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Feature: The Best Games on GameCube and Wii

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Celebrating the cube and the waggle

This week presents a rather unique opportunity, as we’ll be celebrating major anniversaries for two consoles. The GameCube celebrates the tenth anniversary of its North American release on November 18th, while November 19th is the fifth anniversary for the Wii in the same territory. Not only does this dual celebration entitle us to twice as much cake, but also provides a unique opportunity to look at both consoles and explore their similarities and major differences.

Later this week we’ll look back at each console individually and discuss them in a roundtable, but for now we’re taking the bold step of declaring our top 10 games for both platforms. Not necessarily directly linked to review scores but lists that, in the view of the current team, represent the best games on Wii and GameCube. A total of nine staff members nominated 98 games over the two platforms, with votes and scores then tallied together. Naturally, limiting ourselves to a top 10 when addressing entire game libraries means that many exceptional titles miss out, but we hope that you’ll agree with us on one thing: these are all awesome games.

We’ll begin at the beginning, with our GameCube top 10.

10. F-Zero GX — F-Zero is a franchise that has been terribly neglected by Nintendo, an issue that we will certainly explore in the future. For now, let’s celebrate an outstanding entry in the series, utilising the GameCube’s capabilities to produce a title with the fun and manic speed of its predecessors, and gorgeous presentation to round off the package. A perfect game to enjoy with like-minded friends, while we longingly wait for the next entry in the series.

9. Luigi’s Mansion — So, it’s a new Nintendo console with an exciting launch title from Mario, um, what? Luigi’s Mansion was a surprise in terms of its main protagonist and gameplay style, and these were arguably pleasant surprises. A perfect example of the GameCube’s willingness to experiment, check out our retrospective if you still need to be convinced.

8. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door — Mario’s adventures in the RPG genre often have bags full of charm, and this title is no exception. With turn-based battles and quirky visuals and storytelling, this continues the good work of the N64 original.

7. Resident Evil — This remake of the original Resident Evil title was so much more than a simple re-release. Enhanced visuals were expected, but it was the re-mastering of the adventure itself, with new enemies and story arcs, that truly captured fans of the series. It’s the definitive version of the first title in the series, and a pinnacle of ‘old-school’ Resident Evil game design.

6. Animal Crossing — A good example of a bold new IP on the GameCube, Animal Crossing was completely laid back and left the direction of the game to the player. You have a house, friends and shops to visit, all at your own pace. A title that is addictive and relaxing in equal measure, this is a franchise that looks set to continue into future generations of Nintendo consoles.

5. Resident Evil 4 — While the Resident Evil ‘REmake’ provided the best of the original title, Resident Evil 4 took the series in a bold new direction. Exclusive to the GameCube at the time – though it’s since been re-released many times – this title introduced a completely new style of gameplay, alongside exceptional visual and sound presentation. Opinion is divided on whether the action-focussed style represents true survival horror, but the quality of this game is in little doubt.

4. Super Smash Bros. Melee — The second entry in the series, Melee took the basics from the N64 original and made it all bigger. More characters, stages and trophies combined with a substantial boost of play options in single and multiplayer. Fun and frantic fighting that is easily accessible to gamers of any ability, this title is fondly remembered by many.

3. Super Mario Sunshine — Super Mario Sunshine was a surprising title, as it refused to simply copy the ideas of Super Mario 64 with better graphics. It was a different direction for the Super Mario series, but deserves to be recognised as an excellent adventure in its own right. More freedom of exploration, the rather fun FLUDD system and the appearance of Yoshi all contribute to a top-notch gaming experience. Different doesn’t necessarily mean bad.

2. Metroid Prime — After a rather famous outing on the SNES, Samus Aran went rather quiet on the home console scene, skipping the N64 completely. The announcement that the Metroid franchise would return as a first-person adventure, developed by unknown Texas developers Retro Studios, sounded like a recipe for disaster. When Metroid Prime finally arrived, it was a masterpiece. An impressive achievement of game design, art direction and reverence to the series lore, it can be regarded as one of the great re-designs of a major gaming franchise.

1. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker — Initial reactions to Wind Waker often focussed on the cel-shaded cartoon graphics, a change that caught some gamers off-guard. When accepted at face value, the visuals in this title are actually gorgeous and that which truly matters, the actual gameplay, shines brightly. The tight controls and the exploration across the seas give this title a character of its own within the Zelda canon. This was the undisputed number one amongst the Nintendo Life staff, accumulating almost double the votes of the runner-up.

Those are our top 10 GameCube titles, though three runners up that narrowly missed out are Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes and Pikmin: all titles that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the final list. We’d love to hear your opinions in the comments, but not before you see our top 10 Wii games on the next page.

