Super Mario Sunshine
Comes with original case, but may not come with instructions. Disc has minimal scratches and has been tested and works great!
Six years. Six long years we’ve had to wait for a new Mario game, and finally it’s here. And even considering the ridiculously unfair expectations, Super Mario Sunshine is almost entirely as good as you’d hope and expect.
The premise of the game is that Mario’s tropical holiday is ruined when he’s stitched up by an evil look-alike for daubing graffiti all over the island. Rather conveniently, there’s a water pump waiting for him to use, which not only washes away the mess but also doubles as a handy jet pack. The jet pack aspect means that whenever you fall off something you have the chance to immediately recover. This built-in safety net means the game can afford to be far more ambitious in its level design than ever before, with massive levels filled with trampolines, tightropes, water-powered windmills, huge coral reefs, and mountains and mountains of platforms.
The whole thing looks amazing, too, with the most realistic water ever seen in a video game, and a near-infinite draw distance. On top of all this are rideable, fruit-juice-spewing Yoshis, extra water nozzles, super-hardcore platform levels where Shadow Mario nicks your jet pack, and goop-generating bosses who seem to live to make Princess Peach’s laundry a nightmare.
After the sweet but rather short pleasures of Luigi’s Mansion and Pikmin, you need have no fear that Mario Sunshine is of a similarly brief nature. There are a total of 120 shines to collect–the same number of stars as in Super Mario 64–and the game world is at least as large and far more interactive. This is without question the best game on the GameCube yet. That may be no more than you'd expect from a Mario game, but it's certainly more than most of us mere mortals deserve. –David Jenkins
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Mini Guide – Gamecube
Very rare mini guide for Wind Waker
Comes with original case, but may not come with instructions. Disc has minimal scratches and has been tested and works great!
In Pikmin 2, Captain Olimar returns to the planet he was originally stranded on, to collect trinkets for his failing company to sell back at home. The game features a 2-character mechanic, which allows players to switch between two spacemen while collecting items. Two-player co-op challenge missions and a competitive mode are also available. Very fun and addictive Nintendo Gamecube game for the whole family!
The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition
Comes with original case, but may not come with instructions. Disc has minimal scratches and has been tested and works great!
The Adventure of Link expands on the action sequences and introduces a new magic system. With The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Zelda moves into three dimensions with gorgeous cinematics, revolutionary targeting system and the freedom of traveling on horseback. Ocarina of Time leaves all who play it breathless and impressed. The fourth game in the series, Majora's Mask takes a dramati turn from the tradition of the series as Link wanders into a 3 day journey in
Mario Party 4
It’s a pretty bold claim but for many, Mario Party is the best multiplayer game series ever. No need for guns or complicated role-playing elements here–Mario Party is fun because it’s simple. The original N64 game created an entirely new subgenre–an unlikely combination of traditional board games and lots of ultrasimple arcade titles. The idea is that you travel around the board trying to collect stars, which must be paid for with coins, and you get coins by competing in minigames, which occur at the end of every round. These minigames generally don’t last longer than a minute or two, and many are based on old Game & Watch titles. There are over 50 minigames in Mario Party 4, and each involves either a free-for-all, two players against two, or one against three (depending where you land on the board at the end of your turn). These can involve anything from skydiving to basketball dunking, or car racing to hide-and-seek, to name a few.
Admittedly, this basic description of the gameplay might not sound too exciting, and indeed if you’re playing with less than three human opponents it can be pretty tedious. But play it with the full complement of non-virtual rivals and the game’s infinite capacity for cheating, backstabbing, and ganging up allows it to completely transcend the humdrum sum of its parts. There’s nothing terribly new in this third sequel except that the graphics are much improved and the minigames are all new, but that really misses the point: get this game out at Christmas instead of Trivial Pursuit and you’ll wonder how you ever got through the holiday without it. –David Jenkins, Amazon.co.uk
Mario Party 7
Mario Party 7 brings back the party fun, as you kickstart the party with Mario and his friends! Set up your controllers and prepare for fun, as you run, jump, swim and fly through more than 80 new minigames. The party's a lot bigger now, too — up to 8 players can battle each o
Super Mario Strikers
Super Mario Strikers is a new soccer game that's unlike anything ever to hit the pitch! You'll combine classic Mario gameplay with real soccer fun — whether you freeze an opponent with an ice-cold shell, kicking over a spiny shell or scaring off an entire team with the roving Chain Chomp, you're sure to see something new around every corner kick.
