Since it was first introduced, the Nintendo GameCube has been one of the most popular consoles since initial release. Despite the age of the device, many people still enjoy the variety of games available. With the only bad thing being the length of controller cord, it was well-received by the general public.
In Japan, the Nintendo GameCube was released September 14, 2001. It was released later the same year in North America on November 18, 2001. The delay in release was likely a way for the company to collect data for what people liked about the system and improve on that.
Much to the surprise of both Sony and Microsoft, more GameCube units were sold the first week than both PS2 and Xbox the same year. What is it about the system that draws people in? What games are people so adamant about continuing to play?
1. Resident Evil 4
First released for the system in 2005, Resident Evil 4 was a new take on the series. The camera angles gave players a fresh perspective on movement and gun-play.
In the story, the President's daughter is taken by a mysterious group. It is the job of Leon Kennedy to recover her safely from a mysterious cult. These events take place six years after those in Raccoon City.
Instead of the typical fixed-camera angle view, players are given a third-person OTS (over-the-shoulder) perspective that zooms when aiming (the sniper rifle is the only gun that gives a first-person view). Whereas previous titles only allowed us only to shoot in the general direction of a target, this title allowed users to target specific body parts. Objects that were thrown at Leon could also be shot out of the air.
The initial release for United States was January 11, 2005 and January 27, 2005 for Japan.
2. Super Smash Bros. Melee
The highest-selling title of the system, Super Smash Bros. Melee is still played at some tournaments and expos.
Melee offered both single-player and multiplayer options. In single play, they offered three modes named Classis Mode, Home Run Bat, and Target Test.
Classic Mode allowed for the traditional fight to get to a boss, Home Run Bat tests how far a player could knock an enemy back, and Target Test measures a person's ability to destroy ten targets in a limited amount of time.
Many players agree that this installment of the series has better competitive mechanics than the one that followed. There were also a ton of unlockable characters after completing specific requirements.
The title was released in Japan on November 21, 2001 and in the United States on December 3, 2001.
3. Metroid Prime
Metroid Prime was one of the first games of its type for the GameCube. Released in North America on November 17, 2002, it was the fifth installment in the main series and the first to use 3D graphics.
Though there was initial backlash at the first-person perspective of the game, it was well-received enough to sell over a million copies in North America alone.
In this story, Samus Aran receives a distress signal from a Space Pirate ship known as Orpheon. The crew has been slaughtered by their own genetic experiments and the interstellar bounty hunter has to deal with the aftermath.
4. Luigi's Mansion
One of the first truly solo Luigi games, you take up the mantle of Mario's less famous brother in an effort to clean up a ghost problem.
Professor E. Gadd arms Luigi with the Poltergust 3000 (a high-powered ghost vacuum) and the Game Boy Horror (a device for examining items and detecting ghosts).
Armed with the devices from the professor, Luigi explores the mansion secretly built by King Boo to house the now freed portrait ghosts. It is your job to clean the place up and gather items to create a replacement for the haunted mansion.
The initial release for this title in Japan was September 14, 2001 and November 18, 2001 for North America.
5. Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
The Wind Waker was one of Link's first adventures made for GameCube. With cell-shaded graphics, this game stands the test of time even against new installments.
Much of the game is spent on the King of Red Lions, the ship Link uses to sail the sea. The Great Sea features enemies and obstacles differing from those on land.
After pirate Captain Tetra is dropped onto Outset island and Link's sister taken during his coming-of-age ceremony, Link and the pirate team up to save them. Link is then rescued by the ship King of Red Lions at Windfall island, after a failed attempt to save Aryll.
The initial release for Wind Waker in Japan was December 13, 2002 and March 24, 2003 for North America.
6. Resident Evil 0
Resident Evil 0 was a great addition to the series, as it was the first to introduce control of two protagonists throughout the game. (You didn't think Resident Evil 5 was the first, did you)?
After the helicopter carrying S.T.A.R.S. members crashes, Rebecca Chambers makes her way to a train and must investigate with the help of Billy Coen (former Marine Recon), a convict, who was a prisoner on the Umbrella transport.
This installment tells us what happens to Rebecca Chambers, while Jill Valentine's group investigates the mansion in the Arklay Mountains outside of Raccoon City.
The game had a universal release date on November 12, 2002.