2021 marks the GameCube's 20th anniversary, which means it's already been hitting pubs in the UK for two years by now, but being the old group of sods on the video team that we are, we remember it when it was merely a proverbial babe in Nintendo's proverbial (thankfully) arms.
At 20 Nintendo's cuboid console hasn't even been around for half as long as our editorial director Damien McFerran, but it's still packing a punch in people's minds for its wide array of incredible games and meme-worthy boot animation.
How can you argue with the console that brought us the very first Pikmin? There's a wealth of fond times to be reminisced about.
Watch the video (or else) and drop us a thought or two about your time with this purple beast in the comments below.
My favourite console by far <3
I will never forget getting lost in morph ball during my playthrough of prime 1. 👌
Probably my fave too. I’d probably take a wii with BC GC ability over it just coz I might as well have Wii stuff for free if I could only have one.
It may have lacked the variety of the PS2, but it had some of the Generation’s greatest titles in my opinion.
Metroid Prime 1/2
Zelda: Wind Waker
Paper Mario TTYD
Tales of Symphonia
MSG Twin Snakes
To name but a few. My GCN collection remains relatively small but each game I own is filled with memories.
I sold my original gamecube years ago, but thankfully my sister gave me the one she had after she got herself a Switch. I think she was literally just using it to play The Sims anyway. The disc cover doesn't close properly, but it's nothing you average paperback novel, or similarly weighted object, can't solve.
I still have my launch day Cube, complete in its original packaging like new.
I still play it to this day and it is one of my favourite Nintendo consoles by far.
This is some of my games
Tales of Symphonia, Free Radical Designs Time Splitters, RE 4, Killer 7, RE 0 + 1 remake, Smash bros Melee… and many more. Lots of hits. Soul Caliber 2.
Not sure how the Soul Caliber series has progressed. Would be nice to see another entry on the Switch.
I love this system. I have great memories of Double Dash, Toadstool Tour, Melee, Windwaker, Tony Hawk 3,4, Metroid Prime..the list could go on and on.
Wish it had gotten a few more 3rd party ps2 games like burnout 3 for example, but the Capcom support was phenomenal 👏
I actually still have my GameCube though it doesn’t see any use since I have a wii that plays GameCube games. Also me and the GameCube are now the same age...man I’m old.
Ah the first game console I bought with my own money! Loved the Library, the controller and those adorable mini discs! Now let's get these games on switch!
This was the first Nintendo console I felt shafted by, due to their lack of killer games on it. Metroid Prime and the Zelda collection was great, as was Ikaruga. I was spoiled by the NES/SNES/N64 era!
Fantastic console. A Nintendo power console. Have mine connected with a component cable through a OSSC for a 960p picture. Looks crisp
the Cube was when I first started buying games that I never get around to play.. still havent played Resident Evil 4 on it and I even have the goofy chainsaw controller
I remember somehow getting invited to a launch party for it in a Manchester nightclub. GameCubes everywhere. We were all intrigued by PikMin but without an instruction booklet, it was a total mystery and the lovely PR girls didn't know either
The ultimate console, quick overview:
Am I missing something? The best Spider-Man game is for this console too.
I started to play Gamecube games in February 2017 after i got 3 starter games and Memory card 2043 block to save.
Gamecube library's game is pretty weak compared to PS2 as the strongest and have a lot of games variety but still better than XBOX games library. (PS2 > Gamecube > XBOX)
Gamecube only have 1 DDR game and the weakest from all DDR games.
PS2 have 9 Japanese DDR games, 8 USA DDR games, 6 PAL DDR games.
XBOX have 4 USA DDR games, 3 PAL DDR games.
Still have my black one, with GBA player (thereby making it a Cube) and GCHD 2 to connect it to my 4K monitor. Lovely machine, whenever i want to be reminded just how good games used to be.
I must say though, Xbox dropped some belters in BC this November, that made me ditch my retro GC run throughs faster than you can say Max Payne 1-3, F.E.A.R and Timesplitters to blast through. Great times to be a gamer.
I enjoyed it. Not my favorite console, as it had a limited library for the kinds of games I'm into, but a quality little cube all around.
Sadly, its competition did a heck of a lot more for me, so once its time in the sun ended, I actually never went back to it.