Mario Superstar Baseball
Mario Baseball delivers terrific arcade sports gaming, combined with classic Mario game action! All the challenges of the popular sport combined with the weird, wacky fun of Mario's world come together, for laughs and thrills.
Mario Party 6
Party 'til the break of dawn! A bitter argument between the sun and the moon has rocked Mario Party world! It's up to Mario and his fellow party animals to party hard and end the furious feud! Travel to all-new Board locales from the green branches of Towering Treetop to the sandy shores of Castaway Bay! Use the Mic to command the action in Mic Mini-games like Verbal Assault, Fruit Talktale, and Word Herd! Boards transform, rules change, characters emerge from hiding and mini-games change depending on the time of day!
Samus enters a mysterious derelict ship on the unexplored world of Tallon IV to investigate Space Pirate activities. She has thwarted their dastardly efforts before. She stopped them from amassing an army of Metroids and she kept Mother Brain from retrieving the last known Metroid larva. Now she must face the Space Pirates once again in an all-new adventure.
Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
Sega’s mascot made his 3-D debut on the Dreamcast, but with the demise of that system the zippy blue hedgehog is popping up everywhere–including on the GameCube. Unfortunately, his first next-gen appearance, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, is marred by the same 3-D camera problems that plagued the Dreamcast version, and the multiplayer “battle” component isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
Right out of the gate, players have the option of choosing Hero (Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles) or Dark (Dr. Eggman, Shadow, and Rouge) quests, which are completely different. Sonic and his dark counterpart Shadow traverse levels at warp speed colleting coins and power-ups while fighting enemies in the game’s most exhilarating moments. Unfortunately, the other characters are nowhere near as fun to play. Dr. Eggman and Tails fight through levels that require little more than constant button-mashing to shoot an endless procession of enemies, and Knuckles and Rouge participate in seemingly endless levels that require searching for a variety of objects.
Graphically, the game is a bit of a letdown considering the processing muscle of GameCube. Models are fairly simplistic, and level textures are sometimes bland. Game Boy Advance owners can use a link cable to download Chao from the game and train them on the go, but the rewards for doing so are minor considering the time investment involved. The main feature this game offers over its Dreamcast predecessor is the variety of multiplayer modes, which are fun but offer none of the depth or replayability of standalone multiplayer games like Super Smash Bros. Melee. Still, they are nice additions–especially the racing games–and round out a flawed single-player component. Sonic addicts who missed this game the first time around on the Dreamcast will definitely want to check it out, but the finicky camera, tedious non-Sonic/Shadow levels in single-player mode, and surprisingly shallow multiplayer components (especially the Chao games) turn what could have been a great game into a mere good one. –T. Byrl Baker
Cross over to a world that thrives 24-7 on GCN. The ambitious Animal Crossing allows players to interact with a virtual village of animals who do something different every minute of every day. With Animal Crossing’s 24-hour clock, the game’s unique events can be in synch with real time—as day turns to night in the real world, the sun will also begin to set in the game. Seasons will change and special events will occur in real time, too. The dynamic setup will have players coming back every day to carry out their daily routines, build relationships with villagers, celebrate special days, collect furnishings for their homes and just live life in an innovative experience that’s a world of its own.
