Best-selling Nintendo GameCube games listed by games analyst

Best-selling Nintendo GameCube games listed by games analyst

Ah, the Nintendo GameCube. You were the first console by the beloved company to move away from cartridges. You were also home to some amazing titles whether people appreciated it at the time or not. Well, we certainly appreciate you, you little purple box of joy. And it seems that games analyst Mat Piscatella also has some respect to show.

In the below tweet as a response to gaming podcast Easy Allies, Mr. Piscatella listed the best-selling GameCube games. These are only taking the U.S. into account and are ranked on dollar sales according to the NPD Group.

Starting with the top three, there are no big surprises here. Cross-referencing with Wikipedia, we can see Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mario Kart: Double Dash, and Super Mario Sunshine sold 6-7 million copies worldwide. Those numbers are about twice over from the next games on this list. We then see The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker hit number four despite initial fan backlash over the cel-shaded visual style. Not only that, it beat Twilight Princess by a rather wide margin. Seems that gameplay beat out graphics in this regard.

Luigi’s Mansion benefited quite a bit as the primary GameCube launch title ranking at number five. Metroid Prime surprised Nintendo fans with its drastic change for the franchise. Despite this, it was a quality game that would start its own trilogy. Animal Crossing became a runaway hit that charmed gamers with its animal cast. It was also innovative in its use of the GameCube’s internal clock and calendar.

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle sits alone on this list as the only title not published by Nintendo. It was also the first time Sonic the Hedgehog would grace a Nintendo console. This was a huge deal at the time for those who recall the SNES and Genesis era console wars. Now we have Sonic battling the likes of Mario in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. To quote Jasper from The Simpsons, “What a time to be alive!”

Best-selling Nintendo GameCube games listed by games analyst

The list is then rounded out by Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. This beat out other major titles like Mario Party 4 (11) and Resident Evil 4 (18). Going by worldwide sales again, there are some shifts here and there, but none greater than Twilight Princess. Despite being number nine in US dollar sales, the number of copies sold ranks it at 21 worldwide. This could possibly be from bad word-of-mouth and kids trading their copies to each other instead. Also, shoutout to trading games when that was a thing.

Were there any big surprises here for you? What were your favorite GameCube games? Let us know in the comments below!

David Giltinan
David has been involved in games media since 2012 running his own blog, YouTube channel, being a founding member of RETRO Magazine, and now as host/producer of ARGcast - Another Retro Gaming Podcast. He also dabbles in voiceover and is occasionally a stunt double for Jude Law.