Why the Gamecube will outlast all others on the shelf

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Super Smash Bros Melee

A simple yet addictive fighter. For those like me who have never gotten the appeal of Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, then this is just the game for you. Who hasn’t imagined what it would be like to pit Mario against Pikachu and Link against Samus? It’s a gamer’s dream and love affair to generations of Nintendo games wrapped up in a simple fighter. One that has more layers than you might think.

Star Wars Rogue Squadron: Rogue Leader

A remake of sorts, as it is the reinvented version of the Nintendo 64 game by the same name. It takes the original and supercharges it to take you beyond the films and into the battles in a way that had never happened before or since. Many have tried to create that ultimate space shooter for Star Wars but most have fallen by the wayside into an average pool of mediocrity. This game succeeded, where others had failed.

Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes

Another remake but this time it was of my favourite game of all time, Metal Gear Solid, a game as confusing as it is addictive. One that has a plot more complicated than the average Christopher Nolan film. If there was ever a remake that would hit the spot for me, then it is this one. A game that blends the first two together into the most joyous of smoothies and still to this day, looks pretty good. A game that has aged well.

Resident Evil

Terror cubed. One in which inspired my love of the series. A game that despite its age, still looks rather pleasing on the eye. Much like the best relationships, the cracks may be evident at the side but the core is still as ridiculously addictive and jump-filled as ever. A game that will keep you going in those darker moments. Once you make the connection between puzzles and turning items over, then this mansion is a challenge to unnerve even the sturdiest of us.

Mario Sunshine

Every Nintendo console should have a Mario game and the Gamecube was a sunny affair that had the tough task of following on from Mario 64. A hard challenge but one in which Mario triumphed. It is an unappreciated affair and one in which inspired my love for the little Plumber in a way not seen before. This is in no way an innuendo but to say that Mario games were played but never completed by myself until the arrival of sunshine. A glowing performance from the plumber.

Not forgetting…

Mario Kart Double Dash, The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker, Metroid Prime, and of course Resident Evil 4. So many great games, each of which deserves its own column but that’s for another day. The main consideration to take away from this entry is that the Gamecube was a dedicated games console with many five-star gaming experiences. Yes, there were those games that should be left unsaid such as Shrek’s Super Party but every console has these.

To conclude

The Gamecube had one focus and that was producing great gaming experiences and it did just that. With increasing levels of backwards compatibility and games being lazily remade, with a simple HD sign on the side, this console is the last of its kind. You can make comparisons to Google Stadia as that is a console only, but as it is available via your phone and projected onto other devices, it is in a separate league.

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