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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (GameCube)

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (GameCube)

He might be paper, but Mario's no flop

When Mario and friends appeared in their debut role-playing title nearly fifteen years ago on the SNES, it marked a significant new direction that the franchise would embark on and time has proved it's a popular one too. European gamers were understandably disappointed that Super Mario RPG never came to their...

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (GameCube)

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (GameCube)

No! Not the Music Keys!!

Back in 2005, Konami and Nintendo surprised us all by announcing they were teaming up to release a new entry in the Dance Dance Revolution universe starring characters from Nintendo’s flagship series, Super Mario Bros. Most people will go into this not expecting the complete foot-burning DDR experience, and it’s these people in particular that will be satisfied with..

The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (GameCube)

The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (GameCube)

Incredible destruction; incredibly satisfying

It's practically a truism that video games built on film and book licenses suck; probably due to the motivation for using a license from another medium being more about attempting to cash-in on name recognition than actually delivering a compelling gaming experience. Of course there are exceptions to the...

Intellivision Lives! (GameCube)

Intellivision Lives! (GameCube)

Relive the classics from one of gaming's pioneers.

When the Intellivision launched in 1980 it kicked off what is arguably the first console war with Atari's Video Computer System. Sure there was an earlier price war between Fairchild (the first company to mass-market a removable-cartridge-based games console) and Atari, but Mattel's approach was...

Outlaw Golf (GameCube)

Outlaw Golf (GameCube)

It may not feature Tiger Woods, but it does let you beat up golfers with golf clubs.

With the advent of the Wii Remote and Wii MotionPlus, older golf games may seem obsolete by comparison, but a few exceptions are still worth checking out for the extra content they bring besides just golf. One such exception is Outlaw Golf with its irreverent take on the subject. Is it an honest parody of the sport..

Chibi-Robo (GameCube)

Chibi-Robo (GameCube)

Is this a charming game about an altruistic robot or a shambolic scavenger hunt?

Meet the Sandersons, your atypical dysfunctional American family: Mr. Sanderson is an out-of-work engineer-cum-manchild who lives on the lounge sofa playing with action figures and watching his favourite superhero program Space Ranger Drake Redcrest(TM) (apologies if that hits too close to the bone for some readers)..

Midway Arcade Treasures 2 (GameCube)

Midway Arcade Treasures 2 (GameCube)

This time the spotlight is on Midway's glory days

Whilst the first Arcade Treasures collection was firmly focused on the Williams catalogue, this second collection is all about the Bally Midway and Midway brands featuring games spanning the mid to late 1980s and 1990s, with a handful of Williams and Atari Games titles for good measure. This...

1080° Avalanche (GameCube)

1080° Avalanche (GameCube)

Dude, where's my snowboard?

With its December 2003 GCN release, 1080° Avalanche faced a quandary which mirrored the mixed up personality of the board sport it represented. Development had to decide between following the previous 'extreme to the max' approach of SSX 3, or to continue in the vein of its N64 predecessor 1080° Snowboarding, which...

Midway Arcade Treasures (GameCube)

Midway Arcade Treasures (GameCube)

Experience some of America's arcade masterpieces

The history of Midway Home Entertainment is a convoluted story of boom and bust that includes the most famous names in the index of America's arcade companies. Williams Electronics and Midway merged in the 1990s to create WMS Industries in a bid to remain competitive in a market seeing the rapid decline of the video arcades that were still the core..

Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary (GameCube)

Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary (GameCube)

This is one exhibition that will disappoint many

Namco is a company with one of the most impressive back catalogues in video games and is now one of the biggest names in home entertainment following a successful merger with toy and anime company Bandai five years ago. Released at the end of the Gamecube's life to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Namco (a company whose humble origins in the..

Defender (GameCube)

Defender (GameCube)

"Live up to your name, Defender!"

Defender was Williams Electronics first video game and its biggest seller with over 60,000 units sold. It was noteworthy for the level of control players were given over their space ship as well as excellent visuals and sound. It was a badge of honour if you could play the game with any skill due to the complexity of the controls, but nevertheless Defender stands..

Mr. Driller Drill Land (GameCube)

Mr. Driller Drill Land (GameCube)

"Dig a Chance!"

If Namco had a corporate mascot that wasn't Pac-Man it would almost certainly be Mr. Driller. The retro arcade game from the end of the last century has spawned a franchise seeing seven games released with a version of some form on nearly every console made in the past decade. Its popularity is not only down to the simple, yet engaging gamplay based around drilling through..

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GameCube)

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GameCube)

Double the usual number of exclamation marks means double the fun!!

Mario…perhaps the most multi-faceted video game hero since MacGyver. He can make fireballs out of flowers, plays tennis and baseball professionally, balances two careers (carpentry and plumbing), and even has two girlfriends. Okay, maybe MacGyver wasn’t actually a video game...

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (GameCube)

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (GameCube)

Change is good.

After first being officially announced on December 21 at the 2003 Jump Festa event in Japan, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles marked the dawn of a new era for Nintendo fans. After Square Enix packed their bags and left Nintendo’s consoles, the state of the role-playing genre on Nintendo’s consoles was questionable; developer...

Odama (GameCube)

Odama (GameCube)

The mightiest weapon of the medieval battlefield is at your disposal.

Towering over your soldiers, the mighty Odama rolls a path of destruction over all it touches - friend or foe. Direct your soldiers with voice commands, and guide them out of harm’s way on to victory. Let the battle begin! This is a pretty epic game, so allow us to set the scene...

Ikaruga (GCN)

Ikaruga (GCN)

Ikaruga might not be quite as intricate as its predecessor Radiant Silvergun, but its added intensity more than makes up for it.

There are very few shooters that can bring a smile to a shooter fan's face quite like Ikaruga can - which brings me to my quandry. What can I say about Ikaruga that hasn't already been said a hundred times before. It's easily one of the greatest shooters ever made. And..

Doshin The Giant (GCN)

Doshin The Giant (GCN)

Let love be your energy in this forgotten Gamecube gem

Initially a game on the ill-fated 64DD add-on, Doshin the Giant puts you in control of the titular yellow fellow, and charges you with the care of an island of tribesmen and women. How you care for them is left entirely up to you. As a friendly sort of god, Doshin is capable of gently raising and lowering land to enable his subjects to live..

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN)

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN)

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's epic franchises. Can the Wind Waker do the legend justice?

Ten years ago, "The Ocarina of Time" raised the bar of gaming standards to a new, unprecedented height - Its unique battle system, innovative "Z-Targeting" system, and utterly captivating storyline stunned gamers worldwide. Millions waited for another...

The Sims 2: Pets (GCN)

The Sims 2: Pets (GCN)

Can there really be a more time consuming game than this?

The Sims is a franchise renowned for its cross-gender popularity and appeal to a large portion of gamers- many care for their Sims more than themselves! When it comes to console versions, the series have always struggled to entertain the masses to the extent that the PC titles have. The past two GameCube installments were merely a shadow of..

FIFA 07 (GCN)

FIFA 07 (GCN)

Competition is good, but it hasn’t been kind to Electronic Art’s squillion-selling football title.

FIFA soccer’s fall from grace as the number one football title in the 16-bit generation has been well documented. Sure, it has always sold well, usually remaining in the top 5 games well after its release on a yearly basis, but it’s no secret that for the football purist, despite FIFA’s..