Best GameCube Games

The Top Ten

1 Super Smash Brothers Melee

This game was fun, was probably one of the most games I played on gamecube, I remember every few months I erase my file to unlock all the characters and stages again, and it was really fun doing it - trains45

This was the best smash I used to play it a lot when I owned a gamecube, sometimes I would erase my file and unlock everything again, it was really fun to replay it, it sucked when my disc stopped working for awhile, but it got fixed, and it sucked when my gamecube broke with my original wii, I miss playing melee and mario kart double dash

Its not melee

There's a reason why every Nintendo fan is chomping at the bit when watching clips of Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii. The game is any Nintendo fanboy's wet dream, featuring the best characters from every major Big N franchise. Melee has become the grand stage of fighters, much like Mario Kart is for racing fans. If you do in fact own a GameCube, and have yet to grab a copy of Smash Bros, please commit honorable suicide at this time (or we guess you could just go buy it too). You won't find a more addictive fighter on Nintendo's console. The only thing we could add to the game, online gameplay, is already in the works for Brawl, making us a group of very happy campers. - kingmjmj

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2 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Gotta love the first reactions

*"It's Disney Trash"
*"I'm never buying a GameCube"
*"Every console this is on I'm throwing away" - Maddox121

Amazing. Great story, art, gameplay, and soundtrack. Really cute and happy animation. - MarioBros11

Ignore the detractors, play this game.

It's amazing how much faith players can put in a franchise, and when that franchise continues (as we want it to), how often our vision is different from the final product. When Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, it was fearless. Everyone expected a mature themed adventure, and fans were split between loving and hating this vision. However, those who dove into Wind Waker found that the magic of the Zelda franchise was still there. The title boasted the same tight control mechanics and brilliant level designs that have together made Nintendo's acclaimed franchise so popular. We've excluded Twilight Princess from the Top 25 GameCube list, as it was predominantly a Wii game, releasing first on Nintendo's new console and in much, much higher numbers, though for Wii-less fans out there the one-two punch of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess propels the Zelda franchise into truly legendary status on GameCube. That being said, if included Twilight Princess would have been ...more - kingmjmj

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3 Super Mario Sunshine

While it may not have made the same "Wow! " impression as Mario 64 did - being the first 3D, analog controlled Mario - Super Mario Sunshine gives Nintendo fans serious 3D platforming at its finest. As Nintendo's top franchise, Mario is expected to deliver the highest quality of gaming possible, teamed with innovation and perfect gameplay. Sunshine fulfilled those expectations in nearly every way, though some gamers still have trouble getting past the game's younger presentation. In the end, however, it all comes down to gameplay for Mario, and while the leap to the Cube may not have been as huge as the N64 conversion, the stunning visuals and classic platforming make it essential to any Nintendo fan's collection. - kingmjmj

There's a fact I heard from "Did You Know Gaming? ". Did you know that a study in America found that playing Super Mario Sunshine made people more helpful in real life? That means that ever since somebody's been playing Super Mario Sunshine, they decided to do what Mario & his assistant, FLUDD, did in Delfino Isle. Thank you, Super Mario Sunshine. You made people be more helpful.

This is my all time favorite Mario game it's so great it's challenging definitely the hardest Mario game I've ever played and I've played pretty much every one but it's just so good and it's my favorite in the series if you've never played this game you're missing out

It was a hard decision but this game is fun. I love the gameplay, setting, music, and the adventure. Really great game. Super smash bros. melee and Mario kart double dash were great too.

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4 Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Yes I have this game!

This the best mario kart, they should make another one, it fun having 2 characters on kart, and co-op was fun with one player driving and another throwing items, also fun to play vs and battle and grand prix with 2 players with or with out co-op, 3 players and 4 players with co-op, the special items were cool as well - trains45

AWESOME!

I love this game. Great controls, character specific items and two characters on one kart are just some of the reasons this is the best Gamecube game and the best Mario Kart entry to date.

