Thursday, April 12, 2012

Top 5 Gamecube Games

Now that Gamestop has officially cut off trade-ins on Gamecube games, it's time to go back and look at the best of an era.

Nintendo's Gamecube, originally, code named "dolphin," was a real underdog in the console wars.  Even so, there's still so much epic win on this console, that I suspect it will have its fans for quite a while.  Let's look back on the best of the best, from a console that hasn't seen a new game in five years.

5: Eternal Darkness
 Eternal Darkness f***s with your brain.  There's no other way to put it.  This game faked memory card errors, changing the TV channel, and other insane s*** to put you in a state of psychosis.  Not only that, but it's got a surprisingly solid story to it.  Any fan of horror games cannot miss this game.  There is no excuse.

4: Resident Evil 4
The once console exclusive redefined what horror shooters should be like.  Some people point to it as the point in which Resident Evil games strayed from their roots, and in some ways, they're right.  Capcom changed a ton of stuff with the fourth iteration.  Some of it was for the better, some of it wasn't.  However, every time I hear a regenerator, the hairs on my neck still stand up.  Those f***ers still scare the s*** out of me.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is what makes a game great.

3: Mario Kart Double Dash
Double Dash isn't looked as highly upon as some of the other Mario Kart games, but I still think it's one of my favorites.  This is coming from someone who has four different Mario Kart games and plans to own them all eventually.

2: Super Smash Bros. Melee
Melee deserves a lot of credit for keeping the Gamecube alive. The thriving tournament scene for the Smash series is a true juggernaut, and fans still flock to Melee for their fix.  Just ask ADHD or Mew2King about Melee, and they'll give you an earful. 

1: Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
For as much as critics decried "Cel-da," The Wind Waker was one of the best selling games on the Gamecube.  It had a lot of stuff going for it.  The open world was just plain fun to sail in.  The dungeons were challenging, yet rewarding.  Finding the pieces of the Triforce let you progress at your own pace.  Not only that, it let you explore.

Now, This article was rather difficult for me to cut down to just five.  There were a shipload of epic games on the Gamecube. For that reason, I will be taking the next Top 5 for the "loser's bracket."  So if your favorite game didn't get listed here, don't worry.  I'm coming back for more in two weeks.  See you then!

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