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Probably the most underrated, over hated console of all time. Can play and Link with GBA games for extra fun! you might as well buy one if you don't have one they're only like $30 and the Wii can't do the GBA stuff.

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Genre

Description

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007: Agent Under Fire

FPS

Awesome Bond FPS. Great Multiplayer.

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007: Nightfire

FPS

Fuck yeah Nightfire. Bitchin' story, Bondan with Brosnan, and fucking amazing multiplayer. Sequel to Agent Under Fire.

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Aggressive Inline

Sports

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, but with skates.

Animal Crossing GC cover Animal Crossing Sim THIS GAME. A fun game to play if you have A LOT of time on your hands and the max amount of hours you'll need to spend beating this is (get this) 23 FUCKING YEARS. It can be fun at times or boring but it's addicting either way. Also came with a 59 block memory card, but I doubt you'll find a version at Gamestop with the memory card in it. NEVER RESET OH GOD DON'T RESET UNLESS YOU'RE BRAVE. A port of the N64 game.

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Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and The Lost Ocean

RPG

A lengthy (two-disc) JRPG about winged humans living on floating island-nations. Character and world design are exotic, original and occasionally insane, while the battle system is fast-paced and turn-based, using magical cards instead of weapons, items or techniques. The characters themselves are often duds (especially the protagonist Kalas, otherwise known as Squall Mk. II), but there are some worthwhile ones (Mizuti). Also, the soundtrack is awesome and the whole package looks nice. Highly recommended if you happen to own a GameCube (or a Wii).

Oh, and go to the options and turn off Surround to deal with the crappily-recorded voice acting.

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Baten Kaitos: Origins

RPG

The GameCube's swansong, Origins is actually a prequel to the first Baten Kaitos game. It has a significantly smaller playable cast, for which the characters are better-developed, and it generally does a good job of expanding upon the series' unique universe. The battle system has also been streamlined and allows for easier combo-stringing. Generally a solid RPG, sometimes considered better than the original, but it never came out in Europe.

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Battalion Wars

Action

Started life as Advance Wars in 3D but a name change later it became a rather different game. Instead of controlling your units directly from above, you actually control your units in a third-person view, always playing one of the men and swapping between different units. You can stay as one man, ordering your squad to fight or defend around you, or go all out and have several groups lined around the enemy. Very fun and addictive but rather hard. Sequel is on Wii.

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Beyond Good & Evil

Action

Cult classic stealth-action game from the creators of Rayman. Very fun, and with a decent plot to boot, but surprisingly short.

Early builds had a game breaking glitch but was fixed in later releases, if you find yourself with this copy, email Ubisoft for a free replacement.


Sequel is currently in the making.

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Billy Hatcher and The Giant Egg

Platformer

A unique little title by the Sonic Team. You play as a dude who got captured by talking chickens so that he can defeat evil crows threatening to stop the sun from rising. The chicken gods gave him a magic chicken suit so that he can bulldoze enemies with gargantuan eggs. Lots of good platforming. Sonic fans will like it a lot, it has that 90s Sonic charm.

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Capcom vs. SNK 2: E.O.

2D Fighting

The biggest and baddest Capcom crossover fighter after Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Features upwards of forty fighters (including some lesser-known ones, like Kyosuke from Rival Schools, Hibiki from The Last Blade 2 and Maki from Final Fight 2) with unique Arcade endings for each and two hidden super-powered characters. If you don't normally play fighters, this has a beginner style that lets you pull off special moves with ease, so don't feel daunted. There's no reason not to pick this up!

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Chibi-Robo!

Adventure

Be really cute and explore the house, cleaning up litter and stains and killing robot spiders. Enjoy some costuming, giant roboting, aliening fun! As the game gets longer Chibi needs to solve the families personal problems and the story gets surprisingly deep. 2 sequels on DS, but the gameplay has shifted a bit.

