First, Nintendo made the PS2 and the first Xbox. Then, in 2001, they made the GameCube, which was the second 3D console they made. The GameCube has sold more than 21 million consoles. It has a lot of classic and groundbreaking games, like Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Mario Sunshine.
There are a lot of popular GameCube games out there, but there are also a lot of less popular games that didn’t get as many people to play them. So today, we’re going to look at the GameCube’s hidden gems and look at the ten most underrated games for the console.
Viewtiful Joe is a side-scrolling beat-em-up made by Campcom. It’s a game that has a lot of personality, and it’s one of the most stylized games for the Gamecube. On his way to save his girlfriend from “Movieland,” Joe becomes Viewtiful Joe, a superhero. He works with Captain Blue, who is like a father figure to him. Viewtiful Joe’s gameplay isn’t very different from other beat-em-ups, but the game is very unique because of its personality and style.
Ultimate Muscle: Legends Vs. New Generation
Ultimate Muscle: Legends Vs. New Generation is a wrestling game that came out in 2002. It’s based on the Ultimate Muscle show. Wrestling gameplay is not the main focus in this game. Instead, the game is full of over-the-top super moves that would be impossible to do in real life.
In addition to single-player modes and a character creator, the game has a lot of multiplayer options that can play with up to four people.
Legend Of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
Most people think of the Gamecube when they think of Legend of Zelda games. Wind Waker and Twilight Princess are two of the most popular. Four Swords Adventures is one of the most unique games in the series, even though the Gamecube doesn’t have a lot of them. Four Swords Adventures is a co-op game that can be played with up to four people. Most games in the series are played alone. People who play the Four Swords Adventures need to have a Gameboy Advance and link cables to play. This makes the game look a lot like a four-player version of Link to the Past.
Kirby Air Ride
The shadow of Mario Kart is very big for racing games made by Nintendo. It’s very hard for a game to get out of it. But Kirby Air Ride is an amazing and unique Kirby racing game that uses the Kirby brand to make something that is very different from other games in the same genre. Players can choose from a variety of “stars” that can be used to glide through the air, giving them more mobility options and short cuts.
Besides racing, the game had other game modes, like the fan-favorite City Trial, which lets players search a city for power-ups and new cars.
Tales Of Symphonia
This action RPG is one of the best that the Gamecube has to offer. Even though the Gamecube wasn’t known for RPGs, Tales of Symphonia was a great game and one of its best. Tales of Symphonia is part of the Tales of series of JRPGs. It has interesting real-time battles and a long story that spans two discs. Tales of Symphonia isn’t like most JRPGs, which are single-player adventures. Other players can control one’s party members, letting up to four people play the game together.
Despite having been around for a long time, Pokemon Colleseum was released for the Gamecube in 2003. It is one of the most underrated entries in the series, but it is also one of the best. A lot of attention is paid to the story in this game, unlike most Pokemon games. The player takes on the role of a former member of the evil Team Snagem. Colleseum is a Pokemon game that isn’t like other Pokemon games. In addition to only having double battles, the player can “snatch” corrupted shadow Pokemon from other trainers instead of catching wild Pokemon.
The fourth game in the Custom Robo series, called “Custom Robo” outside of Japan, was released in 2004. It was the first game in the series to be released outside of Japan. Custom Robo is an RPG that has fast-paced arena battles. Players take control of Robos, which are small but powerful customizable robots that can be changed to fit the player’s needs. In addition to having a good single-player story mode, the game also let up to four people fight each other at the same time.
Auto Modellista (2003)
Also on our list of underrated PlayStation 2 games is Auto Modellista, which seemed to fade away when it was released on the GameCube.
It still didn’t do very well, even though there was a lot less competition in the driving genre on Nintendo. And, of course, you’d be right to forget that it even made it to the PS2 and Xbox.
Still, it’s a great game no matter how it’s played. Despite the game’s intentionally cheesy look, it’s a very serious driving game with a lot of things to collect. I love collecting car parts and whole cars to unlock and change up my collection with.
Cel-shaded graphics and arcade-style sounds and music make it look and sound very different from any other game you’ve seen. If only more people had liked it.
It could have been great if it had the chance to grow and change over the course of a TV show. Regardless, it should be on the list of underrated GameCube games.
And by the way, this isn’t the last game made by Capcom to be on this list.
P.N.03 is number 9 on this list of the most underrated GameCube games of all time.
Developed by Shinji Mikami, who made Resident Evil and Devil May Cry. It’s part of the “Capcom Five” line of games that were supposed to be only for the GameCube.
Only four titles were released, and the planned “Dead Phoenix” was never finished. P.N.03 was the only one of the four that was only available on Nintendo’s then-shaky console.
P.N.03, which stands for “Project Number 03,” didn’t seem to make any sense to anyone. When you think about Mikami’s most famous games, you think about dark content and acrobatic, fast-paced, blockbuster action. P.N.03’s gameplay didn’t fit in with that.
Isn’t it weird that it’s all about rhythmic, well-timed shooting and dance-like defensive moves?
The main character Vanessa Schneider felt like a dancer when she was in charge of powerful energy weapons. She moved and fired gracefully in time with the brilliant electronic soundtrack.
Another thing that was different from Mikami’s usual horror-based games was the bright, high-tech environments and robotic enemies in this game. If this was done on purpose, or if people were not ready for such a big change, we don’t know.
One of the first things that came to mind when I thought about this list of under-appreciated GameCube games was P.N.03.
Remember that not being well-known doesn’t mean it’s bad!
Evolution Worlds (2002)
One of the most underrated Gamecube games is coming up next: Evolution Worlds. It should be in every collection, and it’s one of the best.
In the past, Evolution and Evolution 2 were two separate dungeon-crawling RPGs on the Dreamcast. Evolution Worlds is a GameCube title that cuts down the first game a little, but it also comes with the full sequel.
It’s like an audiobook that has been cut down. But it’s a game…
The game has a cutesy, steampunk-like look to it. There are some dungeons where the backgrounds aren’t very interesting. The game looks and plays well.
Plus, it’s a good deal for the money, with a lot of game time.