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
Return to Orre for a new role-playing game in an expansive setting with a sinister plot and characters the likes of which have never been met before. With Eevee as your companion, you'll seek to unravel the mystery of Shadow Lugia. The fate and welfare of Pokemon lies in your ability to Snag and Purify them before it’s too late!
- Experience intense 3-D Pokemon action in a full-scale RPG!
- Snag and purify a wide variety of Shadow Pokemon!
- Unravel the mystery of Shadow Lugia and overthrow Cipher's evil plans.
- Master your two-on-two battle skills against Cipher's toughest goons.
- Import Pokemon from your GBA Pokemon games and watch them battle in full 3-D.
Pokemon XD (Extra Dimension) takes place five years after the events that transpired in Pokemon Colosseum. Controlling a young Pokemon Trainer named Michael, your objective is to thwart the evil plans of Cipher–a ruthless organization bent on using Shadow Pokemon to take over the world.
Stakes are High
Cipher makes Colosseum's Team Snagem look like a bunch of two-bit amateurs. This is made immediately clear during the game's opening sequence, when you witness Cipher's Shadow Lugia effortlessly pluck a massive cargo ship straight out of the ocean.
Known as XD001, Shadow Lugia is Cipher's ultimate Shadow Pokemon. Cipher's goal is to create more Pokemon like Shadow Lugia to assist in their plot for world domination.
Like Pokemon Colosseum, Pokemon XD features Shadow Pokemon that have been corrupted by evil Trainers. Shadow Pokemon can execute powerful Shadow moves, but they are unpredictable and will sometimes disobey commands.
Michael uses an Aura Reader to identify Shadow Pokemon, and a newly-designed Snag Machine is used to swipe them from unsuspecting evil-doers. When you face a Shadow Pokemon, Michael's Aura Reader is activated and the Shadow Pokemon is identified. Weaken the opposing Shadow Pokemon, then use the Snag Machine to attempt to rescue it.
Shadow Pokemon must be purified before the doors to their hearts can be completely opened. Purification can be accomplished by keeping Shadow Pokemon in your party, or you can visit the all-new Purify Chamber to purify multiple Shadow Pokemon more quickly.
To use the Purify Chamber, you must first select a Pokemon to purify and place it in the center of one of nine “sets.” Next, you place regular Pokemon around the Shadow Pokemon to aid in the purification process. The process will go more or less quickly depending on the number and types of the regular Pokemon you select.
Using the Purify Chamber, it's possible to quickly purify up to nine Shadow Pokemon simultaneously. This is a very handy tool, but you'll have to build up a collection of purified Pokemon before you can take full advantage of the Purify Chamber.
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
Time passes, the pages turn … and a new chapter unfolds in an unfamiliar land! Get ready for a two-dimensional role-playing adventure for the ages as Mario returns to paper form in pursuit of a threat unlike any he's ever faced. This time around, more emphasis is placed on the paper abilities of Mario and his friends. He can turn sideways to slip through cracks, fold into a paper airplane to fly, roll into a tube and much more. He can also use tons of items like hammers and thunderbolts.
Tales of Symphonia
Two worlds exist, unaware of each other. Mana, or life force, is shared by both worlds and while one world thrives, the other suffers. Lloyd Irving lives on Sylvarant, a dying world where nothing is as it seems – a fact he hasn't yet realized. With a strong set of justice, incredible bravery, and a particular loyalty to his friends, he joins them in a very important quest: a journey to save their world.
Lloyd's close friend, Colette Brunel, is the Chosen One, destined to save the dying world as a descendant of the Mana bloodline. At the age of 16, the weight of the world hangs on her shoulders. Genis Sage, the village intellectual, is a talented magician with a personality to die – or kill – for. Most likely, you'll grow to love him.
Together, they set on this dangerous journey together – to unlock the seals of the world and bring the balance back to their dying town on Sylvarant.
