Brawl and the original. With the Wii U and 3DS Super Smash coming out soon, maybe it won’t be considered the best anymore? Highly unlikely, as the only real flaw is the amount of Pokemon characters you can be. Did we really need 4? Pichu? Really? Who was begging for Pichu?
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