Every Week I will be posting a new “top 10” list for every major video game platform in my lifetime, starting with the 5th generation of consoles and moving forward from there. I would love to hear your input on some of your favourite games, from each console or handheld. This is not necessarily an objective list of the 10 best games on the console, but rather my subjective opinion on the best 10 games of each console.
Nintendo GameCube *(one of my all-time favourite consoles)*
*as a note, the GameCube controller is the best controller of all-time*.
#10 Luigi’s Mansion
A testament to how great this console really was – Luigi’s Mansion sits at #10. A launch title for the GameCube, Luigi’s Mansion took the gaming world by storm when it introduced a new spin on the Mario series by putting players in Luigi’s shoes in a haunted mansion trying to solve mysteries and save Mario. An odd concept, but it works very well. Like many Nintendo games, the art style is designed in a way that lets it hold up to this very day, and the gameplay is refined, varied, and most importantly fun.
#9 Mario Superstar Baseball
Higher than Luigi’s Mansion!? Well, in my opinion, yes. I am a believer in this game being one of the best Mario Sport games Nintendo has ever published. There is not much more fun than getting a friend, building teams with your favourite Mario characters and sub-characters like Koopas, and playing baseball. Mechanics were easy but hard to master, gameplay was fun, and it was overall a surprising game for me.
#8 Super Mario Strikers
Ok, Baseball is great. But Super Mario Strikers (and its Wii sequel) are some of the best casual sport games ever made. They managed to take a tame sport like Soccer and turn it on its head. They added an American Football twist to it, allowing massive hitting, checking, and brutal behaviour from the players. Games were high-scoring, super strikes allowed awesome special goals from the team captains (Mario, Bowser, etc.) that could score up to 7 goals at once! The mechanics were awesome, the art style is rugged and timeless, and the game became very challenging. One of my favourite sport games of all-time.
#7 Resident Evil 4
I never really liked the Resident Evil series – especially the newer ones. However, Resident Evil 4 was an exceptional game and it feels right at home on the GameCube. Survival Horror is perfected in this game, and I honestly believe that no game (aside from Dead Space) will ever get this close again to the top of its genre. Scary, challenging, and engaging. Stellar game.
#6 The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker
Why is this here instead of Twilight Princess? Well, Twilight Princess will be on another list. Windwaker is the true Zelda game made for the GameCube. This game could almost make it on this list for its art style alone, as it is a true example of perfection in art design. This game will never look old or bad the way they made it look. Not only that, it turns out to be an engaging, different, and fun Zelda game.
#5 Super Smash Bros Melee
Until recently, Melee has been the best Smash Bros game ever made. It is so good that they used it in tournaments even after Brawl was released on the Wii because competitive gamers’ considered it a more hardcore and balanced experience; that is exactly what this game is: hardcore and balanced. Map design is on point, characters and moves are balanced perfectly, and the game fluidity (motion, framerate, etc) are flawless. If you are looking for the best Smash Bros experience, it now is on the Wii U. But the reason the Wii U Smash is so good is because it took what made Melee great and just added to it.
#4 Metroid Prime
It boggles my mind how Nintendo has not made a Metroid Prime 4 yet. We can hope for a NX launch Metroid game, but for now we can relish in the Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii and play some of the best pure video games ever made.
#3 Mario Kart: Double Dash
Double Dash remains my favourite Mario Kart game after many years, and for good reason. Aside from the balanced gameplay, excellent map design, gorgeous art style and graphic design that still holds up, having two characters per kart to switch and stack items (or play hilarious couch co-op) was a brilliant idea. There’s no reason for new Mario Kart games to not at the very least include a “double-dash” mode as an option.
#2 Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
One of my favourite rpg’s of all time, yet alone games of all-time. Simple but effective story-telling, great classic rpg elements mixed with a unique Mario flavour, a fantastic soundtrack, and a beautiful art style help to put this game near the top of this list and the top of my favourite games list. I am adamant in everyone experiencing this game at some point, because it is just a very special game.
#1 Super Mario Sunshine
The best 3D Mario game ever made. Super Mario Sunshine throws out the classic platforming formula in favour of a completely unique (and strange, to be fair) mechanic where Mario platforms using his water jet pack, named F.L.O.O.D. Furthermore, you are not in any castle or patrolling galaxies, you are simply on vacation with Princess Peach on the isle of Delfino when everything goes terribly wrong, there is a shadow “paint” Mario running around vandalizing the city and, literally, blocking out the sun which sacrifices the way of life on the island. The best platforming game of all-time, and the best Mario game of all-time.
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