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Celebrating the little console that could

When it launched 15 years ago, the Nintendo GameCube was one of the strangest and most bizarre looking video game consoles ever released. Many doubted the little box and its unique controller. Fortunately, the GameCube defined itself with one of the best line ups in gaming history and it tried things no other console dared try. But, most of all, it excelled at bringing people together, even non-gamers. These days, it's hard to meet someone who hasn't spent time on a friend's couch playing Super Smash Bros Melee or Mario Kart Double Dash. And for that, GameCube, we salute you!

Happy 15th Anniversary!

The Nintendo GameCube Is the Best Console I Never Owned

Jay Ricciardi

So, I grew up in a tiny rural town in Massachusetts. When I say tiny, I mean it was a big deal in high school when we got lines painted on the sides of the road. The town still doesn’t actually have lane-dividing lines in the middle of the road, last I checked. It's that kind of tiny. To get to school as a kid, I would have to walk to my friend Alex’s house every morning and get a lift to class. Alex had a GameCube. I did not. Naturally, I got there an hour early every morning. 

I would knock on the door at 6am and be greeted by a bleary-eyed, coffee-deficient parent. I’d squeak out a “good morning Mrs. Alex’s mom!” and scoot right on down to the basement so Alex and I could settle grudges in Super Smash Bros, take turns hunting for Heart Containers in Wind Waker, and pour over a prized Nintendo Power Strategy Guide as we explored the eerie world of Metroid Prime. Without contest, it was always the best part of little me’s day. 

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Why Was the GameCube Considered a “Flop" When It Is So Widely Loved?

Nintendo's GameCube has historically been one of the most nostalgia-inducing consoles over the last several generations of gaming consoles. Capitalizing on the love for Nintendo's icons like the bounty hunter Samus, the legendary princess Zelda, and everyone's favorite plumber, the GameCube is often regarded as a fan-favorite. The line up of top-selling games on the console is almost mythic, with Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mario Kart: Double Dash, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Metroid Prime – just to name a few. All of these games, plus several other notables, have created a legacy quality of games, and fan experience.

So, for many, it comes as a surprise to know that the GameCube was (and is) actually considered a flop - especially since it was expected to become the champion of the three way console war between Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. The GameCube, regardless of fan-favoritism just never seemed to be able to meet its own expectations, and it proved to be a commercial failure. It flopped hard, and never really looked back. The GameCube was Nintendo's sixth generation console and went up against Sony's PlayStation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox. 

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10 Childhood-Defining Games From the Nintendo GameCube

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For gamers, there's always that one console that defines their initial foray into the world of gaming. For many, that console is the Nintendo GameCube. The console arrived 15 years ago, and its unique titles managed to set a high water mark for several franchises to this day. So today, we're going to celebrate the little cube's birthday and its impressive lineup by going through the top 10 games that really made the system what it was and definitely defined a lot of our childhoods. Let's start from the top, shall we?

Nintendo consoles have had their fair share of great racing games. From Diddy Kong Racing to Kirby Air Ride all the way to Beetle Adventure Racing (which for some reason I couldn't get enough of as a child), there have been no shortage of Nintendo titles for racing lovers. But, none of them have had the success and consistency of the Mario Kart franchise. It almost feels hard to introduce a Mario Kart game that isn't successful. 

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The GameCube Had Some Shockingly Dark Games Considering It Was For Kids

Josh Bycer

The GameCube’s 15th anniversary gives us a chance to look back on what would be Nintendo's last "traditional" video game console before they started experimenting with the Wii. Even though Nintendo has been viewed as the "kiddy choice," there are some surprisingly dark GameCube games made for older gamers that many seem to forget about. Looking at the library it's easy to see why. 

Nintendo's flagship titles have stayed within the E to T rating of games, and Nintendo tends to be very protective of their family-friendly brand. To help flesh out their library, Nintendo has always had help from third-party developers to try and attract an older and more 'hardcore gamer' crowd. For this list, we're going to look at some of the best games from the GameCube that broke the kiddie stigma.

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Designed & Produced by Movie Pilot  ·  Edited by Jay Ricciardi ·  Illustrated by Amanda Penley

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