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Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest

Action

While somewhat repetitive, Cubivore is certainly an interesting game. The goal here is to eat smaller creatures while avoiding predators so you can gain more body parts and reproduce. So yeah survival of the fittest! It may look a little odd, but it's actually a pretty fun game.


Never came out in Europe :(

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Custom Robo

Combat / Sim

RPG-esque main quest is a little dull, but worth checking out. The battles are fun and the customization is really expansive.

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Donkey Konga

Rhythm

Got some flak for being Nintendo's Donkey Kong game from the 6th gen. You jam out on these badass bongo controllers to the beat. Uses all kinds of music from different genres, some good, some bad. Fun for the whole family. Regular GC controllers are usable but kill the point.

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Donkey Konga 2

Rhythm

Same as the first game, but harder and with a better selection of music. No one bought it so its hard to find.

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Donkey Konga 3

Rhythm

Donkey Konga, in wapanese. No western release on this one. Trust me you don't want it that bad.

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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

Survival Horror

This game is just one giant mindfuck. As you progress through the game and lose sanity, all hell breaks loose. If you're not hearing voices, seeing things that aren't there, you're being prompted to reset your Gamecube in an attempt to inflict real life panic. If you're a fan of survival horrors, innovation and brown underwear, pick up Eternal Darkness. Replay value is high as you must complete the game 3 times to see the real ending, enjoying 3 different experiences as well.

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F-Zero GX

Racing / Being a Badass

Insanely hard futuristic racing game. Great graphics and music too. Lotsa unlockables, lotsa tracks and even more racers. Prepare for some awesome "better than Wipeout HD" racin'!


Best in the series.

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Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles

RPG

Ditches the turn-based battle system for dungeon crawling, ARPG-style combat. Beautiful graphics and music. Best played with others; the chalice will start many amusing arguments, as will 'who gets the magicite'. Requires GBAs and the link cables for multiplayer. WARNING: 1p mode is Terrible. TERRIBLE!

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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

SRPG

This is one of the greatest games available on the Gamecube. It is an epic ballad of the struggle between humans and furries as they fight to live on the same continent as each other, just like on /v/. Just like in every other Fire Emblem, if someone dies, they're gone for good. Some consider this makes the game hard, but it doesn't since you can see how much damage you will deal and how much you will take with every move you make, in addition to the movement range of all your opponents, so only casuals find it difficult.

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Freedom Fighters

Action

Underrated shooter with a similar plot to the Patrick Swayze movie Red Dawn. Noted for its fantastic squad system. Made by the same team behind the Hitman series as well as Kane and Lynch, its spiritual sequel.

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Gauntlet: Dark Legacy

Hack-'n'-Slash

Classic Gauntlet hack and slash, with great gameplay elements and 4-player fun. Lots of unlockables, cheat codes, and levels make for a lengthy game. A sequel to Gauntlet Legends, it is also available on the PS2 and the Xbox. However, the Gamecube version of this game is the best version, containing extras and the like.

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Geist

FPS

Solid FPS with a twist. You play as a ghost with the ability to possess people and even objects, and must find out the mysterious truth about why you were murdered and find your body. A bit buggy, a lot hard but worth it.


More Filters than a coffee machine

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Gotcha Force

Action

A little-known Capcom game where you play as Borgs, toy robots controlled by kids and used in fights. The single-player campaign is pretty meh, but it lets you unlock more Borgs (of which there are about 200). Multi-player is extremely fun and hectic, and the main reason why anyone would want this game.

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Ikaruga

Shoot-'em-up

Spiritual Successor to Radiant Silvergun. Made by Treasure, so you know it's good. It's also one of the only shmups in the Gamecube's library (seriously, try naming 5 GC shmups WITHOUT including Ikaruga!). Also on Dreamcast, Arcade and Xbox Live arcade, each version is different when it comes to unlockables (of which the 360 version has none).