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Dodger said:

I want to play Wind Waker and PM:TTYD. I need a GC controller/memory card. D:

I prefered Galaxy 1 to Galaxy 2 but I enjoyed both. I prefered the story and level design of 1. It felt like a game instead of a level collection. I thought it had a good mix of platforming and exploration levels while 2 is almost all platforming with boring exploration levels. The green stars could of not existed in my opinion. They feel like a frustrating way to make it longer to get 100%.

2 was a great game and I get why people like it more. I thought 1 had way more memorable moments then 2 though.

I do agree with most of the stuff on this list. Haven't tried the RE series so I can't judge on that.



cyrus_zuo said:

Of course everyone has their favorites, I liked your 3 runners up on Wii better than many on list.
Other games for Wii that I loved:
Rune Factory Frontier (I played more of this in a shorter period of time than any game in recent memory)
WiiMusic (I know most people didn't, but I loved it!)
NBA Jam (w/motion controls is so good!)
Mario Kart Wii (most played at my house according to Nintendo Channel)
MLB Power Pros (Deceptively deep baseball game, better than any baseball on X360, but not PS3 )
LEGO Star Wars (Had it on GCN, but lightsaber and blaster sounds from the remote are genius)

Chibi-Robo (One of the most mature stories I've seen in a game)
Mario Baseball (Great replayability)
Pikmin 2 (seriously...why is this not on the list?)
Zelda 4 Swords (A lot longer game than I thought, frustrating when cables disconnect and game resets, but otherwise fun)



North99 said:

This article makes me feel old Ten years ago I was only 18. Oh 18 and gamecube beginning, how I miss you. Fond memories have I, of playing Luigi's Mansion. And Paper Mario. ♥ ♥ ♥



zezhyrule said:

Putting Wii Sports over MHT makes this list get a from me.
any game over that one really



CowLaunch said:

Why have 2 Resident Evil games on the GameCube list, but not both Galaxy games on the Wii list?



photofool83 said:

My personal Wii list would also include:

Wario Land Shake It!!
A Boy and His Blob
Sonic Colors
Endless Ocean: Blue World
Kororinpa Marble Mania
Wii Party
House of the Dead Overkill
New Play Control: Pikmin
Kirby Return to Dreamland

I've had a great time with these games and most of the ones you've listed, especially New Super Mario Bros Wii, DKCR, and Wii Sports Resort!!!



coyote37 said:

The only games I'd boot off the list are the ones I haven't played, so I'm not sure where it would go, but the mighty Xenoblade Chronicles has more than earned it's place on my own Wii best of!

I'd also give honourable mention to No More Heroes, Silent Hill and Zack & Wiki, but only Xenoblade would be a dead cert for top ten!



LittleFuryThing said:

The only Nintendo home console that I have owned is the Gamecube (mostly stuck with the handheld consoles).
Add these to the list:

Skies of Arcadia: Legends
Tales of Symphonia
Killer 7
Viewtiful Joe
Soul Calibur 2

...oh, and chuck in the GBA player too.



Portista said:

Definitely Monster Hunter Tri. All the way. There is only 3 games I haven't tried on the list: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Can't wait to try them.



ThomasBW84 said:

@CowLaunch - For one thing, the two Resident Evil titles are very different in style, whereas with Mario Galaxy we wanted to allow as much diversity in the list as possible. Just a choice made to make the Wii list as broadly representative as we could.

Interestingly, quite a few of the alternatives suggested, including Chibi-Robo, were nominated and had some votes. As stated in the intro, 98 different games across the two platforms received at least one point. Limiting ourselves to just 10 games (plus 3 close runners-up) means that so many great games miss out. It's interesting to see the suggestions and alternatives, and a few of the staff can honestly say with some of them, 'that was in my top 10!'



CanisWolfred said:

Gamecube list:
10. No
9. No
8. Should be higher
7. yes
6. Yes
5. I guess, really should be on the Wii list
4. No
3. yes
2. Should be higher
1. should be lower

My GC list:

1. Metroid Prime
Metroid Prime 2 Echoes
Super Mario Sunshine
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door
Animal Crossing
Resident Evil
Pikmin 2
10. Tales of Symphonia

Wii List:

10. No
9. NO
8. Should be higher
7. Should be way higher
6. no
4. Should be higher
3. No
2. No
1. Hell freakin' no

My Wii List:

1. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Okami - The fact that this game wasn't even mentioned is a disservice to gaming
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Kirby's Return to Dreamland - The fact that Epic Yarn was picked over this is a disservice to Kirby
Wii Sports
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
10. Trauma Team

In short, the tastes of the reviewers here are terrible and only serve to remind me why I don't take the reviews around here seriously.



