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Best Games on GameCube

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.
 

Animal Crossing (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/12/2001, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @NintendoAmerica

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

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...

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

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.

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Lego

Lego (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Developer: @TTGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018

Platforms: DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

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.

Sonic the Hedgehog (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @Sonic_hedgehog

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Paper Mario (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

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.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 31/10/2003, updated in 2020

Platforms: GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: @Purple_Lamp

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

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.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 03/09/2018

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Wii and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: @ToysForBob

Players: This is a single player game

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...

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 24/03/2003, updated in 2013

Platforms: GameCube and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

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...

The Simpsons Hit and Run

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 16/11/2003

Platforms: GameCube, PS2, Wii and Xbox

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Racing

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @Radical_Ent

Players: This is a single player game

The Simpsons: Hit & Run is adventure game based on the American animated sitcom The Simpsons.

Crash Bandicoot (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/1996, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @ToysForBob

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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.

Pac-Man Vs.

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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...

Luigi's Mansion (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

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...

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 19/11/2006, updated in 2016

Platforms: GameCube, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Burnout Paradise (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

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

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Developer: @CriterionGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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.

Tomb Raider (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 09/11/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: GameCube, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: This is a single player game

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,...

Pikmin

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 26/10/2001, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 7 features

Developer: @NintendoUK

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Crazy Taxi

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2012

Platforms: Android, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Simulation

Developer: @SEGA

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Pikmin 2

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 08/10/2004, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: @NintendoUK

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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,...

Mario Strikers Charged

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 25/05/2007

Platforms: GameCube, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Developer: @NextLevelGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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.

Viewtiful Joe (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 07/10/2003

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PS Vita, PS2 and PSP

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @PG_kamiya

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Cel Damage HD

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2019

Platforms: GameCube, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

Developer: @FinishLineGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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.

Mario Tennis Aces (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2000, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the series of tennis game. These games recreated a relatively traditional game of tennis, although you play as Nintendo characters who each have special moves and powers.

Mario Golf: Super Rush (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/06/1999, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Role-Playing and Sports

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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.


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