The Nintendo GameCube has been around for 20 years. It seems like only yesterday that I was dragging the purple cube around by its handle to my friends’ houses. It may not have been a sales juggernaut like the Wii or Switch, but it’s a platform that brings back happy memories for me and many others from the early 2000s. It aided in the modernization of 3D games, ushering us out of the awkward transitional period that the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation ushered in.
The GameCube’s strong library of games is what makes it so remarkable. Nintendo and third-party companies have contributed to its repertoire, which includes both blockbuster hits and undiscovered gems. It was a creative outpouring during what would come to be known as gaming’s golden age.
Why, then, is it so difficult to play so many of those hits nowadays? You’ll have a hard time finding your favourite GameCube game on the Switch today. Super Mario Sunshine is the greatest we’ve gotten so far, but it’s no longer available on the system owing to Super Mario 3D All-Stars’ perplexing timed sales window.
It’s an odd decision, but it’s not out of the ordinary for Nintendo. From the Game Boy collection through the N64 libraries, the system is severely short in vintage games. But, given how many exceptional jewels the system created, the absolute lack of GameCube affection seems especially obvious. I’ve compiled a list of eight games that should be released on the Nintendo Switch, but keep in mind that this is just the beginning. To contain the whole GameCube catalogue, a double-stuffed Classic edition of the Switch would be required.
Metroid Prime is one of Nintendo’s most essential titles in the last two decades. After skipping the N64, it essentially revitalized Metroid and turned it as one of Nintendo’s marquee titles. Not only that, but it changed the first-person shooter genre by introducing a platforming and investigation-focused game. Despite the fact that Metroid Prime and its sequels were converted to the Wii (and are now available on the Wii U), none of them is available on the Switch. That’s especially strange given that Metroid Prime 4 will be released on the platform at some point. How are we going to finish the trilogy if there isn’t a simple way to do so?
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Wind Waker was a divisive game when it was originally introduced. The game’s cel-shaded aesthetic design sparked outrage among gamers, who sought more realistic graphics. Fortunately, the critics were mistaken, since Wind Waker remains the best-looking Zelda game.
The game had a nice HD restoration on the Wii U, which included some second-screen menu controls, but it isn’t playable on the Switch. Outside of Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild, you won’t be able to play most 3D Zelda games on the system. Is it too much to hope that the Wind Waker remaster follows suit, given how many Wii U games have already arrived on Switch?
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
For fans, the Paper Mario series is a sore area. Its first games were tight RPGs that offered a true challenge to fans looking for a more difficult Mario experience. Since then, the series’ popularity has dwindled as it strives to appeal to a broader audience. Paper Mario:
The Origami King for the Nintendo Switch was a delightful enough adventure, but it didn’t quite reach the imaginative heights of earlier instalments. When it comes to older games, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door for the GameCube has a devoted following. The RPG wasn’t simply a high point for Paper Mario; it was a great one for Nintendo in general. It’s a beautifully created experience with memorable characters, a compelling tale, and rock-solid RPG systems. The internet would be shattered if a rerelease was announced during a Nintendo Direct.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
I don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. The horror game, developed by Silicon Knights, is the epitome of a hidden gem. It was a brand-new IP that sprang out of nowhere at the moment. It’s well renowned for its ingenious “sanity” system, in which strange things happen when the protagonists lose their brains. You may notice that the walls are bleeding from time to time. Other times, you’ll go into a room and lose your head.
The game enjoys terrifying players, even going as far as to include fake crash errors and false endings. It’s a truly unique concept, and it’s a shame it can’t be played without a GameCube. The game was never transferred to another platform, including the PC, therefore it’s trapped on the GameCube. It is deserving of being set free.
F-Zero is a Nintendo franchise that has practically died. The firm appears to be concentrating all of its racing game resources on Mario Kart, ignoring Captain Falcon’s franchise. Since F-Zero GX in 2003, there hasn’t been a console F-Zero game. That’s unfortunate, considering that game is one of Nintendo’s best multiplayer games.
It’s a frantic racing game with incredible gravity-defying tracks. It served as a sort of prototype for Mario Kart 8, which would later adopt some of its concepts. It doesn’t matter if it holds up or not; it’s just a shame that there’s no way to play it in 2021 without an out-of-date console.
Killer7 is difficult to explain. It had gamers scratching their heads even when it originally came out. But we’ve come to expect that from Suda51, one of gaming’s most creative minds. Killer7 is an on-rails shooter in which players push a button to go along a predetermined path while shooting adversaries.
While this makes it particularly divisive, it has also elevated it to the status of a cult classic. There were reports that it might be released on Switch in 2020, however, those claims were quickly debunked. Now that No More Heroes 3 is available on Switch, it seems like a good moment to bring one of Suda51’s most illustrious games on the platform as well.
Super Mario Strikers
If you enjoy Mario sports games, the Switch provides a selection of titles that will appeal to you. Although Mario Tennis Aces and Mario Golf: Super Rush aren’t the best games in their respective franchises, they do the job. Mario’s athletic abilities, though, aren’t properly represented on the Switch.
The GameCube era saw a slew of Mario sports attempts, some of which were more successful than others. Among these, Super Mario Strikers stands out as a game that is grossly underappreciated. The fast-paced soccer game is packed with fast-paced action, including heavy hits and powerful power-ups. It was a multiplayer mainstay among my pals back in the day. If a new edition in the short-lived series isn’t coming any time soon, we should at least get a chance to revisit this one.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Although Fire Emblem is currently one of Nintendo’s most popular series, it wasn’t always so. It used to be a complete niche property that didn’t even make an appearance in the west until Mart and Roy made their mark in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Path of Radiance, the series’ first 3D game, was a watershed moment for the franchise, paving the way for its success on the Nintendo 3DS a decade later. A copy of the game is now highly sought after among collectors. A mint copy of the game can cost upwards of $500, making it a rare find in any GameCube collection. Most fans are unlikely to pay that much for a classic, but Nintendo could truly toss us a bone by releasing it on Switch.