Luffymcduck said:

You can tell that Gamecube has more better games than Wii when Wii Sports R makes it into TOP 10. Good list though, most of those games really are the best those systems have to offer.



gojiguy said:

Some Gamecube and Wii titles that are my definite favourites:

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor
Tatsunoko vs Capcom (These two should really be on the Wii list)
House of the Dead Overkill

Legend of Zelda Four Swords Adventures
Capcom vs SNK 2
Phantasy Star Online Ep 1&II plus
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle



ZEROGAME53 said:

In my opinion Paper Mario Thousand Year Door is the perfect rpg ever. So many damn good times playing it. My favorite Gamecube game of all time, and it will never change. I've played it through at least 5 times and it never gets old.



Zach said:

@Mickeymac Our personal tastes as gamers are separate from our opinions and evaluations as reviewers. This list was determined by votes, not review scores.



Ryno said:

Metorid Prime 3: Corruption at #7? The Wii was designed for that game. Everything else is just a super-sized mushroom infused bonus.



TheGreenSpiny said:

No Eternal Darkness for the Cube? Bad list, BAD!

I'd also say that Twilight Princess, Wii Sports Resort, Monster Hunter Tri, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Mario Kart Wii don't belong on this list. I would have put Mad World, Red Steel 2, Mario Galaxy, and Super Paper Mario.

Corruption is great but why not put the Trilogy in it's place?



Mreow said:

Great #1.
Maybe i´m gonna play it after im finished with skyward sword.



Savino said:

Red Steel 2!

In my opinion one of the wii best and the best game ever using swords!

Cmon... cowboys, ninjas, swords and guns? In a techwasteland?
Premium formula! This game is top on my list!



PatrickElliot said:

A very nice, well-rounded list Thomas. Certainly is the nature of numbered lists to garner disagreement and discussion. Still love me some Muramasa and No More Heroes!



wigglyjr said:

Switch Resident evil with SA2B and this list is all good, but since you didn't, Meh.



ThomasBW84 said:

@TheDarkness - In terms of the Metroid Prime Trilogy, we excluded that as Metroid Prime 1 and 2 were up for consideration in the GameCube list, with Metroid Prime eventually coming in at number 2. Metroid Prime 3 was specifically a Wii game, while the other 2 on the Trilogy were ports with widescreen and Wii Remote controllers. Metroid Prime Trilogy is awesome though.

The discussion and lists of games are really interesting, though may I ask that we all remain courteous and not insult others over their choices? There's no absolute/indisputable top 10, and none of us are the ultimate, undisputed Great Gamer of the Universe, so let's maintain civility, shall we?



BXXL said:

These are great games, and i've played most of them... and there are a few more good ones for each console, but not that many...

And that's what bothers me: something like 15, or maybe 20 great games... in 5 years... for each console? Is that really impressive? Is this something we can cheer about? 3 or 4 excellent games each year, with some years way better than other, very boring ones?

I know Nintendo must rely on its own, as most 3rd parties never seem to involve, and i know Nintendo's task force is limited, as they also release many good handheld games... but after months and months of wait in the last 10 years, it's hard for me to say Gamecube and Wii gave me total satisfaction, even with all the great Zelda's, Mario's and Metroid's, and a handful of others...

My point is... will i still buy the next one, Wii U, with passion and impatience? With no console Zelda in the next three or four years, and no Metroid Prime or Mario Galaxy on the horizon, i guess you know my answer...



Otty_Ott said:

Fave Gamecube game: Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.
Other faves: Mario Kart, Tales Of Symphonia, Animal Crossing

Fave Wii Game: Little King Story



romulo said:

@BXXL Speak for yourself. I have over 50 games for my GameCube and most of them are at least excellent. The Wii, on the other hand, is a disappointment to me.




Prime and Resi Evil have been done better as Wii specific control versions. Others are sound. You could include Soulcalibur 2 and Burnout 2 in there o suppose. Melee is brilliant, but I much prefered Brawl Wii



ville10 said:

Sad to see that neither Pikmin game made the list... Super Monkey Ball would also be included in my Gamecube list.

As for Wii games, I personally place Xenoblade and Sin & Punishment: Successor of the Skies in my top 3 (along with one of the Galaxy games), so I'm a bit disappointed that they didn't even make the list. Punch-Out!! would also be included if got to decide.



Linkstrikesback said:

No Xenoblade?

Nintendolife, I am disappoint.

I'll just assume the Americans on the staff were jealous and rigged the vites to pretend it's not in the top ten best on wii so they don't have to spend another night crying themself to sleep.




