This morning, it was revealed that the Switch would be adding GameCube titles to its library, which was met with anger from absolutely no one. Let's face it, the GameCube was a great system with some all-time great titles. So the fact that we're getting some of its title on the Switch is excellent! But there are some games that we think should be added to the virtual console before others.
Before we dive in, don't forget that there are three confirmed games for the Switch's virtual console already:
- Super Mario Sunshine
- Luigi's Mansion
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
These are all perfect choices, and the list below would have included them all had they not already been confirmed.
1. 'Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader'
When the GameCube was released back in 2001, it had all of 12 launch titles in North America (and only 3 in Japan). This was one of them.
Rogue Leader is still looked at in high regard, with it consistently making "best of" lists for the GameCube. It was a fun #StarWars game that took you to familiar places, let you relive epic moments (like toppling an AT-AT or blowing up the Death Staw), and still managed to give you a wide array of ships to choose from.
When I first received the GameCube as a Christmas gift way back when, I also received this title. I was apprehensive because it wasn't Luigi's Mansion or any other familiar Nintendo title, but the apprehension quickly went away. It's definitely a game worth reviving on the Switch's virtual console.
2. 'Metroid Prime'
I'm gonna go ahead and get this one out of the way early because I'm pretty sure there would be a lot of anger if you had to read the whole article assuming I'd left this out. Metroid Prime is the first of three titles, and it's the one that set into motion some of the GameCube's best.
But there's another reason it should come to the virtual console, and that's for filthy casuals like myself. Back when it was released, I tried it, had some fun with it, and then didn't really come back to it. At times, it was a bit harder than I expected and at others, I just didn't quite get it.
Yes, I was on the younger end of gamers playing the GameCube, but that doesn't mean I was alone. What better way to introduce gamers old and new to a classic title that deserves all the praise it gets than to bring it to the virtual console on the Switch?
3. 'NHL Hitz 2002'
This is another one that launched with the GameCube and if you've never played it, you missed out on a damn good time. However, I wouldn't be surprised if you missed it because sports games tend to be a bit niche and might not appeal to everyone (especially when lined up alongside the other launch titles).
But it's not your typical sports game, and I still come back to it every now and then just because of how awesome it is. It has crazy levels, crazy teams, and the ability to literally have your team be on fire if it's doing well. Aliens versus horses in a shark tank? Clowns versus Spartans on the moon? Yeah, it has everything.
Another reason I love the game is because, in retrospect, it seems like the type of game that would have featured endless purchasable DLC content — but because it was on the GameCube, that all comes standard. It's an amazingly run game but also a good reminder of how gaming has changed in the past 15 years.
4. 'SSX Tricky'
Yes, Steep just came out and offers a beautiful, open-world snowboarding experience not quite like any other. But you know what Steep isn't? An SSX game.
Any time someone says the word "tricky," it's hard for me not to jump immediately to the song that played in SSX Tricky every time you filled up your boost bar. The game was fun, memorable, and downright insane as a "snowboarding" game. It might not be more than a collection of courses, boards, and riders, but it has some of the most fun and ridiculous snowboarding you'll ever experience.
5. 'Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker'
"But Windwaker was already remade for the Wii U! Why should it be on virtual console?"
I'm glad you asked, rhetorical device! Sure, it was remade for the Wii U, but the Wii U... well, it wasn't the best-selling of #Nintendo's console. As a result, the remake is likely something that not many people actually experienced, and that's a shame. The Switch, though, is shaping up to be a console for more than die-hard Nintendo fans.
Because of that, I'd say it's worth putting the HD remake version available for the Switch. Windwaker was one of the best games on the GameCube and is often held in high regard even in terms of the entire #LegendOfZelda franchise. Chances are, anyone who hasn't played the original or didn't own a Wii U wouldn't think twice about picking up the game for the Switch.
6. 'Killer 7'
Killer 7 is a title that I never actually experienced first-hand — thanks to its odd graphics style and my disinterest in most M-rated games — but it's one whose status as an icon of the GameCube era I understand all the same.
The game developed a bit of a cult-hit status, but as such, those who love it really love it. It also never received any sort of sequel, so if you didn't play it when it was relevant, it's likely to not be a name you recognize. But the virtual console would be the perfect way to bring it back into the light of day and maybe receive wider acclaim this time around.
7. 'Viewtiful Joe'
Man, Capcom sure had a good run on the GameCube, didn't it? The final title on our list, Viewtiful Joe, was another of Capcom's (at the time) GameCube-exclusive creations.
Unlike Killer 7, this game did spawn sequels, but it's been a while since we've seen anything new, with 2013's The Wonderful 101 acting as a spiritual successor but not an official entry in the series.
Overall, it's a game that was loved by many and had moments of pure, crazy beat-em-up fun. It only makes sense to bring this to the Switch's virtual console library.
The GameCube Had A Strong Library Of Games
There's one game I didn't include on this list that I do want to see on the Switch, but not as a virtual console item: Animal Crossing. The original GameCube title was incredible and was what began the series (at least in the U.S.), so it would be a travesty not to have some sort of Animal Crossing title on the system. However, the improvements made in subsequent entries and New Leaf would make a virtual console Animal Crossing to feel painfully outdated.
In addition to Animal Crossing, some of my favorite GameCube titles might not be on Nintendo's immediate radar, but are memorable all the same. I'm talking Kirby Airride, Soul Caliber 2 (because it had Link), Wave Race: Blue Storm, and plenty of others.
Outside of those, Resident Evil 4 (hi again, Capcom) was one of the all-time greatest on the GameCube, but it's been remade or re-released for newer consoles a few times now so it's not exactly a top priority as an addition to the virtual console.
What GameCube games do you hope to see on the Switch's virtual console?