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Killer7

Action / FPS

A highly stylized, cel-shaded, Suda51 game about a wheelchair-bound assassin whose seven deadly personalities materialize as different characters for you to use. The plot makes no sense, predictably, but it's gorey and mysterious. The whole game is on-rails, with shooting segments in first person. Very odd; some love it and some hate it. The PS2 version is about the same, but has ruined voice acting.

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Kirby Air Ride

Racing

A spin-off to the Kirby franchise, it is a game often overlooked by racing fans solely for it's cute factor alone, and because they were too focused on F-Zero GX. Though, don't let that fool you! This game is tons of fun with a couple bros! Race on 8 unique tracks in Air Ride mode, play a top-down arcade style racer in Top Ride, or race around a bustling city gathering powerups and experiencing thrilling events that range from Dyna Blade coming down and stomping on people to exploding meteors raining from the sky in City Trial!

Also, it was one of the few games to have LAN play, which would have been badass if only more people liked the game. Very unappreciated indeed.

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Lost Kingdoms RPG Build a deck out of monsters you capture, and then use your cards to capture even more monsters! The game play of this game is reminiscent of Pokémon with a little dash of Yu-Gi-Oh!, and those who enjoy monster collectan games will enjoy this one.

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Lost Kingdoms 2 RPG This sequel to Lost Kingdoms expands and improves upon the game play of its predecessor. It's generally recommended over the first game, as Lost Kingdom 2's plot doesn't rely on the plot of Lost Kingdoms 1 too much to hinder the newcomer's enjoyment.

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The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition

Compilation

A promotional game disc containing The Legend of Zelda (NES), Link's Adventure (NES), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64), and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64). This delicious, delicious package also includes a Zelda retrospective video, and a 20 minute demo for Wind Waker. All the games play via this disc are emulated on the Gamecube,which really isn't a problem except with Majora's Mask, which has some sound errors (due to loading between rooms) but, more importantly, causes the game to freeze and crash sometimes, though turning rumble off does stablize it for some reason. It's not TOO common, but expect it at least once in a playthrough... it really sucks in Stone Tower temple (trust me). A must own unless you already have all four games, and even then it's convenient to have them all in one place. the 8bit games run fine but using the 'cubes tiny d-pad can be hard.

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The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Action / Adventure

Basically, an expansion upon the Four Swords multiplayer game that came with the Gameboy Advance Link to the Past port. Allows for four player cooperative play. Nice cartoony visuals, good music, and, of course, fun-as-shit old-school Zelda gameplay. Hard to find, but worth it.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time- Master Quest

Action / Adventure

NOT THE SAME AS THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION. This disc was given out to those who pre-ordered Wind Waker, it contains two versions of Ocarina of Time, the original released on the N64 (and later on the Collector's edition) and a remastered Master Quest edition which is considered easier by most people but complete hell for the completionist who must have everything; overall it's fun for those of you who want to play OOT but are tired of the same old stuff. (a N64 ROM of OOT: Master Quest does exist but crashes at the very end). This disc came with Wind Waker in Europe.

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Action / Adventure

Link can turn into a wolf, the 'dual world' mechanic is back, and now your companion isn't that irritating. Same good Zelda gameplay, puzzling through temples, fighting bosses, using tools, and so on. This version is the game as it was intended to be played.

The Wii version mirrored the whole game to make Link right-handed. While the waggle for sword feels tacked-on, shooting arrows is a nicely done. It does, however, support 16:9, has a better frame rate and you can equip more items at once. 'Sadly there's no camera control like with the GCN's C-stick.

