Nintendo 64 has some of the best video games ever. Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time marked a before and after in the industry, but the console started a downward curve in terms of hardware sales. Before the Wii revolutionized the market, the GameCube was another hard drink for those in Kyoto, who failed to take flight against PlayStation 2 and Xbox. And yet the console is considered one of the best of Nintendo. Two decades have passed since its launch, on September 14, 2001 in Japanese territory. Twenty years of games, twenty years of experiences, twenty years of an unforgettable machine.
GameCube is one of the most compact consoles ever made. Square in shape, the system incorporates a handle to comfortably transport it anywhere. Unlike its competitors, Nintendo opted for its own format, the MiniDVD (Nintendo Optical Disc). The main disadvantage was that the storage was smaller than that of the DVD. All in all, the little discs hosted absolutely fascinating games.
At MeriStation we have celebrated the anniversary in our own way. How could it be otherwise, the retro MeriPodcast team reviewed the history of the machine on a very complete program. Each of the members of the podcast recalled what it meant to them, while recalling some of the video games they enjoyed during that time. In addition, on the magazine’s YouTube channel, we share a retrospective of the console on the Memory Card, as well as specific programs dedicated to games such as Viewtitul Joe or Eternal Darkness.
Best GameCube games
On the web we publish a top of the best GameCube games, which you can check at this link. Many are the featured titles, but nobody forgets that The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, which with its cartoon-style visual style caused controversy at first and admiration later. From adventure to terror in Resident Evil 4 and Eternal Darkness. It may not be the plumber’s most beloved game, but Super Mario Sunshine retains the good work of the Japanese when it comes to making games, as does Paper Mario 2: The Millennial Door, a fun turn-based RPG.
Metroid, which is also on its anniversary, made us vibrate with of the adventures starring Samus Aran, but from a different perspective. Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2, by Retro Studios, is a translation of the adventure genre to the first-person shooter, a product that prioritizes exploration and discovery, just like the classics. From the fight of Super Smash Bros. Melee to the futuristic races of F-Zero GX. In GameCube there were games of all kinds and for all audiences.
GameCube turns twenty without being able to play its catalog on Nintendo Switch, the current console of the Kyoto. Without a virtual console, it all depends on the Nintendo Switch Online service introducing the games in the future, although for now that is just an unreal wish. In the meantime, we can always dust off the original console, if we ever let it go.