MasterGraveheart said:

All right, I might as well chime in on this.

10: Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
9: Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
8: Super Mario Sunshine
7: Beyond Good & Evil
6: Metroid Prime
5: Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
4: Super Smash Bros. Melee
3: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
2: Tales of Symphonia
1: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

10: Super Paper Mario
9: Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love
8: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
7: Kirby's Epic Yarn
6: Metroid: Other M
5: Sonic Colors
4: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
3: Donkey Kong Country Returns
2: Monster Hunter Tri
1: Super Mario Galaxy 2

In this list, I took out remakes and games I haven't actually beaten. Also, I consider the Wii version of Twilight Princess a remake as it was announced AFTER the GameCube version, so I didn't put it on my Wii list. If I did, I'd have it there at #4 with SPM knocked off.



shingi_70 said:

Wish both lists were alittle more varied,

If your doing this list for the benefit of someone just getting a wii or digging into the Cube catalog if should have been a 50/50 split.



WhiteTrashGuy said:

I have 8 of the 10 GCN games, but only 2 of the Wii!?!?!? IMO, SPORTS RESORT and NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. Wii should not even be on this list. Where is PUNCH-OUT!!! ?



bezerker99 said:

Good lists! I would have switched out Super Mario Sunshine and put Eternal Darkness in it's place. I also would have listed MHT much higher than 10. Still, good games all over the place...makes me to know I have a lot of them!



fpssoviet said:

it needs more CoD like mw3 blops mw2 cod 4 w@w

and how could i forget cod 1 2 and 3 oh wait they sucked thats how



ThomasBW84 said:

@TheDarkness - Actually, the situations are different. As acknowledged in the twilight princess entry, this title started life as a GameCube project, but was delayed and switched to Wii: that helps to explain why the motion controls feel, arguably, like they've been tacked on. It was published as a launch title and released on Wii just before the GameCube. By deliberately releasing on the Wii first, Nintendo made it clear that this was to be considered as a Wii game. Metroid Prime 1 & 2 came on the GameCube first, so were essentially ported to the Wii in Metroid Prime Trilogy.



NESguy94 said:

I would have said you forgot Twilight Princess, but you guys gave that a sub-par score.



wing0black said:

one excellent gamecube title that is commonly overlooked is Robotech: Battlecry, I stumbled on a used copy at my local EB Games and decided to give the game a chance. It turned out to be one of the best games I've ever played for the gamecube.



Ben_Rage_V2 said:

As much I like all the games on this list, I would have to unequivocally say that Resident Evil 4 was the best game on the Gamecube.



drumsandperc92 said:

This article seems a little dated for the Wii list.
I agree with much of the gamecube list, but believe it or not never played RE4 or Pikmin!
Anyway, I know it isn't out yet but the Wii list should really include Skyward Sword. It's gotten nothing lower than a 9.5 anywhere its been reviewed yet, and it's been said to be one of the best video game accomplishments of the past decade! Thats something to be said about a game that's sub-HD!
And Epic Yarn rather than Return to Dreamland? I know EY is probably more unique, but c'mon...RtD is so much better.
Here's my top 10 for wii
1. Skyward Sword 2. Super Mario galaxy 2 3. Mario Kart Wii 4. Twilight Princess (i guess we are counting this in the Wii era, makes sense) 5. Donkey Kong Country Returns 6. Super Smash bros Brawl 7. Super Mario Galaxy 8. New Super Mario Bros Wii 9. Kirby's Return to Dreamland 10. Sonic Colors



timp29 said:

Loved the list, actually expected you guys to sneak Skyward Sword into number 1 spot on Wii

My only gripe is Super Mario Galaxy 2 in #1 spot. For some reason that game just doesn't work for me. It's too linear or something and I've always struggled to get into it, but that is just my personal opinion. SMG1 is still my favourite, would have loved that in #1 instead of SMG2

EDIT: And while Twilight Princesses controls are pretty much a waggle fest, I still feel it is a more intuitive system than the controller. Admittedly I never played Twilight Princess on the Gamecube, I'm just comparing to my experience with Windwaker controls. Although, the damn shield bash where you thrust the nun-chuck forward.... that barely ever worked.



Javin said:

Happy anniversarie GameCube and Wii! I'm glad to see Super Mario Sunshine in there! I love that game



Tasuki said:

Wow its hard to believe that the GC is ten years old and the Wii is five. Nice list there and interesting as well.

I could comment on your choices of games but each person as their own thoughts and ideas of what their top ten games are. I am kinda surprised that Soul Caliber 2 didnt make the GC list.



Yanchamaru said:

Skies of Arcadia on the Dreamcast is one of my all time favorite games. If the GameCube port plays like the original, then that would be my #1.

