The EZA Community Top 20 Best Nintendo GameCube Games



  • I had Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy on PSP-it's a great follow up to the original.



  • Lego Star Wars 2 was fun but I find these games to be really repetitive. Can't believe they made a million of these games afterwards.



  • Regarding Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, I'm going to pull from my blurb in the 2006 countdown:

    "Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy was decent, but I don't remember playing it as much as I did the first Lego Star Wars. I think I dropped it still within a New Hope and I can't remember why I dropped it."

    And what with the Skywalker Saga being a thing, I don't believe I will ever revisit this incarnation.



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    #7. Mario Kart: Double Dash!!-7 points

    Votes
    1:0
    2:1 (Brannox)
    3:0
    4:1 (Bruno_Saurus)
    HM:1 (E_ZED_EH_INTERN)

    Information

    Release Date: NA: November 17th 2003, EU: November 14th 2003
    Developer: Nintendo EAD
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Kart racing

    Links
    Trailer-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-hY0E6cGfo&ab_channel=Expectativagamecube
    Wikipedia-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Kart:_Double_Dash



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    #7. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess-7 points

    Votes
    1:0
    2:0
    3:1 (JDINCINERATOR)
    4:1 (E_ZED_EH_INTERN)
    HM:2 (NeoCweeny, Sheria)

    Information

    Release Date: NA: November 11th 2006, EU: November 15th 2006
    Developer: Nintendo EAD
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Action-adventure

    Links

    Trailer-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHu7hvxjdww&ab_channel=PlayscopeTimeline
    Wikipedia-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda:_Twilight_Princess



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    #7. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door- 7 points

    Votes
    1:0
    2:1 (Shoulderguy)
    3:1 (Oscillator)
    4:0
    HM:0

    Information

    Release Date:NA: October 11th 2004, UK: October 4th 2004, EU: November 12th 2004
    Developer: Intelligent Systems
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Role-playing

    Links

    Trailer-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRu7uFkYdeM&ab_channel=IGN
    Wikipedia-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_Mario%3A_The_Thousand-Year_Door



  • My brother bought a GameCube with Mario Kart: Double Dash!! But it went missing, which deprived me of the chance to play it. I really would like to play The Thousand-Year Door but it's very expensive now. Twilight Princess I played on the Wii and I think it's my favorite Zelda game in terms of its visual presentation.



  • As it pertains to Double Dash, I believe this is the game I played the most in the brief span I owned a GameCube. I beat all the CC levels on all tracks and unlocked all the racers and karts (Plus introducing a couple tracks that are fantastic), but it became so repetitive after awhile that I found myself gravitating to going back to the PS2 (which I LIVED off of for a decade). Still, the two racers per kart is a neat idea and I'm surprised Nintendo has never revisited the concept as a mode in MK 8: Deluxe or with another stand alone game. Shout out to @bruno_saurus and @E_Zed_Eh_Intern for giving it votes as well.

    Regarding Twilight Princess, to pull from what I said in the 2006 Countdown:

    "The only experience with Twilight Princess I have is playing my cousin's copy on her Wii and I got to the first dungeon and I think I messed up somehow right before the dungeon's boss and got stuck. Afterwards, she took her Wii back to her place and I've never had an opportunity to replay it.

    I remember the Allies playing Twilight Princess at EZA's launch stream, but as far as a full playthrough, I don't think they have and I would be down to watch a full one from whichever Ally would do so, if ever."

    To add to this, if the remastered ports to Switch (This and Wind Waker) were true, I would probably buy them both and give them a shot, but until such a rumor actually gets proven true, this stays on a list of games I don't think I'll ever revisit, not because of being obsolete, but rather for not having a system to play it on.

    Finally for Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door, when I DID have a GameCube, it was on my wishlist to get at the time, because I thought a Mario RPG as paper caricatures was hilarious of an idea. But when my ownership of the console was involuntarily taken from me, I didn't get this in time and felt it wasn't worth pursuing. Now, much like Twilight Princess above, if it were ever ported to Switch I might give it a look (especially considering I currently own so little for the Switch as is), but at the same time, I'll always have the option of checking out Ben's playthrough if I don't want to make the financial investment.



  • Oh, fooey...I blanked on Twilight Princess when submitting my votes. >_< I would've placed it 4th.



