Best GameCube Gamings

In celebration of the GameCube's 20th wedding anniversary, we're republishing this reader-ranked checklist of the Top 50 GameCube video games ever before.

Bear in mind, this is a vibrant list that can still be impacted by Nintendo Life User Ratings even now. If you've yet to price your GameCube collection on our games data source, just search for your chosen video game through the search bar listed below (or click on the star ratings via the list itself) and also obtain ranking to have your say and also influence the order listed below. Delight in!

The Nintendo GameCube released in Japan in September 2001 as well as a number of months later in The United States and Canada. Unlucky Europeans would not obtain their hands on it till the list below year, yet the wait was worth it for one of the best-looking video game consoles of perpetuity. The NGC (sorry, GCN) is a stunning, compact piece of kit.

Eschewing the jack-of-all-trades instructions of its contemporaries, the console concentrated on doing simply something well: playing games. Its striking indigo colour, large chunky 'A' button, charming little discs as well as notorious bring manage inevitably antagonized it in a period of streamlined, all-in-one multimedia devices, however it was an effective little box of techniques that played host to a fantastic library of video games. This was the last time Nintendo placed itself in direct competitors with Sony as well as Microsoft in pure spec terms prior to altering tack with the Wii.

We asked Nintendo Life readers to rank their preferred GameCube video games, and also the result is the listing of 50 video games you see below. The position is formed entirely from each video game's individual ranking in the Nintendo Life Gamings data source. However, unlike other fixed lists, this set frequently progress to mirror scores from Nintendo Life users, so you can still participate.

We've done this for a growing number of Nintendo gaming consoles, so if you're interested be sure to check out the best Nintendo DS video games, the most effective 3DS games, the very best Video game Boy video games as well as also the 50 finest Switch video games– each and every one a fluid checklist that can transform over time. Attempt ranking the games in them, too!

If there's a game bubbling under the leading 50 that you want to price, do not hesitate to discover it making use of the search tool listed below as well as offer it a rub out of 10. That's enough waffling, however. Allow's dive in and also see your picks for the all-time 50 ideal GameCube video games …


Celebrity Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike (GCN).


Aspect 5 chose to throw platforming sections right into the mix for this follow up to the extraordinary launch title Rogue Leader, however the drab implementation of these sections dragged down the entire experience as well as was lightyears away from the high quality of the arcade-style flight gameplay. Consequently, Rebel Strike is a video game of great highs and crushingly-dull lows. Luckily, the inclusion of the whole initial video game in 2-player co-op mode made it worth picking up no matter, and also it also included the initial game Atari version of Celebrity Wars for retro fanatics.


The Tale of Zelda: 4 Swords Adventures (GCN).


A joint adventure in the Tale of Zelda mould was something several had imagined for a long time, and also the Four Swords part of the GBA port of A Link to the Past made the jump to the television display right here in 4 Swords Adventures. There's a single player video game in there, but the genuine meat of the experience entailed each of the four gamers hooking their own GBA to the GameCube with the requisite link wire and regulating their Link in a screen-hopping journey long in the past Nintendo went crooked with the Wii U gamepad. It's a fantastic co-op Zelda game hindered just by the fact that it needed a lot package to function.


Mario Knockout Football (GCN).


Verifying that there's little that the portly plumber can't turn his hand (or foot) to, Following Degree Games' Mario Smash Football (or Super Mario Strikers in the United States) offered strong soccer action in a vibrant package with Mushroom Kingdom locals illuminating the beautiful video game and also adding a little style and exhilaration to procedures – no nil-nil draws here! The polar opposite of the simulation-style that 'correct' football video games were opting for, this is a fast-paced five-a-side craze that did well enough to get an in a similar way gratifying sequel on Wii.


Super Mario Sunshine (GCN).


Mario's run of hit after struck after hit is rather incredible when you think of it. The expectations each brand-new mainline entry creates are astronomically high and we're continually gobsmacked that, most of the time, those expectations are surpassed.

Offered to use Switch over if you have a duplicate of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario Sunlight is an excellent game with some indisputably unpolished aspects when contrasted to the rest of the plumbing technician's stellar oeuvre. No, as a direct follow up to Super Mario 64, it is not the genre specifying timeless everyone was hoping for, but with the passing of time we can look back as well as value the many points that Sunlight does superbly. The joyous, bouncing Isle Delfino theme alone makes it worth reviewing, and also if you have actually skipped this access in Mario's back catalogue, don't let its online reputation place you off. The Sunshine Protection Pressure might be recompensing a little– it's absolutely got its defects– but at least, it's still very good in our eyes.