In a dying village on Sylvarant, legend has it that a Chosen One will one day appear from amongst the people and the land will be reborn. Enter a world of beautiful cel-shaded graphics and high-quality Anime cut scenes by renowned artist Kosuke Fujishima. Command real time battles in a unique 3D battle system that gives you full control over the characters. Execute and combine hundreds of special attacks and magic spells. The line between good and evil blurs in this immersive, emotionally charged epic adventure where the fate of two interlocked worlds hangs in the balance.
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
- Explore wilderness, caverns, incredible dungeons and more — gorgeous, realistic graphics in three-quarter perspective
- Use magic and special attacks in exciting real-time battles — and use teamwork to overcome the deadliest creatures on the planet
- Exciting four-player team action, as you hack and slash through a world of monsters
- Up to three friends can join in, using their Game Boy Advance systems as controllers
- Players can use the GBA screen to access menus, organize their spell spheres, and perform upgrades — without slowing down the onscreen action
Kirby Air Ride
- Simple controls combine with fun racing action for great racing excitement
- Charge up your racer and slide, or jump into breakneck acceleration by tapping a button
- Use Kirby to copy enemy abilities and use them for wacky transformations — transformations that get you across the finish line!
When Luigi's Mansion was first announced, many assumed it would follow in the legendary footsteps of Super Mario World and Super Mario 64. The game doesn't approach the epic scale of either of those titles, but once you get used to its smaller scale, the various charms of this game do become obvious.
The game involves you, as Mario's brother Luigi, trying to exorcise a haunted mansion of ghosts by sucking them into a vacuum cleaner. It sounds easier than the previous cinematic attempts by the Ghostbusters and the Catholic Church, but it's not. The complications and cleverness of the game manifest in the use of light and shadow. Many ghosts cannot be seen unless you reveal their shadows or manipulate the objects in a room to make them appear. These imaginative–but never frustrating–puzzles add to the otherwise simplistic process of catching the smaller ghosts by freezing them with a beam of light and sucking them up with your Hoover backpack.
It's only a minor classic, but Luigi's Mansion does show off some off the GameCube's graphic effects and provides a game the whole family can enjoy. If only it were a bit longer. –David Jenkins. — Amazon.co.uk
The Simpsons Hit & Run
The Simpsons Hit & Run is a mission-based driving game featuring out-of-the-car platform action, the interactive world of Springfield, and the signature humor of the Simpsons.
- New story and dialogue crafted by writers from The Simpsons television show
- All character voices supplied by the cast of The Simpsons television show
- Over 56 missions in 7 huge levels
- Explore Springfield on foot as Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge,and Apu
- Hidden pick-ups containing trivia material from 300-plus episodes of The Simpsons
He's the good, the bad and the ugly all rolled into one, and now he's 3D! Wario, Mario's jealous rival, plays the hero–well, kind of–in his first console adventure.
In the depths of Wario's castle lies the plunder of his many adventures on the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance and elsewhere.
While Wario kicks back in his crib, enjoying the videogame equivalent of bling-bling, a mysterious black jewel in his trove transforms gems into monsters. His wealth, which was once a source of pride, becomes his greatest foe. Now, Wario must scramble to recover his riches.
Step into an alternate world filled with quirky puzzles, swarming enemies and lots and lots of loot. You'll learn a multitude of cool moves as Wario progresses in the game. You can punch, kick, jump, grab monsters and objects and inhale surrounding coins like a two-legged vacuum cleaner. The game even has a wrestling game-ish feel, as you can string together combo attacks that The Rock would give his eyebrow for.
Early on, you will learn the significance of special sticky balls that dot the landscape. Wario can cling to these balls to navigate tough spots, reach new areas, and even fight bosses.
You can freely bash and manipulate your surroundings to discover secrets. For instance, you can pick up a stone pillar and swing it at your foes or spin a fallen monster to activate a switch that raises a gate.
The side-scrolling action remains true to the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games that made Wario famous, but Wario's incredible range of motion gives him newfound freedom.
