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gcunit

I find it hard to get excited about the N64. I played a lot of Goldeneye and loved it, but it was on a friend's console. When I look at the games available on it now, the visuals actively deter me from getting involved. SNES games are more attractive to me in that sense than N64. But I fully hold up my hands to not being familiar with the system or the other games, so have no right to judge it properly.

However, the Gamecube? What a wealth of games on that little beauty. Such variety and such a large amount of great design.

As for the controllers, I recently bought a couple of the Smash edition, and they just feel so snug in my hands, unlike anything else I can remember, controller-wise.

I only caught the tail-edge of the Gamecube era, having always avoided the expense of consoles in the past. My Gamecube got abused and underappreciated, but I'm so glad to be able to revisit it now.

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@gcunit Wat games do you suggest for the gamecube. i only played a few like super smash bros and mario sunshine.

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gcunit

Dependent on your individual tastes for certain genres etc. of course, but the following games I would say are certainly worth checking out:

  • The Star Fox games (Adventures & Assault)
  • Star Wars - Rogue Squadron 2 & 3
  • Super Mario Strikers
  • TimeSplitters 2 & Future Perfect
  • Skies of Arcadia
  • Pikmin 1 & 2
  • Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
  • F-Zero GX
  • James Bond 007 Nightfire
  • Paper Mario - The Thousand Year Door
  • Luigi's Mansion
  • The Super Monkey Ball games

...plus others, but I'll let you discover some for yourself

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StuTwo

It was a great console. Everything great about Nintendo is there in the Gamecube.

From a design point of view it was incredibly clever and well balanced. I don't think there's ever been a cutting edge machine that's been available so cheaply as the Gamecube was. That the Wii was basically an overclocked Gamecube with a few additional tricks and that was still being sold in high numbers until very recently is a testament to the quality of its design.

I also love the controller. It was a mid point between the complicated N64 controller and the Wii's "controller for everyone". I read once that Miyomoto spent a lot of time on the controller and was especially pleased with it. I think he was right to be and it's a crying shame that its lessons have been left behind.

They realised that most games only use one button for the majority of the time with a second button for some of the time and (at a push) two shoulder buttons. Hence the A button was huge and inviting and the vestigial X and Y buttons smaller but still there. Just in case they made sense for a more complex game.

You can see how it evolved into the Wii and how Nintendo's game design was also evolving alongside it.

Where the Gamecube really scored though was in getting relevant support from third parties. Sega in particular contributed some games like Super Monkey Ball and Skies of Arcadia Legend that appealed to the audience on the Gamecube. It's such a shame that games like that don't get made or pushed any more in the way that they would have 15 years ago.

The biggest problem that the Gamecube had was a lack of a clear marketing strategy. They kind of knew who they were aiming at but they weren't willing to fully commit to 100% it for fear of completely alienating the "teenage boy" demographic they'd done OK with on the N64. The Wii U has had a similar problem for different reasons.

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@Porpoise Please don't multipost, next time just edit your previous comment

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@Danksparce Alright, will do officer.

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ZeldAlice

How much I love these two systems and I'm still playing on them. I'll never tire out of them. Both N64 and GameCube had GREAT games.

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Gamecubefan15

I love the Gamecube. It was the most popular system where I lived. I loved Luigi's Mansion, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Battle for Bikini Bottom, Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, etc. The PS2 didn't do as well as the Gamecube where I lived. I'm currently playing the popular Gamecube classic, Tales of Symphonia, as well as The Wind Waker.

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blaisedinsd

I never got an N64 or a Gamecube because I didn't feel the need to own a second console after Playstation and Playstation 2.

I have since gone back and played some N64 games on Virtual Console.

I played Gamecube games on my Wii and then eventually bought a gamecube so I could run the gameboy player.

I played tombraider instead of Mario 64. I played Gran Turismo instead of Mario Kart. I played Final Fantasy and Metal Gear instead of Zelda. Oh yeah and Ape Escape and Crash Bandicoot and Madden/NFL Gameday.

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RatKing64

I loved my N64 to death. To date it is the console that I have completed the most games on and they were awesome games. Mario 64, Zelda OoT, Zelda MM, Star Fox 64, Goldeneye, Banjo Kazooie, Jet Force Gemini, DK 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Rayman 2, F-Zero X, 1080, Beetle Adventure Racing, Kirby 64 ... the list goes on! The N64 did not have as many games as PSX, but the library was packed with classics. I wish there was an N64 style classic controller for the Wii so I could play my VC games with it.

My only complaint about the N64 is that it lacked RPGs. I love JRPGs and there were very few of them. Game Cube was only marginally better in that respect.

I still have my GameCube and it is always connected to the TV. I played through lots of Cube games but I still have some of the best ones unplayed. I still need to complete Zelda: Twilight Princess, Paper Mario TTYD and Fire Emblem : Path of Radiance. I was saving them to be the last three games that I played on the system and then we started having kids and it became hard to find time to sit in front of the TV at home and play games. I started playing Twilight Princess but I kept getting interrupted or distracted and it felt like the game was not getting the attention it deserved. I switched to playing mostly hand held games for a few years after that. I think this fall when the kids go back to school hours (in bed by 8:00PM) I will dust off Twilight Princess and start again.

My biggest gaming screw up was when my brother in law asked if he could have one of my Cube data cards and I accidentally gave him the one with all of my best save files on it. I lost all of the Double Dash unlocks and my 99% complete Metroid Prime game save (saved just before the final boss but not yet finished). By the time I discovered the screw up it was too late and he had already deleted the data. I am not sure that I want to play through Prime again just to see the ending.

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Fiyaball

RatKing64 wrote:

My only complaint about the N64 is that it lacked RPGs. I love JRPGs and there were very few of them. Game Cube was only marginally better in that respect.

As I can tell by your profile picture, you seem to be a fan of SRPGS. The gamecube/n64 barely had any, and they go for high prices nowadays. (Ogre Battle 64/ Path of Raidance, anyone?)

To be fair, though, any SRPG in that era that wasn't Final Fantasy Tactics costs a bit of money these days :/ (Like Shining Force 3 )

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Fiyaball

Finally got some good n64 controllers (see also: first party n64 controllers), so we're going to have some N64 fun at the gaming club. (Goldeneye is already a definite)

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@KidRad

It just occurred to me, almost 2 fricken' years later, that you are very much biased about the NES/SNES.

I am also very much biased about the N64/GCN, so I'm just as guilty.

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Vinny

I was playing TTYD some weeks ago and I'm on chapter 3. Not hard to see why people love this game. Other than that, I've played a bit of MP1, Mario Sunshine, Air Ride, Wind Waker, Megaman X: Command Mission, but I haven't finished any game other than SA: DX. Just exploring the console's library by now.

To those who played the different versions of the game: Are the 2 Pikmin games better on the GC or with the Wii controllers?

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@Vinny

I've beaten Pikmin 1 & 2 on the GCN, and played Pikmin 3 with the Wii Remote, and my preference is by far the GameCube controller. That also goes for the Metroid Prime titles.

You probably shouldn't take it from me though, as I am extremely biased. I think the GCN controller is the best control input device that ever existed on the face of the planet.

Still, I think it's better to have sticks and buttons rather than point and click. Though, I can see why they ported those games to the Wii. They fit rather well.

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Yes. GameCube love.

The best kind of love.

Your welcome.

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Ryu_Niiyama

Going back and finishing Viewtiful joe 1 and 2. I bought them back in college but got busy and forgot to complete them. Such a good game series with a deep timing system. Been on a capcom kick lately.

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