In the early 2000s, you may have been lucky enough to own a Nintendo Gamecube. The cube was quite different from today’s Nintendo consoles that rely on motion controls. What sold the Gamecube to so many was not its design, but the games it could play.
To this day, we still get remakes of games that started on the Gamecube because of how much of a hit they were. With that in mind, here are 10 of the greatest games that were for the Gamecube. These were the games that put the Gamecube on so many wish-lists!
10 The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Twilight Princess was a top rated game among major gaming publications with a score of 96 out of 100 on Metacritic. Not only were the scores high, but it was showered in awards for its stunning original soundtrack and artistic design.
The Legend of Zelda is a big series, and for some gamers, this is the number one Zelda game out there. Due to the love it garnered, Twilight Princess was later remade for the Wii U and we can almost guarantee it will be remastered again in the future.
9 Animal Crossing
While it first came out on Nintendo 64 in 2001, the original Animal Crossing was quickly released for the Gamecube in that same year. The game was such a hit that it is now a series of games and fans keep begging for more. Who knew that being indebted to animals was so addicting and fun?
There were kids who would visit other kids’ homes just to play this game. Then they would come back home and beg their parents for a Gamecube of their own so they could join in on the Animal Crossing fun.
8 Luigi’s Mansion
This game was fun, spooky, and full of personality. Luigi's Mansion was based around Luigi rescuing Mario by fighting ghosts in a haunted house. It was so beloved that a lot of players were disappointed that it was so short. However, Nintendojo’s comment on Metacritic states that it’s the best six hours you will ever spend on your Gamecube.
A lot of work was squeezed into the short game. It even paid attention to little details like Luigi getting so scared that he would nervously hum to the background music or shiver with anxiety when standing still.
7 Pokémon Colosseum And Gale Of Darkness
If you are a Pokémon fan and have not played these games, they are definitely worth checking out. Both games are so similar that they are going to share this spot on the list. What makes them one of the best Gamecube games is that it is a lot like Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu.
It’s not a conventional Pokémon game, but it still has battles, characters, story, and environments to explore. You even get to explore the unique region of Orre. For Pokémon, the game's story is actually rather dark. You also meet awesome characters like Miror B.
6 Resident Evil 4
The Gamecube is often more associated with Mario and Animal Crossing than a survival horror game like Resident Evil. When Resident Evil 4 came out for the Gamecube though, it was not long before it was universally acclaimed. It was remade for the Playstation 2, PC, Playstation 3, Wii, Playstation 4, and Xbox 360 but its highest ratings are still for its original Gamecube version.
Publications could not stop giving praise. With comments like “It's not just an achievement in technical design and visual prowess; it's an entire masterpiece of game engineering. This is one of the finest videogame experiences ever crafted.”
5 Super Mario Sunshine
The Mario franchise as a lot of games under its wing, but Super Mario Sunshine undoubtedly ranks among one of the best-selling. Not only is it one of the best-selling games of the Mario series, but it’s one of the best-selling Gamecube games out there. One of the highest praises sung for Super Mario Sunshine was its fluid control system.
It was a deviation from the usual Mario formula. It was no longer just jumping around. The world felt alive and open, the puzzles offered more of a challenge, and you could parkour all over the place.
4 SSX 3
EA Sports games can get a lot of eye rolls from the gamer community. However, they sometimes come out with gems and SSX 3 was definitely a gem. The snowboarding was a ton of fun with fluid controls, hidden passageways, and fun audio soundtrack.
You had a nice range of choice as to characters you could play as and each of them had unlockable accessories and clothes. It’s no Frozen, but it’s snow graphics were good during its time too. The game was well-loved enough to get remakes for the Playstation 2 and Xbox.
3 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
This is one of the few games on this list that never got a remake for other consoles, which is sad since it was so fun and charming. It was particularly whimsical in its characters and designs. It takes a deeper look into the world of Mario to show that it’s filled with vibrant, likable, and creative characters.
Thematic elements aside, it’s a good RPG. The gimmick of things being made out of paper is also fun for puzzles if you never played a Paper Mario game before. Also, the fights are in the form of a stage play, which gets pretty creative as well.
2 Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Melee took a game that was already amazing and added a lot more content to it like more characters and stages. Not only was it big for Nintendo and the Gamecube, it some people claim this is just the best video game ever made. This is one of those games that are so loved that there are national to international competitions between players.
This was and still is one of the ultimate party games. It was one of the reasons to get friends to come over.
1 Metroid Prime
This game was the Metroid series taking a leap from 2D side scrolling to first person and it paid off. Like other big-name games, it showed how a classic video game series can be reborn and change with the times and technology. You get to explore from the eyes of the protagonist. The environments were much richer and immersive this way.
Not only did this game give the series a major update, but it stuck to what already made the Metroid games good as well.