Finding treasure often calls for flipping a colored switch, then searching high and low for the activated chest. Considering the size of the worlds and the plethora of hiding places, this can be quite a feat. When it comes to moolah, though, no task is too tough for Wario.
Trap doors transport you to hidden worlds that offer mind-bending puzzles. Using your noggin' will yield some important items. A colorful band of fairies offers game info and advice throughout your adventure.
The development team at Treasure have stamped Wario's Nintendo GameCube debut with colorful and vibrant graphics. Wario's signature look comes to life like never before. From his arrogant waddle to his purple trousers, Wario is immediately recognizable. Charles Martinet, the actor famous as the voice of Mario, brings a special zest to Wario's growls, chortles and guffaws.
From gleaming castle walls to gloomy gravestones, Wario World is crammed with beautifully realized details. The action is relentless but the frame rate never falters, even when the screen is packed with dozens of enemies that explode into showers of coins when defeated.
Wario World will test both your brains and your button-mashing skills.
Harvest Moon Magical Melody
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is a unique new farming simulation and adventure game. Choose to become either a boy or a girl, then start a new life in a small farming village. As you build up your farm, you’ll watch your character grow into adulthood — and guide them toward marriage and a happy family life.
Mario Kart: Double Dash
Originally released as a flagship game for the Famicom Disc System, “Hyrule Destiny” was later renamed to “The Legend of Zelda” and released again for the Nintendo Entertainment System for international release. It became such a huge success that since then, it has been released multiple times for various console and handheld systems.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda series practically defined adventure gaming for an entire generation. Link, the hero of the adventure games, delighted millions by starring in games for each Nintendo console from the NES and Super NES to the Nintendo 64. Link brings this beloved franchise to the Nintendo GameCube in The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and he's more animated than ever.
The first thing you'll notice about The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker is that it looks completely different from any previous title in the franchise. Nintendo has opted to use cel-shading technology on Wind Waker; the result is that the game looks like a cartoon. Die-hard Zelda purists initially howled at this change, arguing that the game skews too young. I think it's fantastic. The cartoon animation style allows for better expression of the characters, and several of the animations–like Link trying to pick up an object that's too heavy–are so cute that you can't help but laugh a little.
The second thing you’ll notice is a focus on wind. Instead of trotting around on foot, Link travels from island to island on a talking boat, but he doesn't get far without the wind blowing in right direction. Luckily, you'll learn how to change the direction of the wind early in the game, and you'll do so frequently–not only to power your boat but also to solve puzzles. Clever use of wind makes Wind Waker stand out from more conventional adventure games.
The third thing you’ll notice is that the game is just plain fun. Puzzles are innovative and refreshing, and despite some tricky puzzles, I never felt too frustrated to keep playing. The locales you'll visit are invariably exotic and fun to explore, and the host of bizarre creatures you'll encounter (friendly and otherwise) are always a kick in the pants. Moreover, though the look is radically different, Wind Waker feels like a classic Zelda game. Veterans of the early games in the franchise will experience more than a bit of nostalgia while playing it.
The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker is everything you've come to expect from a Zelda game, and it's one of the best adventure games to date. This is a must-have title for any GameCube owner. –Jon “Safety Monkey” Grover
Soul Calibur 2
- After the ancient sword called Soul Edge was broken to pieces, the shards were scattered across the world. The mighty weapon that destroyed it, Soul Calibur, has since disappeared — and the evil magic of the sword has begun reasserting itself.
- Become any of the warriors from the original monster hit, or two new characters, as you seek the fragments of Soul Edge and the secret of Soul Calibur’s disappearance
- Face the greatest hand-to-hand fighters in the world and use your combos and techniques to eliminate them from the playing field
- Battle your way up the ranks as you follow the fascinating storylines of each character
- SPECIAL BONUS – The GameCube edition of the game has Link from the Legend Of Zelda series as a playable character!