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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Action / Adventure

As a small, familiar-looking boy in an unfamiliar world, you must don a green cap and tunic in order to save your sister, who's been kidnapped by a giant bird! Who could be behind this? Incidentally the game's cel-shaded. Oh, and your boat talks to you. I'M ON A BOAT MOTHERFUCKER DON'T YOU ERR FORGET. In all seriousness though, this is one of the more clever and light-hearted Zelda games. Plenty of humor, excellent adventuran, updates to combat, and of course, pirates. The problem is that it has a too few dungeons and, in many people's opinion, the triforce-collectan quest is a huge waste of time. On the upside, if you're one of those people that love to 100% games, look no further because there's plenty to do here, especially that figurine collectan'. Also, new game plus lets you play in your PJs.

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Luigi's Mansion

Adventure / Puzzle

A goofy, ghostbusters-esque adventure starring Mario's brother in a haunted mansion. Use the younger Mario brother to navigate the ghost-infested abode while, scared out of his mind, he has to collect the SOULS OF THE DEAD with a VACUUM. Fantastic. Launch title for the GC. Really short but really good!

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Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

Sports

Golf, with Mario. What else do you want!

Developed by Camelot, the same studio behind the previous Mario Golf titles, as well as Golden Sun on GBA.

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Mario Kart: Double Dash

Racing

Features two players riding on one kart; while one drives, the other manages items, which isn't very fun. Fortunately each player can still drive their own kart if they so choose. Has some great courses (DK Jungle?) and many unlockable karts. A solid entry in the Mario Kart series, but far from the best. Sadly, eight-player LAN is impossible nowadays.

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Mario Power Tennis

Sports

Sequel to Mario Tennis for the N64. Very fun game, even with some of the ridiculous power shots. Ported to Wii.

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Mega Man Anniversary Collection

Compilation

Mega Man games 1-8 on one disc, plus bonus content. Unfortunately the jumping and shooting buttons have been reversed from the originals and cannot be remapped. If you can get used to that it's a great collection. Also on PS2 and Xbox, each version is slightly different. This version can be annoying as the GCN controller is perfect for 3D games, but garbage for older ones so you might want the PS2 one.

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Mega Man X Collection

Compilation

Mega Man games X1-X6 on one disc. Unlike the classic series collection above, the ports on these are a little sub-par, with a few graphical and audio glitches. Also, like the above, on PS2 and Xbox with differences in each.

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Mega Man Network Transmission Platformer

A platformer spin-off of the Battle Network series that takes place between the first and second Battle Network games.

The game starts out a little slow and there is less focus on story than in the other Battle Network games, but it picks up speed very quickly and only gets better from there.

Mixes elements of the Battle Network series seamlessly with classic Mega Man platforming. Very challenging toward the end of the game. Has really great music and cel-shaded graphics.

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Metal Arms: Glitch in the System

Run-'n'-Gun

Play as a small robot with a huge arsenal of weapons. Very hard, very good. On all formats, none of which are superior. Great but overlooked. Features a lot of levels, some funny cutscenes and a lot of robots

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Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

Action / Stealth

Developed by Silicon Knights, The Twin Snakes is an enhanced retelling of Trolljima's hit PS1 title, Metal Gear Solid. Save for a few new surprises and even more over-the-top cutscenes, the game remains fairly faithful to its precursor. Introduces gameplay elements first seen in MGS2, such as first-person aiming and the ability to hide bodies. Now a collectors item!

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Metroid Prime

FPS / Adventure

Successfully transfered the Metroid series to 3D, making it an FPS (some prefer the term "First Person Adventure") in the process. An engrossing, heavily atmospheric and lovingly crafted game with the endless exploration and challenging difficulty characteristic of the series. It often ranks among the best games ever made, and for good reason. Also, one of the first games made by Retro Studios.

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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

FPS / Adventure

A continuation of the story that began with the first Prime. The hook here is the fact that within the game's main setting there are two realities: one light, one dark. Both combat and puzzle solving practically depend on this dark/light mechanic. A fun title, but seen as less faithful to the Metroid series than the first Prime, in addition to being more difficult. Available on Wii as part of the Metroid Prime Trilogy.

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Need For Speed Underground 2

Racing

Need for Speed, but for black people and white guys who wear their caps sideways.

