Nintendo's GameCube was a gaming console that was sold from 2001, when it was introduced in Japan, through 2007 when it was discontinued worldwide. This console didn't exactly sell as well as its competitors of the time, but it still had some memorable games that were released for the platform. Super Smash Bros. Melee is a game that is still played by fans all over the world!
But what about other games? What about some of the other GameCube exclusive games that aren't so popular anymore? While a few GameCube games have remained gamer favorites, there are a lot that have been forgotten by most. Here are some of the best, from bigger first-party titles to more obscure ones.
10 Pokémon Colosseum
Pokémon Colosseum is a GameCube-exclusive game that was released in Japan in 2003 and went on to be released in North America and Europe the following year.
This game is like many other games in the Pokémon franchise, in that it's a role-playing game in which the player is a Pokémon trainer that travels from city to city, collecting and battling Pokémon. The starter Pokémon in this game are Espeon and Umbreon and players travel around the Orre region with them.
9 Animal Crossing
Long before the announcement of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and before Tom Nook put us all in debt in Animal Crossing: Wild World or Animal Crossing: New Leaf, there was just Animal Crossing. This game was originally released on the Nintendo 64 in 2001, but an all-new enhanced version was made for the GameCube. The GameCube version is definitely the more popular one but is still a game many people forget about!
This game is like the other Animal Crossing games in that it's an open-world game in which the player lives in a town with a bunch of animals and can basically do anything they want there with no mandatory tasks or goals.
8 Pokémon Channel
What's better than just watching Pokémon? Watching Pokémon through your GameCube! This game combines a lot of different video game genres into a really unique Pokémon experience, making it a little on the difficult side to really categorize into one type of game.
The game's main focus is watching a TV screen in the player's avatar's home, where they can flip through a variety of different channels on a TV network that Professor Oak developed.
7 Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Scary games have been popular on just about every console. Although the GameCube has become well-known for games like Super Smash Bros. Melee, there were also a good number of horror games released on the platform. Resident Evil 4 is a well-loved horror game that was originally released on the GameCube, but not all of them are so well-remembered.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem is a horror game that was released on the GameCube in 2002. The game had a unique sanity system and if the bar ran out, the game would have unique effects like pretending to spontaneously turn the console off. Scary! This one was very creative and unique, and it's a darn shame that the alleged sequel never materialized.
6 Bomberman Generation
Bomberman Generation is a game that was released in 2002 on the GameCube as part of the Bomberman franchise. The first game in the Bomberman series was released in 1985 on the NES and the latest game in the franchise was released in 2017 on various different platforms and is called Super Bomberman R.
With so many games in the franchise being released over the past few decades, it's no surprise that some of these games may have been forgotten by many gamers. This is especially true when we consider the fact that this game was a GameCube exclusive, a console that not everyone had when this game came out!
5 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is the second game in the Paper Mario series and was released in 2004, exclusively on the GameCube. In total, there are five games in the Paper Mario series and while these games are definitely popular among Mario fans, this one has been forgotten by many gamers in recent years.
This game has a mixture of 2D and 3D elements, giving the game's art style a really unique look. The game is set in a town in the Mushroom Kingdom and follows Mario's search to find the legendary Crystal Stars.
Geist is a game that was released exclusively on the Nintendo GameCube back in 2005 and was only the second game released on the console to receive an M-rating.
The game is a first-person action adventure game that takes the player on a journey through a mysterious world in order to find and reconnect with their physical body. While on this search, the player must meet and make a connection with other spirits, in order to gain the power and strength needed to unravel the mystery of this world.
3 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Final Fantasy is a massive franchise that many role playing game fans are totally obsessed with. While these games are incredibly popular, there was a spin-off game for the series released on the GameCube in 2004 that is just not as popular, even though it's being released as a remastered version on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in 2019.
The game follows a group of travelers that the player controls that are on a journey around the world in order to collect fuel for the crystals that protect the world from the dangerous gas known as Miasma.
Homeland is a game that was released on the GameCube in Japan in 2005. The fact that it was exclusively released on the GameCube and only in Japan means that it's one that didn't become incredibly popular on the platform and has been forgotten by many gamers, but it had some unique features anyway.
This game was one of only a handful of GameCube games that allowed for online play and has multiple different endings, depending on the choices that the player made in the game. If the player chose to take their game online, up to 35 other players could join them!
1 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
It's hard to say that many The Legend of Zelda games have really been forgotten by gamers. For the most dedicated fans of the franchise, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker could be considered a favorite. But for many gamers, this GameCube exclusive has since been forgotten.
This game was released in 2002 in Japan and in 2003 in the rest of the world and follows Link through the open-world setting as he goes on an adventure to save Hyrule, similarly to other Legend of Zelda games. Wind Waker, however, divided fans with its cel-shaded aesthetic.