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    #6. PIKMIN-9 points

    Votes
    1:1 (NeoCweeny)
    2:1 (Oscillator)
    3:0
    4:0
    HM:0

    Information

    Release Date: NA: December 2nd 2001, PAL: June 14th 2002
    Developer: Nintendo EAD
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Real-time strategy, puzzle

    Links

    Trailer-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xahdDqCxCoU&ab_channel=Coonstafabio
    Wikipedia-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pikmin_(video_game)



  • I never really understood the appeal of Pikmin, so I've never played it and therefore can't comment, but to each their own.



  • @brannox I felt the same way, but then I played Pikmin 3 and now I see why it's so beloved.



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    #5. Metroid Prime-10 points

    Votes
    1:1 (E_ZED_ED_INTERN)
    2:0
    3:1 (Bruno_Saurus)
    4:1 (Oscillator)
    HM:0

    Information

    Release Date: NA: November 18th 2002, EU: March 21st 2003
    Developer: Retro Studios
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Action-adventure

    Links

    Trailer- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLfkkSD15zQ&ab_channel=08dguy
    Wikipedia-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metroid_Prime



  • As I said above in the Metroid Prime 2 entry, I decided to watch Damiani's full playthrough of the first because Metroid has always been one of the very few Nintendo franchises that, on the outside looking in, had appealed to me. And for a while, I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. But then I started to feel like it started to drag and I'm not familiar with the game all that much so apologies for not having the exact name, but there's a spot where your underwater and that's when I started to not enjoy watching as much. Once Mecha-Ridley was defeated, there was one last quest and I remember it was kind of obtuse and required a LOT of backtracking. Still, for what it is and what it did for the genre, franchise, and the Gamecube, I recognize it's a great game.



  • Twilight Princess is my favorite on the system. It's not groundbreaking but it's a really well made Zelda game and unlike other Zelda games I really can't find many faults with it.

    Pikmin is amazing. The gameplay is very unique. The game is very atmospheric. The soundtrack is really good.
    I like the 30 day time limit a lot. It really forces you to make a good long term plan and try to do as much as possible in every day. I miss this in the Pikmin sequels. It's one of my favorite games ever.

    Metroid Prime did an amazing job in bringing Metroid to 3D but I voted for the sequel because I think it does a little bit more. The focus on the first Prime is just to make a 3D Metroid game, nothing more or less and they did it wonderfully.



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    #4. Super Mario Sunshine-11 points

    Votes
    1:0
    2:1 (E_ZED_EH_INTERN
    3:0
    4:3 (JDINCINERATOR, Brannox, Sheria)
    HM:1 (Bruno_Saurus)

    Information

    Release Date:NA: August 26th 2002, EU: October 4th 2002
    Developer: Nintendo EAD
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: Platform, action-adventure

    Links

    Trailer-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arvnhNPUrl0&ab_channel=WaffleRobot
    Wikipedia-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_Sunshine



  • Sunshine is interesting and has a lot of potential but I think it has a lot of problems. I think my biggest issue is that the objectives and levels just arent all that interesting. That arent that many levels and half of the objectives are the same on every level. Like catch shadow Mario, find 8 red coins, find another 8 red coins, find a secret area, find another secret area, collect 8 red coins in those secret areas,...

    I do love the visuals, music and atmosphere though.



  • Despite the fact I gave it a vote, I really don't like Sunshine, and I've given it two tries; once when I had a Gamecube, and earlier this year on Switch as part of the 3D All Stars Collection. And at 29 Shine Sprites, I hard quit because I just never had fun. I REALLY tried, as in my situation, I always want to finish a game I buy because I'm incredibly choosy with how to spend my limited dispensable income. It's 4th of the four games I've played on the console and the fact I revisited it so many years later and realized, "Yep, this game isn't for me," goes to show my instincts from 15 years ago was still right.



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    #3. Resident Evil-13 points

    Votes
    1:1 (Sheria)
    2:2 (bruno_saurus, NeoCweeny)
    3:0
    4:0
    HM:0

    Information

    Release Date: NA: April 30th 2002, EU: September 13th 2002
    Developer: Capcom Production Studio 4
    Publisher: Capcom
    Genre: Survival horror

    Links

    Trailer-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFhQrp5Bhhk&ab_channel=ErmacReptile
    Wikipedia-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil_(2002_video_game)



  • Despite not voting for it, I did rent this out from Blockbuster back in the day. I see how good it is and I think it does deserve 3rd place very much so. I always relished it when Nintendo got these exclusive Resident Evil games, made Nintendo have this dark side to them which you didn't get to see often-and it was refreshing.