WarioWare, Inc: Huge Parlor Game$! (GCN).


A remake of the GBA game WarioWare, Inc: Huge Microgames!, this house console version included multiplayer to an already remarkably unhitched principle of microgames that mashes with each other tiny jobs with a time frame to produce a stressful, funny experience. It feels like R&D 1 were unchained as well as permitted to vent their rupturing creative thinking, directing it into a game without being encumbered by the normal Nintendo 'polish' everyone anticipates, which gives this game (as well as the wider collection) an impressive and also one-of-a-kind feeling of freshness.


Viewtiful Joe 2 (GCN).


Originating From Clover Studio, Capcom's stellar advancement team behind the likes of Okami and God Hand with participants who would go on to create gamecube emulator games, this sequel continues movie-obsessed Joe's tale as he ends up being a superhero and also teams up with his partner, Sexy Silvia, to protect humanity from an unusual intrusion. Very similar to the first game, it oozes design and also energy from every pore, although it does not have a co-op multiplayer mode you might get out of a sequel. Still a belter, however.


Resident Wickedness 2 (GCN).


Pressing RE2 onto N64 called for a Herculean initiative, however this is basically a port of the PlayStation variation with very little in the way of bells as well as whistles. The success of the base game beams, certainly, as well as probably makes it worthy of placement here, however any individual expecting a REmake-style overhaul was left sorely disappointed by this barebones variation. Local Wickedness 2 is a wonderful game, however, however threadbare the presentation.


Ikaruga (GCN).


The GameCube version of this masterpiece shooter will cost you an arm and a leg these days, and also with the Switch version of Ikaruga providing extra advantages like portability and also the capacity to turn your Change as well as play in Tate mode, it's hard to justify spraying so much money just to get it on an adorable GameCube disc. If you still own it from back in the day, however, Prize's seminal shmup is undoubtedly something to treasure forever. Still hard as nails, however.


Baten Kaitos Origins (GCN).


The very first and also just sequel to Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, this provided some gameplay tweaks however didn't fundamentally change the base experience from the initial game. It was launched in 2006 when the troubling GameCube was on the really last of its last legs and the developers decided not to move it to the upcoming Wii. With knowledge, that was an obvious error – Baten Kaitos Origins would certainly have undoubtedly obtained more attention than it discovered at the time on the purple box. Interestingly, it was one of the first games localised by 8-4, the localisation home who would certainly go on to collaborate with Nintendo on the outstanding Fire Emblem: Awakening as well as Xenoblade Chronicles X, to name a few.


Chibi-Robo (GCN).


Chibi-Robo is difficult to explain because it does not nicely fit into any type of certain group or category. It's part-platformer, part-adventure, part-amiable helper game which mixes in aspects of Toy Story as you function to aid the Sanderson family solve their everyday troubles. The eponymous selfless robotic himself is an enchanting little man that's starred in several games since this GameCube intro (and also he additionally has the most devastatingly charming amiibo conceivable), but he's never quite reached the elevations of his launching below. Lovely.


Mario Golf: Toadstool Excursion (GCN).


We're quite partial to the Nintendo 64 access in the collection, but programmer Camelot really did not do much wrong when it involved the GameCube version, either. Including sixteen personalities as well as programs consisting of Mushroom Kingdom staples such as warp pipelines and also Chain Chomps, Mario Golf: Toadstool Scenic tour takes things up a gear without reinventing the video game, making every bunker as well as green appearance suitably beautiful as well as introducing some enjoyable added settings. Barely advanced, yet there's just so much you can do with golf and also there aren't many better means to ruin a stroll than this.


Sonic Mega Collection (GCN).


Combining the best of Sonic's Huge Drive catalogue (as well as Sonic 3D Blast), this disc likewise consists of Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Maker, Ristar and also Flicky permanently procedure (plus Comix Area and The Slime in Japan). Initially a GameCube unique, an also bigger collection was at some point launched on various other gaming consoles named Sonic Huge Collection Plus with more Sonic goodness from the Video game Equipment, along with the Japanese exclusives above. An embarassment these weren't included initially, however the games you truly want were right here as well as Sonic CD and also a number of various other rarities would come in the Sonic Gems Collection, so after enjoying him for many years on rival gaming consoles Nintendo gamers could make a pig of on blue hedgehog on GameCube.


