Best Ever Gamecube Games

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#1 Posted by astrodoggy (145 posts) -

Just got a gamecube controller for my Wii. Nuff said really. What should I play... (love weird sh!t, so some rare or unusual titles are encouraged).

#2 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2193 posts) -

Um... Wind Waker.

#3 Posted by Zippedbinders (1030 posts) -

Eternal Darkness, Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door, Pikmin 1 and 2, Wind Waker, MGS: Twin Snakes, Killer 7, Super Mario Sunshine, and Luigi's Mansion.

#4 Edited by believer258 (12082 posts) -

Weird shit? Killer 7. And Pikmin.

Other stuff?

  • Metroid Prime
  • Wind Waker
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Mega Man X Collection (gotta love the classics)
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee

EDIT: You also need a memory card if you plan on saving games anytime soon. Also, while I've never played it there's a JRPG called Baiten Kaitos which, if I'm not mistaken, garnered quite a following.

EDIT 2: For RE4, I would actually recommend getting one of the versions on current gen consoles. It's still a great game no matter where you play it, but the current gen ports have all the bells and whistles and an extra campaign.

#5 Posted by Bishna (334 posts) -

Tales of Symphonia is both rare and great, as long as you like JRPGs. Also Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is unusual and one of my favorite platformers of all time, but it would require you to buy a new controller. And there is so much more! I hear Cubivore is wierd but I have never actually played it. If i think of any more good ones I will let you know.

#6 Posted by Soapy86 (2638 posts) -

Wind Waker

Twilight Princess

Viewtiful Joe

Killer 7

REmake

Eternal Darkness

Paper Mario

Animal Crossing

Beyond Good and Evil

Pikmin

#7 Edited by GunnBjorn (2911 posts) -

Resident Evil Remake. Man, I Ioved that game!

#8 Posted by Bishna (334 posts) -

@Zippedbinders: @believer258: All of those are also awesome games especially Baiten Kaitos and Paper Mario

#9 Posted by Lucifer (263 posts) -

Contrary to the "true Resident Evil fans" Resident Evil 4 for the gamecube is a must own, and in my opinion, one of the greatest games ever made. Of course, the wii version is probably the best version if you tolerate motion controls.

#10 Posted by Vexxan (4623 posts) -

Viewtiful Joe and Paper Mario are two of my favorite Gamecube games.

#11 Posted by Prince_of_Space (82 posts) -

If you like strategy games it wouldn't hurt to try out Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It doesn't have some of the same charm as the 2D Fire Emblem games imo, but it was a good attempt at a 2D to 3D transition. Plus, you can transfer your clear data to the Wii sequel, Radiant Dawn, if you feel like continuing in the series.

#12 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

F-Zero GX
Wave Race: Blue Storm
1080 Avalanche
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

#13 Posted by Shun_Akiyama (490 posts) -

wind waker and RE4 
that's it

#14 Posted by JustKamToo (713 posts) -

PSO & Freedom fighters are two good games I remember liking for the gamecube.

#15 Posted by Zidd (1857 posts) -

Favorite Gamecube Games

1. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

The BEST Gamecube launch title. Its a shame that Factor 5 is closed. Maybe another developer will do this game justice in a future iteration.

2. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

An already great game with the improvements of its successor.

3. Metroid Prime

Retro Studios did a wonderful job translating the classic 2D Metroid gameplay into the modern age.

4. Resident Evil 4

Ditching the pre-rendered backgrounds, tank controls and the crappy camera angles of its predecessors RE4 is a new beginning for the modern more action oriented Resident Evil series we have now.

5. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

This would be #2 if it didn't have the stupid fetch quest at the end.

#16 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -

Wind Waker, Fatal Frame, Animal Crossing, Pikman, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Smash Bros

#17 Edited by spankingaddict (2727 posts) -

Metroid Prime 1&2

Wind Waker

Pikmin 1&2 these are 5 of the best games ever .

Paper Mario : The Thousand-Year Door is pretty amazing , too .

#18 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Wind Waker

Mario Sunshine (I personally really enjoyed it, I think I remember a lot of people giving it shit though)

Metroid Prime

I guess these dudes have pretty much covered everything I remember being good that was GC exclusive.

#19 Posted by Onkel_Apan (56 posts) -

Chibi Robo

#20 Edited by egg (1469 posts) -

you have a Gamecube memory card too right? You need that too I think even on Wii.

best Gamecube title is Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and maybe F-Zero GX. (logically F-Zero GX should be best at first glance, but the 2 or 3 times I finished the game it always felt 'meh' toward the end, it feels somewhat of a dreary game)

edit: oh and go here

http://www.unikgamer.com/tops/top-gamecube-games-44.html

it's a list of the best Gamecube games according to users

#21 Posted by PokeIkzai (385 posts) -

Wind Waker, Skies of Arcadia Legends, Metroid Prime, RE4, Pikmin 2, Rogue Squadron, and Super Mario Sunshine.

