PICKS: Our Top 10 GameCube Games


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Top 10 lists. Funny old things, aren’t they? No matter how hard you work at one, no matter how long it takes you to cover all details and equations, it always comes down to the fact that not everyone is going to agree with you. It’s the same case with the contributors here at Operation Rainfall. When it was suggested that we should compile a list of what we thought were the top 10 GameCube games of all time, you would think it would just be a jovial few hours of happy memories and agreement shared over cups of tea and crumpets.

Well it wasn’t…. at all!

Insults were fired, accusations of fixing and favouritism were called and tears were shed. However, after some calm deliberating and games of eeny, meeny, miny, moe, we were able to pick what we actually believe to be the Top 10 GameCube games of ALL TIME!*

(*in our honest little opinions)

I’m sorry, but you didn’t make it.

Before we get into the excitement of counting down from 10 to 1, honourable mentions must go to those games that were just pipped at the post:

  • Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
  • F-Zero GX
  • Skies of Arcadia: Legends
  • Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rouge Leader

You shall never be forgotten oh mighty ones…

Anyway, enough of the sentimental pap, lets get on with the list:

10. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

Starting off our Top 10 is Silicon Knights’ time travelling, survival horror game, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. The unique thing about this game was the use of its so-called “Sanity Meter”, which would deplete whenever you came across the many horrors and enemies within the game. If your Sanity Meter becomes too low, then the game actually starts messing with your own mind and sanity. At a moments notice, your controls could be reversed, all items from you inventory suddenly disappear or flies gradually crawl across your television screen — making you get up from your seat to swat them away only to realise it’s the game tricking you into doing that… not that it ever happened to me *cough*.

Top 10 GameCube Games - Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

Steve Thompson: “Nothing scarier than a game telling you it’s erasing your saved data”

9. The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition

A surprise entry at No 9, The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition is a must for any die hard Zelda fan. It contains 4 games, the original NES The Legend of Zelda and its follow up sequel Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, as well as the highly acclaimed Ocarina of Time and the hipsters favourite Majora’s Mask. It also contains a demo of The Wind Waker and a retrospective of the whole series up to that point. All of this on one tiny GameCube disc makes this a worthy entry into our Top 10.

Top 10 GameCube Games - The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition

Jonathan Higgins: “What’s not to love about a title that offers almost everything great within an entire franchise?”

8. Resident Evil (REmake)

When Capcom announced they were remaking the original Resident Evil with all new graphics and sound, and that it was going to be a GameCube exclusive, Nintendo fans around the world squealed with delight. They were right to squeal as the REmake took everything great about the original and turned it up to 11. Many Resident Evil fans bemoaned the GameCube exclusivity, but if you were a true fan, then owning a GameCube just for this game was a must.

Top 10 GameCube Games - Resident Evil REmake

Migui Goryu Rossy – “Took the original and made it 10x better with a scarier OST, atmosphere and tension from start to finish.”

Go to Page 2 to find out what came in 7th, 6th and 5th place. The excitement is too much.

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About David Rawlings

David Rawlings, or ‘Rawky’ as we like to call him, joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning. He’s British and found solace with us as he was able to understand our pain about Nintendo and their localizing faux pas. He’s a big fan of the letter ‘U’ and refuses to remove them from words, even though we constantly ask him to. He also believes it’s about time Princess Daisy got kidnapped.