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P.N.03

Run-'n'-Gun

A mostly forgotten Capcom game that works off the "stylish action" formula of Devil May Cry, but doesn't pull it off too well. It's very challenging and the areas are very bland and repetitive, but protagonist Vanessa Schneider is pretty sexy and has a bunch of different skin-tight suits, so not all is lost I guess! Worth playing for the curious.

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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

RPG

Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door is a solid RPG that improves upon its predecessors in many ways. You can now pull off stylish moves, your partners have health bars, and an audience system is in place that judges your performance as well as helping you fight. The gameplay is still very fun, especially for an RPG. It is, in fact, so good, /v/ can agree on it.

Prequel is on the N64, platforman sequel is on Wii (Super Paper Mario) but you don't need knowledge of those to enjoy this.

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Phantasy Star Online Episodes 1 & 2

RPG

Same as the Dreamcast version but with a few additions like multiplayer, faster loading and such.

Allows for third-party servers so the online community is still alive(ish). No longer have to pay a sign up fee.

A third game exists that is card-based but also very good, but very rare!

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Pikmin

RTS

A unique game straight from the mind of Miyamoto. You play as Olimar, a captain of a ship from a race of people who live in a "onion". Olimar crash lands on Earth with a bunch of weird ass creatures like a bird mixed with a snake "snagret" WTF? With most of your ship (save for the life support which holds 30 days of clean air) scattered around the world, you enlist the help of Pikmin, tiny multicolored plant people, to assist you in finding and salvaging all the needed parts while also fighting off the many creatures who inhabit the Earth.

The last few days can be a real test of sanity, as it gets closer and closer to game over. There is no screwing around. A wasted day means game over. Also, you grow sorta attached to the little guys following you around, so losing them in battle can be heart wrenching.

Also ported to the Wii for more wagglan fun!

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Pikmin 2

RTS

Considered better than the first one by most people. Adds unlimited days, and Olimar's stoner friend Louie. Best additions are two new Pikmin, badass heavy purple and badass white ones.

Premise of the game is to collect the many over-sized "treasures" (read: random shit found on the ground like bottle caps, batteries, and pot leafs) in order to pay off a debt Olimar's shipping company has collected.

Also, probably one of the most aesthetically beautiful games on the Cube.

Also ported to the Wii for more wagglan fun!

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Pokémon Colosseum

RPG

If you enjoy Pokémon, this is a fun game with or without the GBA counterparts. The main game consists of an RPG where you initially start out with Umbreon and Espeon. As the game progresses, you are able to steal specific Pokémon from other trainers. Only worth it if you're a hardcore fan, as you can only even get certain Pokémon in the game, which restricts some of the freedom of the traditional Pokémon games.

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Pokémon XD: Gale Of Darkness

RPG

Spiritual sequel to Colosseum in which it has a different story set 5 years after the original. This time you travel alone, using a device to find Shadow Pokémon, instead of relying on Rui's shadow perception. It's as good as the first with nothing really wrong with it. HINT: Big XD on the cover. Way better, more pokemon to chose from and all that jazz. Can also link to the GBA pokemon games for trade/transfer.

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Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

Action / Platformer

A fun platformer made even better by the ability to reverse time. Also noted for its well-done plot and realistic character development.

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Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Action / Platformer

Improves on the combat from the first game at the expense of an idiotic decision to make the Prince darker and edgier. Fuck you, market research.

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Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

Action / Platformer

3rd game is better than the 2nd. Also on Wii for some reason.

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Red Faction II

TPS

Not as good as the first, but still a solid shooter. Multiplayer is awesome fun with a friend as games can last up to one hour. Can blow up walls!

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Resident Evil Code: Veronica X

Survival Horror

Chris and Claire Redfield in the remake of the Code Veronica (originally for Dreamcast). This game had some good graphics for its time. Also on PS2.

