GameCube games for Nintendo newcomers

Derek On February 12, 2008 12.02.2008 with 43 Comments

wiicube.jpgNintendo has sold more than 20 million Wii consoles worldwide since launching its motion-controlled sensation in Nov. 2006. The system has become a global phenomenon, and over the next few months, it is likely Wii will eclipse the total worldwide hardware sales of Nintendo’s last console, the ill-fated and underappreciated GameCube.

What took GameCube six years to achieve, Wii will have surpassed in less than two. But negative connotations stemming from GameCube’s relatively disappointing sales should not necessarily be reflected upon its software. Despite its smaller market share, GameCube hosted some of the best exclusive titles of the last half-decade.

Given Wii’s remarkable sales figures, it seems safe to assume that many Wii owners missed out on GameCube. Fortunately for gamers incognizant of the satisfaction to be found within tiny purple cubes, Wii is compatible with all GameCube software. Landmark GameCube releases from years gone by can be played on Wii and enjoyed by players who may have never had a chance to experience them.

On Saturday’s edition of Infendo Radio, Blake and Scott discussed this topic when listener Paul phoned in asking for their GameCube recommendations. Their guidance is included in this list of the best GameCube games for ‘Cube-deprived Nintendo newcomers.

43 Responses to “GameCube games for Nintendo newcomers”

  1. Andrew-MG says:

    And yet, the Gamecube got a paltry 4% of the votes for best Nintendo console. That’s a lot of great games up there, guys.

  2. deepthought says:

    awww yeah there are drew! quality games. course, notice how most are ninny produced. beyond good and evil is probably my best recommendation from that list, since most have plays ssb and whatnot. and the gamecube version looked gorgeous to boot.

    though… yeah, the gamecube still doesnt compare to the other systems for me. snes for massive damage.

  3. daverage says:

    Good Stuff!

    I would also recommend MX Superfly for those disappointed by Nitrobike.

  4. daverage says:

    And WaveRace as well

  5. daverage says:

    And Prince of Persia Sands of Time!

  6. Doofus J says:

    Gamecube was a fantastic, and dare I say, lovable, system. There was just something special about it, and it was very accommodating to the games that took advantage of both the system’s internal strengths as well as unique controller. Overall, it was a fantastic system.

  7. KillerHeroes says:

    I’m glad you’ve included Killer7. That game was grossly overlooked.

    Here are some other great games :

    Animal Crossing
    Prince of Persia : Sands of Time
    F-Zero GX
    Viewtiful Joe
    Metal Gear Solid : Twin Snakes
    Fire Emblem : Path of Radiance
    Ikaruga
    Resident Evil remakes

  8. Tyler says:

    You have it pictured but not listed but uhm. Tales rox my sox. Me and my friend are trying to beat it before smash bros comes out.

  9. kee says:

    mario tennis
    timesplitters

  10. InvisibleMan says:

    The GameCube is being undeservingly underappreciated… Its legacy is being characterized by only the last two years of its lifetime. I think that during its first two years after launch, in contrast, it was the best system of its generation!

  11. Paul says:

    Thanks guys. Gave me my own thread and everything.

    I’d like to add Fire Emblem to that list. Great if you love strategy. Great if you don’t.

  12. Very good list. If Eternal Darkness didn’t make it on there, I don’t know what my brain would have done:)

  13. bOB says:

    The gamecube had some true gems that I would have been very disappointed to miss. I think it was definitely underappreciate. Baten Kaitos was one of the few RPGs on the system but it had the quality of an RPG from the snes days. It is currently one of my favorite games of all time.

  14. peshue says:

    I wish they released a gc in that color for the us, I feel the same about the orange spice one.

  15. rdaneel72 says:

    Viewtiful Joe was already mentioned. Good job.

    Also, I must again profess my love for IO Interactive’s Freedom Fighters. Killing Commies never gets old, viscous Red bastards that they are.

    WOLVERINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Soup says:

    yay for Beyond Good & Evil Love!

  17. Medz says:

    tales of symphonia is also a great game for the cube.

