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    Athronox's Essential GC Game List

    Well, since I'm such a huge fan of the Gamecube, and no better a companion does the Wii have than its old purple brother, I have decided to post a list of what I believe to the absolutely essential Gamecube games for anyone's collection. I have compiled this list using my own beliefs, ratings, suggestions, and the lists of others to find a median where I believe it all comes together quite nicely. I will also list briefly why each game is essential. Ahem, and the games are...

    1. Metroid Prime: A hugely diverse, expansive adventure with gorgeous graphics and sound and timeless gameplay extracted from the classic Metroid series, wrapped up with plenty of replay value and gameboy connectivity. Do you need more of a reason to buy it?

    2. Resident Evil 4: The game that gave birth to many modern third person shooters of the day such as Gears of War, RE4 had the best graphics, cinematics, effects, and overall design of any game of last generation, and although some ho-hum ports were later designed for other consoles, RE4's true home is with the Gamecube, and rightly so, as it was unanimously praised as one of the greatest games of the last 10 years.

    3. Phantasy Star Online: Episode 1 & 2: The very first console RPG boasting gigantic environments and endless gameplay, episode 1, brought from the Sega Dreamcast, as well as a brand new Episode 2, exclusive to the Gamecube, given a graphical touch-up and beefed up with twice as many quests, characters, items and more. It's also the only true online game available for the Gamecube (and can still be played online to this day via private servers). It has been credited with bringing real online RPG gaming to home consoles, and it is no worse on the Gamecube than it was when it first shipped in 2000.

    4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: While not as commercially successful as OOTA, wind waker is considered one of the most important titles on the GC, as it brought the series into a brand new visual style, gave it a truly dark and interesting storyline, and presented players with a style of swash-buckling adventure gameplay which has yet to be successful replicated. A true masterpiece of a game, technologically and elsewise, and deserves to be in any GC owner's collection.

    5. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: Yet another game which could easily lay stake to some of the most gorgeous graphics of the 6th generation, as well as some of the best gameplay, TP is the spiritual successor of the all-worshipped Ocarina of Time and brings back all of the greatness of OOTA and more, and creates a vivid, living, breathing world like never seen before.

    6. Timesplitters 2 (I prefer TS3, but most people don't so I'll put in TS2 instead, but trust me, get TS3 too): Upon its release, Timesplitters 2 was given universal commercial and critical success and cited as "quite possibly the greatest first person shooter of all time". Boasting 125 characters, 25 some guns, a map makingfeature, 8 hour story mode, cheats, 15 some games modes, and 15 pre-made maps, TS2 is a game full of replay value and 4-player Goldeneye-esque fun which has been emulated and drawn as a source of influence by FPS games for almost 10 years.

    7. Super Smash Bros. Melee: Xbox had Halo, PS2 had God of War, and the GC had SSBM, one of the finest games ever crafted. A mix of hack and slash and fighting gameplay types with quite possibly 500 hours of game time and limitless 4 player modes, SSBM is still, to this day, played competitively and recreationally by thousands of people each year. It was the GC's number 1 selling title, and the flagship franchise of the GC.

    8. Star Fox: Assault: While not welcomed with warm reviews due to its short gameplay length and bad ground-mission controls (mostly due in part to the fact that the reviewers were too stupid to realize you could change the control scheme in he options menu), SFA sold near 1 million copies and became a Player's Choice title, and has been a multiplayer favorite of the GC for years. SFA has been credited with having advanced graphics for its time and boasting a truly "epic feel", as well as having dozens of multiplayer unlockables, adding to the replay length. A fantastic multiplayer title, and a striking return to form for SF fans.

    9. Star Fox Adventures: To this day, Star Fox Adventures has been credited with graphics so advanced that it could be, quote on quote, "mistaken for an xbox 360 launch title, if not better". Despite its visual eye candy however, Star Fox Adventures is a very unique game in the series, with gameplay mixing aerial combat between level transiations and zelda-like on-foot platforming/hack and slash in-game. While not everyone's cup of tea, it cannot be denied that is is an impressive looking game, and one which is fun- even if it isn't what fans of the series were expecting.

    10. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem: Where do I begin? The incredible graphics with bump mapping and dynamic shadowing? The 50 some hours of gameplay? The totally unique and diverse magic and fighting system? Eternal Darkness is a game which defies all boundaries of conventional RPG's and horror games, yet seamlessly binds them together and creates an epic story like no other. You must own it.

