During the early 2000s, the Gamecube had a huge impact, and it gave us some of the best co-op games ever to come out on a Nintendo console. Before the Gamecube, many Nintendo games were based on competitive battles, where friends and family had to face off against each other instead of working together toward a common goal. This was an industry standard that the Gamecube changed.
Over the years, many of the best co-op GameCube games have gotten shiny new re-releases and sequels, while others have decided to stay locked to the purple box for good…or are they? Here are some of the best co-op games for the GameCube that we’d love to see come back on newer consoles, either with a brand-new sequel or a nice HD remake.
Mario Party 4-7
The GameCube was really the last chance for classic Mario Party games, but they all blend together, and other than Mario Party 6’s day and night system, there isn’t much new. Even so, the Nintendo Switch got a game that paid tribute to the N64 games, and it would still be nice to see the GameCube games represented better, since they had great minigames and are still some of the best co-op games for the GameCube.
Even though none of the GameCube Mario Party games were particularly creative, none of them were bad, and many fans liked them just because the GameCube gamepad was easier to use than the N64 controller.
Kirby Air Ride
Kirby Air Ride has a lot of potential, but it doesn’t use a lot of it. The main game is great. There are two racing modes and a battle mode with classic Kirby vehicles and items that do different things. People who like Kirby will have fun in short bursts. But you can only use the joystick and one button to control everything, which makes it easy to make mistakes and frustrating to play.
With the success of Mario Kart, it’s easy to see why Nintendo is happy to leave Kirby Air Ride in the past. However, with some updated controls and tools, this game that didn’t quite live up to expectations on the Gamecube could get a second chance.
Tak: The Great Juju Challenge
Nickolodeon’s Tak: The Great Juju Challenge is an odd choice, but the game got good reviews for its unique style of platforming, time-based gameplay, and two-player split-screen story mode, which was a real novelty at the time.
In The Great Juju Challenge, you play as Tak and Lok and go up against three other teams in a variety of fun minigames and races. A small group of nostalgic fans still hopes that this old Nicktoons show will return to screens one day, but for now, it looks like it will stay stuck on its host of consoles from the mid-2000s for good.
Pikmin has always been pretty low-key, even though its fans consider it to be one of Nintendo’s best series. The time limit was taken away in Pikmin 2, which was a big improvement over the first game. Also, Pikmin 2 is one of the few adventure games on a console that is better when played with two people. When you play with a friend, it’s easier to figure out how to solve puzzles and store Pikmin of different colours, which have different strengths and weaknesses.
Even though Pikmin 3 came out on the Wii U, it would have been better if it came out on a more popular console like the Nintendo Switch. Fans hoped that more Pikmin games would come out for the hybrid console after the release of Pikmin 3, but that seems less likely as time goes on, which is a shame because Pikmin 2 is a great game in the series.
Gauntlet Dark Legacy
When it came out in arcades in the 1990s, Dark Legacy was a dark role-playing game in which four players were a ragtag group of adventurers who had to re-lock up the great demon Skorne and free the world from his dark control, just like they had done before.
Gauntlet Dark Legacy is one of the best multiplayer retro games for the GameCube, but it’s stuck in the past because it looks like an old arcade game and couldn’t compete with other four-player games when it came out. Because of this, it doesn’t seem likely that the movie will ever be remade or released again, but we can always hope, right?
007: Everything Or Nothing
007: Everything Or Nothing is the best Bond game for people who want to work together instead of try to kill each other with Oddjob’s hat. It has been the best-selling Bond game since the 2000s, and for good reason.
Everything or Nothing switched from Goldeneye’s winning first-person view to a brand-new third-person shooter. Bond did things he’d never done in a video game before, like rappelling, using new spy gadgets like the Q-Spider, and, of course, going on missions with a friend in a brand-new split-screen mode.
Soul Calibur 2
Soul Calibur 2 is one of, if not the best Soul Calibur game ever made. It is also one of the best fighting games ever made in general. Soul Calibur games often have guest characters, but what made this one stand out was that the Xbox, GameCube, and PS2 versions each came with a bonus character made just for that system. Link from The Legend of Zelda was added to the GameCube version.
Soul Calibur has never really had tag-team battles, but there is a mode called “Team Battle.” Players would choose a group of fighters to be on their team and then fight in a series of matches. Players could work together to win as many fights as they could. Even without having a co-op mode, strictly speaking, it was such a polished fighting game that was released in a time when local-multiplayer was king, and many
Siblings and friends played together for hours and hours.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
“It’s time for the all-star brawl! All of Nintendo’s best characters are in this game. Fight with Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, the Ice Climbers, and lots of other characters.”
What the critics say: “This is one of the deepest and most exciting beat ’em ups in a long time. Its many awards and strong sales record are well-deserved.” – The magazine Eurogamer
“Race for glory in the Grand Prix cups, speed through an amazing story as Captain Falcon, take on up to three friends, build and customise your own machine, challenge your time ghosts, and much more!”
What the critics say: “It has an unmatched sense of speed, unmatched control mechanics, mesmerising level design, and superb graphics and sound.” The game’s new Story Mode, which is exclusive to it and has great FMV cutscenes and very hard courses, is fun from start to finish. And that’s not even counting the Garage Mode and multiplayer modes, which will add weeks, if not months, of replay value. –