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ThanosReXXX

@Octane I've just gone through my entire collection, physical as well as the more "obscurely acquired" digital ones on my Wii's external hard drive, and I'll just list the less familiar (or at the very least the less often named) ones, and there are also some weird ones among them, so you can look them up on YouTube and see if they might possibly interest you. So, here they all are, in alphabetical order:

  • 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker - an Arcade conversion, pretty cool game imho.
  • Amazing Island - Somewhat hard to describe. I'd say a mix of monster builder, mini games & adventure.
  • Black & Bruised - Cell-shaded third person boxing game. Pretty good.
  • Bloody Roar: Primal Fury - Pretty good 3D fighting game.
  • BlowOut - Run and gun shoot em up action.
  • Conan - Action adventure role-playing game.
  • Cubivore - Action-adventure game with boxy-looking animals. Minecraft creatures before there was Minecraft...
  • Defender: for All Mankind - 3D shooter with various types of gameplay, loosely based on the classic game.
  • Doshin the Giant - Really weird, totally Japanese God-sim game. Probably not for everyone.
  • Freaky Flyers - Mario Kart but with airplanes. Features pretty wacky characters as well.
  • Freedom Fighters - Third person shooter, set in an alternate universe. Pretty good.
  • Freekstyle - Part of EA's Big series. Think SSX but with motor bikes.
  • Geist - First person action adventure/shooter, in which you can possess both living beings and tech.
  • Gladius - Tactical role-playing game, situated in ancient Rome.
  • Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde - RTS game in a fantasy setting.
  • Hot Wheels World Race - Pretty decent arcade racer with all kinds of stunt tracks.
  • I-Ninja - Very good 3D platformer.
  • Lord of the Rings: The Third Age - Turn-based tactical role-playing game.
  • Midway Arcade Treasures 3 - Best of the three available. A whole bunch of classic arcade games.
  • Mortal Kombat Deception - The 2nd GameCube MK game. Never released in the EU.
  • Outlaw Golf - Hilarious if somewhat cheesy humor, but a great golf game lies underneath it.
  • Ribbit King - Golf game with frogs instead of golf balls. No, really. I'm not kidding. Fun game for all ages.
  • Rogue Ops - Great and often overlooked 3rd person stealth shooter.
  • Scaler - Really good 3D platformer with you playing as a shape-shifting lizard.
  • Sega Soccer Slam - In my opinion, a better 3-on-3 soccer game than Mario Smash and/or Strikers.
  • Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula: Road to the EVOLUTION - A very good futuristic racing game. JAP NTSC.
  • Smashing Drive - kinda looks like crap, but tons of fun to play, completely over the top arcade racer.
  • Smuggler's Run - Free roaming mission-based Mad Max-style racing game by Rockstar Games.
  • Spartan Total Warrior - 3D hack & slash game. Spin off from the more strategic Total War PC games.
  • SpyHunter - Play a B-movie secret agent, and complete missions with a multi-purpose vehicle.
  • SRS: Street Racing Syndicate - Street racer by Namco. If you like NFS Underground, you'll like this too.
  • SX Superstar - Motorbike racing game. Mix between sim and arcade.
  • Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions - Like Crazy Taxi, but in a cops vs robbers style, set in Tokyo, Japan.
  • X-Men Legends - Predecessor of the Ultimate Alliance games. If you like those, you'll like this.
  • X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse - Even better than the first game.
  • XIII - Cell-shaded first person shooter, based upon a really good comic.
  • ZooCube - 3D puzzler. Pretty good, imho.

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'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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Octane

@ThanosReXXX I have Doshin and Ribbit King. Those two games definitely qualify as weird.

Octane

ThanosReXXX

@RedderRugfish Well, Worms isn't exactly what I would call a hidden gem...

@Octane There you go, then. Did you find any games you didn't know in my list, or are you familiar with all of them?

By the way: if you want to know all there is to know about that Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula game, then we better get @Shiryu in here as well. He knows all about it, made some videos about it as well, and he's a big fan of it, so he'll probably gladly try to sell others on it as well...

Don't know if you're playing games on a modded Wii as well, besides the original GameCube, but if not, then you might also want to invest in either a FreeLoader or Action Replay disc. Both will allow you to play games from other regions on your PAL system. You can get them on Amazon UK or Germany, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if you can still get them on Bol.com as well.

'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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ThanosReXXX

@Octane While we're waiting for Shiryu to arrive, I'm just going to post his videos of Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula: Road to the EVOLUTION, because it's too good of a game to not be advertised to European and American GameCube owners, who may not be aware of it at all:

'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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ThanosReXXX

@RedderRugfish Mind you, nothing wrong with Worms. In fact, I am a bit of a fan. Played the first game on the Amiga, and have been playing Worms games ever since. Even grabbed the latest outing on the Switch: Worms WMD, and it's brilliant fun.

'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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Octane

@ThanosReXXX Thanks for the suggestions. I'm familiar with most of them. Can't play stuff like Cubivore on a PAL GameCube (and no, I'm not going to mod it ). Geist is something that's been on my radar for quite a while. Maybe I should just get it some day.

The box art for Amazing Island though... Yuck! I hope they fired the guy who was responsible for that

Octane

ThanosReXXX

@Shiryu You're welcome.

@Octane Why can't you play Cubivore? It may not be available in PAL regions, but that's where the FreeLoader and/or Action Replay discs come in. No modding required, just some disc swapping, is all.

Geist is a really good looking game. The possession mechanics, so to speak, are a bit off sometimes, though. But nonetheless, it's a game that every GameCube owner should have in their collection, if only for its uniqueness and because it's an exclusive. Kinda like with Eternal Darkness: may not be to everyone's taste, but it's still an exclusive game, and far as I'm concerned, that's already reason enough to own it.

