The GameCube arrived in Japan on 14th September 2001 in Japan, meaning the handle-boasting wonder is 15 years old (even though it's 15th September in Japan as we publish this, thanks to time zones). To date it holds the dubious honour of being Nintendo's lowest-selling home console, though Wii U looks likely to take that crown when it gets discontinued. Yet it's not all about sales numbers - in the opinion of plenty of gamers the GameCube is a system to be remembered fondly.
The good memories don't all come thanks to its form factor and handle, or even the much-admired controller, but through a select group of games that stand up well to this day. It built up an impressive library, and the nostalgia is especially powerful as it's the only major Nintendo system (apart from the Virtual Boy, which arguably barely qualifies as 'major') that is yet to appear on a Virtual Console. Original Wii models offered backward compatibility, of course, but contrary to expectations back when Nintendo's current-gen system was released we haven't seen GameCube downloads on the Wii U eShop.
That's a pity, as there are some truly fantastic games on the system. As it has hit this landmark we thought we'd follow up on some recent polls and let you choose some of your favourite GameCube games. We've listed 30 as picking 15 for the Anniversary would have been extremely difficult; you're allowed to vote for up to five in the list.
That said, even a line-up of 30 titles has some notable absences, so there's an honourable mentions list at the end of those we wanted to include but got pushed out. We've also been cheeky and bundled some games together; it's just a bit of fun, after all.
So, first of all, click some poll buttons below.
Now for those honourable mentions:
- Battalion Wars
- Donkey Konga
- Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
- Resident Evil Zero
- Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
- SSX Tricky
- Star Fox: Assault
- The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (very unlucky to miss out)
- Probably some other classics...
As always chat about your favourite GameCube games down in the comments, reminisce about the controllers or point out stone cold classics that we've forgotten. Whatever works for you!