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5 Metroid Prime

Best game I've ever played. Hands down

I remember playing this, I also had the bonus disc demo to the sequel - trains45

When it all comes down to it, only one game can truly sit at the top of a list, proving what the system was about, pushing gameplay and graphics to the limit, and delivering the most immersive package for console owners. For GameCube, Metroid Prime is that game. As a surprising classic released in 2002 (two years prior to games like Resident Evil 4), Metroid Prime redefined Nintendo's classic franchise, and ushered it into a new 3D era. Shortly following Prime we were again treated to Nintendo's first-person adventure series with Echoes, then by Prime Hunters on DS and eventually the pending release of Prime 3: Corruption on Wii. While other franchises made significant steps during the N64 era (Twilight Princess, for example, could be considered a progression of Ocarina of Time), Prime got its start on GameCube, and it breathed new life into the franchise. It was an amazing rebirth, an incredible GameCube game, and one of the top Nintendo titles in over two - kingmjmj

The best GameCube game.

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6 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Best rpg and mario

Great

The RPG elements in this game combined with a rock-solid platformer... Who can resist? This game has a special place in my heart because of it's memorable characters and intriguing stories.

I actually just bought it at Blockbuster for 10$. Now that Wii is the new thing and can play Gamecube games, those are the things to get! - Oreanta

Yeah! This is why this game is in fifth! It should be in first place because paper Mario for the Nintendo 64 was a great game and they made this one with the effort they used for paper Mario for the Nintendo 64. I recommend this game for young players! This game is great

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7 Luigi's Mansion

LUIGI Mansion deserves #1

Yes yes amazing! - MarioBros11

I'm pretty sure I should have world record for how many times I have beaten this game.

Yes luigi mansion - AnimeSucksAzz969x

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8 Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess

I played the wii version, but never the gamecube, this game is good, good thing about not having a wii but having a gamecube you can still get this game - trains45

Probably my favorite Zelda game. And the second or third most darkest and mature Zelda game. - GehennaTheSecond

This came out during a time of both the GCN and Wii, and appeared on both systems. Similar to Skyward Sword in 2012 and BOTW in 2017. - MarioBros11

The best zelda game I ever played. And I have played almost all of them.

This game ain't childish or cartoonish like the other zelda games, and maybe that's why is not very popular, since most players are little kids (I mean little kids in the mind).

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9 Resident Evil 4

Greatest game ever together with uncharted 2 in my humble opinion.

Resident Evil 4 is without a doubt one of the best games on GCN and the most amazing and immersive of the franchise. There really isn't much that can be said that hasn't already been ranted and raved about. All we can really say is that it is essential to any collection. Resident Evil 4 did for the Cube what Super Mario World did for the SNES. It is visually impressive, flawlessly designed and a true vision. If for some amazingly unfortunate reason you have yet to grab a copy (or two --it's that damn good), grab it now. With Twilight Princess taken from our list of considerations (as it was more a Wii title than a Cube one in the end), Matt Casamassina and Mark Bozon were split equally for our top two picks. Resident Evil 4 is Bozon's top pick on GameCube, and IGN Cube's #2 overall; it's one hell of a game. - kingmjmj

After years of watching the Playstation crowd getting game after game, GCN owners were treated to a beautifully-crafted remake of one of the greatest games in our industry's history. As a joint collaboration between Nintendo, Silicon Knights, and publisher Konami, Snake was given a second life on Nintendo's consoles, including new story elements and weapons, as well as an immersive first-person mode. Aside from being a much-needed addition to the mature-rated games on GameCube, Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes showed that Konami still had faith in the console, as it became one of the top cult classic titles on the system, and paved the way for Snake's appearance in the highly anticipated Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii. - kingmjmj

This is Resident Evil 4's item not Metal Gear Solid the Twin Snakes's item. - Skullkid755

Greatest game I've ever played in my entire life, and I'm playing now for the first time, that's crazy right? I've played Resi 5 on the PS3 and nothing it's BS compared to this one... Thank god I bought this game today (25.09.2011) - because as good as it is, in a few years time, it will be on ebay at forbidden prices, and I'm talking hundreds of dollars, you can quote me on that.

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10 Super Smash Bros Melee

It is rated teen for hardly any reason. - MarioBros11

It was so good it had to be here twice. - USGC

Why is this on here twice?

It's so good it's on the list twice. Buy this game IMEDEITLY (NO EXCUSES) if you don't have it.