  18. Three third party games thats ummmm great. I was going to suggest Resident Evil 4 but I guess you guys would recomend the Wii version. Other than that KillerHeroes has got the rest covered IMO.

  19. elmer says:

    I tried getting into some gamecubing recently, only to find that I couldn’t find a memory card anywhere.

    Stores here in the UK will still in some cases carry a few Gamecube games which is certainly nice, but they sure as hell aren’t ‘wasting’ the shelf space on accessories. This goes for Controllers too. Unfortunately, the card and controller are a necessity, and the card is still something Nintendo hasn’t seen fit to enable on the internal Wii memory yet.

    I’m sure plenty Wii gamers brand new to gaming would love to get into all these existing oldies but goldies. It’s an instant install base with instant high calibur games, but the retailers aren’t interested one bit. At least not in the UK.

  20. daverage says:

    Yes, I second Viewtiful Joe. Awesome game! As well as the sequel. But don’t get the third, its a turd.

  21. Fabio says:

    I would definitively add Soul Calibur 2 to that list. Besides SSBM, it is the best fighting game in the Cube.

    And I will endorse once more Pikmin 1&2. It was the best surprise I had on Gamecube. Very challenging and addictive game, as I haven’t experienced in a long time.

    Best!!

  22. Jim says:

    While I fully respect your choice of the INCREDIBLE GREAT Eternal Darkness over Resident Evil 4…

    …Resident Evil clearly was a ‘defining game’ of the last generation, so it is wrongly missing from the list.

  23. Derek B. says:

    Just a note about Resident Evil 4…

    I would be the first to argue that RE4 is not only one of the best games in the GameCube library, but also one of the very best games ever made, regardless of platform.

    However…this list is NOT a “best of GameCube” list. If it were, RE4 would be at the top of the list, right behind Metroid Prime.

    This list is more a look at which GCN games are still relevant for people who never owned the console and looking for great games to play on their Wii. RE4 is now available, new and improved, as a Wii title. That’s why it isn’t included on this list.

  24. El tiguere says:

    I have fun playing Legend of Zelda: Master Quest, and the collector’s edition. Having the chance to play Dreamcast ports like Skies Of Arcadia and Ikaruga was a great experience both exciting (SOA) and unforgiving (Ikaruga). :P

    Replaying Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid remakes on the GC made forget about the blocky ones on the original Playstation. There are plenty of Japanese import games that I bought and enjoyed like Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3 and Castle of Shikigami 2.

    No matter how unappreciated was GC, to me I had more fun than on the PS2, in matter fact, I even have more games on the GC than on the PS2 and the XBOX, because to me that’s were the games are really at.

    I would love to start to play the GC, if only, I can find those DAMN MEMORY CARDS!!!!!

  25. ejamer says:

    Animal Crossing
    Ikaruga
    Metal Gear Solid : Twin Snakes
    Soul Caliber 2

    These games have already been mentioned, but definitely warrant a look on your Wii if you haven’t already played them… ESPECIALLY Soul Caliber 2 – it’s a shame to leave that fighting masterpiece off the original list, especially when the closest thing that Wii has right now is the shameful Legends spin-off.

  26. ejamer says:

    (Great article, by the way. And it’s nice to see GameCube fans stand up and shout out about their favorites!)

  27. Roddy says:

    I gotta mention two games that logged a lot of time around here on multiplayer extravaganzas: Timesplitters 2 and Smuggler’s Run.

  28. srkelley says:

    TimeSplitters 2 is missing along with Baten kaitos: Eternal wings and the Lost Ocean, Aggressive inline, Capcom vs. SNK 2: EO, Freedom Fighters, Metal arms: Glitch in the System, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, P.N.03 (it is a very fun game, despite harsh reviews, the level design is just devoid of creativity)

    Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Resident Evil Zero (which remains a gamecube exclusive, even though it kicks total ass and still looks amazing), second Sight (the the protagonist from manhunt 2 looks a lot like john Vattic, the m.p. of this game), Soul calibur II, SSX 3 (this game is very fun, and loads almost twice as fast as it does on the ps2), Tales of Symphonia

    True Crime: Streets of New York (this game is by no means perfect, but when not having it forcibly compared to GTA, it stands on its’ own as a very fun game, it does have slowdown problems when driving at top speeds, and every know and then a weird glitch will pop up, you can usually save your game while glitching), Viewtiful Joe 1 and 2, WWE day of Reckoning 1 & 2, XGRA (there are some slight control issues that will cause you to over or under steer until you can figure the game out, it takes about 10-30 minutes depending on how good you are at tweaking settings).

