10. Super Mario Sunshine - The sequel to Super Mario 64 for Nintendo 64. This game was not as well received as the Mario's first 3D adventure (It's hard to top one of the greatest games of all time) but it was very fun. Mario uses a water pack to levitate and shoot enemies. The best parts of the game though are when Mario's water pack gets stolen and you have to control him like the previous Mario games.
9. Pikmin - A new franchise for Gamecube inspired by Myiamoto's garden. Control huge swarms of tiny plant creatures and throw them at enemies, solve puzzles, and try to rebuild your space ship. This game is very fun and original. Plus you have to beat the game in 30 game days, so the entire adventure has a sense of speed and adrenaline while to try to beat the game fast enough.
8. Zelda Twilight Princess - A mature Link tries to save Princess Zelda from the worlds of dark and light. The second Zelda game for the Gamecube, it has the same graphical style as Ocarina of Time and a more mature story line than Wind Waker (see below). Twilight Princess is the first Zelda game where Link turns into a wolf and can control other animals.
7. Animal Crossing - A very simple, but addicting game. You move into a house in a new town and must get to know the townsfolk while running errands, planting trees, designing t-shirts, and decorating your house. It is like 'The Sims' for PC. I never would have thought running errands could be so fun, but I had to sell this game because I wasn't having enough time to do my real chores.
6. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat - A platforming game using the Gamecube Bongo's as the controller. Run left and right with left and right drumbeats. Jump by hitting both and punch by clapping. The game is short but each level is unique and has different goals to achieve besides just getting to the end. Probably the most unique game released on the Gamecube.
5. Zelda Wind Waker - Many people complained about the graphics on this Zelda game because they were too "kiddie". But the cartoon style really helped you feel Link's emotions because they could be so much more expressive. A very fun adventure, slightly tedious in one section (a giant boat ride across the whole world), but one of the best games for Gamecube.
4. Super Monkey Ball - Roll a monkey inside a ball. That is the basic design of this game, but it is very fun. The single player mode is like a puzzle where you have to get the monkey through a goal without falling off a ledge. But the game really shines in multiplayer mode. Monkey Boxing, Monkey Racing, and best of all Monkey Target. Up to four players can play this at once and will enjoy themselves for hours.
3. Mario Kart Double Dash - A faster, better graphics Mario Kart game plus you control two racers instead of one. Each character has a special weapon only they can receive so picking your combo of riders is very important. Good single player with many varied levels and circuits to beat but like all Mario Kart games multiplayer is the most fun. Race or battle with four players at the same time and you will be entertained for hours with your friends.
2. Super Smash Bros. Melee - A deceptively simple fighting game for the Gamecube. It uses the joystick and two buttons for almost every move. Anyone can pick up and start playing, but experts will learn different combos and "secret" moves to keep them coming back for more. Very deep single player and a four player game that is the best released on the Gamecube. It's the best selling game on the system for a reason!
1. Metroid Prime - The first 3D adventure in the Metroid series of games and it is perfectly executed. Great weapons, thoughtful puzzles, beautiful graphics, and fun game play. My personal favorite game of all time and the highest rated game on the Gamecube. If you like first person shooters or liked the original Metroid games, you will love this game.
With any or all of these ten games in your collection, you should have hours of fun and definitely enjoy your Gamecube purchase.
You are going to buy a Gamecube System but what else do you need to buy with it? What are the best games to buy? Do you need extra controllers? Should you buy a memory card, or Gameboy Player? And what is a Gameboy Player? Follow these simple directions below and you can answer all those questions and start enjoying your system in no time.
Games – After choosing the system, the biggest decision is what games will you buy to go along with it. The Gamecube is just purple paperweight if it doesn't have games to play. The first way to choose games is pick something related to one of your hobbies outside of gaming. Do you play football, skateboarding, like cars, or fishing? There are games for all of these hobbies and more. The second option for choosing your games is start with a list of the most popular games released on the Gamecube. They are:
- Super Mario Sunshine
- Zelda Wind Waker
- Zelda Twilight Princess
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Mario Kart Double Dash
- Sonic Adventure Battle 2
- Metroid Prime
These games aren't made for everyone, so be sure you check the ratings and descriptions before buying one.
Controllers – The Gamecube console originally came with one controller in the box but four slots for controllers. So you can buy three more controllers for the system if you want. If you will always be playing by yourself, you don't have to spend money on an extra controller. But I recommend buying at least one more because you never know when a friend will pop on over to play. If you choose any of the games that allow four players to play at once, definitely buy three extra controllers. They will be worth every penny with all the fun you will have with them.
This is a great time to mention the difference between Nintendo brand controllers and third party controllers. Nintendo controllers are more reliable and comfortable while third party controllers are less expensive. I only buy Nintendo controllers myself, because I think they are worth the extra money for the piece of mind that they will not break on you.
Accessories – The Gamecube has two major accessories, memory cards and the Gameboy Player. Memory cards are required to save your progress in a game. You will need at least one memory card unless you want to keep playing the same levels over and over again. Nintendo made three different sizes of memory card, 4MB, 16MB and 64MB. The smaller sizes will work for many adventure games but almost all sports games will require at least a 16MB and sometimes a 64MB card to save a season. I recommend a 16MB card for most people unless you are definitely buying sports games.
The Gameboy Player is completely optional but can be a great addition to the system. The player allows you play any Gameboy game ever made on your TV with the Gamecube controller. It is great if you already have a Gameboy game collection but can be quite expensive. Nintendo made a few other accessories for the Gamecube including a Network Adaptor for online play and a Gameboy Advanced Link Cable but neither of these is supported by many games. Unless you are sure you are buying a game that uses one of these, you shouldn’t buy them.
This list should have helped you choose the games, controllers, and accessories you want to buy with your Gamecube. Now get out there and enjoy your new gaming purchase.