Top 10 Favorite Gamecube Games

April 24, 2018

The Gamecube is one of my all-time favorite systems. The graphics jump between the N64/Playstation era to the Gamecube/PS2 era was huge, and the last BIG jump in my opinion. The Gamecube console itself was cool, and the controller was awesome too. But the games are what really made the system great. Here are my top ten.

Honorable Mentions

Need For Speed: Most Wanted

No other game on the Gamecube could get my adrenaline pumping like a big cop-chase in this game. The world was huge and the graphics were incredible.

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

A difficult single player with great graphics, and an overlooked but very fun multiplayer too. I love the spider-ball map.

Medal of Honor Frontline

Storming the beach on D-Day was unforgettable. It seemed so realistic on the Gamecube's graphics that I feel like I've really been there.

10. Luigi's Mansion

Luigi's Mansion was a Gamecube launch title, and I was expecting a 3D platformer like Super Mario 64. It turned out to be totally different, Luigi hunting ghosts like a Ghostbuster with a vacuum on his back. It was fun, and a unique Gamecube game. Exploring the mansion is fun and spooky.

9. NBA Street

There were a lot of NBA games for the Gamecube: NBA Live, Courtside, the 2K series, but NBA Street is in a league of its own. Flying high above the rim, massive dunks, sweet streetball tricks, and legal goaltending are part of this game, and it's awesome. It's a little easier than the more realistic basketball games to pick up and play, and a lot of fun.

8. Animal Crossing

Everyone I've ever talked to who knew what Animal Crossing was has liked it. You are living in a peaceful forest with animals, working for a racoon shopkeeper to pay off your house. It is a weird premise, and a lot of fun. You spend time gathering fruit, fishing, digging fossils, writing letters to animals, and doing whatever you want. It's like a world that lives in your Gamecube. The game feels like an extension of a Tamogatchi toy, it plays whether you are there or not. If you have an old Animal Crossing should probably go visit and pick the weeds that have grown after years of neglect!

7. Super Mario Sunshine

Super Mario 64 is my all-time favorite video game, so I could hardly wait to see its Gamecube sequel. Super Mario Sunshine played and controlled just like 64, and I was psyched from the beginning. Mario also had a water jetpack on his back, which I thought was dumb at the time, but is a cool feature now that I think about it. The tropical levels were great, and this was a fun Gamecube game. It is even better if you let it stand on its own rather than comparing it to Mario 64.

6. Resident Evil 4

The Gamecube was the BEST system for Resident Evil. It had the remake of the original with incredible graphics, plus all the other games: 0, 2, 3, and Code Veronica. But Resident Evil 4 gets the 6th spot in this list. The game is amazing. It is really scary, I remember being pretty freaked out playing it by myself. The gameplay was totally unique for Resident Evil, with lots of ammo, and a normal third person perspective. I actually like the old-style better, but I can't deny that RE4 was a great game. The spooky environments are memorable and the gun combat is perfect. One of the best games ever.

5. Timesplitters Future Perfect (3)

Timesplitters 3 was so awesome. It was a great shooter in every way. Fun story, great multiplayer with a ton of modes, huge amount of crazy characters to choose from, weapons spanning across centuries...the list goes on and on. The mapmaker was my favorite part, it was excellent, and I made some great levels. Timesplitters 3 was one of our go-to multiplayer games in the Gamecube's later years.

4. Kirby Air Ride

Kirby Air Ride is my favorite racing game on the Gamecube. It plays very differently from Mario Kart--each vehicle is wildly different. But once you are used to it, it is a fun game. The "City Mode" lets you explore a crazy city, collecting the best karts and items in preparation to fight a giant bird or other catastrophe, and then have a race or jumping contest. I'm glad we took a chance on this game.

3. Super Monkey Ball

Another launch title, we didn't know anything about Super Monkey Ball when we got it, other than it was popular in Japan. It turned out to be awesome, guiding your monkey through each maze, trying not to fall off. Controllers would be drenched in sweat after some intense levels, but it was such a great feeling to finally complete them! The other modes are fun too, particularly monkey target. I wish they would bring this game back, with a big emphasis on Monkey Target

2. Timesplitters 2

My favorite shooter on the system, Timesplitters 2 was perfect. The multiplayer mode was crazy. Fast paced (but not too fast) and with more characters than I can count. The maps were great, and the game introduced me to mapmaker, which I loved as soon as I realized I could make my own levels. A great game, and a great successor to Goldeneye 64 as it was made by the same developers.

1. Super Smash Bros. Melee

Another Gamecube launch title, Super Smash Melee is still fun to play today (17 years later). It is the best Super Smash Bros game in my opinion. It added a ton of new characters to the roster, and many great new levels. The graphics were so realistic (for cartoon video game characters). It was so fun trying to unlock the characters, levels, and trophies. The gameplay is perfect. One of the best games ever.