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Resident Evil

Survival Horror

Remake of the original, Resident Evil has excellent graphics, a re-worked script and new voice acting, in addition to some new goodies, such as Crimson Heads (fast, aggressive zombies) and Lisa Trevor (a horribly mutated, insane woman). Once again play as Jill or Chris and unveil the mystery of Spencer mansion. It lacks the camp appeal of the original, but has been improved in every other aspect, and is a must-play for any fan of survival horror. It was ported to the Wii with new play control and 480p support (although the FMV scenes weren't upgraded).

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Resident Evil 2

Survival Horror

A direct port of Resident Evil' 2, with no improvements in graphics (doesn't support 480p, for instance) anb doesn't have the extras of DC version. That's pretty cheap of Nintendo, but if you find it at a reasonable price and don't have a copy of this game, then pick it up. Play as Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield and search for survivors in the devastated Raccoon City; it's often considered one of the best games in the series.

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Resident Evil 3: NEMESIS

Survival Horror / STAAAAAARS

FUCK YEAR NEMESIS AND CAPS LOCK! This game is pretty fun and the whole nemesis factor adds to the fear. Also rare for some, thus usually expensive. Doesn't support 480p either.

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Resident Evil 4

TPS / Survival Horror

Four years in the making, Resident Evil 4 reworked the survival horror series into an action TPS with an over-the-shoulder view. It's extremely fun, but while there may be tense moments, it's not really scary. Also beloved for its ridiculous dialogue. ("Small time", "Right hand", etc.) A must-play for everyone, even if it took the series in a somewhat misguided direction. This version has the best graphics, but the PS2 version had many extras, including a side-game starring Ada Wong. The Wii version has motion control, the GCN's graphics and the PS2's extras, so it is considered to be the best version.

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Resident Evil Zero

Survival Horror

Takes place before the first game. Play as Rebecca Chambers and escaped convict Billy Coen as they discover what's going on in this damned mansion. Has a 'partner swapping' system where you can switch characters on the fly. Also on Wii (though with errors).

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Skies of Arcadia Legends

RPG

The definitive version of Skies of Arcadia, this port of the Dreamcast classic includes bonus missions, items, and a new reoccurring antagonist. Turn based battles, intriguing airship battles, epic story line, memorable characters, this is one swashbuckling RPG that you won't want to miss. Music is a bit messed up but still good. Amazingly rare!

Best RPG of recent years.

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Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut

Platformer

DX adds a few missions to the original Sonic Adventure game. The game is still pretty fun, although the Chao Garden is a bit worse than Sonic Adventure 2. Framerate has been borked a bit but the graphics have been mostly updated (a bit). Unlockable Game Gear games as well!

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Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Platformer

Sonic Adventure 2 is more or less similar to its Dreamcast counterpart. There are a few options added to the Chao Garden to make things even better. You can, for instance, transfer the collectible pets to Sonic Advance 1&2! The biggest improvement is a pretty fun versus mode. No more Big the Cat :D

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Sonic Gems Collection

Compilation

Sonic CD, Sonic the Fighters, Sonic R, and all of the Game Gear Sonic games all appear for you to play, including a few bonus games!

Sonic CD audio is dependent on your location. Sonic R and CD are both ports of the PC versions.

Versions outside Japan had games removed.

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Sonic Heroes

Platformer

This game is actually really good unlike future endeavors. This game has a shoved down your throat team gimmick which is....acceptable at times. Chaotix make their reappearance with the exception of Mighty. Last game to feature the original Sonic Adventure voice actors before switching to 4Kids voice actors.

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Sonic Mega Collection

Compilation

Sonic 1,2,3 and Knuckles, as well as all lock-on variants are all here, including Ristar, Mean Bean Machine and Flicky! Sadly you have to play each game about 30 times to unlock most of these. Also includes some random FMVs and a huge collection of Sonic comic covers. Game manuals are included!

Versions outside Japan had games removed.

