Top 10 GameCube Games

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Top 10 GameCube Games

We love the GameCube. It’s up there with the Dreamcast as our favourite console at MMGN, and is the perfect console to reminisce about just one generation later. Nintendo has changed so much in the last decade; while they’re all about the lucrative casual market now, you have to look back to the early 2000s to remember a time when had the most respected games in a generation.

Let’s take a look back at the top 10 games on the GameCube!

10. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

Simply put: Rogue Squadron II is the best third party launch game of all time. The GameCube had the different, yet still awesome, Luigi’s mansion as its flagship launch title; however, it wasn’t the Mario or big name Nintendo title that we’d come to expect from a Nintendo launch – still, better than Nintendogs + Cats. Rogue Leader filled the void for many, and was a welcome surprise almost a decade ago. With amazing visuals and engaging gameplay, Rogue Squadron II was the perfect title to kick-start the GameCube’s legacy.

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9. Viewtiful Joe

Henshin-a-go-go-baby! Capcom delivered some of the more obscure titles on the GameCube, including the honourable Killer 7, but it’s Viewtiful Joe that deserves to be remembered as one of the best. While it was eventually ported to the PS2, it began life as a GameCube exclusive. It was a fantastic beat-em-up with a stylish protagonist and unique design unlike anything you’d played before. It’s a series that fell away with each sequel, but the original will always live on as one of the greats.

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8. Pikmin 2

In my mind an improvement on the original game, but you could put either of the two on the list. We’re still flabbergasted that Pikmin 3 hasn’t been released on Wii or even DS. Pikmin had you playing an RTS without you even knowing it thanks to a coat of Nintendo charm. It improved on the first game by adding two new Pikmin and a new challenge mode. It has since been re-released on Wii.

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7. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

Talk about freaky. Eternal Darkness was an early GameCube game unlike anything you’d ever played before – this time I really mean it. Breaking all of the rules, it defied traditional gaming conventions and engaged that player like never before by actually making them connect with the insane characters and almost believe that they were going crazy themselves. You have to play it to truly understand its terrifying power.

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6. Animal Crossing

I remember waiting for Animal Crossing on the Nintendo 64 and reading about it in the old Nintendo 64 Gamer magazine. It never came to the fifth generation console, but was eventually released on the GameCube. I remember describing the premise to my parents on the way home from an epic shopping expedition, and hearing myself, couldn’t quite figure out why I wanted to play it so badly. It had you living out the life of a basic character, in real time, decorating your house, paying bills, catching fish, hitting people with shovels and planting money trees. The graphics would have been criticised on the 64, but that was all part of its charm. Even now it’s hard to explain why it was such a great game, but anyone who dedicated a sizable portion of their life knows what I’m talking about.

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5. Super Mario Sunshine

Super Mario Sunshine gets a bad rap in my option. It was always going to be hard to live up to the reputation of the game-changing Super Mario 64, but it did a bloody good job and was as innovative as ever. It proved that 3D platforming was alive and well and even sparked rumours that Nintendo only went in the unique direction to show off their stunning water visuals.

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4. Super Smash Bros. Melee

Melee is better than Brawl. That’s right, you heard me. I’ve played a couple of hours in the Wii fighter, but spent days duking it out on the Cube. Super Smash Bros. is up there with Nintendo’s biggest franchises, and that’s mostly due to the success of the GameCube instalment. It’s the hardest of all the games, with Nintendo admitting they made Brawl a little more user friendly, and was the granddaddy of fighters last generation.

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3. Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4 blew me away. In fact, the last three games are tied for first place in my mind. It was the most amazing game I had ever played at the time, and still one of the biggest gaming experiences I’ve ever had. I can’t remember the last time I picked up a game and finished it in one sitting without ever deviating my focus from the screen. I’ve included it at third place due to my up-most respect for the following two titles, but it’s every bit as good.

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2. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Fans were split over the decision to move away from the mature setting of Zelda, in favour of a more childish comic-inspired cel-shaded design. It turned out to be a fantastic decision and revitalized the series long before it needed it. The magic of the Zelda universe was alive in full force, with brilliant level design and a new batch of quirky enemies.

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1. Metroid Prime

While I put in on the same level as Wind Waker and RE4, Metroid Prime was more than just a game. It’s the reason I bought a GameCube; after playing it one night at a friend’s place I knew I had to have it. We spent hours jumping in and out of water, watching the droplets trickle down Samus’s visor, in awe of the amazing visual experience. It took one of the best 2D side-scrolling series of all time and revolutionised it in the perfect 3D world. It was an amazing experience and one that will never be forgotten by any gamer.

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Honourable Mentions

  • Super Monkey Ball 2
  • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
  • Soul Calibur II
  • Pikmin
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
  • Luigi’s Mansion
  • Resident Evil
  • Killer 7
  • Mario Kart Double Dash

By Ben Salter

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Top 10 GameCube Games Comments

About the same except for:

RE4 at No. 1. Bump every other game up to RE4 down a spot.

RE was also a fantastic remake. Highly recommended.

Did you include Killer7 just so you wouldn't feel my wrath? :P And the correct spelling is Killer7 [Shifty]

/nazi
This is why we don't take you anywhere anymore Tano :P


Good list me like :)
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg. [Rage]

Kenni said: Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg.