Viewtiful Joe (GCN).


Crackling with power and also celluloid action, Viewtiful Joe is a side-on brawler and also was just one of the fabled 'Capcom Five' exclusives which would end up (generally) discovering their means to other systems. With an intricate combat system, it skirts right into boxer region with a dusting of VFX (Viewtiful Impacts) that alter the circulation of fight as well as enable you to chain combinations and utilize technique to defeat your means through Motion picture Land as well as rescue film-fanatic Joe's partner.

We have not heard from Joe in a great long while, but it's difficult to consider a character that might fit more snuggly into the Hit Bros. Ultimate lineup, paired with a cheeky Switch remaster of this game and also it's sequel, of course. Make it happen, Capcom!


The Simpsons Hit & Run (GCN).


Not to be perplexed with The Simpsons Road Rage, a hardly camouflaged Crazy Taxi clone, this later effort shares much more DNA with the Grand Burglary Automobile collection than Sega's manic gallery vehicle driver. The shock here was just exactly how well The Simpsons Struck & Run illustrated the Springfield fans recognized and also liked from the program, and also how well this GTA parody played. For such a phenomenally successful series, The Simpsons has some real stinkers to its name when it concerns computer game, so this was a really pleasurable surprise.


Beyond Good & Evil (GCN).


An elegant action adventure from Ubisoft and also Rayman developer Michel Ancel, Beyond Good as well as Evil spins a potent yarn of political intrigue, puzzle-solving and examination. Protagonist Jade need to stealthily acquire proof as she explores the world of Hillys in an effort to aid the resistance and bring down the DomZ, a number of bad aliens suspected of drawing the strings of an army tyranny that's risen to power. The base gameplay is wonderful, yet it's the world-building and atmosphere that sets BG&E apart and makes us thrilled for the innovator presently in the works. Let's maintain our fingers went across for a Switch over port.


Fatigue 2: Factor of Impact (GCN).


Despite the frequency with which we do it, collapsing your auto in a computer game is generally an indicator of failure, however programmers Criterion infused the Fatigue video games with risky thrills that compensated you with boost for being cavalier, and also made negative driving a merit with its habit forming 'Accident' mode. This sequel improved the original in nearly every method as well as is this a blast to (collision and) shed through today.


Mega Male X Collection (GCN).


Assembling the first six Huge Guy X games right into one plan, this disc was a terrific way for longtime fans to replay the best video games in the collection or to catch up for those that might have missed entrances as a result of them getting on PlayStation. Also disregarding a few of the lower entries, simply having the very first 3 on one disc was a reward for followers, and it's the only means to officially play Huge Man: Battle & Chase (think 'Mega Man Kart') on a Nintendo console, too.


SSX 3 (GCN).


Technically the 3rd in the series (although some don't take into consideration SSX Difficult to be a real sequel to the original), SSX 3 place you on one solitary hill rather than diverse pistes all over the world and presented a whole lot of enhancements over the previous game, consisting of a visual overhaul. Viewpoints vary, certainly, yet this was arguably the optimal of the collection before it began to glide as well as it still holds up well today.


Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (GCN).


It's easy to recall with rose-tinted specs as well as imagine things were much better in the past. For many styles that's a fallacy, however when you look at Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, it's arguably true. Some might like Pro Skater 2 or Pro Skater 4 (it is difficult to fail with any of them, actually), but this is a classic in the skateboarding style– the centre point and peak of the cultural crossover between skating as well as computer game prior to the collection went off the boil as well as started to really feel a little bit try-hard in the mid-2000s.

Also people with absolutely no rate of interest in skate boarding know who Tony Hawk is and it's thanks to these games, of which Pro Skater 3 could be the very best. Ah, the memories …


Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and also the Lost Sea (GCN).


Co-developer Pillar Soft would certainly go on to have excellent success on Nintendo systems with the Xenoblade Chronicles games, yet this Namco-published JRPG still has its fans as well as attracts attention on GameCube thanks to a reasonably slim collection of RPG titles. Baten Kaitos merged turn-, action- as well as card-based mechanics into a distinct fight system. Playing as a looking after guardian, the gamer connects straight with the personalities instead that 'managing' them, which offers it a special flavour besides other games in the style.