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5 of the best GameCube games that still hold up

The sixth generation of video game consoles created some of the best memories of all time. Xbox fans were introduced to Halo meanwhile PlayStation fans were introduced to God of War.

Conversely, GameCube gamers were introduced to some of the best non-rated M games of all time. Whether it be Mario in his many outings or Link saving the world, the GameCube had a lot of hit titles.

Said hit titles still hold up after all this time. Today, we’re going to look back at a few of those that really solidified the GameCube as a sleeper platform.

Here are five of the best GameCube games that still hold up to this very day.


Resident Evil 4

It wouldn’t be a proper GameCube list if Resident Evil 4 wasn’t on the list.

Arguably one of the best survival-horror titles of all time, Resident Evil 4 changed the genre forever. It may seem crazy to think, but this game did release first on GameCube back in 2005.

There are so many different things you could say about this game, but the first thing that comes to mind is playability. You could play this game on any platform, and it still holds up phenomenally.

Well, okay, after playing the newer iterations the “standstill” combat is a little boring. However, if you can look past that, every other aspect is superb.

Experience the game that “started” it all in Resident Evil 4.


Mario Kart: Double Dash

So I know this list specifically mentions Mario Kart: Double Dash, but you could literally throw any of the racer games in there. You’d still get the same result.

Mario Kart and any Mario-related game will always hold up pretty well. You could go back with a group of friends and play the game until the wheels fall off.

Mario Kart is always a great time. Double Dash in particular let players have two character rides which was a pretty unique innovation.

Like I mentioned though, Mario Kart is always fun as long as you’re not overly competitive.

Nobody likes an angry driver in a kids’ game.


Super Mario Sunshine

Mario is the glue that kept the Nintendo GameCube together.

Super Mario Sunshine was a big deal when it was released back in 2002. It was only the second 3D iteration of the plumber after Super Mario 64.

Going off of that, Sunshine introduced Mario with a backpack full of water, and it turned out pretty dang well. Boasting some of the best water physics to date, Sunshine was a different experiment but it worked introducing themes and characters that are still popular to date.

As you can imagine, any Mario-based game holds up pretty well no matter how long it’s been. When Mario doesn’t have his bag full of water, it’s another Mario game, and they’re always good.

All hail Mario.


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

2002 was a great year for Nintendo fans.

Super Mario Sunshine brought the shine in July 2002, and then Wind Waker blitzed the gaming world in December.

Releasing to critical acclaim, Wind Waker was a bold new direction when it came to the Legend of Zelda series. Despite the mixed reception to the graphics, Wind Waker created a world that immersed the players for hours at a time.

It sounds simple, but the stuff of this nature was unheard of at the time. To this day, everything that the critics loved still rings true.

Wind Waker is an immersive world full of great characters and plenty of things to do. Also, if we’re being honest, the art style is a really nice touch.

It’s nice to find a game that looks this good without embracing a fully realistic art style.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Listen, Mario has been the face of the Nintendo brand and this list. Everything and anything Mario-related still holds up to this day.

The same can be said about Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Boasting some of the best movement mechanics to date, Melee was the fighting game that started it all for some fans. It might sound weird to say, but this faster-fighting version of the brawler plays really well.

It also helps that this title gave life to the eventual competitive side of the game.

If you take anything from this list, always remember that Mario in any form is timeless.