The Nintendo GameCube released in 2001 and probably still holds the accolade for best-designed console and controller (WaveBird), well at TBG at least. Falling into the sixth generation it was the first Nintendo machine to move away from cartridge-based media, Nintendo being Nintendo naturally snubbed the trend in favour of mini-DVDs. The GameCube received mostly positive praise but unfortunately was competing with the unstoppable PlayStation 2 and discontinued in 2007 but that didn’t stop it amassing a wealth of quality titles, here are ten you must play.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER
For the tenth instalment of the series, Nintendo opted for a cartoon-like art direction in place of the ultra-realism competitors were striving for. What we were gifted with was an open-world sea adventure as Link sets off to save his sister from the evil Ganon. With polished gameplay and a majestic soundtrack, this is definitely a must play title.
ETERNAL DARKNESS: SANITY’S REQUIEM
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem was a game that came out of nowhere. It was a psychological horror action-adventure that somehow managed to make its way onto the wholesome Nintendo GameCube. The story revolved around several characters struggling against a powerful entity on a mission to enslave humanity over a number of time periods.
SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE
Super Mario Sunshine released on the GameCube in 2002 and holds a special place in the franchise for many of us. It took the gang on a journey to the tropical Island of Delfino and introduced a new game mechanic in the form of robotic backpack FLUUD (Flash Liquidizing Ultra Dousing Device). Handy, as Mario is wrongly blamed for terrorising the local area by plastering it with graffiti.
Using an enhanced version the Super Monkey Ball game engine F-Zero GX sees Captain Falcon compete once more in high adrenaline racing. The GameCube release retained everything we loved from its previous entries while adding a story mode element. We would love to see the team return for a new season, it’s been too long!
BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
Beyond Good and Evil has been elevated to cult status after having several re-releases, on different formats across the years. People love this action-adventure thanks to its loveable characters, stellar story and excellent gameplay. And yes, we are finally going to see a sequel.
This first-person take on the much-loved series that coined the all too common phrase Metroidvania was a breath of fresh air. Developed by Retro Studios and Nintendo it was the first entry in a trilogy that saw bounty hunter Samus intercept a distress signal.
TALES OF SYMPHONIA
This stunning action RPG is our favourite of the entire Tales series. Even though Symphonia is the fifth instalment, it acts an excellent access point to someone has not played previously. The storyline follows Lloyd Irving on an adventure across the fictional world called Sylvarant. The cel-shaded graphics were immense at the time and have aged perfectly.
SOUL CALIBUR 2
We all know the GameCube release was easily the best version of this edition of Namco’s long-standing fighter, right? The simple inclusion of Link as a playable character pipped all of the others to the post, add into the equation the GameCube controller itself and we need not discuss further.
SKIES OF ARCADIA
Skies of Arcadia is a game about sky pirates which automatically makes it a cool concept. Thankfully the gameplay and story backed back up that promise while sticking to the tried and tested saving the world scenario. Combat felt fun and even today the visual holds up. We are desperate to see a remaster, HD port, or sequel.
STAR WARS ROGUE SQUADRON II: ROGUE LEADER
Developed by LucasArts and Factor 5 this sequel was part of the GameCube’s launch line-up. Spread over ten missions that put you in the midst of the ultimate dogfight to stop the evil Galactic Empire. With thrilling gameplay, stunning visuals and lots of unlockable content this is still regarded as one of the better Star Wars titles ever released.
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