    11. F-Zero GX: If there is one racing game you be stuck with the rest of your life, it's F-Zero GX. Racing at speeds up to 2000 mph with 40 tracks, 30 pilots, a custom vehicle creaotr, emblem creator, arcade-to-console connectivity, instant-replay features, story mode, 4-player versus mode.....The whole game is just packed full of adrenaline-fueled, hard-as-rocks gameplay and customization. It really is the ultimate racing game.

    12. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes: A recreation of the orignal "Metal Gear Solid" for the PS1, with web rankings, totally over hauled graphics, and fluid interesting gameplay with a great storyline. It's everything you've come to expect from an MGS game and more.

    13. Mario Kart: Double Dash!!: Not the most sophisticated racing game out there, but no one can deny it's one of the funnest. Not only is packed full of features such as 16-player LAN mode and dozens of races, courses, and game modes, it's quite simply a fantastic game with vibrant and colorful graphics, pick-up-and-play gameplay, and tons of fun alone or with up to 16 of your friends.

    14. Super Mario Sunshine: While its seemingly lacking any kind of innovation when compared to its predecessor, SM64, it is definitely a one-of-a-kind game with great graphics and hours and hours of the same Mario fun you've been enjoying for years. While perhaps no the best in the series, it is one hell of a game, and one GC owners will be proud to have in their collection.

    15: Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door: Honestly and truly, a complete and utter rip off / remake of the original Paper Mario, but one cannot help but just love it for its unique gameplay and visual style, as well as nostalgia. Fans of the series new or old, it matters not, because it's a great game that many will enjoy.

    16: Pikmin 2: Basically, it's everything the original Pikmin should have been. Fun, interesting, packed with strategy and intrigue. It's an RTS for the overlord in all of us, just one with colorful little creatures and- more importantly- dozens of hours of memorable gaming.

    17. Viewtiful Joe: You really have never played a beat-em-up' like Viewtiful Joe until you've played, well, Viewtiful Joe. It looks like someone ripped all the characters out of a pulp-fiction comic book and put them into a video game with intensely awesome fighting action with upgradable attacks and skills and gigantic boss battles.

    18. Batallion Wars: Even though it has its design flaws, as well as a little problem with length, Batallion Wars is just undeniably enjoyable. Wage huge wars with your meaty little soldiers and their tanks, copters, planes, air strikes, MG nests and mortars, and experience a cutesy world of war like never before.

    That's about all I have down for now. I know there are a few more I'm forgetting but it's a pretty good list, especially for beginners or people who just want to beef up their Wii library with some sick games.

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    Your missing the master peace that is Ikaruga
    The Bash out thrills of Donkey Konga/2 (more fun than Guitar Hero/Rock band)
    The weirdness/artyness that is Killer 7
    The RPG goodness that is Skys of Arcadia


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    Quote Originally Posted by DPrinny View Post
    Your missing the master peace that is Ikaruga
    The Bash out thrills of Donkey Konga/2 (more fun than Guitar Hero/Rock band)
    The weirdness/artyness that is Killer 7
    The RPG goodness that is Skys of Arcadia

    While I own Ikaruga, and it is a fantastic game (and most likely the best shmup out there), it's not an essential GC game IMO. It just never got the kind of recognition, sales, or community it needed to be such. It's a great game, but it just doesn't seem to fit in the essentials department.

    Donkey Konga? Come on, seriously? That has never been on any essential GC list, and with good reason. Music games are barely games at all.

    Killer 7 looked nifty, but the gameplay pretty much sucked and lacked replay value, which doesn't really qualify it for an essential spot.

    Skies of Arcadia is more at home on the Dreamcast, especially due to the fact that it has pretty terrible graphics and, besides its travel and story elements, is a totally regular RPG.

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    Good games are never about what sells the most or looks the best.
    If it was sales that diffine the best Fifa would be the best
    If it was looks what ever is the best looking game out would be

    Donky Konga has the fun factor and that's what counts the most
    If games arnt fun why play them?


    Killer 7 is debatable but thats all down the personal opinion

    SOA there's that graphics thing again
    But what of the PSO1/2 games that you mentioned?
    Arnt they more at home on the Dreamcast?
    *Looks at them on the self*


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    Quote Originally Posted by DPrinny View Post
    Good games are never about what sells the most or looks the best.
    If it was sales that diffine the best Fifa would be the best
    If it was looks what ever is the best looking game out would be

    Donky Konga has the fun factor and that's what counts the most
    If games arnt fun why play them?