If Pokemon had been around when I was 10, I would have been that crazy kid on your block who lived and breathed Pokemon in all its forms. However, the days that this would have interested me have passed, and I can only see this game for what it is: a shining example of working just hard enough to keep a franchise alive. The game isn’t glaringly sub-standard, but there was little effort put into innovation or moving the series forward.
Colosseum is essentially two games, a Story Mode and a Battle Mode (which resembles the N64 Stadium titles). The plot of Story Mode is surprisingly dark and it would have been great for a 30 minute television episode; but, it doesn’t really sustain a 30 hour RPG. You control a sort of anti-hero who steals a valuable accessory from the evil organization he is working for. It turns out that this item allows the wearer to snag Shadow Pokemon (which are PokÃ©mon who have had their hearts sealed and who are generally ornery and unpredictable) away from their masters. It’s a good thing that this thievery is encouraged, because in the barren wasteland setting, it is impossible to go out and collect Pokemon from the wild. Instead, you pump up your collection by stealing other people’s monsters, gradually opening their hearts, and then having them fight by your side.
The absence of collecting in the traditional sense might come as a shock to those accustomed to the handheld RPGs, but the Battle Mode is as familiar as can be, with several types of matches to fight against the computer or your friends, providing they have Game Boy Advances. Connectivity is a big aspect of Colosseum; not only can you hook up your GBA and import your collection from Ruby or Sapphire, but you also need it if you want to play multiplayer Battle Mode. If you and your friends are pumped up about battling each other in the arena, though, odds are that you already have GBAs and nearly unbeatable Poke battalions from the previous games, so this requirement might not be too much of a drawback.
What is a drawback, however, is the ridiculously low level of challenge. Now, I understand that the game is geared toward younger players, but I was at least five hours into it before I got to a battle that didn’t feel like it was set to “tutorial” difficulty. For a world where practically everyone trains Pokemon, there sure are a lot of awful trainers wandering around. The fact that my victory was assured before the battle even started just made me lose interest even faster.
If you’re a fan, you’ll love the premise, the gameplay, and the overwhelming number of little critters to collect and bend to your will. Even though none of these elements are so astounding as to bring outsiders into the fold, the franchise’s debut on the GameCube (Pokemon Channel doesn’t count) is a trainer’s dream come true.
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Metroid Prime 2 Echoes delivers terrific first person gaming, combined with classic Metroid game action! All the challenges of the popular Metroid Prime game combined with the many new obstacles.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Normally, Nintendo contract players such as Mario, Pikachu, Link, Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Kirby are generally happy and well-mannered, but in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the pleasantries get thrown out and the gloves (except for Mario's) come off. This update of the N64 favorite features these and other video game icons in furious, yet utterly absurd fisticuffs that usually make for a smashing good time. Just make sure you have at least one human opponent to pound on.
Starting off with 14 characters (an additional 11 are waiting to be unlocked), the game has a pretty standard premise–let Nintendo's stars beat on each other until the timer runs out. However, a lot of emphasis is put on knocking opponents off ledges while avoiding the same fate. In typical Nintendo manner, there are quite a few power-ups to assist you in the melee. The actual combat isn't as intricate as in other fighting games; however, the ultra-cartoony layout of the many, many arenas sometimes adds a strategic element not usually found in similar titles.
Super Smash Bros. Melee's strength lays in the mayhem created in four-player fights. The camera does an excellent job of positioning itself so all combatants are constantly visible. Also, Melee sports some of the best visuals seen in a Nintendo product. All the characters are highly detailed, and the movements of each are smoothly infused with personality. Donkey Kong lumbers and Princess Peach fights with grace.
As the multiplayer mode is the key reason for this game's existence, the single-player mode is decidedly weak. The game features an adventure mode that plays somewhat like an old-school, side-scrolling Mario game. Sadly, despite its good looks, its gameplay is rather uninspired. This game is clearly at its best when there are two or more players with controllers in their hands. –Mark Brooks