All the Wii Top Ten titles would not make my list. I would have included Beatles: Rock Band, Guilty Gear XX ACP (w/ classic controller), House of the Dead: Overkill, Mad World, Muramasa, No More Heroes 2, Punch Out, Resident Evil: UC, Super Paper Mario, Zack & Wiki



taffy said:

Sigh... Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II - Rogue Leader ignored again



Scarhino89 said:

Paper Mario : The Thousand Year Door is my favorite Mario's RPG!! Super Smash Bros. Melee is awesome!! I love the first & the second Metroid Prime!! Super Mario Sunshine stays one of best GC games!! But I prefer Zelda: Twilight Princess than Zelda: The Wind Waker.




Sorry, putting better Wii versions aside my list would be:
1. LOZ Windwaker
2. Metroid Prime
3. Resi Evil 4
4. Soulcalibur 2
5. Super Monkey Ball 2
6. Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2
7. Pikmin 2
8. Paper Mario Thousand Year Door
9. Super Mario Sunshine
10. Viewtiful Joe

Honourary mentions: Resi Evil 1, F-Zero GX,Burnout 2

ALSO, for me, the top 25 GC list was superior to the top 25 PS2 - HOWEVER, the top 50 odd of the PS2 was slightly better



moomoo said:

Where the heck is Pikmin 2? Eternal Darkness? Tales of Symphonia?
Why the heck is Luigi's Mansion on this? SOOO many better games than that.



_Octoling_ said:

My list for GC:
10. Mario Party 4
9. Mario Party 6
8. Tak (the first)
7. Wario World
6. Animal Crossing
5. Pikmin
4.Ty the Tasmainian Tiger 2
3. Super Monkey Ball
2. Pikmin 2
1. SSB Melee
Now my Wii:
10. Wii Sports
9. Wii Fit Plus
8. Animal Crossing Wii
7. Mario and Sonic Winter Games
6. Super Mario All-Stars Wii
5. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
4. Wii Sports Resort
3. DK Country Returns
2. NPC Pikmin
1. SM Galaxy 2
Five who barely missed top ten for each system:
5. Wii Play
4. NPC Mario Power Tennis
3. NPC Pikmin 2
2. Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party
1. Mario Kart Wii




1. Super Mario Galaxy series
2= Super Smash Bros Brawl
2= Mario Kart
4. Wii Sports Resort (Wii Sport series)
5. Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
6. New Super Mario Bros Wii
7. Wii Fit Plus (Wii Fit series)
8. Metroid Prime Trilogy
9. Boom Blox Bash Party (Boom Blox series)
10. Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Honourary mentions: Sin & Punishment 2, Wii Party, Okami, Warioware Smooth Moves, Mario&Sonic Olympics, Punch Out! ....

Very hard for me to make this list. Where's Donkey Kong Country Returns, Zack and Wiki, Sonic Colours, Wario Land Shake Dimension??!!

Probably along with the DS - my fav all time console - seriously (yeah and I'm from back in the day - so there)



Traxx said:

Noteworthy Wii exclusives:

1. Monster Hunter 3
2. Xenoblade
the end.



Collision_Cat said:

I'm glad many people are mentioning Xenoblade in the comments, because it's the best Wii game ever in my opinion! And Eternal Darkness should be in the GC top 10 too...



NinjaMario said:

Strange I'm not even 15, but I feel so old cuz I got a gamecube during my childhood. Ah gotta luv the gamecube.



FonistofCruxis said:

How could you not even mention the greatest game of all time which is Tales of Symphonia on your GC list?!?! Brawl should be higher (I'd put it at No.1) on the Wii list and Twilight princess was way too high. Also, how could something like Monster hunter 3 get on there instead of much better games like Wario land: the shake dimension, the No more heroes and it's sequel and Little King's story? I would've also mentioned Xenoblade chronicles in that but thats probably due to it being unreleased in NA. There were some very good choices and placements apart from those on the list though like Wind waker being 1. (if ToS isn't then that should be) as well as NSMBW etc.



