What are the best GameCube games? The square gaming machine marked the last time Nintendo made a traditional home console and showcased so many of our titles Nintendo favorites over the years - though not everyone has played them.
Despite competitive pricing and a great suite of Gaming gameseCube, the console inevitably suffered at the hands of the PS2 (which had been out for a year already) and the very first Xbox (which launched around the same time).
It 's because the console just didn't have the colossal third-party support of its competition - the Generation Escape hit GTA skipped the GameCube altogether. The only Metal Gear game on the Nintendo machine was a remake. Mainline Final Fantasy entries avoided the console, just as they did in the N64 era. But that doesn't mean the console lacked an excellent library - Nintendo still produces classics for its own hardware, and the GameCube has a ton of fantastic games to offer.
Below we've rounded up 20 of the best GameCube games, from Smash Bros. to The Simpsons: Hit and Run, the latter of which a TechRadar team member insisted on adding to the list (sorry, Ikaruga!). If you are planning to create ahe GameCube collection - get an official component cable and games look pretty good on a 480p HDTV - all of these offer a good place to start.
If ever Nintendo offers GameCube games on Nintendo Switch - more and more likely, even though GameBoy games end up landing on Nintendo Switch Online First off - these are all at the top of our wishlists. We have also included two other games that you can already play on Switch and that can't be missed in any list of the greatest GameCube titles.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
The weather has been good for Wind Waker. While its cel-shaded animation style caught a sidelong eye at launch, it has aged much better than other games of the era and has given a generation of Nintendo gamers a wide and open sea for it. travel in what seemed limitless (although GameCube limitations meant it certainly wasn't).
Set in a version of Hyrule where most of the realm is under the 'water and where your companions are pirates rather than ethereal fairies, Wind Waker has an exciting adventurous spirit unlike its more landlocked predecessors. It also features a better version of the series about Princess Zelda.
Playing symphonies on your conductor's baton - literally leading the winds to music - was also a beautiful reimagining of the band. Zelda 64's ocarina, too, although the GameCube controller's C-stick was a bit difficult to use.
Will the Wii U HD remake eventually arrive on Switch? Otherwise, we would like to see the original again.
2. The Simpsons: Hit and Run
Hit and Run may not be the most graphically accomplished GameCube title, but it was hugely popular - overall the game has grown. sold 3 million copies in all formats.
This is hands down the best Simpsons game ever (which isn't that hard), mixing up a manic mix ofSatirical Grand Theft Auto 3-style open-world gameplay with quirky humor you'd expect to find in your favorite Simpsons episodes.
It's riddled with issues and questionable physics, but it's undeniably fun to play a sanitized version of GTA as your favorite Simpsons characters, and have a go to uncover a sinister mystery involving black sedans and a wasp robot in the process. We couldn't get enough of it in 2003, and we're still obsessed to this day.
3. Viewtiful Joe
The infamous 'Capcom Five ' initiative saw publisher Street Fighter commit to bringing five games to the system. It was Dead Phoenix (which never came out), the quirky PN03 shooter, Resident Evil 4, Killer7 and that game, a side-scrolling beat-em-up from the director of Devil May Cry.
This fantastic looking game is like an exploration of a living comicante, and your everyone-turned-superhero character Joe has the ability to speed up or slow down time as he weaves his way through enemies. The screens are overloaded with enemies and Joe can dodge rockets in slow motion before sending them back to his opponents.
It gets extremely difficult in the following chapters, but Viewtiful Joe is one of the most visually distinctive games released on the system, even though the series never achieved the big sales it did. 'she deserved before she vanished into obscurity.
4. Resident Evil 4
This one is already on Nintendo Switch, too, and it's still a treat to play today.
The whole lineage of shooting games Modern third person dates can be traced back to Resident Evil 4. This over-the-shoulder aim was taken straight from the game and found its way into Gears of War, GTA 4 and everything to follow. Even if it's not that scaryCompared to past Resi games - although it certainly has its moments, if you've ever tried shooting the lake at the start of this game - it's a master class in stationary piece design.
You play as Agent Leon S Kennedy, who is sent to a mountain range in Spain to retrieve the daughter of the president of a group of fanatics, including a little demon who dresses up like Napoleon.
What is fascinating about this game is that it surprises you every moment: first, you survive a zombie assault as you are barricaded in a house without nowhere to go. Then you fight an enemy that responds only to sound, making gunfire potentially fatal for you. And then the game launches a new type of enemy called Regenerators on Leon, and they can only be killed by using a thermal imaging scope to search for their organs and shoot them.
The new locations bringadded threats, well-constructed boss fights, and the only quick-paced events in history that aren't a total waste of time. You can now play it on virtually any console.
5. Spider-Man 2