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The Contenders

11 Sonic Heroes

I hated the ramps because it's hard to get through them and it controls like crap!

I love Sonic Heroes. The music is great and the graphics are beautiful. But the controls are a little bad. - Chaotixhero

This Game Doesn't Get Enough Credit Its Amazing It Should #1 - doughnut

I still take my Gamecube out of storage just to play this game

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12 Animal Crossing

Best GameCube game, don't @ me - jameshoward

A great series that started on the 64 in Japan and worked it's way to GameCube in the West. - GehennaTheSecond

Animal crossing is underrated, I used to think of it of just doing chores and stuff like that, but no this game is full of excitement and when you pay off your debt and your house gets upgraded to a bigger house with more debt you don't want to stop playing ever when the events in the game happen also the 15 NES games included in it. There were no flaws in the graphics or the play through THIS TREASURE AND LEGEND OF A GAME DESERVES TO BE AT NUMBER 1 OR 2 NO LESS!

Animal Crossing was the reason I got a GameCube. I tried it out at a friends, and came back every day. I read about the no disc trick and barrowed it to try it out on my sister's GameCube. It worked! But then my friend's mom picked me up the game the very next day.

This game is packed with NES classics, which Wii, DS, Wii you and 3DS charge you to play. This had over 20 of the most popular: baloon fight, Mario bros, punch out, Zelda, all free included for you to find.

This game had replay value, other than some aged pixelated graphics (it was intended for N64) It was the best in the series. Sure, there are some great innovations in newer titles, but the lack of a curved world, and all those NES games, and the gamecube with its comfortable controller make this one the best. - GameBoyBlue

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13 Mario Party 4

Yes definitely Mario is awesome, in fact any Mario game is worth the money, and the time. I would also have to go with any Shrek game as well. Wrestlemania 19 the wrestling game is great. - Undertaker15-0

Not only the best Mario party ever made, but one of the best gcn games ever made. Classic, always a great game to play anytime. - jtrain413

Amazing graphics. Compared to Mario Party 3 this looks way better. Mario Party looks like a piece of crap now

Mario Party 4 is decent but I think that Mario party 5,6, and 7 are way better. - spodermanfan1000

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14 Kirby Air Ride

This game fun the city trail level was always really fun - trains45

A very simple and underrated game. I think that the Game Cube is one of my favorite Nintendo consoles, and I love Kirby air ride and Super Mario Sunshine. - HoneyBadgers

Its Kirby, so I can't complain. - MarioBros11

A year ago I owned more Gamecube games than I knew what to do with and this has to be the one I spent the most time on without question and for very good reason. Kirby Air Rider definitely doesn't get the respect it most certainly deserves.

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15 Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Great game, I played it a lot, spent the most time in chao world, I got this on my ps3 after my gamecube broke, I still play the chao world lots, the chao world is my most favorite, 2 player and playing the story is also fun as well - trains45

Great game, the speed stages are probably one the best levels in gaming history - PampaZapp

Great game, great battle great everything - pokedexblake

Sa2 is the best, it has an awesome story, awesome charecters, awesome graphics, awesome stages and levels, awesome everything, I had this game ever since I was 2 years old

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16 Soul Calibur II

Every good collection needs a solid fighting game, and we can't think of a better fighter to add to our own Top 25 than Namco's Soulcalibur II. In most gamer's minds, SCII is the gem of the series. Releasing on all three systems, the title had a golden year in 2003-2004. Each version includes a specific character, and no other version sold as well as the Cube package, offering good ole' Link as the headlining character. Where did the franchise go after that? For some odd reason ($), the series made ($) its way over to the PS2 ($). Makes sense, right? After all, it sold the best on ($) the Cube, so why not bring it to ($) PS2 instead? All joking aside, fans can't complain too much. After all, the GCN got the best version anyways, and nobody can take that away now. It's a sweet little package, and well worth the price. Maybe Namco will give the series a much-needed return on Wii. In the meantime, pick this game up and cherish it. - kingmjmj

This a good game, I played it on gamecube, original xbox and, ps3 with the hd remake and I might of also played it on ps2, I had it on original xbox then my disc got scratched and stopped working, then I was able to buy it digital on my ps3 with the hd online remake, I also remember having the demo version on a preview disc on gamecube, and you could only play as Cassandra and nightmare and the characters also spoke in Japanese in the demo - trains45

Gamecube Version Only: Link becomes a character

This might be the best fighting game ever made.
Also how is Mario party a higher than this game?