Boyoshi said:

I bought Wind Waker from eBay 2 weeks ago and received it yesterday. I've only played about 3 hours but i already completely agree with it's top spot.
@mariofanatic128 I don't think your giving enough credit to twilight princess, it was pure epic.



kkslider5552000 said:

I'm not one to whine about lists, but the lack of Viewtiful Joe and putting the laziest major Mario platformer ever (NSMBWii) at number 2 are both pretty dissappointing.



darklinkinfinite said:

For fun I think I'll toss up a list without any first party Nintendo titles.
in no particular order:
Second Sight
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
James Bond: Everything or Nothing
Batman: Vengeance
SoulCalibur II
Killer 7
Tales of Symphonia
Summoner: A Goddess Reborn
Resident Evil 4

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces
World of Goo
Bit.Trip Complete
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
Final Fatnasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers
Little King's Story
Sakura Wars: So Long My Love
Dead Space Extraction
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories



kurtasbestos said:

People are taking this article WAY too seriously. I bought a Gamecube specifically for F-Zero GX and it's still probably my all-time favorite Gamecube game, but I'm not going to freak out because NintendoLife didn't rank it where I wanted. Anyway, here's my top 5 favorite cephalopods:
5) Cuttlefish
4) Ammonite
3) Squid
2) Nautilus
1) Octopus that helpful? I'm pretty sure my list is the best.



Doma said:

Lame that you ignored:
Fire Emblem PoR
Soul Calibur 2
Timesplitters 2
Metroid Prime 2

good GC list otherwise (except for LM).



LinktotheFuture said:

My top 10 Wii games:

1. Wii Sports Resort
2. Zelda Twilight Princess
3. New Super Mario Bros Wii
4. Wii Sports
5. Super Mario Galaxy 2
6. Link's Crossbow Training
7. Wii Fit Plus
8. Punch Out!!
9. MLB Power Pros
10. Super Mario Galaxy



SKTTR said:

No one even mentioned Fire Emblem and Excite Truck? Sad. Fire Emblem is the most epic strategy game on a Nintendo console, it also marked the first entry on a home console in the West. And Excite Truck/Bots is the perfect motion control racer, where Mario Kart Wii failed.

The GC list definately needs Chibi Robo, Eternal Darkness and Pikmin 2.

The Wii list needs freaking Other M, Silent Hill and Endless Ocean 2!



FonistofCruxis said:

I just realized that my second favourite games for each console are in first place which is pretty good. My favourites for each are Tales of Symphonia and Super smash bros. brawl



JigglyBuff said:

F-ZERO should definitely make it's way back in Wii U....... F-ZERO GX was one of my favorite games for the GameCube ..... I'm glad that it's one this list.



Noire said:

creates petition to remove sucky Animal Crossing (eww gross) title from Gamecube Top 10 and replace it with the infinitely more exctiting and awesome Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

Because my taste is the only taste that's right.



DavidRY said:

Any way to see the full 98 game nomination list!??! Also would be cool, especially as a retrospective, to make a best of list for games that you may have missed the first time around . . .



TheAmazingRaccoon said:

Blasphemy. No Eternal Darkness ("Eternal Darkness can safely be called one of the GameCube's best titles") for gamecube or Xenoblade Chronicles (which you guys basically called a perfect game in your review) for the wii. other noteworthy titles include Killer 7 and Fire Emblem for the gamecube and No More Heroes and House of the Dead: Overkill for the wii.



BenAV said:

There are probably many other games on the Wii that I enjoyed more than Wii Sports Resort and Kirby's Epic Yarn, but everyone's entitled to their own opinion.
It's a shame Xenoblade Chronicles had to miss out due to not being released in North America, as that'd have to make my personal top three.
A pretty decent list though, in my opinion.



TKOWL said:

Kirby Air Ride is at the top of the GCN list for me, easily. The best multiplayer game I've ever played.

Also, I suspect my favorite-too SMG2 will be the Wii's No. 1.



warioswoods said:

Wow, missed this discussion, but here goes:

Mario Galaxy >>>>>>>>>>>>(infinitely greater)>>>>> Galaxy 2

But Galaxy 2 is a fine game and all... it's just that Galaxy 1 is that good. It's the pinnacle of all Mario.



kingofe3 said:

The only reason I would be getting back into the Gamecube is to play ToS and Zelda: Wind Waker. However, I haven't found ToS yet.



XD375 said:

How is New Super Mario Bros. Wii above Donkey Kong Country Returns?



RevolverLink said:

For many years I thought Luigi's Mansion was under appreciated, but now I'm starting to wonder if it has become a bit overrated.



Kirk said:

Sorry but no Eternal Darkness on GC is pure fail.

I also personally think GoldenEye should be on the Wii list.



JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

How can you not have No More Heroes on this list? I really don't complain much about lists, but dang it should be somewhere on there. One of the best games on the system by far.



she_gamer said:

Good lists, but I'd have to list Okami as my best Wii game and Paper Mario:TTYD as my best GC game. All good though.



StephenYap3 said:

I agree with Paper Mario 2, Animal Crossing, and Smash Melee. The rest of the others I either did not play or not enjoyed (the latter which means that I disagree).