Geist is another. Maybe not top 15, but definitely in the top 10.
Rogue Squadron!!!!
I love that game!!! =D

Gaetano said:

Kenni said: Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg.


Geist is another. Maybe not top 15, but definitely in the top 10.


How is this even possible [MOG]
Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes and Killer 7 FTW

Ben said:

Gaetano said:

Kenni said: Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg.


Geist is another. Maybe not top 15, but definitely in the top 10.


How is this even possible



Anything is possible in the universe, Ben.

Anything.

Gaetano said:

Kenni said: Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg.


Geist is another. Maybe not top 15, but definitely in the top 20.



efa.

[MOG]
hnnnngh! Viewtiful Joe how i need thee!

and yes resident evil 4 as number 1
Of course Melee is better than Brawl :P
People think other wise?

I only have four games on that list :/
No Twilight Princess?

shiversul said: Of course Melee is better than Brawl
People think other wise?
I only have four games on that list :/
No Twilight Princess?



It got an honourable mention, but it probably shouldn't even be there as it because a Wii game.
The Wii game was technically a port though, same could be said for Resident Evil 4.

shiversul said: The Wii game was technically a port though, same could be said for Resident Evil 4.



Kind of, but less so than the average port. They decided to develop the Wii version simultaneously long before it was released (which delayed the Cube version significantly).
I agree...with Severus...I mean Ben

I got both versions so I'm pretty happy

The only other game I would have liked to see on the list would have been Tales of Symphonia
Where's Luigi's Mansion!?
Agreeable list, but Paper Mario had to be in the top 10 IMO.
oh yeah how could i forget paper mario

i want viewtiful joe NAAAAAO!
What! Brawl >>>>> Melee. Melee was awesome but Brawl was pwnage. Only problem was no Mewtwo..... if he was your favorite character then maybe... *shrug* -_-
I personally prefer Brawl over Melee. Brawl makes me nostalgic about all the times I'd check the Dojo and rage over the incessant delays. I still have great memories of Melee though.

jotendo said: Where's Luigi's Mansion!?



+1
I'd also send an honourable mention to F-Zero GX.

Rock hard but seriously fast and pretty! *_*

dossaer said: I'd also send an honourable mention to F-Zero GX.
Rock hard but seriously fast and pretty!


I agree. Its the best of a great franchise from nintendo.
I want fzero wiix
4444 4444 4444 4444
Sonic Battle Adventure 2
Top 10 GameCube Games
res 4 should be first.. I agree with tano.. then animal crossing
1. Paper Mario
2. Super Mario Sunshine
3. Luigi's Mansion
4. Star fox adventures: Dinosaur Planet
Those are my favs, haven't got a top 10
I never really got around to buying a Gamecube
It didnt really interest me.

M@ndyz said: res 4 should be first.. I agree with tano.. then animal crossing



It's whored itself around too much and lost a little (tiny amount) of its charm. It's like 2 hot Swedish twins. They're both great, and it's a struggle to pick one to be the best, but once you find out one's already slept with your mate, she gets demoted.
Top three for me were probably RE4, Double Dash, F-Zero GX.

Ben said:

M@ndyz said: res 4 should be first.. I agree with tano.. then animal crossing


It's whored itself around too much and lost a little (tiny amount) of its charm. It's like 2 hot Swedish twins. They're both great, and it's a struggle to pick one to be the best, but once you find out one's already slept with your mate, she gets demoted.


Bad day huh? [heartbreak]

Toki said: Sonic Battle Adventure 2

CHAOS. [Rage]
I have all those games and they are all awesome
i got a gamecube back in 2005 for alot of these games.

Still have not played then.

I remember back in 05 i didnt look online for gaming info and i bought a gamecube for re4 as i wanted it and didn't know it was coming to ps2 [sick]
How the heck can you even have a top 10 list without the best RPG on the system: Tales of Symphonia, the game is so rare and magnificent it still goes for above retail price at 2nd hand stores. You might as well have a Top 10 Ps2 list without any Final Fantasy or GTA games lmao. Garbage list!
Top Ten for me:
10. Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes
9. Resident Evil Zero
8. Resident Evil
7. Eternal Darkness
6. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
5. Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
4. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
3. Resident Evil 4
2. Tales of Symphonia
1. Skies of Arcadia
why didnt tales of symphonia or baten kaitos get at least honorable mention?! [Rage]

firzen said: why didnt tales of symphonia or baten kaitos get at least honorable mention?!



I didn't really like Tales that much *runs*

But there are only 20 games listed total. Some had to be forgotten [Rage]
Great list/Article Ben. :) :D
I'm still blown away by how well many Gamecube games have held up to this day. I recently booted up Super Mario Sunshine and to my amazement it was displayed in Widescreen with crystal clear graphics. If I didn't know any better I'd have said it was displaying at 480p but PAL GCN games didnt support it only NTSC did.

All first party games looked amazing including F Zero GX, Paper Mario, Double Dash etc. but so did many third party titles like Viewtiful Joe, Resident Evil 4, Sonic Adventure 2 etc.

Really goes to show what a great console the Gamecube was.
the wind waker should be number 1
i still play that bad boy on my wii with GBA cable & GBA included

kickbean69 said: the wind waker should be number 1
i still play that bad boy on my wii with GBA cable & GBA included


+1
for some reason i always compare other Zelda games to it. its just that good.

to me, wind waker is the only game that gets CLOSE to topping OOT

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