Really fun game that came out towards the end of the GCN's life. Cel-shaded graphics mixed with side-scrolling beat-em-ups in the vein of Metal Slug and Contra. Fun mini-games as well. Plus its Aliens against the Feds, what more could a gamer ask for!
#9 Super Mario Sunshine
Recently changed this because I missed this on the list, and bumped out the previous. This game does have it all, and really pushed the GCN to its limits. Check it out!
Such a beautiful game, really should not be missed. Hard as heck though, but just such a gem.
#7 Timesplitters 2
Great game here! A lot of fun as far as the campaign modes, multiplayer modes, tons of missions, unlockables and customizable controller settings, this game is the best FPS to grace the GCN, and everyone should check it out. Made by the same people who did the original Goldeneye N64 game.
#6 Super Smash Bros. Melee
Knew this would make it! Such a fun game and the reason to own a GCN. Arguably the best in the franchise.
#5 Paper Mario 2: The Thousand Year Door
Really fun casual RPG. Just a great story with memorable characters and some Nintendo lovin', this game is too damn adorable to deny.
Just can't get enough of this game, its a total blast, the story is epic and just a true original and gem. Take my word try this if you havn't.
#3 Resident Evil 4
Well theres no denying why this made the list, definitly as close to the top as I could personally get it. This game is awesome, maybe not scary for some, but still makes you jump! This game is really easy to control, the graphics are still top notch, and the gameplay/story is epic!
#2 F-Zero GX
Maybe the best racer ever. This game is so freaking fast and really difficult to master. Tons of unlockables and the most insane tracks you can imagine, this game has it all!
#1 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
My personal favorite Zelda game, slightly more-so than OoT, but that always causes uproar. I loved the graphics, the cartoony feel to the classic Zelda formula. I even enjoyed the 'horrible' fetch-quest of the piece on the map, I didn't even know it was such a big deal until I came online and read about it. Check this out, the reason to own a Gamecube IMO.
According to my list.. (Zelda collections omitted; they'd be #1 and #2 at the top): 10. Wind Waker - Ugh, I guess Wind Waker goes here. I haven't scored Mega Man X Collection or NCAA Football 2005. Its possible they're both better than this game. As "high" as it score, it was a relative let down from the N64 games. With the amount of Ocarina of Time love around the world, and the recent Majora's Maskgasms, I'll still be surprised when this gets criticized.
09. MVP Baseball 2005 - Deepest baseball game on Nintendo consoles. 4 levels of baseball to control (MLB, AAA, AA, A). I've played like 1100 games. Yes, thats almost 600 hours of games...and I still play it weekly. The game is 6 years old!!
08. Skies of Arcadia Legends - The Dreamcast game that nobody on Nintendo got to play. Bought it used, never regretted it; I desperately await a sequel. Forever.
07. Pikmin 2 - Built on everything that Pikmin did, and made it better. New cave areas expanded the game greatly, and added a new element to and otherwise already strategical atmosphere. Two new Pikimin, and new baddies are very scary! (and co-op able!)
06. Metroid Prime - The first 3D Metroid adventure, and the first Metroid console game since Super Metroid after Samus skipped the N64 completely. Gave birth to two sequels.
05. Mega Man Anniversary Collection - Some of the best games on the NES, period, put on one disc. Also gives Nintendo-only players a chance to experience Mega Man 8...a game which horribly doesn't compared to its 8-bit NES predecessors. Lucky for this disc, Mega Man 2 and 3 are here to bring the score up. --Jumping/shooting controls are awesome! (Not really..but whatever)
04. Resident Evil 4 - I liked this game a lot more than I thought I would, but not as much as the rest of the world. Its not a 10, but it was enjoyable. I tried to complete it in one sitting. I remember getting excited as I came to the end of the map...only to find that there was a different map right behind it...
03. Animal Crossing - I sunk so much time in that game, haha. Your own town, free to dress it up as you please. Travel to your friend's town, trash it, steal their buddies, steal their fruit, whatever. Encouraged cooperation and exploration. A wonderful game for kids of all ages.
02. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance - Just an awesome game. We had Marth and that other guy in Smash Bros (who the heck are they?), and then we finally got a Fire Emblem game on an American Nintendo Console. I decided to buy Path of Radiance the week it came out when I saw a commercial a single time. I made the right decision, and its awesome. Grid-based warfare has never been any better. Great cast of characters, class changes, and importability into the Wii follow-up. Words don't do this game justice.
01. Tales of Symphonia - Fire Emblem probably could've been here, too. I score them the same. I think I like that this game seemed so fresh for me, and it felt "special" to me in the sense that it was a "new" game that hadn't really been done (for me) before. I was familiar with Fire Emblem, but this one felt like I was setting sail for new land. The game itself is incredible, but the battle system takes away one of the things that RPGs are criticized for ("boring, turn-based battles" --I'm quoting nobody), and also allows you to play with FOUR total people. Dude, and RPG you can play WITH your friends/family? Thats pretty darn cool. Throw in the fact that you can use your GC memory card for a little boost in the Wii sequel? Man.
10.Super Mario Sunshine 9. Luigi's Mansion 8. TimeSplitters 2 7. Beyond Good & Evil 6. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes 5. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door 4. Super Smash Bros. Melee 3. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2. Resident Evil 4 1. Metroid Prime
10) When this game came out, my brother, cousin and sister bought a GBA so we could play this game. 4-player co-op. It was madness! We obtained the Legendary THEN the ultima weapons. So many hours invested in this game, so many great moments such as performing level 4 magic, kicking supreme butt in boss battles and cooperating in order to get the highest amount of points possible. We only restarted when the bonus for one of the players was "Don't hit any enemies" F-THAT! 9) Another GREAT multiplayer game. 4 players split screen, check! 2 players co-op check! Gamecube missing online, but that didn't matter for us. The game is still great and we spent hours playing together as to beat the AI on the hardest settings. This felt like Conker-s Bad Fur day for the N64 8) Insane, Insane, Insane!! I CANNOT beat this game again. I just cant. 7) My roommate and I used to play this game for many hours. Loser usually bought lunch during the weekends. 6) My first Harvest Moon experience. Loved it even though this is not the strongest entry in the series 5) I replayed this game many many times. And it saddens me that graphically it stands up there with the best of what the Wii offers today. 4) No explanation needed 3) The immersion in this game is unbelievable. Play it with your sanity meter low for extra kicks. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR MARBLES. 2) The sequel may be better, yet I never played it. Baten Kaitos was for me a very original RPG full of twists (At the time, lol) and incredible backgrounds. I should replay it some time 1) This game is stunning in design and atmosphere. I just want to explore and appreciate everything it offers. I am a sucker for natural environments so Tallon IV completely owned me with the rich environments and vegetation. The planet FELT alive even though it was dying. No other game has been able to replicate that feeling of me wanting to be there and just SMELL the environment. Loved it
10). Super Mario Sunshine - it's Mario, and it was hella fun. 9). Time Splitters 2 - multiplayer was great and the single player campaign was fun/challenging... just wish there was jumping. 8). Soul Calibur 2 - a great fighter, and it was logical to go with the version that had Link. 7). Splinter Cell 1 and 2 and Metal Gear Solid Twin Snakes (I just kinda' lump 'em together, though I prefer SC over MG's nonsense) 6). Beyond Good & Evil and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time - got them at the same time, very different, but both very fun. 5). F-Zero GX - totally addicting... it was so disappointing that none of my friends ever got into this game!! 4). Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker - it's a good Zelda game, and it had so much charm... just wish sailing wasn't crappy. 3). Eternal Darkness - enjoyed the puzzles and magic system a lot... the plot was cool and I liked the delivery. 2). Metroid Prime 1 and 2 - these games are fantastic. 1). Super Smash Bros. Melee - I received the "you got your money's worth" award in 2005... I played this game A LOT... I won a small tourney in Tampa, FL using Mewtwo... I had dreams!!
In no particular order, except for the first few....
Edit: To explain why..
Metroid Prime - A great example of Retro's ability to design a world. I was shocked when I played it. Typically in Metroid, you went through hallways and shafts and corridors and whatever...but here, you were running through ruins, labs, amories, etc. The world truly was the star in this game, and that's what I think makes a great Metroid game, for me.