Drake said:

I put Xenoblade on the #1 spot in my list, but only one other staffer also had it on their list so it didn't have enough overall to make it on. I am as disappointed as everybody else.



Traxx said:

My Ultimate Hardcore Gaming GCN best of...

1. F-Zero GX
2. Viewtiful Joe
3. Resident Evil 4
4. Metroid Prime
5. Tales of Symphonia
6. Pikmin
7. Wave Race: Blue Storm

Take that, Zelda and Mario. I know, I have pretty high standards, but those are the only games I regret selling if this is any indication (well, luckily three of them had their comebacks on Wii).



AVahne said:

Once you guys put up the review, replace Twilight Princess with Skyward Sword.



ThomasBW84 said:

@Drake - Xenoblade was number 8 on my list, but the lack of an NA release was fairly damaging for it. The fact that a combination of EU and US writers contributed was explained in the article, to the many people querying why the likes of Xenoblade and Kirby's Return to Dreamland have missed out

Cool to see such diverse selections from everyone, though phrases like 'blasphemy', 'lame' and 'disgraceful' are a bit on the nose! The majority of alternatives mentioned did receive votes, so perhaps we'll produce the full poll results some time. The Wii list will certainly be revisited at an appropriate time, once the console is well and truly out of production I suspect.



kobe1724 said:

Resident Evil 4 and Windwaker are definitely my favorites on Gamecube. And yes, I totally agree that Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the best Wii game as of now (here's hoping Skyward Sword surpasses it!)



romulo said:

Although I do not agree with the GCN list, the fact is I have all games listed on it. I am happy, I know it...



BulbasaurusRex said:

I actually consider Mario Kart Wii a step back from Double Dash. The expected graphical improvement and online multiplayer (although Double Dash actually has a limited version of online multiplayer, itself) are really the only improvements in the Wii entry of the series.

The bikes control too loosely to want to drive them over the karts. The motion control steering isn't sensitive enough. The tricks are fine but don't really add anything to the experience.

On the other hand, the Wii entry has overall inferior original courses, overpowered items resulting in too much emphasis on luck, no individual character items, no multiplayer Grand Prix, no All Cup Tour, and a Battle Mode that absolutely sucks.

It's like they decided that since they're giving us an excellent online multiplayer mode that we won't care if they just mail it in on everything else having to do with multiplayer and some other quality aspects of the game.



BulbasaurusRex said:

Time for my comments on the selections:

1. TLoZ: The Wind Waker
I don't care for most Zelda games. Plus, I hear the ocean travel gets boring.
2. Metroid Prime
Excellent game, although I've still only played the opening section of it from my MP Trilogy game. I really need to get back to it sometime. Still, I prefer the gameplay in Other M.
3. Super Mario Sunshine
Haven't tried or seen it. The whole FLUDD gameplay idea doesn't excite me. I should look into renting it someday, though.
4. SSB Melee
By far, my favorite GameCube game and, in my opinion, one of the best video games of all time. 'Nuf said.
5. Resident Evil 4
Rated M, so I don't want anything to do it.
6. Animal Crossing
Boring, casual, simulation game. Yuck!
7. Resident Evil
Also rated M. No dice.
8. Paper Mario: TTYD
I don't like the idea of the 2D/3D viewpoint shifting. It's possibly something to rent someday.
9. Luigi's Mansion
I've watched my brother play this game. It's very dull and slow-paced.
10. F-Zero GX
I still need to pick this up sometime. It sounds like a great underrated gem.



Megumi said:

Eh, kinda "meh" on the Wii's list for me...
1. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (it came first, shut up, lol)
2. Monster Hunter Tri (Brawl and this game pretty much took up most of my Wii playtime. )
3. Metroid Prime 3/Trilogy (I could care less about first-person games, but these games were awesome. Especially with the Wii controls)
4. Donkey Kong Country Returns (a very challenging game, something you don't see often with Nintendo games. Retro did awesome)
5. Kirby Returns to Dreamland (We needed a Kirby game like this, reminds me a lot of Superstar, which is a good thing)
6. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (first one was awesome, this one even better...also, it has Yoshi)
7. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (its a Zelda game, I went with the Wii version...loved the aiming...great game...shut up)
8. Super Paper Mario (great story)
9. Okami (never knew about this game when I got rid of my PS2, glad they brought it to the Wii)
10. New Super Mario Bros. Wii ( reminded me a lot of Super Mario game)

There's my was hard. xD



BulbasaurusRex said:

