The Nintendo GameCube is now 20 years old. I have the impression that just yesterday I was dragging the purple cube to my friends’ houses by its handle. It might not have been a sales monster like the Wii or the Switch, but it’s a console that stirs fond memories of the early 2000s for me and many others. It has helped modernize 3D games, taking us out of the difficult transition era we went through with the Nintendo 64 and the PlayStation.
What makes the GameCube particularly memorable is its solid library of games. Its library is a collection of big hits and hidden gems from Nintendo and third-party studios. It was a creative impetus during what would become the golden age of the game. So why is it impossible to play so many of these hits today? Try to find your favorite GameCube game on Switch today and you will fail. The best we’ve gotten so far is Super Mario Sun, which is no longer available on the system due to The stars of Super Mario 3D“baffling timed sales window.
It’s a bizarre decision, even though it’s normal for Nintendo. The system lacks tons of classic games, from the Game Boy collection to N64 libraries. But the complete lack of love for GameCube is especially glaring given the number of remarkable gems produced by the system. I’ve put together a list of eight games that should be coming to Nintendo Switch, but know that this is only scratching the surface. The GameCube library is so deep it would need a classic double-padded Switch edition to hold them all.
Metroid Prime is one of the most important Nintendo games of the past 20 years. He effectively resurrected Metroid from the dead after ignoring the N64 and turning it into one of Nintendo’s flagship franchises. Not only that, it revolutionized the first-person shooter genre by creating a game that was more platform-focused and investigative. While Metroid Prime and its sequels were ported to the Wii (and available on the Wii U), neither of these games are available on Switch. And it’s particularly strange considering that Metroid Prime 4 will eventually be released to the console. How are we supposed to catch up on the trilogy if there’s no way to play it easily?
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
When it was first announced, Wind waker instantly polarized. Its cel-shaded art style caused an uproar as players demanded realistic graphics. Fortunately, the peanut gallery was wrong, because Wind waker is still the most beautiful Zelda game. Nintendo gave the game a sleek HD remaster during the Wii U era, adding menu commands on the second screen, but you can’t play it on Switch. Actually, you cannot play most 3D Zelda games on the system apart from Skyward sword and Breath of the wild. Considering the number of Wii U games coming to Switch, is it too much to ask that the Wind waker to remaster the sails on the next one?
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
The Paper Mario series is a hot spot for fans. Its early games were tight RPGs that offered a real challenge for gamers who wanted a tougher Mario experience. Since then, the series has plummeted as it tries to woo a more laid back market. The switch Paper Mario: the king of origami was a charming enough adventure, but it didn’t necessarily reach the creative heights of previous entries. When it comes to older titles, fans are particularly excited about the GameCube. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. The RPG wasn’t just a highlight for Paper Mario, but for Nintendo as a whole. It’s a finely crafted adventure filled with memorable characters, a great storyline, and rock-solid RPG mechanics. A reissue ad on a Nintendo Direct would break the internet.
Eternal darkness: the requiem of reason
If you’ve never heard of Eternal darkness: the requiem of reason, I don’t blame you. Developed by Silicon Knights, the horror game is the very definition of a hidden gem. It was a brand new IP coming out of left field at the time. He is best known for his brilliant “common sense” system, where bizarre effects occur as the characters lose their minds. Sometimes you will notice that the walls are bleeding. Other times you will walk into a room and your head will drop. The game has fun making players panic, even going so far as to remove false crash errors and false endings. It’s a completely unique idea, and it’s a shame you can’t play it without GameCube. The game has never been ported to any other platform, including PC, so it’s just stuck in GameCube limbo. He deserves to be released.
F-Zero is essentially a dead Nintendo franchise. The company appears to be focusing all of its efforts on racing games exclusively on Mario Kart, leaving the Captain Falcon series in the dust. There hasn’t been an F-Zero console game since F-Zero GX in 2003. It’s a shame, because this game is one of Nintendo’s best multiplayer offerings. It’s an incredibly fast-paced racing game filled with gravity-defying tracks. It was sort of a plan to Mario kart 8, who will then adopt some of his ideas. Whether or not it holds does not matter; it’s just a shame that there’s no way to experience it in 2021 without an outdated console.
It is difficult to explain Killer7. Even when it came out, players scratched their heads. But that’s what we expect from Suda51, one of the video game’s most visionary creators. Killer7 is a kind of rail shooting game, where players press a button to move along a set line and shoot enemies along the way. While that makes it particularly polarizing, it also made it a cult classic in a way. There were rumors that it would arrive on Switch around 2020, but these have been firmly crushed. Now that More heroes 3 released on Switch, it’s also a good time to bring one of Suda51’s most legendary games to the system.
Super Mario attackers
If you like Mario sports games, the Switch has a range of games to suit your needs. Mario tennis aces and Mario Golf: Super Rush aren’t the best entries in their respective franchises, but they get the job done. But Mario’s athletic talents aren’t fully represented on the Switch. The GameCube era has brought us several Mario sports experiences, some of which work better than others. Among these, Super Mario attackers stands out as a criminally underrated game. The fast paced soccer game is full of frantic action, with hard knocks and powerful bonuses. At the time, it was a multiplayer staple among my friends. If we’re not going to have a new entry in the short-lived series anytime soon, we should at least have the chance to revisit this one.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Fire Emblem is now one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, but it hasn’t always been that way. It was a total niche property that didn’t even come west until Mart and Roy made waves in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The first 3D game in the series, Path of Eclat, was a turning point for the franchise, setting it up for success on the Nintendo 3DS a decade later. Nowadays, a copy of the game is a commodity sought after by collectors. A new copy can cost over $ 500, making it a unicorn in any GameCube collection. Obviously, most fans won’t want to pay that price to play a classic, so Nintendo could really throw us a bone here by bringing it to Switch.