GameCube is a Nintendo system that’s only become more widely appreciated as time has gone on. It came last in terms of sales for its console generation, but now it’s regarded by some as being one of Nintendo’s best systems, with a substantial library consisting of numerous cult classics and smash hits. Unfortunately, this rise in popularity has meant an ever-growing price hike for the console’s most lucrative titles, with most of its best games costing a pretty penny on the secondhand market. What’s worse is that a lot of the classics are stranded on older hardware, meaning that anyone who missed out on what the GameCube had to offer has to go far out of their way just to get a taste. So, with GameCube recently turning 20, it seems like the perfect time for more of these titles to receive remasters on Nintendo Switch, such as these nine (or 11, whatever) games:
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
2002’s Resident Evil remake is often considered to be a crowning jewel in survival horror, but like Silent Hill before it, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem offered a more psychological alternative for GameCube-owning horror fans back in the early days of the console. What really set the game apart was its sanity meter, which, upon lowering, would affect visuals, audio cues, and even break the fourth wall at times. Despite receiving large critical acclaim, the title never saw a sequel or a re-release. But with survival horror breaking back into the mainstream with recent Resident Evil outings and the Dead Space remake in the works, Eternal Darkness feels like a no-brainer of a GameCube game to remaster on Nintendo Switch.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Being the first 3D home console outing in the series, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance seems like a perfect choice for Switch after the success of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. While it’s not as beginner-friendly as its recent successors, many fans consider it to be one of the best in the series, and it would be an efficient way to introduce newcomers to one of the classics that help define the series. Although, there are rumors of some sort of Fire Emblem remake in development as well…
Enough has been said about Nintendo’s negligence of F-Zero over the years. At this point, poor Captain Falcon feels like more of a Super Smash Bros. character than the face of his own series. If there’s no interest in developing a new game, then at least give fans and those who have never experienced the series easy access to this high-octane, tough-as-nails GameCube racing gem with a Switch remaster.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Every time a new entry in the Paper Mario series is announced, fans cross their fingers for a return to form and are inevitably let down by something that doesn’t even attempt to recapture the RPG roots of the originals. With Mario & Luigi developer AlphaDream closing its doors a couple of years ago and Paper Mario continuously experimenting with largely different gameplay styles, bringing back one of Mario’s best RPG outings would be a solid step towards making amends.
Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
There really haven’t been any Pokémon games quite like Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. Being a slightly more edgy take on the classic formula, these two GameCube spin-offs had players exploring the Orre region as slightly older protagonists and taming aggressive Shadow Pokémon, with the eight-gym structure of most mainline games being ditched in favor of a slightly more story-focused and cinematic adventure. While these releases don’t represent the series at its absolute best, they’re at the very least fun divergences from the norm, with their own dedicated group of fans.
Pikmin and Pikmin 2
It was a bit odd to see the original two GameCube Pikmin releases go completely ignored on Nintendo Switch despite already receiving Wii ports with motion control compatibility, while Pikmin 3 got a standalone remaster of its own. With Pikmin 3 Deluxe attracting a larger audience than any previous game in the franchise and Pikmin 4 feeling like vaporware at this point, it seems an opportune time to bring the classics over to Switch, either individually or in a bundle.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Yes, “everyone” is indeed “here” in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but to a good chunk of Smash players, Melee will always be irreplaceable. When factoring in Melee’s status as the number one bestselling GameCube game, it seems a bit unfair that this important piece of Nintendo history has been left abandoned on decades-old hardware.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
Being one of the more peculiar entries in The Legend of Zelda series, Four Swords Adventures passed most fans by on release. Now, 17 years removed, it’s nearly impossible to experience this co-op-centric enigma the way it was intended, unless someone happens to have spare GameCube controllers lying around and three other friends who are equally as enthusiastic about niche Zelda titles. With the Switch’s online functionality, getting together a group of pals to try out this game would be much more manageable and would likely help this release grow in recognition.
While Viewtiful Joe did eventually make its way to PlayStation 2, this eccentric mix of beat ‘em up gameplay and platforming launched first on GameCube. With tight controls, challenge, amusing humor, and a stylish presentation, Viewtiful Joe is still as brilliant today as it was when it first released. Unlike other titles on this list, the decision to bring Viewtiful Joe to modern platforms is outside of Nintendo’s hands, but its heritage will always be traced back to the GameCube first and foremost.