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While the Gamecube was released 20 years ago in Europe, it’s time to come back to the cult games of this console like no other.

the May 3, 2002, a new Nintendo console was pointing the tip of its nose in Europe. Despite a somewhat shy success, players were still far from suspecting that it was going to bring its share of games that would remain cult, even 20 years later.

With a cubic design embellished with a handle to take it everywhere and play locally with friends, this console struggled to find its audience, but it has nevertheless marked many players over the years. Its controller with a very particular design will have even been able to set itself up as the ideal controller for the pros of Super Smash Bros. and is reproduced by Nintendo with each new edition of the fighting game. Thereby, no need to prove the impact of this console on Nintendo and its productions since then.

However, it’s important to celebrate titles from that era that are still being played and replayed 20 years later by players around the world. Here is our selection of memorable Gamecube productions that will have shaped the future of Nintendo:

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Obviously, the first game on this list had to be this Zelda loved by fans. With an adorable style and an open world gameplay based on maritime navigation, this title has impressed fans for years. With test scores of up to 10/10 and 20/20, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was unanimous, and it still is.

With a cast of endearing characters, a story that surprises throughout and smooth and satisfying gameplay, this game is still one of the best in the series, justifying its remaster on Wii U in 2013. We are still waiting for its arrival on Switch to be able to take this cult adventure everywhere.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

If the series Super Smash Bros. is now so popular, it’s thanks to Super Smash Bros. Melee. Considered by pro players as the most demanding and complex title, it still remains at the heart of competitions even 20 years later. There was not a single game Smash Bros. after the one that has not been compared to this version.

Brawl offered too aerial gameplay, and Smash Wii U and 3DS were still not up to par. Alone Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have been able to get as close as possible to the quality of Melee featuring content from all previous games. Even if the game is starting to get old, nothing will beat the tension of a Fox vs. Marth match on this Gamecube version of Nintendo’s cult fighting game.

Super Mario Sunshine

Sometimes criticized for the quality of its controls, Super Mario Sunshine remains a fun and colorful platform game. Taking place on Delphino Island, a paradisiacal place in the Mario universe, the vacation of the plumber and Princess Peach quickly turns into a nightmare.

An evil double of our hero has covered the island with a strange paint, and Mario finds himself accused of all evil. He is then condemned to clean the island to its smallest corners with the help of his new friend, the JET robot allowing him to propel water both to clean and to serve as a jetpack. This Mario game will have influenced the future of platform games, and in particular Super Mario Galaxy which incorporates many elements of the Gamecube game in its structure.

Mario Kart Double Dash

Impossible not to quote the episode of Mario Kart to the most original gameplay. As Nintendo’s racing game series tries to reinvent itself with each installment, Mario Kart Double Dash will remain the one who will have introduced the most atypical mechanics.

The possibility of driving your kart with two people in the company of another player adds a new dimension to the racing game and brings a wave of much-needed freshness. Co-op and shared vehicle controls guarantee a lot of laughs!

Paper Mario: The Millennium Gate

We end this selection on the best Mario RPG of all series. Between the saga of Mario RPG, Paper Mario and Mario & Luigithe universe of the mustachioed plumber derived from the role-playing game has always been able to stand out, but this Gamecube episode remains perfection in the matter.

Nothing to say about the gameplay, the story makes us want to continue again and again, the characters are adorable and the charm of the graphics of Paper Mario works its magic even stronger here. If you’ve never tried this title, go ahead with your eyes closed and enjoy this fun and funny RPG.

Honorable Mentions

Of course, it is impossible for us to name all the cult Gamecube games, and some have remained outside this selection. The console will notably have had the right to its share of somewhat niche titles which will have struggled to make themselves known, and which deserve to have more recognition. We think in particular of Star Fox Adventures, Baten Kaitos, Chibi Robot or Kirby Air Ride to recite nobody else but them.

And you, what are the Gamecube games that impressed you the most? In any case, we hope to find the catalog of this console in the Nintendo Switch Online subscription after the Gameboy Advance games.

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