GameRevolution's Top 25 GameCube Games Of All Time (Full List)
Posted on Friday, July 5 @ 11:14:00 PST by Alex_OsbornWhile hardly the most successful system for Nintendo, the GameCube has grown to become a favorite in the hearts on many gamers. The quirky lunchbox-like console had a funky (but totally comfortable) controller, mini discs, and a selection of interesting games that couldn't be found anywhere else (Pikmin, I'm looking at you). To honor Nintendo's fourth home console, we've decided to compile a list of the twenty-five greatest games on the platform. In case you're wondering why Twilight Princess is noticeably absent, it's because we decided to give the game a nod in our Top 25 Wii Games list instead. If you've got a problem with that, deal with it.
25. F-Zero: GX
Nintendo's high-speed racing franchise is hardly as popular as some of its others (see Mario, Zelda, or Metroid). In fact, most gamers probably think of Captain Falcon as the guy from Super Smash Bros. rather than the protagonist of F-Zero. The most recent entry (sadly, one never game to the Wii) is F-Zero: GX, which offered an experience unlike anything else on the GameCube. Blazing fast races and incredible challenge are the two mainstays in any F-Zero game, and this one had it in spades. It's no wonder Mario Kart 8 is adopting a few of its mechanics.
24. TimeSplitters 2
Let's face it, the GameCube wasn't home to very many first-person shooters worth mentioning, so Free Radical's TimeSplitters 2 was a welcomed addition to Nintendo's library of mini discs. Not only did the game feature instantly fun and fast combat, it was loaded with personality and charm, something many FPS games at the time lacked. The game's multiplayer portion proved to be an absolute blast, making it difficult for you and your gamer buddies to pull yourselves away.
23. Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat
Remember the Mario Galaxy games? Well, before Nintendo EAD Tokyo made those jaw-dropping 3D platformers for Wii, the studio crafted a rhythm-based action title called Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat. Despite the fact that it centers around the use of a pair of plastic bongo drums, the game offered a level of complexity one might not expect from such a gimmicky concept. If you're a fan of EAD Tokyo's work and haven't yet given Jungle Beat a go, I suggest you give it a shot, if only to experience one of the GameCube's most unique titles.
22. Luigi's Mansion
The GameCube launch was easily one of the most memorable console debuts for me. Sure, it probably has something to do with the fact that it was the first time I got a console right at release, but that would have meant nothing if I didn't have any cool games to play on it. Believe it or not, Luigi's Mansion proved to be the launch game that opened my eyes to the possibilities that Nintendo's purple box offered. From it's gorgeous graphics to its interesting use of the C-Stick, I'll never forget exploring that ghost-filled mansion as the vacuum-equipped Luigi. Nintendo wackiness at its finest.
21. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean
Everyone loves a good RPG, and while they were few and far between on Nintendo's fourth proper console, there are a handful worth highlighting, one of which being Baten Kaitos. This Monolith Soft-developed title centers around a boy named Kalas and his partner Xelha, but instead of putting the player in the main character's shoes, he/she controls a Guardian Spirit who serves as the protagonist's guide. The game features a number of interesting twists on the role-playing formula, and boasts a story that is totally worth the time and effort.
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