17 Resident Evil

The best re-make I have ever seen!

This should be higher. This remake is one of the best remakes of all time up there with Metroid Zero Mission.

18 Super Monkey Ball 2

Aye-Aye looks retarded on the front cover. - MarioBros11

This is definitely higher buddy

This NEEDS to be higher. Took a 10/10 game (SMB 1) and made it better with it's relatable gamemodes.

Tough choice, but this is what I'll go with. Legendary game that still provides me and my friends with hours of fun even after all these years. It's a shame that Sega killed the franchise.

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19 Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

Almost as underrated of a sequel to Prime as Metroid 2 itself was to the original Metroid, honestly. Also, the gameplay was miles deeper - xandermartin98

One of the best games ever! Metroid Prime 2 is epic!

20 Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness

One of the most underrated Pokemon titles

Well I have played that game only once but I think it seemed great and nothing aweful because of it was type legend and I sew a few new beasts but no at all.

Number 7 or higher

21 F-Zero GX

This game really fun I remember playing multiplayer lots as a kid and some signal player races - trains45

Why is this teen - MarioBros11

This game is fun I remember playing it before

Both Sonic Music and This Soundtrack is Good

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22 Sonic Adventure DX

This is my favorite game EVER

A HD remix of the Dreamcast original. Beautiful.

23 Pikmin 2

So...how is Pikmin 2 on the GCN, while Pikmin 3 is on the Wii U? It's too big of a gap. - MarioBros11

One of my favorite games ever.

What a fun, and, sometimes funny game. The water graphics are excellent for GameCube standards. I can't wait for Pikmin 3.

What is wrong with you people! Pikmin 2 should be in the top 10 easily not any lower.

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24 Pikmin

Really underrated. - MarioBros11

This game is a great rpg puzzle game

This game was so addicting

It was definitely the BEST game on the gamecube. so many memories, and then drowning all of the pikmin for fun :D

25 Mario Power Tennis

It's my favorite out of the Mario tennis series! - spodermanfan1000

26 Tales of Symphonia

I think the reason this game isn't first is that most people never actually played the game, and those who did never finished it: any sane person would admit this game was THE game on the Nintendo GameCube. - CyraxQC

A very pleasent suprise on the RPG starved Gamecube definetly the best RPG on the system great cel shaded graphics great MULTIPLAYER gameplay - Guitar_Guy77

There are only 2 reasons why I got the Gamecube, for THIS game and Paper Mario. - AntonSaidWhat

Probably the BEST game on the gamecube system - palacioalex

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27 Super Mario Strikers

Super Mario Strikers Charged is better. - MarioBros11

Why I this game so low on the list then? It has been generally well-recieved by critics, & emphasis is very powerful for a 6th generation era game... welcome to the 7th generation era. If only there were a sequel toward this game's sequel. This is one of the best Gamecube games ever & I thought it would be in the top 10s.

Best Mario games ever

28 Mario Party 6

This is a great game! It's actually better than Mario Party 4. The minigames are fun, all the characters have somewhat personalities, there's a mic, an awesome solo mode, NIGHTTIME MODE, miracle book, and so much more. So maybe play for once. - HELLADERE120

This game gets a bad rap. Honestly, if you sat down and played it, you'd realize that it's one of the best Mario party games out there.

Has to be because Brighton and Twila are cute and it is a game I could remember and still have today. They should make more GameCube games.

29 Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

You use bongos to move... - MarioBros11

30 Mario Superstar Baseball

This and melee should be at the top

31 The Simpsons: Hit & Run

This is one of the best games ever made

So underrated. - TheStormBolt

I remember playing this at a friend's house.

This game is underrated...

32 Pokemon Colosseum
33 Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes is one of my favorites. With the improved graphics and gameplay this is my preferred version of Metal Gear Solid. - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

solid snake owns grey fox
- bruceleeftw3

MGS 1& 2 remade for Nintendo. Whats not to like?