  29. daverage says:

    Anyone have Burnout 2, Fight Night 2, or Alien Hominoid?? I’ve been thinking of picking these up if I see em cheap.

  30. used cisco says:

    Yeah, aggressive inline was a great game. Tons of great games on that system. It was the gamecube that got me interested in gaming again.

  31. samfish says:

    The lack of Viewtiful Joe, Viewtiful Joe 2, Ikaruga, Skies of Arcadia 2, Star Fox Adventures and Star Fox Armada saddens me!

    Also,
    “Yes, I second Viewtiful Joe. Awesome game! As well as the sequel. But don’t get the third, its a turd.”

    There sadly is no Viewtiful Joe 3. Are your thinking of Red Hot Rumble? RHR was awful. Double Trouble on the DS is passable but still not very good.

  32. streex says:

    The GameCube brought me back to gaming as well. Legend of Zelda: Four Swords. Perfect 4 player game…if, of course, you can find 4 GBA’s and GC/GBA link cables. If you got’em then this game perfectly fits the Wii mold. Crazy fun.

  33. Mark says:

    Beyond Good and Evil is a great game (although it’s not exclusive to the GameCube).

  34. Joe says:

    Dudes, Rogue Squadron III over II, it has these cheesy on-foot missions, I know, but it also includes the entirety of RSII as multiplayer co-op.

    Also of note, the ENTIRE Resident Evil series is available only on the ‘cube. (RE0, RE remake, RE2 & RE 3, RE 4)

    MGS the Twin Snakes – Hardcore MGS fans knock it for the first person mode, but it doesn’t bother me, its the overblown cutscenes that char my biscuits.

    Alright, more exclusivey.

    Ah yes, Wave Race Blue Storm, I recently picked up that launch title fro 2 bucks. Great game.

    Animal Crossing!

  35. daverage says:

    “There sadly is no Viewtiful Joe 3. Are your thinking of Red Hot Rumble? RHR was awful. Double Trouble on the DS is passable but still not very good.”

    Yes, since its the third iteration, I call it part three, instead of its long title. Hopefully they bring this game pack for the Wii. Maybe as a first person fighter using the wiimote controls to punch in slow mo, that would be SWEET!.

  36. Scott Clements says:

    there are a few of those i would like, but here in the UK some of those games had very few copies released, so games like Pikmin 2 and Chibi-Robo will cost as much on eBay as a new Wii game.

    I definetely want to get Wind Waker and the Zelda collectors edition sometime soon

    I was lucky enough to spot the PS2 version of Beyond Good & Evil brand new for £7 ($3.50) last month tho.

  37. -_Q says:

    What makes no sense about this list:

    Lloyd’s face is ON the gamecube in the picture. It’s the special edition TALES OF SYMPHONIA gamecube.

    So why again isn’t Tales on this list? It’s probably one of my favorite games of all time. And for a long while it was GC exclusive. Seriously.

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  40. Brian says:

    The GameCube revived my love for Nintendo after the N64 killed it.

  41. vinny says:

    Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, one of my favourite games on the game cube

  42. sunwalker10 says:

    gamecube wuz my first major nintendo console.
    awesome games
    wish the kept makin them
    GC rocks

  43. J_man86 says:

    Killer 7 was the worst game I’ve ever played in my entire life.

  44. HyperPhazon says:

    Talk about dredging up an old article! Still, it’s still as relevant now as the day it was posted; except, the games are probably cheaper now.

  45. al bundy... says:

    if there’s possiblity to find an othr discussion like that … an other blog …

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