And yeah, the box art for Adventure Island is a bit off, but maybe it's also a product of its time. Not all games have cool cover art. But the game itself is rather enjoyable, though.

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ThanosReXXX

@Octane P.S.

https://www.mariocube.nl/

EDIT:

Get it while it's hot:
https://www.nedgame.nl/gamecube/geist/7575704600/
or here:
https://www.bol.com/nl/p/geist/1004004000023207/?suggestionTy...
or here:
https://www.retronintendostore.com/gamecube/complete-games/geist

Oh, and definitely get this one:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Datel-Direct-Ltd-FreeLoader-GameCube...

An absolute recommendation, also because you'll be able to play all those superior NTSC versions of GameCube games, running at a native 60Hz, instead of the PAL version's 50Hz.

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'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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Octane

@ThanosReXXX Yeah, I'm familiar with that site, I used it a lot years ago when I bought used games on a regular basis.

I'll look into the freeloader. Sounds alright if it doesn't require any modding. Though Cubivore isn't something to get overly excited about.

Octane

ThanosReXXX

@Octane True, it's an acquired taste, but of course, it's more than just about that single game, and with FreeLoader, you don't have to restrict yourself to PAL versions only, and sometimes, only the NTSC versions of games are still available. And for racing and fighting games and so on, NTSC versions are preferable/superior anyways, so always a good option to have.

I also added some more links in the previous comment, to sites that still sell Geist, so you'll have multiple options to get your hands on it, if one of them might be out of stock or sold out after all.

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'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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ThanosReXXX

@Octane As for FreeLoader: how it works is you just boot the system up with that disc, then a menu pops up, where you can select to either reboot in US NTSC or JAP NTSC mode, and then it's as simple as removing the FreeLoader disc, and putting in the NTSC game disc, and it'll play the game as if it's running on an American or Japanese system.

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BlueOcean

Buizel wrote:

I adore the Gamecube. Even though my first handheld and console were Gameboy Color and PSone, respectively, it was the Gamecube that truly made me into a gamer during my adolescent years.

Best Gamecube game? I would argue that it is one of Paper Mario TTYD, Wind Waker, or Smash Bros. I tend to give the title of Paper Mario because, as of yet, it hasn't been bettered (YMMV with the other two, but at least they're receiving quality new entries!)

My opinion and experience are similar. It has the best Paper Mario game, probably the best Mario game too (Sunshine), best Mario Kart (because this is the last time that Mario Kart was a racing game), best remake (Resident Evil), best Metroid games...

BlueOcean

ThanosReXXX

@1UP_MARIO Ah, yes. Forgot about that one. Modded Wii's are not taken into consideration, though, because we're not looking at that option, seeing as this is the purely GameCube thread after all, so we're only considering GameCube-native solutions, not "GameCube on Wii" solutions, so soft-modding a Wii doesn't apply at all here.

'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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Shiryu

My current collection in case someone spots something that they might have overlooked. I don't have many Japanese imports (7 if memory serves me) but I do have several US only imports that are worth tracking down. I no longer use my GameCube to play them, I have my release day soft modded Wii to play these with component cables. Plus this setup is also very useful for video capture purposes.

"No Surrender, No Retreat."

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ThanosReXXX

@Shiryu For video capturing purposes straight from the GameCube, you could always get one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/Hyperkin-Hdtv-Cable-GameCube-N64-SNES/...
Or, if you need more input/video options, one of these:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/GANA-Composite-Converter-Adapter-Sup...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Converter-Tendak-Composite-Upscaler-...

'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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BlueOcean

I have the original GameCube model which has the two out ports, analogue and "digital", an original Wii with backwards compatibility and a Wii U (all European).

GameCube games look great on the original GameCube with the RGB cable, they look worse on Wii using a component cable (I don't want to mention how bad they look with the composite cable) because Wii has cheap video output and I would say that they also look great on a soft-modded Wii U because it has much better video output than Wii and on top of that Wii U has analogue and HDMI ports.

To be specific, use an original GameCube console with analogue and "digital" ports and an RGB cable (European SCART RGB or Japan/US "digital" component cable) or a soft-modded Wii U (component cable for CRT or HDMI for flat screen) for playing GameCube games. Hey, you can even use GameCube controllers on Wii U using the official Wii U Game Cube (or Switch GameCube) adapter. Best option in my opinion is Wii U because you don't need converters for a CRT nor for a flat screen because it has analogue and HDMI built in. If you choose GameCube you need an original cable (mentioned above, they are expensive) or very high-quality one and also a high-quality converter for playing on a flat screen. The Wii U option is cheaper and versatile.

Yes, you could use Dolphin on PC but the three options above play GameCube games in native form with Wii U emulating the memory cards only.

EDIT: Do not confuse SCART with composite plus SCART adapter! GameCube RGB SCART (the cable that Europe use) has around the same quality as GameCube "digital" component (the cable that Japan use) while composite (with or without SCART adapter) mix all video signals and mess them up.

EDIT 2:

More info here:

https://www.retrorgb.com/gamecube.html

I did not know that only the (original) PAL Game Cube supports RGB natively because I only own European consoles but I did know that only the first European Nintendo 64 model supports RGB almost in a native way (with a simple hardware modification). Most Nintendo 64 consoles (including PAL) need more advanced hardware modifications for RGB.

On that website you can find a lot of valuable information about GameCube and other Nintendo consoles whatever your region is. Even though I have a RGB-modded N64, a two-ports GameCube and an expensive original RGB cable (it works for both) I still think that the best choice is Wii U for the reasons explained above.

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BlueOcean

Shiryu

@ThanosReXXX I fear lag on the later so Hyperkin might be the way to go. Thanks.

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