An expanded version called Sonic Mega Collection Plus came out for PS2 and Xbox which includes the Game Gear games and a few more pictures. Sadly the PS2 version's emulation is fucked up. It's laggy and the sound is delayed.

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3D Fighting

Often called one of the best 3D fighters ever, Soul Calibur II boasts great graphics, a fleshed-out single-player story campaign, a dozen different weapons for each fighter, many new characters (including Todd McFarlane-designed Necrid), a polished eight-way run system and some of the most balanced 3D fighting you'll experience. This version has Link as an exclusive playable character; the PS2 version has Tekken's Heihachi Mishima, and the XBox version gets Spawn from the comic of the same name.

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Spider-Man 2

Action

One of the better movie games ever made. Notable for having a huge sandbox version of NYC for you to swing around in. Short main game but billions of sidequests. It's even fun just to swing around, who knows what things you may find.

Just keep in mind that like all sandbox games from the 6th gen, the graphics are horrible but the framerate is stable.

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SSX Tricky

Sports

Edgy snowboarding. Severely gay.

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SSX 3

Sports

EA sports sure is edgy. Do "Uber" tricks and explore the mountain. Best in the series, with tons to do and tons to buy and unlock.

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Star Fox Adventures: Dinosaur Planet

Adventure

Originally intended as a new IP, it was turned into a Starfox title halfway through development. As a result, the vast majority of the game is an on-foot, Zeldalike adventure where Fox uses a magical staff to solve puzzles and fight dinosaurs. Has some very nice graphics. Also introduced furry wet dream Krystal and ever-annoying sidekick Tricky. The Arwing sections are very short and unremarkable. A nice game on its own merits, but not a Starfox title at all.

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Star Fox: Assault

Action / Rail Shooter

Arwing parts good, everything else bad. Great soundtrack, bad voice acting. Though only 10 levels it does have some replay value but not much. Depending on region, there will be more or less unlockable games. English versions have weird cutscenes (blinking was accidentally removed).

Has a hugely improved multiplayer, despite no one liking it in the '64 version.

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Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

FPS / Action

Pretty good SW FPS with fun third-person lightsaber action.

Also on PC and Xbox.

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Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

Flight Sim

The sequel to the popular game Star Wars: Rogue Squadron for the N64, this time you're taken through Star Wars history as you're guided from one Death Star to another.

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Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike

Flight Sim / Action

The third in the series, this game is normally frowned upon due to the missions that take place outside of the cockpit. Of course, the missions that take place in the cockpit are top notch and match expectations of any other Rogue Squadron game. This game also includes a fun versus mode and a co-op mode where you can play Rogue Leader with friends.

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Super Mario Sunshine

Platformer

Mario has to clean up the hazardous goop that coats the tropical Delphino Island, thanks to Bowser Jr.'s mischief. Use the sentient water-spraying backpack FLUDD to complete levels and collect Shine Sprites; there are also parts where FLUDD is taken away and you'll have to rely on your old-school platform skills. People seem to be warming up to it long after its release; it's a great game, just not what you'd expect from your once-a-generation 3D Mario platformer.

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Super Monkey Ball

Puzzle

Maneuver your monkey, who is trapped in a ball, to end the exit area of about 100 hard to stupidly hard levels. Even has some amazing minigames to enjoy, such as billiards, golf and flying. Has a number of sequels on many consoles but only '2' is worth getting.

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Super Smash Bros. Melee

2D Fighting

Although Brawl made Melee mostly obsolete in terms of roster, this game still has a devoted following. For one thing, fighting is much more fast-paced and less floaty than in Brawl, making fights less boring. It also doesn't have all the superfluous crap Brawl came with, like the Subspace Emissary. It has an active competitive community, as you've probably heard.

