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10 of the Best Nintendo GameCube Games


In honor of the 20 year anniversary since the release of the Nintendo GameCube, it would be the right thing to list the top 10 best games! 

The Nintendo GameCube was released in Japan on September 14, 2001, and in the United States on November 18, 2001. This was the last Nintendo console that was designed to compete with the Xbox and Playstation. The unique design of the GameCube console and the controllers were the most memorable. Here is a list of the best games that have come from the Nintendo GameCube era. Some of these are the most popular games of all time. 

10. Super Mario Sunshine:

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Super Mario Sunshine was released in 2002. It is a 3D action platformer that follows Super Mario 64. It features Mario on Isle Delfino, using Fludd to clean up the mess that Bowser and Bowser Jr. are leaving in their wake. He captures shine sprites in different locations to restore the island’s sunshine. There are so many incredible places to explore and the music is fantastic. The mini-challenges in the game are so fun. This also hits home for me since it is the first game I have ever defeated entirely as a kid. Now you can play the game on the Nintendo Switch if you have Super Mario 3D All-Stars!

9. Pikmin:

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Pikmin is a real-time strategy and puzzle game that was created by Shigeru Miyamoto. The game revolves around using these plant-like creatures that have different strengths to combat the creatures of the wild. The task is to collect different parts of Captain Olimar’s ship that crashed onto the land. There is a set amount of time to defeat these creatures in a day and you do not want to waste any time. The ship will leave at night regardless of what was completed. The Pikmin must also be returned to their own homes before the ship leaves or the creatures will get them. It is a game that definitely will test your critical thinking skills and time management.

8. Mario Kart Double Dash:

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A lot of the memories of hanging out at my friend’s houses revolve around Double Dash. The two-player switching element was definitely an interesting twist. There are some incredible courses in the game that involve all sorts of twists, turns, and shortcuts. Mario Kart: Double Dash remains a chaotic classic for many.

7. Mario Party 4:

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Mario Party 4 is one of my all-time favorite party games. In my opinion, this is also the best out of the series. The courses and mini-games are so nostalgic. I used to rent this game from Blockbuster multiple times to play the board game-style maps and capture as many stars as possible. This is one of those games that may destroy friendships based on the mini-games and the numbers players get on the dice roll. It can get quite competitive, to say the least. 

6. Luigi’s Mansion:

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Luigi’s Mansion was the first game released alongside The GameCube. It features Luigi as the protagonist as he goes through the haunted halls of the mansion sucking up ghosts using a vacuum. The sound effects and general creepiness make it great. Luigi’s constant cowardly persona works perfectly in the game. This one is definitely a classic!

5. Super Smash Bros. Melee:

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Super Smash Bros. Melee is the best version of the series. It has so many incredible rounds and characters that battle each other using their own attacks and random items that are dropped in the round. It is a wonderful party game to play with friends or rather destroy friendships. FALCON PUNCH!

4. Animal Crossing:

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Animal Crossing is the perfect game for those looking for a more relaxing type of game to play. The best part of it all is that it is a great game for people of all ages. Players can roam around the different villages and customize their homes and outfits. The holiday calendar is ingrained in the game for some festive fun! Animal Crossing allows you to partake in activities to spruce up your little world such as fishing, shaking trees for money, and interacting with different animals.

3. Super Monkey Ball:

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The game is so fun, yet so challenging real fast. The levels get progressively harder as you go through the game. If you are tired of raging to the main game, you can play the mini-games which are super fun such as Monkey Billiards.

2. Metroid Prime:

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The 3D action-adventure game consists of Samus as the protagonist. The gameplay has puzzles for players to solve, platforms to jump on, and the ability to collect more items to enhance Samus’ suit. The Morph Ball allows for Samus to turn into a ball and then roll into enemies. Samus is also one of my all-time favorite characters.

1. The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess:

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was released during the later years of the GameCube generation. It is one of the best video games of all time. If you haven’t played this game you are missing out. The Legend of Zelda has many great titles if we are being honest. The dungeons, bosses, and mini-bosses are incredible. Midna is an amazing companion to Link and is one of my favorite helping characters. I think Midna deserves a spot in Super Smash Bros.

The GameCube has so many more incredible games to play for every taste. Some of the most popular games came during this GameCube era. Let us know what you think!

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