Super Smash Bros. Melee - Need I explain? Hundreds of hours. It probably bonded my roommate and I in a way we probably wouldn't have. Just so many great memories.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - I was kind of put off by this game at first. It was so short! But then I wound up playing it again...and then again...and then again...The pacing is wonderful, and doesn't really rely on a lot of archaic means of telling a story.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader
Metroid Prime 2 - Does it exemplify everything I like about Metroid? Not really. Is it still amazing? Yes. While the end is a bit of a chore, the rest of the game is still really amazingly designed. I thought they did a great job with making each area feel unique, without simply relying on cliche staples (the fire area, the ice area, the forest area, etc....this is actually a place I think Other M kind of dropped the ball with).
Timesplitters 2 - Me, three friends, and a level 1 Gargoyle, vs. a horde of tough zombies. Capture the Bag. Ice Station. Hours of fun.
Resident Evil 4 - I'm not as big a fan of this game as some people, but it's still pretty awesome. The beginning of the game alone is cemented as one of the best moments in any game ever. I thought the game kind of petered out as it went on, but it was still really well designed.
Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures - This game has really grown on me over the years. I'm glad that I have a could GBAs and link cables now, in the event that I can expose other people to the game. Sometimes, you want to play Zelda, but you don't want to have to play through a 20 hour game...just fire up FSA, play a level or two, and turn the game off. A great, quick Zelda fix.
Super Monkey Ball 2 - Though honestly, I'd just want to change this to "Monkey Target 2." Listen, Monkey Target 2 is one of the greatest multiplayer modes in any game, ever. It is so addicting and competitive. I kind of want Sega to just nix the regular Monkey Ball crap and make a full on Monkey Target game.
Viewtiful Joe - I was kind of running out of games to put on the list, but VJ came to mind first in terms of games I'd want to be on here. Just a great 2D action game. It has a lot of depth in the moves and scoring. I would love to play it through in HD at some point.
This is 11, but I also want to add Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat. It's a really fun game. I don't go back to it much, just because the bongos are a little inconvenient to keep around, but I definitely played the shit out of it, getting all the highest medals. Making it through a level without even touching the ground was really satisfying.
Ok, I picked my top 12 games and I didn't put in why I choose them. Basically, they were really, really fun. And I did not put in loZ Twilight Princess cause I played that on the Wii. If that game had only came out on the Gamecube, then it would have been in the #3 slot(yea, I still would have picked Eternal Darkness over Twilight Princess, cause I liked it that much) and everything else moved up and then I would have had 13 games. And yea, I really enjoyed Double Dash and I really like Starfox Adventures alot, so sue me.
12) Mario Kart Double Dash 11)Pikmin 10)Super Monkey Ball 9)Luigi's Mansion 8)Prince of Persia: Sands of Time 7)Starfox Adventures 6)Metroid Prime 5)Super Mario Sunshine 4)LoZ Wind Waker 3)Resident Evil Remake 2)Eternal Darkness 1)Resident Evil 4
I'm yanking Wind Waker from my Top 10, and replacing it with:
Totally forgot about this game since I don't own it. I never hear ANY body mention this game, and I'm guessing that WEALTH of people never played this thing. Long (the good way), involving, and just all around awesome. Fire Emblem on Gamecube before there was Fire Emblem on Gamecube.
1) Eternal Darkness 2) Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 3) Super Smash Bros. Melee 4) Resident Evil 4 5) Mario Kart Double Dash!! 6) Super Mario Sunshine 7) Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door 8) Animal Crossing 9) Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker 10) MVP Baseball 2004
I rented it and played the single player game. But all my friends refused to play the multiplayer because they felt TS2 was way better. I'm not a huge multiplayer guy so I didn't care that much. My favorite multiplayer game on GCN was Star Fox Assault. That game was hilarious with 4 players.
Also I'd like to add one more to me list:
Honorary mention: BATMAN BEGINS
It's not in my top 10 games but this thread got me to thinking about GCN games I really enjoyed. Anyone else play this game? It's a very well done stealth game, sorta like Splinter Cell lite, and it was absolutely gorgeous for a GCN game, even the voice acting and facial animations were top notch for it's time. It has solid gameplay and has great pacing, I had a lot of fun from start to finish. This is slightly embarrassing but I kind of even liked it better than Arkham Asylum, even though AA is obviously a vastly superior game, I just got bored of all the mundane combat.