The best Gamecube games + today’s alternatives

Best gamecube games to play in 2020 | 2021

Still evoking nostalgia with its glorious 128-bit flare, the sixth-generation of gaming was an exhilarating moment. One of the titans from that era refusing to lay rest is the Nintendo Gamecube and the variety of phenomenal Gamecube games is huge.

You could be heading back to brush up on The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker or to bathe in the glare of Super Mario Sunshine or even put your heart through the unforgettable chills of Resident Evil 4 – it won’t matter, you won’t be short on choices. 

These are in no particular order but I’m sure that won’t stop you from feeling like they are.

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There are also some amazing alternatives for every game, we’ve included them below.

F-Zero GX

F-Zero GX Metacritic Score – 89%

Still touted as the best racing game ever made, this futuristic speed racer is a must-have for arcade racing fans. A sequel to F-Zero X, this is faster and more dangerous in every way.

To see speed at this level on a Nintendo Gamecube it would usually take the visual trickery and design hacks shown in the original F-Zero but here the frame rate, the action and the combat all seem to flow naturally on screen – making this game way ahead of its time and a staple for the competitive futuristic racing games to come.

Best alternatives to F-Zero GX
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Wipeout: Omega collection

Metroid Prime

Metroid Prime Metacritic Score – 97%

The one that started it all – this is the ultimate experience and the one FPS that has lived on longer than all the rest. Fans are still waiting for the next installment of this beloved franchise but in the meantime, this can still be hunted down and enjoyed with all of its genre-defining features intact.

Best alternatives to Metroid Prime
Metroid Prime: Trilogy
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Axiom Verge Standard Edition

TimeSplitters 2

TimeSplitters 2 Metacritic Score – 88%

Before Goldeneye there was TimeSplitters, and you can find genetics from this masterful franchise throughout most of the multiplayer mainstream first person shooters around today. This is a truly brilliant reminder of where AI gaurds got their balls from and how we learned to outsmart them at every turn. The funny cartoonish style of the game also carried it into widespread popularity.

Best alternatives to TimeSplitters 2
Borderlands 2
Doom Eternal

Mario Kart: Double Dash

Mario Kart: Double Dash Metacritic Score – 87%

The series needs no intro but some may not remember the seminal gravitas driven to the franchise by double dash. Select 2 players for every kart and switch them out when ever you like. This brought a new play style to an already hot property. Definitely one to seek out.

Best alternatives to Mario Kart: Double Dash
Nickelodeon Kart Racers
Mario Kart 8
Crash Team Racing

Super Smash Bros Melee

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Super Smash Bros Melee Metacritic Score – 92%

Games like Brawlhalla owe a debt to this game as 2D fighting games have now risen to esport levels – and it all really started with the Smash Bros series. Pitch your wits against a full line up of mega popular characters from the massive Nintendo universe. The combos and moves are intentionally simple and the coop and multiplayer elements are genre defining.

Best alternatives to Super Smash Bros Melee
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Street Fighter V
Injustice 2

Luigi’s Mansion

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Luigi’s Manion Metacritic Score – 78%

This is a blast from the past but the gameplay mechanics here are still a staple in many platform games and people were already clamering for more from the little brother of the full on celebrity Mario. Scary on the surface but welcoming to all ages this is still a great romp and an unmissable entry in the Nintendo hall of fame.

Best alternatives to Luigi’s Mansion
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Super Mario Odyssey

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Metacritic Score – 96%

Set years after the events of Ocarina of time you will take the form of both a hylian and a wolf to protect hyrule once again as the brave and fearless character, link. This a huge action adventure game with everything you would want from the most highly acclaimed video game series in the world. Some buy a gamecube just for this game.

Best alternatives to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Horizon Zero dawn

Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader

Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader Metacritic Score – 90%

It doesn’t take a giant leap of imagination to work out why this game was so much fun, screenshots sell it perfectly. Your favourite spacecrafts dog fighting against the dark side. Enough said.

Best alternatives to Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader
Star Wars Squadrons
Star Wars Battlefront
Call of duty infinite warfare

Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4 Metacritic Score – 96%

The best resident evil still lives on the gamecube and this fourth instalment will no doubt be remade again and again as tech becomes more powerful. The stiff controls only add to the horror and the boss fights and surprises make this maybe one of the best horror video games ever made.

Best alternatives to Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Dead Space 2

Super Mario Sunshine

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Super Mario Sunshine Metacritic Score – 92%

This game veers away slightly from the typical playstyle of a mario title, and although not beloved by everyone when first released, players still regard this as one of the staples in Marios meteoric rise to fame.

Best alternatives Super Mario Sunshine
New Super Bros. Wii
Super Mario Galaxy 2
New Super Mario Bros. U
New Super Luigi U
Super Mario 3D World Maker
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Maker 2

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Metacritic Score – 96%

Zeldas best period was arguably on the gamecube and this is why. Wind waker on gamecube is probably the furthest away from all the others in art style but it has bult its own unique praise for exactly that reason.

Best alternatives to The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda
The Adventure of Link
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
Majora’s Mask
Four Swords Adventures
Twilight Princess
Skyward Sword
Breath of the Wild

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