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The Purple lunchbox is turning 20 this year!

That’s right! The GameCube is turning 20 this year and it’s rather insane how fast time is going. So I wanted to make a brief top 10 exclusive Nintendo games for that console that I enjoyed as a kid growing up. If your favorite game is not on the list, don’t worry! Just list it in the comment section down below. Alright, let’s get started!

10. Mario Kart Double Dash

There has been many Mario Kart games throughout the years like Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart Wii and a lot more. However, this one in particular was truly quite unique at the time. Two character now riding in a kart was something new at the time and it seems like that was the only time that happened. Each character has special items that are unique to them, which is pretty darn cool. It also had LAN support allowing 16 different players to play simultaneously as well. I still play this one till this day and it’s one of my favorites.

9. Luigi’s Mansion

Release as a launch title for the GameCube in 2001, Luigi’s Mansion was an interesting launch title for the GameCube as the star wasn’t Mario this time, but instead Luigi. As a kid, this game used to scared me! Going through the mansion in the dark with random ghost popping up was pretty scary for me. But I did have a blast sucking up those Boos and lastly King Boo who captured Mario. Honestly, this game in particular has great replay value as I can replay and not get bored of the adventure that Luigi goes through with Professor E.Gadd. Also, it great that the sequels are fun games as well and are definitely worth checking out.

8. Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

Now hear me out. I was going to put Pokémon Coliseum on here, but I just enjoyed Pokémon XD much more. Capturing Pokémon cover in darkness was so cool and not only that, there’s dark Lugia as well, which is a cool design. Taking place five years after the events of Pokémon Coliseum, the main character has to take care of the evil group Cipher who plans to do world domination. Also, the connectivity from the GameCube to the Gameboy Advance may it possible for trading in the Gen 3 Pokémon games, which is essential to completing the Pokedex though in order to unlock this feature you will need to complete a side quest.

7. F-Zero GX

This game is FAST! SUPER FAST! Nintendo team up with Namco and Sega to create a another game in the F-Zero series and what they created was a masterpiece. Not only did it upgraded the elements from F-Zero X, but it introduce a story mode that has you play as Captain Falcon through nine chapters. The game is often seen as difficult as well due to the fast pace gameplay, one mistake and it all over. There was even an arcade version called F-Zero AX where the player can bring their memory card and insert it in the arcade machines to unlock exclusive content that can only be obtain in F-Zero AX. Sadly this was the last major F-zero game on a main Nintendo console, but hopeful Nintendo will team with Namco and Sega again to make another great F-zero game like this one or they could just remaster it onto the Switch.

6. Mario Power Tennis

Like the previous title that came out on the Nintendo 64 this game has Mario and the gang playing tennis once more, but now the level of insanity has crank up to 11. With each character getting a power up that can stun opponents like Mario’s tennis racket turning into a hammer and launching the ball towards the other player. Also, they’re are different stages called Gimmick courts which have there own set of rules that the player must follow. The game has much more to offer than any other Mario Tennis game in my opinion and it great to play with your friends and family.

5.  Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

Remember Paper Mario? Or remember when Paper Mario was good?? Though Paper Mario the Origami King is an ok game, this Paper Mario game still come out on top for me. With an interesting story and compelling characters that travel with you through your journey it hard not to like this game. Overrated? Maybe, but you can’t deny how much this game improve the series with the gameplay being a lot more technical with moves called Stylish that increases star points and it being the last true RPG Paper Mario. Though the backtracking towards the end of the game can be very annoying, the pros outweigh the cons in this classic Paper Mario journey and it guarantee worth playing. Now if only Nintendo can put GameCube games on the Eshop so people wouldn’t have to pay alot of money on ebay to get this game…….

4. The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker

The Zelda game that received a lot of backlash then due to it looking cartoonish is now beloved by many people today. The special thing about this game is that the graphic and style of it doesn’t look dated. It’s a timeless classic that can be played smoothly till this day. Now, I know some of you are going to say “Why is it so low on the list…” well.. It’s not my favorite Zelda game. Traveling through the ocean seems pretty cool at first, but for me gets a little boring after awhile and some of the dungeons are not as good compare to some other Zelda titles in the series. However, the gameplay is still good and some dungeons are quite impressive like the Dragon Roost Cavern and the Forbidden Woods. Also, the music is still great as well and utilize in the gameplay just like the previous Zelda game Ocarina of Time.

3. Super Mario Sunshine

Out of all the 3D Mario Games, this one is always seen as the black sheep of the 3D Mario games along with Super Mario 3D World as well. Yeah getting all the Sprites in the game can be ridiculous and some of the levels can be a bit frustrating(you know the levels I’m talking about) but for me the game had interesting gameplay due to the controls with Mario having F.L.U.D.D. Also, the game feels different from other 3D Mario games with how fast Mario’s movement and how the unique each different area Mario goes too. Certain levels gave inspiration to Super Mario Galaxy as well. But all and all, it one of those games that is either going to be loved or hated by many people due to some flaws that it has. However, I do agree on the final boss being the weakest part of the game, but that pretty much about it for me in my opinion.

2. Metroid Prime

Can you believe that many people thought this was going to suck? Well, they were wrong because this by far one of my favorite Metroid games I have played. Super Metroid is great as well, but samus transition from 2D to 3D was a great success due to this game. The atmosphere and the environment felt like you were Samus Aran fighting through different enemies to gain different power ups and suit upgrades to progress through the adventure. Battling the Space Pirates and later a Meta Ridley this game hold no punches. Even though the sequels were good in their own regard, the original prime game for me is still the best one in the series. I suggest buying the Metroid Prime Trilogy Edition as you can play all three games with the Wii remote. Now hear me out, the controls are actually great on the Wii version. Now, hopefully will get more information on Metroid Prime 4 very soon in the near future.

 1. Super Smash Bros Melee

 

What person with a GameCube didn’t have Melee as a kid? It was the game to get on the GameCube as it was a major upgrade from the original Smash game on the Nintendo 64. With a new adventure mode, the introduction of Crazy Hand, new characters like Marth, Roy, Mewtwo, Pichu, Young Link, Falco and more this game had a lot to offer. Also, the gameplay is fast and smooth allowing the player to do all sorts of cool tricks such as wave dashing, L-canceling and more. The game has gain a competitive scene due to its gameplay alone. The game is fun to play with a family or friends as well. It’s also fun to play alone as well due to the sheer amount of content it had at the time. I remember spending hours playing this game until I got a headache and even though my disc is now scratched up due to me playing a lot, I still sometime play it for some nostalgia value. I’m surprise my disc still plays…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello fellow gamer! My name is Talik and I like to draw concept art and play video games in general. I created this blog to reach out to other gamer to discuss different games. If I am not on here I’m either working or streaming. Will be creating Youtube content in the near future as well :) Nice to meet you guys!! :) 

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