    Killer 7 is debatable but thats all down the personal opinion

    SOA there's that graphics thing again
    But what of the PSO1/2 games that you mentioned?
    Arnt they more at home on the Dreamcast?
    *Looks at them on the self*
    Uh, not really, considering the GC verison has enhanced graphics, an entirely new exclusive episode just for the GC, can still be played online (unlike the dreamcast version which requires a hack), 3 extra classes, 4 player splitscreen, etc. The Dreamcast version might as well be called a separate game entirely, as its so outdated it can't possibly be compared to the GC version.

    Also, yes, sales DO factor into how an "essentials" list is compiled. There are plenty of games out there like Goblin Commander, Sphinx and the cursed mummy, Cel Damage, etc. which are all fantastic games, but they are only fantastic to some people, which is probably why they didn't sell very well. When compiling a list of games which are "essential", you are trying to compile a list of the best possible games on the system which will appeal to the broadest group of people. Now obviously, there are exceptions to this rule, like Eternal Darkness, because it just lacked sufficient promotion, but on the whole, if a game is good and is widely accepted as being good, it will be recognized, and thus will earn itself a place on the list.

    As a perfect example of this, Ikaruga is a good game to you and me. But to many people, it will seem monotinous and is probably too hard for them. So, even if WE like it, most people probably don't, so it doesn't really deserve a spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athronox View Post
    Uh, not really, considering the GC verison has enhanced graphics, an entirely new exclusive episode just for the GC, can still be played online (unlike the dreamcast version which requires a hack), 3 extra classes, 4 player splitscreen, etc. The Dreamcast version might as well be called a separate game entirely, as its so outdated it can't possibly be compared to the GC version.
    The PC version can also be played on-line (with more ease than the GameCube version)
    Dose that make that version better?
    Also, yes, sales DO factor into how an "essentials" list is compiled.
    Where's the Fifas and WWE games then?
    I look forward to a Wii one where Wiifit/music based game is listed
    When compiling a list of games which are "essential", you are trying to compile a list of the best possible games on the system which will appeal to the broadest group of people.
    Look at Retro gamers recent list of 25 top Dreamcast games
    Now obviously, there are exceptions to this rule, like Eternal Darkness, because it just lacked sufficient promotion, but on the whole, if a game is good and is widely accepted as being good, it will be recognized, and thus will earn itself a place on the list.
    Star Fox: Assault: While not welcomed with warm reviews due to its short gameplay length and bad ground-mission controls
    Not so widely excepted as being good then
    As a perfect example of this, Ikaruga is a good game to you and me. But to many people, it will seem monotinous and is probably too hard for them. So, even if WE like it, most people probably don't, so it doesn't really deserve a spot.
    Most people would never of owned a GameCube and think that the best games ever where probably on Sonys consoles and have probably never played on any console before that.
    The average bloke off the street wont know most the games on your list (or any of the ones i have listed) and will be looking forward to COD Modern Warfare 3 and what ever music based game is out next week

    Im glad not to be average.


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    they only problem i can point out with the list isn't really a problem but rather an improvement.

    Metroid Prime Trilogy has all the goods of Prime 1 and 2 with 3's much better control scheme. so get that instead of 1 cause this way you get 3 great games in 1 disc.

    RE4 on the Wii was praised even more then the GC version so its a better option.

    Zelda Twilight Princess is also much better on the Wii. In fact, without the excellent motion controls the game isn't as good. The Wii version is the 'must-have'.

    Pikmin 1, while nowhere near as good as 2, was remade for the Wii with better controls so it's also worth getting. Plus then you'll have 1 & 2 which is better.


    and Melee and Double Dash are must haves. i love those games. i'm borrowing Melee currently and trying to find a copy of DD. i can never get tired of these games.

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    Double dash was a bit crappy in my opinion
    I just didn't like the "Two karters one kart" thing
    The weakest link in the series?


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    Quote Originally Posted by DPrinny View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Athronox View Post
    Uh, not really, considering the GC verison has enhanced graphics, an entirely new exclusive episode just for the GC, can still be played online (unlike the dreamcast version which requires a hack), 3 extra classes, 4 player splitscreen, etc. The Dreamcast version might as well be called a separate game entirely, as its so outdated it can't possibly be compared to the GC version.
    The PC version can also be played on-line (with more ease than the GameCube version)
    Dose that make that version better?
    Also, yes, sales DO factor into how an "essentials" list is compiled.
    Where's the Fifas and WWE games then?
    I look forward to a Wii one where Wiifit/music based game is listed