My personal favorite out of all of the Metal Gears (MGS1 on PS1). Incredible remaster - Jonerman

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34 Shadow the Hedgehog

It's not a great game but it is a good game. I think Shadow is getting more popular than Sonic sometimes. - Chaotixhero

35 Resident Evil Zero

THIS GAME SUCKS COMPARED to resident evil 4

36 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai

Why is this teen? - MarioBros11

37 Beyond Good and Evil
38 Mario Party 5

This game have beautiful music!

39 Star Fox Adventures

Why is this teen? - MarioBros11

When it came out, it had the best graphics ever made. It still looks amazing, and compliment that with great controls, stunning scenery, a great storyline, challenging missions, and huge levels. This is one of those games that looks so incredible you can just wander around without doing anything and never get bored. - arbeZameniC

The graphics still held up as good as anything a whole generation later. The music is one of David Wise's best in his career, and he's known for amazing music already. The gameplay is on par with Ocarina of Time, though the story is a bit complex, the world is well established and compelling.

This Is A Bit Like The Zelda
Tough Puzzels Awesome Weapon ECT..

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40 Madden NFL 2006
41 Pac-Man World 2

Why is this game so low on this list?! I know it' not as old on this list & the completion job is too frustrating, but think about the character designs & forgotten characters in this game!

Good 3D platformer deserves this list

42 Gotcha Force
43 SpongeBob SquarePants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom

Everything about this game is epic.

Should be top 10 in my opinion. addicting, the music, story line, and the levels were so fun to play over and over again.

Amazing game! A must play! By the way, crash team racing is ps1, not gamecube.

To the comment below:
They mean Crash "TAG" Team Racing.
It's another crash racing game.

44 Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life

I LOVE this game!!! So relaxing and enjoyable. ... Come on you guys, it's not that bad!

It's a nice relaxing game with a chill soundtrack I can listen to forever. It's one of my favorite games.

45 Ultimate Muscle:The Kinnikuman Legacy
46 Lego Star Wars II

So...Lego Star Wars I and III are for the Wii, but this is for the GCN? No sense... - MarioBros11

Actually, 1 and 2 are on the Wii. Except they are put together as "The Complete Saga." - GehennaTheSecond

47 Mario Party 7

This game is better compared to the Super Mario Bros. , games. Here's a speech between my friends.

AMELIA: What's so grateful about stupid GameCube Mario Party 7?
ROSEMARY: Well, I'm a Mario fan.
AMELIA: Yeah, of Toadstool Peach.
ROSEMARY: Toadette.
AMELIA; You're so mean to me!
ROSEMARY: Why are you saying stuff that you don't know, there are like 1,000,000 Mario Bros. , games which all suck, and you pay star coins to do everything. Plus, you don't know 5 + 9 yet.
AMELIA: Yeah I do, 16!
ROSEMARY: "Yeah" I'm dumb you're are smart.
Me: Rosemary is true, Amelia is false.

This is the best game ever except when you're playing alone/and Boser has to be more stingy.

I hate this game so much! Why? Here are the top 10 reasons.

Top 1: Princess Peach.
Re: her terrible, cowardly attitude, her pathetic behavior & want to lose & not come with her friends her appearance of long, fully yellow hair/one-piece dress, high voice & etc... Why not Pauline replace her? Her deep Brooklyn accent in the Mario games was great.

Top 2: Princess Daisy.
Re: her voice, quotes, taunts & overall clothing which is no worse than Princes Peach's.

Top 3: If you have no memory card.
The cause: I don't get to unlock Bowser's Enchanted Inferno 'because I keep losing more than winning in Solo Mode.

Top 4: The characters keep saying the same old stuff.

Top 5: The minigames.
The reason: Nthing new, gets old quickly.

Top 6: I suck at this game.
The reason: I hated this game so much due to Peach & Daisy. They ruin Mario Party 7.

Top 7: The boards & nothing new about them.

Top 8: The gameplay doesn't take place even ...more

48 Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

THIS GAME IS CRAZY!! BEATER THEN THE FIRST ONE. - pedroperfecto

49 Super Monkey Ball

Where is no.2

50 Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

The most underrated game on the gamecube. Too bad it will never get a sequel. A remake would be amazing.

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