Super Mario Galaxy 2
The first SMG has a horrible camera that sucked most of the fun away. I sold it well before I even got halfway through. I hear the sequel has a somewhat better camera, but that's not good enough for me to take a chance on it.
2. New SMB Wii
I never got around to getting it when it first came out, and now I'm waiting for it to become a Nintendo Selects title. Although I hear it's not as hard as DK Country Returns, I'm still worried about being forced to play the 2nd half of the game mostly on auto-pilot.
3. DK Country Returns
I've tried this game at a demo kiosk. It's way too hard. I couldn't even get close to beating the first boss after 3 tries. I've never cared much for this series, anyway.
4. TLoZ: Twilight Princess
Like I said, I don't care for most Zelda games. However, Skyward Sword has revolutionized the gameplay so much that I think it will become one of the rare exceptions when I can borrow it from my brother.
5. Mario Kart Wii
A very good game but a disappointment compared to the brilliance of Double Dash. See post #119 for details.
6. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Other than gravity that's too weak, tripping, too many overgimmicky stages, and online lag, it's a worthy successor to Melee and also one of the best video games ever made.
7. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
I still need to get around to playing this. I know, I'm too far behind on video games (although my mom would laugh at that statement).
8. Wii Sports Resort
An excellent title but too flawed in some of the activities to make a Top 10 list, in my opinion. I'm still waiting for a WM+ swordfighting game that doesn't baby us into using seperate offensive and defensive modes. Skyward Sword may be that game, but l can't believe those idiots at LucasArts have still not given us what we've all been waiting for since the Wii was first announced.
9. Kirby's Epic Yarn
Extremely disappointing. Kirby needs to stick to what he does best. The basic gameplay is okay but nothing to write home about, and combined with the complete inability to die and the minimal motivation to collect and keep beads, this game is a snorefest. I played through the game once and sold it.
10. Monster Hunter 3
It's just not my kind of game. Sorry.



WaveBoy said:

Wario Land completely destroys Kirby's Epic Yarn it's not even funny. KEY is a sugar coated gorgeously sparkly feast for the eyes and ears, but WLSI is hands down the better game, plus it's one of the most gorgeous wii games out there and it's super hair raising challenging and boasts some incredibly genious level design.

As for the GCN, ya i have some pretty decent memories of trying out the Cube at a mall Luanch-ish party and being pretty blown away buy Star Wars Rogue Squadren II and Luigi's Mansion. Plus I got my Cube later that Christmas hehe.

Plus there were some pretty sweet times playing SSB Melee at College during inbetween class breaks with my class mates...Yet that was when the GCN was practically dead and the Wii was in complete hype machine mode.

But eh, i wasn't that crazy over the GCN...I was in and out of gaming during that time. sigh*
Same deal with the N64, both consoles are neither my favorites.



StarDust4Ever said:

To be honest, WarioLand Shake belongs right up there in the same catagory with DK Returns and Epic Yarn. Oh, and Galaxy 1 & 2 are equals in my book, but I totally agree that they take only one slot on the Wii list.



ThumperUK said:

It seems the majority of (non-US) people think Xenoblade should be on the Wii Top10 list. It seems unfair not to include it because NoA can't be bothered releasing it to US gamers!

Also agree that Eternal Darkness should have been mentioned (especially as I've just started replaying it after about 8 years!).



TromaDogg said:

Zelda: Wind Waker is a very good game in it's own right, but one of the weakest Zelda games in my opinion (and I say this as a 34 year old who enjoys every game in the series and has been playing them since the release of the original on NES...currently, I'm loving Skyward Sword and rate it highly )...Wind Waker's graphical style is gorgeous but the gameplay experience is too thin...the sailing bits at times seem to go on forever with little happening, there's very few 'proper' dungeons (and of those there are, they're very easy to beat) and there's no decent sized areas to explore, just lots of little islands and expanses of ocean inbetween. Certainly not worthy of being named 'best Gamecube game' on a list that doesn't even include either of the Pikmin games at any rate. If anything, the underrated (by many) Mario Sunshine should've been top, Metroid Prime stlll iat number 2 and then Wind Waker at number 3....a game that deserves to be played and experienced, but not one that deserves to be named as best GC game.

The Wii top ten list is a different matter, I pretty much agree with all of those at least.



yobucky said:

Pikmin pikmin pikmin pikmin. Seriously this was one of the most innovative titles on the gamecube, definitely more so than resident evil. And the second one was even better! I know it was on your short list, but come on it's a whole new IP, it needed a place!
Other than that the list is pretty much spot on, although I'd place Paper mario much higher. TBH I think the overall quality of games on the cube is possibly higher than the WII, to much fluff and gimmicks on the wii. Not saying there aren't some amazing releases on the wii, just as a whole I'm a lot more likely to replay gamecube games than wii ones. Looking at the two lists, there are a lot more games I could think to add to the gamecube one, compared to the wii list.

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