    Look at Retro gamers recent list of 25 top Dreamcast games


    Star Fox: Assault: While not welcomed with warm reviews due to its short gameplay length and bad ground-mission controls
    Not so widely excepted as being good then
    As a perfect example of this, Ikaruga is a good game to you and me. But to many people, it will seem monotinous and is probably too hard for them. So, even if WE like it, most people probably don't, so it doesn't really deserve a spot.
    Most people would never of owned a GameCube and think that the best games ever where probably on Sonys consoles and have probably never played on any console before that.
    The average bloke off the street wont know most the games on your list (or any of the ones i have listed) and will be looking forward to COD Modern Warfare 3 and what ever music based game is out next week

    Im glad not to be average.
    #1: Uh, no, because the PC version does not have everything the GC version has. 4 player splitscreen, and an actual game pad for starters. It's about personal preference when it boils down to it- but the point is, PC's are not really consoles anyway, and thus you can only compare the GC and DC versions. The DC version is inferior in EVERY SINGLE WAY, and by multitudes at that, and therefore PSO's real home is on the GC. Simple as that.

    #2: Let me restate in hopes of letting it sink in more deeply..."sales DO factor into"....I never said they were the only factor. The other factor is ratings. The WWE games got crappy ratings, because it's a crappy game series. Reviewers didn't like it, most people didn't like it, and it only sold well because fans of the WWE franchise continuously buy it each year, much like how crazed Madden-fags purchase their yearly dose of the same half-ass game year after year.

    #3: Uh, can you be a little more specific? Are you trying to entail that the top 25 DC list would have a ton of obscure games on it? No, really? You think? It's an almost unknown console with about 10 million units sold worldwide- everything is obscure. That's pointless.

    #4: Did you bother to read the rest? Many reviews faulted it, giving it an average around 7/10 (which isn't even bad to begin with), but the PLAYER reviews were usually praising. The game sold very well, a lot of players loved it, and the reviews themselves weren't so bad- the game's only nail-in-the-coffin was the fact the big boys like IGN and Gamespot gave it a 7/10 or worse. However, due to the sales and reception of players, I'd say it deserves to be on the list.

    #5: You have a point there. I'll give you that one. But it's not so simple as that. Games like SSBM and MKDD last gen were big sellers and were favored by a lot of people because they appealed to a large group of people, IE: the hardcore AND the casual, and whatever is in between. This is why such games deserve to be on the list.

    @Everything Else: MKDD gets bashed on waaaaayyyyy too much. There was nothing wrong with it. It had a ton of tracks, great multiplayer modes (not to mention, it was one of the very few games that included LAN), lots of karts and racers, and good controls. It is essentially the same thing as MK64, just a tad slower and with another set of items to use (via your partner), that's all. Besides, who doesn't love the bouncing fireball, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athronox View Post
    #1:
    Split Screen 4 player was never that good of a idea on a game like that
    What of the recent DS version?
    Wont that be even better as its still going
    Theres always the Xbox/PS2/360 versions as well
    (Till Monster Hunter heh)
    #2:
    Take a look at the Dreamcast list

    #3:
    HA
    Unknown thats a good joke
    It gave the PS2 a run for its money
    Even more so than the Game Cube
    Lets have a look at retro Gamers top 25 Dreamcast games shall we

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    Wow it just creaks of obscure titles
    Dont think many people have herd of Sonic Adventure, Soul calibur, PSO, House of the Dead 2, Resident Evil CV, Street Fighter 3/3, MSR, Vurtua Tennis 2, Marvel vs capcom 2 and Shenmue
    But how many of them have come out on other consoles?
    #4:
    7/10 isnt a bad review but I dont really read reviews for the scores
    (Theres a whole back history of rigged scores for back handers among some dodgy mags)
    And there was that time when Edge Magazine game Gunstar Heroes a low score
    Something they regretted doing
    (And a recent PS3 mag gave it 37% saying it looked crap)

    Point is
    review scores are just a number(or hands in the case of the golden days of CVG mag) they mean nothing at the end of the day if you your self enjoy the game
    If I bought my games off review scores i probably would never have most the games I have and enjoy now
    #5:
    They did sell well that I admit
    But as I always say sales dont matter
    Look at Shadow of the Colossus/Ico on PS2.
    Shite sales but regarded as the best
    @Everything Else: MKDD gets bashed on waaaaayyyyy too much. There was nothing wrong with it. It had a ton of tracks, great multiplayer modes (not to mention, it was one of the very few games that included LAN), lots of karts and racers, and good controls. It is essentially the same thing as MK64, just a tad slower and with another set of items to use (via your partner), that's all. Besides, who doesn't love the bouncing fireball, eh?
    The two karters one kart thing made me dislike it.
    But thats just my opinion.

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