#22 Posted by stubbleman (306 posts) -

No one here has mentioned P.N.03 I don't think. I don't know if it's any good, but it will probably be the first game I get when I buy a Wii cause it looks really cool.

#23 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -
#24 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

Oh yeah and a lot of people are going to say to play Metroid Prime, but they rereleased all 3 Metroid Prime games for the Wii as Metroid Prime Trilogy, and I think you can play them all with a gamecube controller, so do that.

And probably don't buy Super Smash Bros. Melee, Just get Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It's kind of overpriced since it's still full price after like 4 years, but the updates from Melee are nice, and there's no real reason to go backwards.

#25 Posted by gla55jAw (2693 posts) -

@Claude said:

F-Zero GX Wave Race: Blue Storm 1080 Avalanche Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

Oh man, I have to disagree with Wave Race, I bought that over the summer for $3 when I brought my GameCube away with me on vacation, and I actually went to the trouble of returning it because it didn't hold up, and I didn't find it fun.

I'd also recommend any MLB Slugfest or NFL Blitz game, SSX Tricky and SSX3.

#26 Posted by Moncole (636 posts) -

Get the Wii version of RE4 its way better than the gamecube version

#27 Edited by MentalDisruption (1662 posts) -

Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean

#28 Posted by Bishna (334 posts) -

This one is gonna be a little far fetched but if you get 3 friends 4 GBAs, 4 GBA link cables, and a copy of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicals I do not think you will be disappointed.

#29 Posted by brophdog (91 posts) -

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. For the chao side game only. Its amazing. Anybody. No. no. oh ok sorry guys.

#30 Edited by Claude (16254 posts) -
@gla55jAw said:

@Claude said:

F-Zero GX Wave Race: Blue Storm 1080 Avalanche Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

Oh man, I have to disagree with Wave Race, I bought that over the summer for $3 when I brought my GameCube away with me on vacation, and I actually went to the trouble of returning it because it didn't hold up, and I didn't find it fun.

I'd also recommend any MLB Slugfest or NFL Blitz game, SSX Tricky and SSX3.

It's not as good as the original Wave Race, but after a slight learning curve, I found it quite enjoyable. It still looks good too.
#31 Edited by Trace (3576 posts) -

I highly recommend F-Zero GX, as it's still the best arcade racer ever. Also consider NHL Hitz 20-02 or 20-03, but those are way more fun with friends than alone.

Wind Waker's a fine choice, too.

EDIT: ...and criminy, Eternal Darkness, of course! That's a must-get.

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#32 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

OH don't forget Super Mario Sunshine, if it hasn't already been mentioned. I know people are going to hate on that game, but it's not bad, and it's one of the rare departures from strict Mario gameplay.

#33 Posted by AlisterCat (5698 posts) -

Pikmin 1. Don't play Pikmin 2, it sucks.

#34 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19376 posts) -
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
#35 Posted by tunaburn (1891 posts) -

PIKMIN. best gamecube game ever

#36 Posted by Irvandus (2885 posts) -

@Zippedbinders said:

Eternal Darkness, Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door, Pikmin 1 and 2, Wind Waker, MGS: Twin Snakes, Killer 7, Super Mario Sunshine, and Luigi's Mansion.

Not playing Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door and Wind Waker is a crime.

#37 Posted by DirtyEagles (277 posts) -

Worms 3d is actually really fun with a group.

#38 Posted by eternitymemory (153 posts) -

@MentalDisruption said:

Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean

This plus Baten Kaitos 2, which is just as good as the first with the added benefit of voice-acting that's actually good. They're both excellent jrpgs with really good music.

Throwing in my vote for Wind Waker and Super Mario Sunshine, too.

#39 Posted by Mousse_gallon (210 posts) -

Wind Waker, Skies of Arcadia, Tales of Symphonia (and if you can zelda 4 swords with 4 players/gbas)