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Tales of Symphonia

RPG

One of the best in the "Tales of..." series. Awesome fighting system, long (and decent) storyline, good characters, plenty to do, and overall fun. Has a Multiplayer mode, but in battle only. Even after completion you can replay the whole game with the stats and equipment you already have, plus an added hard mode for kicks! Also released on PS2 in japan. Sequel is on Wii, but it's a weird 'un.

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TimeSplitters 2

FPS

A quirky FPS made by many of the men and women behind GoldenEye. Worth playing for its wealth of modes as well as its fantastic multiplayer. 10 main story levels and countless mission levels as well as a huge unlockable array of characters and cheats mean you'll be playing this one for ages.

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TimeSplitters Future Perfect

FPS

See above, only now with Monkey Curling and a goofy plot. Lotsa new missions, a huge story mode and even more unlockables. Unlike the other versions, this one has no Internet play.

Remote controlled roller cat.

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Tomb Raider: Legend

Action/Adventure

This is the first appearance of Ms. Croft on a Nintendo home console, and it's nice to have her here too! The game is more action oriented than the previous entries for PSX, but you have some puzzles here and there that will put you to think. It takes place in various sites including Peru, Bolivia, Japan and Kazakhstan among others. Some of those levels are beautifully done. Anyway, it's a great game, rather short, but by the time you finish it you'll be probably missing a lot of hidden treasures. You can replay levels to acquire them and unlock new outfits for Lara, some concept artwork, and cheats among other stuff. There is a "time trial" mode which is quite challenging too.

Also available on PS2, PSP, PC, XBOX, XBOX360 and PS3 (included in Tomb Raider Trilogy)

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

Sports

One of the best extreme sports games ever made. Perfected the formula from THPS2, and threw in Darth Maul.

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Tony Hawk's Underground

Sports

Taking a departure from traditional Hawk games, Underground places you in the shoes of an aspiring skater working to the big leagues. Easier than the previous games, but a lot of fun. Good story. Eric is the biggest asshole in existence. Play through it twice, and the ending will make you cum buckets.

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Tube Slider

Racing / Tube Sliding

A racing game where the objective is to slide down tubes, Space Pirates would love it.

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Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation

Wrestling / Arcade

The definitive Ultimate Muscle (known as Kinnikuman in Japan) game. It's an awesome arcade wrestler that mixes real wrestling moves with super arcade over-the-top finishers. With 20 fighters, a hilarious story mode, and awesome easy to learn yet hard to master gameplay, this is the ultimate game to allow the player to SHOW THEM WHO THEIR DADDY BE!!!

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Ultimate Spider-Man

Action

Follows the comic book series of the same name. Play as both Spidey and Venom, switching aesthetics and playing style. Noted for its comic book aesthetic, but overall a small step down from Spider-Man 2.

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Viewtiful Joe

Beat-'em-up

There's trouble in Movie-land! Joe's girlfriend, Silvia, has been kidnapped by dark forces, and the only way he can save her is by transforming into a tribute to his child superhero, Captain Blue -- Viewtiful Joe! Slow down and speed up time, zoom in, and dazzle the crowd with fancy brawling moves in a love letter to action games of days past.

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Viewtiful Joe 2

Beat-'em-up

Essentially an extension of the first game but you can now play as Silvia, Joe's previously kidnapped girlfriend, with her new abilities, adding a whole new level of hardness to an already hard game. Save Movie-land and prepare for awesome! A semi-sequel was released on DS and a rather lame smash bros style spin-off (based on the anime) was released on consoles (and PSP).

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WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!

Mini-games

A port of the first GBA WarioWare title, now on the big screen with multiplayer modes and a few bonus minigames. The cool cutscenes for each level have been removed and replaced with weird FMV things.

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Wario World

Action / Adventure

Made by Treasure of all people, Wario World sadly doesn't stack up to its pedigree. It's short and very easy, although most of the boss battles are a lot of fun, and it is a Wario game that isn't a mini-game compilation, so that alone may convince many to buy it. What's there is good, but it's rather empty and unremarkable.

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