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Below is a list of the finest games available to date for the GameCube console. If you're new to the GameCube console, have $50 burning a hole in your pocket, or just want a great game to sit back and enjoy, look no further. Any one of these games is sure to make a fine addition to your GCN game library.

Action / Adventure

Legend of Zelda Wind Waker

Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker


What Makes it Great: Stunningly Beautiful Graphics, Classic Zelda Gameplay, Fluid Controls, Great Musical Score

Since the debut of The Legend of Zelda in 1987, all of Link's games have been the stuff of legends - universally appealing adventures that emerged as triumphs of gameplay, presentation, innovation, graphics and fun. IGN Cube writes, "Wind Waker is a masterful achievement - a shining example, in fact, of how videogames should be made. Simply put, this is one of the best games in the last few years and one of the most compelling reasons to pick up a GameCube immediately if you don't already own one."

Star Fox Adventures

Rare Ltd.

What Makes it Great: Incredibly Beautiful and Detailed Graphics, Engaging Storyline, Near Flawless Controls

The reflective and reactive water surfaces are among the most beautiful we've ever seen. Well detailed levels, dynamic lighting effects, and numerous bump-mapped surfaces - not to mention blades of grass that sway in the wind - bring SFA's environment to life in ways unseen in most other games. The title's controls are fluid and well laid out in a scheme reminiscent of Ocarina of Time.

Super Mario Sunshine

Nintendo EAD

What Makes it Great: Beautiful & Unique Graphics, Innovative Water Backpack, Many Hours of Gameplay

Overall, Super Mario Sunshine can be viewed as Mario 64 taken to the next level in every possible respect. The new environments of Dolphic Island in addition to Mario's water backpack create an entirely new feel to the Mario experience. The truly defining aspect of Super Mario Sunshine's is unquestionably Mario's new water backpack, named F.L.U.D.D. Like the special suits and hats of earlier Mario games, the inventive devise adds an entirely new dynamic to Mario's adventure and allows for many new gameplay elements.


Super Mario Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Hal Laboratories

What Makes it Great: Many Modes of Play, Lots of Secrets to Unlock, Up to 4 Players, Beautifully Rendered Characters, Incredible Variety of Nintendo Tunes

Super Smash Bros. Melee is the sequel to the smash hit for the N64. IGN Cube described this game best, "Melee is a fantastic sequel and an amazing fighter. If you consider yourself a Nintendo fan even just a little, this is a virtual treasure of a game that simply mustn't be passed up. This has become and will likely become one of my favorite GameCube titles of all-time. It's that good." With many modes of play and lots of secrets to unlock, Melee would stand on its own as a fantastic single player game. However, Melee's incredible multi-player offerings truly set the game apart. GameSpot comments, "Judged on its own merits, Nintendo's spastic tribute to itself stands quite strong as one of the most engaging multiplayer games available for any console platform."


Star Wars: Rogue Leader

LucasArts / Factor 5

What Makes it Great: Incredible Graphics; Over 10 Missions + Secret Levels; Many Ships & Environments; Intuitive/Addictive Gameplay

Think you've got what it takes to lead the elite Rogue Squadron? Now's your chance to jump into the cockpit of an X-wing and find out. Next Generation Magazine writes, "If you're going to buy a GameCube, you're going to want - no, you're going to need - this game. The incredible graphics, awesome soundtrack, and gameplay - we actually whooped out loud after we barely finished one harrowing level - make this the most exciting experience on GameCube so far." strongly advises any GameCube owners who have yet to buy this title to strongly consider it for their next purchase.

Mature Adventure

Eternal Darkness

Eternal Darkness

Silicon Knights

What Makes it Great: Massive Storyline; Realistic Graphics; Startling Insanity Effects; Lengthy Gameplay

From beneath the secrets of time and space, the story of the Eternal Darkness unfolds, echoed through thirteen chosen souls. Thirteen people, their fates inextricably entwined with the destiny of the human race, fight an incomprehensible war against the malignant regime of the Ancients. GameSpot writes, "Eternal Darkness sets a new standard for the action adventure genre. Featuring a gripping story that never lets up, inventive gameplay, sky-high production values, and an attention to detail that is seldom matched, it's an experience like no other. It's a must-buy for anyone who appreciates."

