Somewhat Random – GameCube Collection

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We’re getting down to the last of my collection now. I didn’t own a GameCube until late in its life cycle, in fact, most of my GameCube games went to the local EB Games. I kept playing and collecting well into the Wii era and have kept most of my favourite titles, so here is my GameCube collection.

What Nintendo console would be complete without a few good Mario games? Super Mario Sunshine is great, despite the flack it sometimes gets, and Luigi’s Mansion is also surprisingly fun. Super Smash Bros. Melee is a gigantic upgrade from Super Smash Bros. and an amazing GameCube game to own.

Again, what Nintendo console would be complete without the Zelda franchise? Wind Waker is actually the first GameCube game I owned. It came with the platinum GameCube when I bought it back in 2005. I fell in love immediately. It’s an adorably charming title that is host to an awesome Zelda adventure. People hated the Triforce hunt, I loved it, and the same could be said for sailing the waves. Four Swords Adventures is a game that I don’t really like a whole lot, but kept it because I wanted to have a somewhat complete Zelda collection. Though, its similarities to A Link to The Past definitely got me through the game.

Every Mega Man game from the NES and SNES era, plus a few more from a little later. Mega Man Anniversary Collection is a complete collection of the Mega Man series up to that point, which means no Mega Man 9, or 10. Mega Man X Collection is a compilation of Mega Man X – Mega Man X6. mega Man X7 and Mega Man X8 would be released a little later, so they didn’t make this collection. Capcom, you could release an amazing Mega Man compilation disc that would include everything you missed the first time around, just saying.

Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is one of the most talked about GameCube horror games. It is also one of the most interesting GameCube games to be published by Nintendo. Its gimmick is the sanity meter which will cause strange things to happen when it’s depleted. This could range from your head falling off to your memory card being mock erased. The effects are neat, but it’s the story telling that stands out the most. It’s a dark story that takes place over thousands of years featuring a multitude of characters. While the story is neat, the gameplay itself is a little tricky, mainly in the controls. It’s not terrible, but a little tightening couldn’t hurt.

When you take a look at the list of GameCube games, you realize that the console had a long list of awesome titles. These are just four more games that make the GameCube worth owning. Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes is a full blown remake of the first game with new cut-scenes, improved graphics, gameplay mechanics from Metal Gear Solid 2. It’s also one of the more expensive GameCube titles to buy these days. Splinter Cell on the other hand, shouldn’t be too hard to find. I bought the game for $0.99 at EB Games not too long ago, so it should be easy to come by. Killer 7 is another fairly cheap game to find at around 5 bucks. I have tried to play the title a number of times, but I just can’t get into the title. I’m keeping it mainly because I like other Suda 51 games. Sonic Adventure DX is a cool title as well. You can play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and more. Each character has their own set of missions, but Sonic is the most fun character to use.

Last, but certainly not least, the Resident Evil series on GameCube. Capcom released just about every Resident Evil game they had at the time, which means you could have got a complete collection of the main series. I’m missing Resident Evil 2, but i passed it over because I owned it on the Nintendo 64. I have only played and beaten Zero and 4 of these titles, but I really like them all. If I were to pick a second favourite Resident Evil game (Resident Evil 2 will always be number 1), it would have to be Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. I loved that Nemesis would stalk you throughout the game, and I feel that it added an extra dimension of horror. It wasn’t about shit popping out at you, though I’m sure it happens a lot, but the fact that Nemesis could be around any corner was nerve-wracking.

Well, that’s it for the GameCube collection. There are still tons of games that I need to add including Paper Mario and Star Fox titles, but that will have to wait for now. This feature will be taking a short break for couple of weeks, mainly because I’m waiting to get some Wii and 3DS games backs. Though, I may have a look through some random pieces of Nintendo memorabilia that I still own and make a post dedicated to that. If you follow me on Twitter, you can stay up to date with whatever it is I’m doing at the time.

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  • Matt S

    I’ve gotten rid of most of my GC collection, but there’s a couple of classics I’ll never get rid off. Bloody Roar was my first GC game, and it’s actually still one of my favourite fighting games ever. I am a legend at that game.

    Lost Kingdoms and its sequel, as well as Baten Kaitos, are three of the finest RPGs of last gen. For a console that struggled with RPGs, that’s not a bad feat at all.

    • Mini Fortress

      I loved playing Bloody Roar on the PSX, so I’d love to play the GC game. Thought it was so bad ass to be able to transform into animals mid-fight, genius.

      I have watched somebody play Lost Kingdoms before, and it looked like a lot of fun. Never played it myself, but I’d say it’s one of the console’s hidden gems.

  • dkanddiddy

    I really need to get Sunshine. I played it a friend’s house a couple of years ago, but I never came close to beating it.
    Two games I’d recommend:
    -Custom Robo
    -Mario Kart: Double Dash (arguably the best game in the series)

    • Mini Fortress

      Heard of Custom Robo, I’d be willing to give it a look. Mario Kart: Double Dash is the only Mario Kart game I haven’t played, definitely interested in that. Weird that I didn’t mention it above, but a must own.

  • Steve Mills

    Nice collection. Eternal Darkness looks amazing

    • Mini Fortress

      It’s really cool, especially if you like the Resident Evil/Silent Hill series.