I am probably the very few here on this one. But, I played the fire out of Custom Robo on the Cube. Great music and I loved the multiple parts and fights. I really wish they would bring that series back. Overall, The Gamecube was a killer system. I played Resident Evil 4 on release day and it took over my life. Then, it hit all other systems later on starting with the PS2 and beyond. Great times.
I loved it! My last home console after Dreamcast!
I was down on console gaming after the demise of the Dreamcast for several reasons. The GBA is what I was most excited about as a platform. It was Metroid Prime that got be back into console gaming and I bought a Gamecube for that. The Gamecube/GBA era is my favorite time period for Nintendo, partly because Nintendo wasn't anywhere near the lead and had to cater to their customers better. It's also a good era of 3D gaming without things going overboard. I didn't get a PS2 until much, much later. I had great experiences with the Metroid Prime games, which I much prefer with the Gamecube controls, Wind Waker, and Prince of Persia. For me, it's the last great console as I was never that compelled by anything beyond it.
I also went from Dreamcast to GameCube, then the original Xbox. I didn't get to PlayStation until PS3. Have fond memories of the Star Wars games, Animal Crossing, RE4... I remember I imported the Japanese version of Sonic Gems as had the Streets of Rage games (good old Action Replay for imports). I also had that SNES style Hori pad. Was a great system.
Yeah if you see a top 50 or 100 best games ever made . 20 or 30 game cube games are always in it. I do think switch is the best console nintendo have done since it. Switch is probly better.
A.K.A NintenDONT in my house 🎮 😉
Love it. So many fond memories, including using the GBA player to play Pokemon and Fire Emblem games on the big screen.
A shout out to the amazing Skies of Arcadia Legends and two Lost Kingdoms games among many others.
Anyone else know this was Alex as soon as you saw "Blimey" in the title?
Yeah, I can’t wait until the Gamecube’s games hit the NSO Expansion’s Expansion
Gamecube is, imo, the best console Nin have ever released. So many nice games and no motion crap. Sure the mini dvds was a miss but they looked cute 🥰
Damn it, it is a cube! Don't blow our nostalgia.
I feel sad the GC wasn't more successful. Nintendo essentially made an anti-N64: no cartridges, no weird controller and no hardware gripes. The only mistake was lack of DVD playback so the jump Sony got with the PS2 turned into domination. With the cube design, serious gamers (which were mostly adults with plenty of expendable cash now) still saw it more as a kids or family system too.
I recall vividly buying it on day 1. It was the release day of Star Wars Attack of the Clones so me and a friend bought our GCs and then saw the film again. We'd already seen the midnight session. I got Rogue Leader and Wave Race while he got Luigi's Mansion and Super Monkey Ball.
I go back between the SNES and Gamecube being my favorite. The SNES was my first home console and also was when I was younger and had lots of time to game. Parents didn't buy me an N64. When I was going to college I saved up and bought a Gamecube so it's the first game system I purchased. Coincidentally I also had some great gaming sessions with friends. I still enjoy gaming but I've never had as much time as I did for those two systems so it's unlikely I'll ever like another system as much.
great console. this was the best generation and the cube was a big part of that. best analog stick ever!
The GameCube. Features a controller that currently holds the record for oldest controller to be actively supported and manufactured. The Atari 2600 holds the record for longest console lifespan, but the GameCube Controller holds the record for longest controller lifespan.
GameCube is my favourite console although I lent mine to a friend and he sold it for £15! I have every game I want except Paper Mario TTD & play on my Wii. It's funny how a GameCube compatible Wii is cheaper and far more available than an original 'Cube, my friends didn't even realise they effectively own a 'Cube and can start collecting & playing. Even the controllers are easy to buy! (Best controller ever btw)
It deserves the record of most durable controller as my original controllers are still tight as a drum after 20 years! Modern controllers are crying in the corner.
Yeah, it's quite nice. Can't find any controller more durable than this.
The legendary Gamecube is literally the reason the (original) Wii is actually -by default- a must have all-time favorite console of mine.
Combined with GC total backwards compatibility, massive virtual console (+ great WiiWare!!) and select Wii games.... it wins -even to my own surprise.
GC was and is a huge asset to the Wii generation and that is not often brought up.
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