Resident Evil on GameCube

Resident Evil


What Makes it Great: Terrifying Gameplay; Realistic Graphics; Game Uses 2 Discs; Many New Areas & Enemies

Raccoon City, a secluded mountain community plagued by a storm of vicious attacks, is completely overrun. Mutant beasts and blood-thirsty zombies infest the landscape. You are S.T.A.R.S., Special Tactics and Rescue Squad. Your mission: investigate the ominous mansion at the core of the horrific disaster. IGN writes, "Resident Evil is stunning, one of the best titles available for GameCube. It's clear that Capcom has worked overtime to offer gamers a nearly movie-esque listening environment, and this has paid off greatly. Stop reading now. Turn your computer off, buy this game, and enjoy. The wait is over."

Party / Puzzle

Super Monkey Ball 2

Amusement Vision

What Makes it Great: Incredibly Fun Gameplay, Humorous Story Mode, 150 New Levels, 12 Minigames, Improved Graphics

Super Monkey Ball 2 replicates exactly what made the original so much fun and then improves upon the original in almost every possible respect. With an all new story mode, 150 well-designed new levels and 12 mini-games including the all new Monkey Tennis, Monkey Baseball, Monkey Soccer, Monkey Boat Race, Monkey Shot, and Monkey Dog Fight, there's just too much here for any GameCube owner to turn down. writes, "With so many so-called party games out there trying so hard to create a frenetic multiplayer experience, it's almost amazing how Super Monkey Ball 2 makes it all seem so effortless and manages to include a compelling single-player game to boot. Fans of the series will find more to love here..."


GameCube Racing Game


What Makes it Great: Unknown

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Role Playing Games

GameCube Role Playing Game


What Makes it Great: Unknown

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GameCube Simulation Game


What Makes it Great: Unknown

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Metroid Prime

Retro Studios

What Makes it Great: Beautiful Art and Graphics; Extremely Deep and Engaging Gameplay; Chilling Soundtrack; 30+ Game Hours

Doing justice to the original, the developers at Retro Studios have delivered a brand-new Metroid adventure that comes heavily armed with incredible gameplay, including first-person adventuring as seen through Samus's combat, scan, and other high-tech visors.
Electronic Gaming Monthly writes, "The best GameCube game yet... Whether you're new to the series or (especially) if you're an old fan with lofty expectations, Prime is better than you can imagine. An absolute masterpiece, a modern classic, and probably the most fun I've ever had playing a videogame."

TimeSplitters 2

Free Radical

What Makes it Great: Immersive Single Player & Co-Operative Story Mode; Flawless Multiplayer Modes; Advanced Map-Maker System

TimeSplitters 2 was developed by the minds behind Nintendo 64's GoldenEye and it shows. The game is easily one of the most brilliant and enjoyable first person shooters in years. While the traditional story mode is fantastic, the addition of co-operative story play, an extensive selection of multiplayer modes, and a mapmaker, make TimeSplitters 2 THE must-own GameCube FPS this year. Matt Casamassina of IGN Cube writes, "TimeSplitters 2 is one of my favorite home console 3D first-person shooters to date. It's better than GoldenEye, Perfect Dark and Turok and ranks right up there with Halo on Xbox."


Madden 2003 GameCube

Madden NFL 2003


What Makes it Great: Very Realistic Graphics, Accurate Player Models, Interesting Announcing, Fine-Tuned Gameplay

Madden has always been a leader in the football game genre and the EA's latest release doesn't disappoint. EA took the already great Madden NFL 2003 and managed to improve every aspect of the title in one way or another and thus score a listing in GameCubicle's Must-Have listing. According to one GameSpot reviewer, "There's a lot to like about Madden 2003. You'll undoubtedly enjoy the numerous modes it has to offer, and enough adjustments and changes have been made to the commentary and the gameplay to warrant a purchase even if you have last year's game."

NFL 2K3 GameCube


Visual Concepts

What Makes it Great: Great Franchise Mode, Incredible AI, Flawless Presentation, Beautiful True-to-Life Graphics, Great ESPN Appearance & Commentary

Since its first iteration on Sega Dreamcast, Visual Concepts' NFL 2K series has played with the best in the genre. With NFL 2K3 takes a greater sim approach than previous releases and truly gives Madden 2003 a run for its money. IGN perhaps said it best in their review of NFL2k3, "I didn't think it was possible, but Sega and Visual concepts have created a football game arguably more feature-rich and detailed than the legendary Madden. Both games are amazing, but NFL 2K3 is a nice change of pace if you've been glued to the Madden franchise for years..." is an independent site and is in no way associated with Nintendo Co. Ltd. or NOA
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