#40 Posted by HarlechQuinn (450 posts) -
#41 Edited by Ben_H (3408 posts) -

-Pikmin 2 (Probably one of my favourite games of all time. I preferred it to the first simply because it didn't have the stupid time mechanic. Both games are great either way) 
-Wind Waker.  Most people overdo the "fetch quest" near the end. It wasn't THAT bad. The rest of the game is amazing and the graphics still hold up really well (I played it last summer).
- Luigi's Mansion. Short but super fun while it lasts. 
- Rogue Squadron 2 and to a lesser extent 3. 2 is amazing, 3 is pretty good other than the ground missions. 
- Viewtiful Joe 1 and 2. I still kick myself for selling the first one. They're kinda tricky but a ton of fun. 
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles - A kinda divisive game but I really liked it.  The 4 player with GBAs was insanely fun and I played through the whole game like that with my buddies. 
- Tales of Symphonia - One of my all time favourite RPGs. I sunk an obscene amount of time into this game. 
- Mario Sunshine - Despite what people say, this is a totally fine and incredibly fun Mario game. I much preferred it to the new Mario Galaxy games. 
- Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door - The sequel to what is likely one of my top 3 games of all time, Paper Mario for the N64. Paper Mario 2 fixed a lot of the issues with the first and definitely stands out as a great RPG. 
- F-Zero GX - The sense of speed in that game still hasn't really been matched. I really need to rebuy it as my copy of it was stolen with my first Gamecube. 
- Animal Crossing - The OG Animal Crossing is still the best version. You can get NES games in it and I felt it was much better than the sequels. That's not to say I didn't sink a few hundred hours into Wild World for the DS.  I only played about 10 hours of City Folk though, it didn't feel all that improved over old versions. 
- Super Smash Brother Melee - I don't even want to know how much of this I played with friends and my cousins  when they were over. It's probably on the order of thousands of hours. I've done multiple 12 hour sessions of it with friends.

#42 Posted by DeF (4955 posts) -

@eternitymemory said:

@MentalDisruption said:

Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean

This plus Baten Kaitos 2, which is just as good as the first with the added benefit of voice-acting that's actually good. They're both excellent jrpgs with really good music.

to avoid confusion: what means with Baten Kaitos 2 is actually called Baten Kaitos: Origins (localized by the 8-4 guys, btw!)

@Moncole said:

Get the Wii version of RE4 its way better than the gamecube version

if only because it has everything the GCN version had (sharp visuals, GCN pad support) PLUS it has all the PS2 extras AND supports widescreen (and of course the WIi controls but you can still play with a GCN pad)!

@Zidd said:

Favorite Gamecube Games

1. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

The BEST Gamecube launch title. Its a shame that Factor 5 is closed. Maybe another developer will do this game justice in a future iteration.

it should be noted that Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike has most(?) of the singleplayer missions from Rogue Leader included as a bonus cooperative mode for 2 players splitscreen! just played that again tonight :) those games still look pretty damn good, also!

@Bishna said:

This one is gonna be a little far fetched but if you get 3 friends 4 GBAs, 4 GBA link cables, and a copy of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicals I do not think you will be disappointed.

if you don't wanna go through that for just one game there is also The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures and Pac-Man Vs. that support this and are great fun! (the latter being basically an inspiration for what they demoed on the Wii U last E3 as "Chase Mii")

#43 Posted by IceP42 (48 posts) -

@egg said:

edit: oh and go here

http://www.unikgamer.com/tops/top-gamecube-games-44.html

it's a list of the best Gamecube games according to users

Agreed, you can't go wrong with unikGamer. Everyone should go there and make their own list to make the site's top lists even more accurate. They automatically update every 30 minutes.

#44 Posted by JTB123 (1048 posts) -

P.N.03 is a great game if you're prepared to put in the time to learn it, it's definitely got its problems, but it's still a fine action game.

#45 Posted by eternitymemory (153 posts) -

@DeF said:

@eternitymemory said:

@MentalDisruption said:

Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean

This plus Baten Kaitos 2, which is just as good as the first with the added benefit of voice-acting that's actually good. They're both excellent jrpgs with really good music.

to avoid confusion: what means with Baten Kaitos 2 is actually called Baten Kaitos: Origins (localized by the 8-4 guys, btw!)

Whoops! I completely forgot that the more recent BK game's actually a prequel. My bad. It's been a long while since I actually had a Gamecube to play on.

Since I'm making another post I'm also going to tentatively suggest Sonic Adventure 2: Battle Mode. I don't know how you feel about where the quality decline in Sonic began, but I had loads of fun with SA2. Granted, I was still in elementary school when I played it, so yeah.

Also Tales of Symphonia is another great jrpg that I played over countless times.

#46 Posted by Bishna (334 posts) -

Man the gamecube was pretty great, ima go hug it and cry because I used to trade in my games, even the good ones.

#47 Posted by laserbolts (5341 posts) -

RE4 wind waker and double dash are all you need.

#48 Posted by fr0stb1te (71 posts) -
Enough Said.
#49 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -
Tales of Symphonia is great; I might go back to it after I beat Tales of the Abyss. Super Mario Sunshine isn't the best 3D Mario game, but it's still an above-average 3D platformer. Both Pikmin games are great, but if I have to recommend one over the other it's going to be the second one. Wind Waker's good, and you should try to track down the Zelda Collector's Edition if you haven't played the older games — or just use the Virtual Console, whichever. Paper Mario, that's great too. Oh, and the GameCube version of SoulCalibur II has Link in it, which is worth noting in case you're one of those people who buy games just because Link's in them. Like me.
#50 Posted by astrodoggy (145 posts) -

@believer258: I did get a memory card, but it was only the 4x i think... and after using 57 of 251 blocks for animal crossing, i'm returning it to get the 16x.

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