The Nintendo GameCube is now 20 years old. It feels like just yesterday I carried the purple cube to a friend’s house by its handle. It may not be a sales monster like the Wii or Switch, but it’s a console that evokes indelible memories of the early 2000s for myself and many others. It helped modernize 3D games, taking us out of the awkward transitional era we had with the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation.
What makes the GameCube especially memorable is its robust game library. Its library is a collection of major hits and hidden gems from Nintendo and third-party studios. It was a creative explosion during what is considered a golden era for gaming. So why not play many of those shots today? Try to find your favorite GameCube game on Switch today and you’ll see briefly. The best we have so far is Super Mario Sunshine, is no longer available on systems due to Super Mario 3D All-Stars‘Confusing timer sales window.
It’s a strange decision, although it’s one that is of course for Nintendo. The system is missing a lot of classic games, from the Game Boy collection to the N64 libraries. But the GameCube’s utter lack of love feels especially evident considering how many outstanding gems the system has produced. I’ve compiled a list of eight games that should come to the Nintendo Switch, but know that this is just the surface. The GameCube library goes so deep that it would need a classic Switch version twice as long to accommodate them all.
Metroid Prime is one of the most important Nintendo games of the past 20 years. It effectively resurrected Metroid from the dead after ditching the N64 and making it one of Nintendo’s flagship franchises. Not only that, it has revolutionized the first-person shooter genre by creating a game that is more focused on platforming and investigation. When Metroid Prime and its sequels have been ported to the Wii (and are available on the Wii U), none of which are available on the Switch. And that’s especially weird considering that Metroid Prime 4 will eventually release on consoles. How can we keep up with the trilogy if there’s no easy way to play it?
When it was first announced, Wind Waker polarized immediately. Its shaded art style caused an uproar when gamers demanded realistic graphics. Fortunately, the peanut gallery was wrong, like Wind Waker Still the most beautiful Zelda game out there. Nintendo gave the game a smooth HD remaster in the Wii U days, adding some second-screen menu controls, but you can’t play it on the Switch. In fact, you can’t play most Zelda 3D games on an external system Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild. Considering how many Wii U games have come to Switch, is it too much to ask for Wind Waker remaster go next?
The Paper Mario series is a sore spot for fans. Its early games were tight RPGs, providing a real challenge for players who wanted a more challenging Mario experience. Since then, the series has fallen apart trying to navigate a more casual market. The switch of Paper Mario: The King of Paper Folding It’s an adventure that’s captivating enough, but it doesn’t necessarily reach the creative heights of previous entries. When it comes to older titles, fans are especially raving about GameCube’s Paper Mario: Door of a Thousand Years. RPGs are not only a high point for Paper Mario but for Nintendo as well. It’s a finely crafted adventure with memorable characters, a stellar story, and great RPG mechanics. A recurring message during the Nintendo Direct will disrupt the internet.
If you’ve never heard of Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, I do not blame you. Developed by Silicon Knights, the horror game is the definition of a hidden gem. It was a brand new IP that came out of the left field at the time. It is best known for its excellent “wake up” system, where strange effects occur that further drive the characters out of their minds. Sometimes you will notice that the walls are bleeding. Other times, you will walk into a room and your head will fall. The game has an explosion that wows players, even going so far as to ignore the false crash and false endings. It’s a completely unique idea and it’s a pity that it couldn’t be played without the GameCube. The game has never been ported to any other platform, including PC, so it’s just stuck in the limbo GameCube. It deserves to be released.
Basically, F-Zero is a dead Nintendo franchise. The company seems to be focusing all of its racing game efforts exclusively on Mario Kart, sending the Captain Falcon series to a halt. No console F-Zero game since F-Zero GX in 2003. It’s a shame, because that game is one of Nintendo’s best multiplayer offerings. It’s a super fast paced racing game with gravity defying tracks. It’s something of a blueprint for Mario Kart 8, which will further apply some of its ideas. Whether it is kept or not is irrelevant; Unfortunately there’s no way to experience it in 2021 without an outdated console.
It’s hard to explain Killer7. Even when it was first released, it made players scratch their heads. But that’s what we’ve come to expect from Suda51, one of the game’s most visionary creators. Killer7 is a track shooter in which the player presses a button to move along a set line and shoot enemies along the way. While that makes it exceptionally polarizing, it also makes it a cult classic. There were rumors that it was coming to the Switch sometime in 2020, but those rumors have been muffled. Now then No more heroes 3 has launched on Switch, it seems like a great time to bring one of Suda51’s most legendary games to the system.
If you love Mario sports games, the Switch has a list of the right games for you. Mario Tennis Aces and Mario Golf: Super Rush Not the best entry in their respective franchises, but they get the job done. But Mario’s athletic talent isn’t on full display on the Switch. The GameCube era brings us many Mario sports experiments, some of which work better than others. Among them, Super Mario Strikers stands out as a criminally underrated game. Fast-paced soccer game filled with frantic action, with powerful hits and power-ups. Back in those days, it was a game mainly among my friends. If we don’t have a new entry in the short series soon, we should at least get a chance to revisit this one.
Fire Emblem is currently one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, but that hasn’t always been the case. It used to be a niche property that wasn’t even in the west until Mart and Roy made waves in Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros.. The first 3D game in the series, Path of Radiance, was a turning point for the franchise, setting it up for success on the Nintendo 3DS a decade later. Today, a copy of the game is a sought-after item by collectors. ONE Mint clones can run above $500, making it a unicorn in any GameCube collection. Obviously, most fans wouldn’t want to pay that price to play a classic, so Nintendo could really throw us in here by bringing it to the Switch.