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Nintendo's GameCube console was released in 2002 and the follow up to the Nintendo 64. It run games from discs and uses memory cartridges to save progress. You can plug in up to 4 wired controllers.You can also play all Gamecube games on the Wii as it included that hardward, and ports for the GameCube controllers in the top. The Wii Mini removed this support to make it a cheaper console. The Wii U doesn't support GameCube games.
Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...
Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.
Release Date: 14/12/2001, updated in 2020
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected drama of the world and characters...
Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
The three Luigis Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The puzzles...
Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018
Platforms: DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii U
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.
Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, Megadrive, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.
Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.
Release Date: 03/09/2018
Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Wii and Xbox One
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a running, jumping, bashing and exploring game. It’s a re-release of the classic platform games featuring the purple dragon, Spyro. The attraction is the well designed levels, collecting and exploration. It’s an amiable...
Release Date: 09/11/1996, updated in 2020
Platforms: DS, GBA, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.
Release Date: 24/03/2003, updated in 2013
Platforms: GameCube and Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is an adventure game in the Zelda series. This one is set on a group of islands in a vast sea, and follows Link as he attempts to save his sister from the sorcerer Ganon. This soon develops into a struggle to find the...
Release Date: 31/10/2003, updated in 2020
Platforms: GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a running and jumping game based on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. It's an original story where you defend Bikini Bottom from an invasion of robots.
Release Date: 09/11/2015, updated in 2019
Platforms: GameCube, Mac, PC, PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Tomb Raider is a longstanding series that has been rebooted in recent years. This means it not only gets a fresh coat of paint like a re-release but is built from the ground up. All the games feature Lara Croft as the titular hero. She shoots, runs,...
Release Date: 16/11/2003
Platforms: GameCube, PS2, Wii and Xbox
The Simpsons: Hit & Run is adventure game based on the American animated sitcom The Simpsons.
Release Date: 19/11/2006, updated in 2016
Platforms: GameCube, Wii and Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an adventure game in the Zelda series. As with the other games, you play Link, who must prevent Hyrule from being engulfed by corruption from a parallel dimension. Unlike other Zelda games, you can take the form...
Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017
Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...
Release Date: 26/10/2001, updated in 2009
Platforms: GameCube and Wii
Pikmin is a real time strategy game where the main character Captain Olimar crash lands on an alien planet filled with strange small creatures called Pikmin. You are able to control and use these creatures to knock down walls, build bridges and attack...
Release Date: 16/03/2018, updated in 2018
Platforms: GameCube, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
The Burnout series is an over-the-top racing game where you’re encouraged to crash, bash and ram other cars. Throughout the series the bravado and crashing increases, but they all have the same novel core gameplay.
Release Date: 28/08/2000, updated in 2018
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the series of tennis game. These games recreate a relatively traditional game of tennis, although you play as Nintendo characters who each have special moves and powers.
Release Date: 11/06/1999, updated in 2021
Mario Golf: Super Rush is a sports game that combines running and jumping with golfing skills. It's a proper recreation of golf, but with novelties, modes and characters to make it more entertaining for younger players.
Release Date: 06/08/1986, updated in 2017
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Metroid is a series of running, jumping and exploration games where you play bounty hunter Samus Aran who protects the galaxy from the Space Pirates. It includes the platforming of a Mario game, but the focus is more on fighting enemies, finding new...
Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2012
Platforms: Android, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and iOS
Crazy Taxi is a series of games where you take people to different locations in a city, as a taxi driver. It sounds a little dull, but in this brighter and bigger world it's a joy rather than a chore. When you complete a fare you get money based on how...
Release Date: 25/05/2007
Mario Strikers Charged, also Mario Strikers Charged Football and Mario Power Soccer, was the sequel to Super Mario Strikers for the GameCube. It offers a fast and furious game of football staring Nintendo characters.
Release Date: 08/10/2004, updated in 2009
Pikmin 2 is the second in the Pikmin Series, Captain Olimar is joined by his assistant Louie on a mysterious planet. You are collecting treasures consisting of scrap metal, broken toys. You do this by controlling plant-like creatures called Pikmin,...
Release Date: 01/01/1981, updated in 2015
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii
Donkey Kong is a series of running and jumping games where you play Mario, who navigates a single screen to rescue the princess. It was the start of the platform game genre and although is now dated, can still be played on a wide range of systems.
Release Date: 07/10/2003
Platforms: DS, GameCube, PS Vita, PS2 and PSP
Viewtiful Joe is a side-on fighting game where you play a movie-lover whose girlfriend Silvia is kidnapped during a film starring your favourite superhero, Captain Blue. You enter the movie world, transformed into the tokusatsu-style persona "Viewtiful...
Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2019
Platforms: GameCube, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One
Cel Damage is a racing and fighting game where you drive vehicles and use weapons to hit opponents and gain the upper hand. It's a fast and furious competition that's good to play on the sofa, with quick rounds and a simple premise.