The Switch has been out for a few weeks now, but one thing is still missing: Nintendo’s Virtual Console online store. So far, the company hasn’t said much except that we’ll hear more about it in the future. After we’ve, you know, already bought the system.
But, we’ve heard rumors for months now about the possibility of GameCube titles coming to the system. And while we are all twiddling our thumbs waiting to find out if that’s true, I decided to put together a list of just which games the big N should consider reviving.
Get ready, because it’s time to cube dance.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Was this really a surprise? Super Smash Bros. Melee is still revered in certain circles as the crème de la crème of the Smash Bros. series. And even through it’s been a whopping 16 years since Melee’s release, the game still shows up at eSport tournaments across the country, alongside the more recent Wii U iteration of the brawler.
Anyways, Melee seems like a no brainer for Nintendo. Though, bringing the title to the Switch wouldn’t solve every problem: will GameCube controllers still be usable? The plot thickens. But at least we’ll all get to play on Poke Floats again (seriously).
Super Mario Sunshine
Mario’s tropical Isle Delfino adventure got a bad rap when it originally came out. In fact, I’m pretty sure I never beat the game, the only Mario in recent memory to hold that dubious distinction.
The biggest reason it makes this list is simple: Super Mario Sunshine is a game that warrants revisiting. And like much of the GameCube’s library, it’s currently locked to being played on either a GameCube or a Wii, so having it on something more modern would be nice.
Soul Calibur 2
Hey, remember that one time that Link was in Soul Calibur? Yup. Nintendo’s own hero of time jumped into the ring and threw down with the likes of Nightmare, Voldo, Cervantes and, well, Lizardman.
I have fond, nay, very fond memories of Soul Calibur 2, and it still might be one of my favorite fighting games. Sony and Microsoft fans got Soul Calibur II HD in 2013, but Nintendo fans were left out, with the poor Wii U passed over completely.
So how to make up for that grievous oversight? Just give us the original game on the Switch. And yes, with Link still in it. Please and thank you.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
M-rated Nintendo titles are few and far between, so it’s ironic that this one landed on the console with the lunch box handle. Eternal Darkness wasn’t just any M-rated horror game, either: with its (at the time innovative) in-game sanity meter, the game actually pulled some clever meta-pranks on the player.
Alas, the last time I played this game I was too little and got scared. Gulp. I want to be able to actually beat it this time. I’m old enough now. I think. Hopefully.
Life after Eternal Darkness hasn’t been great — that’s putting it lightly — for development studio Silicon Knights, and a proposed Kickstartered sequel hasn’t been successful, either. But Nintendo keeps renewing the game’s trademark, so that’s something at least.
Phantasy Star Online Episode II & II
This is a wish list, right? So while we are wishing, we might as well be wishing for the sky. Or in this case, the stars.
I’m not going to lie, I actually booted up Phantasy Star Online with one of my friends last year for some weekend local co-op adventuring. I don’t think I ever got to actually play it online in its hey-day (I never had the adapter, and also had dial up, yeck), so why not fix that now? Nintendo has said they are going to be adding in online functionality to retro virtual-console games as part of their paid online system. Why not expand that to GameCube games, too?
Is it likely? Probably not. But it gives American Phantasy Star Online fans something else to do while they wait… and wait… and wait for Phantasy Star Online 2.
Clover’s Viewtiful Joe had style in spades: cell shaded, the game mixed together comic-book visuals with the world of movies. I don’t seem to have my disc anymore (or maybe I rented or borrowed it?), just my copy of the sequel, but the original still sits on my replay list. True story: it’s actually on there not once, but twice. I just checked.
However, I wouldn’t recommend tweeting at director Hideki Kamiya to try to make this happen.
Gauntlet Dark Legacy
Oh Gauntlet. What happened to you? I seem to recall a DS version that never materialized — and there was the recent reboot I haven’t played yet — but Gauntlet Dark Legacy is another GameCube era title that I put lots of hours into and still hold fond memories of.
Gauntlet is also a local-multiplayer heavy game that seems like a match made in heaven for the Switch. It isn’t food that we need badly… it’s Gauntlet.
Mario Kart: Double Dash
It may get a lot of hate, but I actually really enjoyed Mario Kart: Double Dash. It not only includes one of the best race tracks in the entire history of the series (Hello Baby Park!), it also had cool characters like King Boo Petey Piranha and Paratroopa, and the special items were pretty neat, too.
It may not be everybody’s favorite, but it’s still a fun racing game, and come on: everybody knows two racers are better than one.
Star Fox Adventures
Well, if Double Dash wasn’t bad enough, let’s follow it with another controversial one. I’m not sitting here trying to say that Star Fox Adventures was the greatest Star Fox game — it wasn’t — but it’s another GameCube-era title that I’ve wanted to revisit for some time.
Mostly forgoing Fox’s flying space battle, Star Fox Adventures instead found the series turned into somewhat of a Zelda clone on an island inhabited by dinosaurs. It was also Rare’s (RIP) last title while at Nintendo, so it has that unique little history to go with it, as well.
And even though Rare isn’t with Nintendo anymore, we’ve still seen some of the company’s older titles pop up on the virtual console. Given Nintendo owns Star Fox, it seems likely this game would fall into that category, as well.
Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
I’ve seen this one brought up already, and almost didn’t throw it on here because other people beat me to it. But I’m actually replaying Rogue Leader right now, so I figured I should probably put it on here either way.
There’s a caveat on this one, though: of everything on this list, this may be the least likely, sans maybe PSO. But Disney has pulled out some of its older Star Wars game, and just announced a retro Capcom collection, so who knows.
Oh, and there’s a bunch more
OK, so I’m going to cheat a bit. This last one is going to be a giant hodgepodge. Turns out there’s a lot of other GameCube games that should be worth considering: The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, you get the idea. People have also been mentioning Luigi’s Mansion, and then there are also the Pikmin games (though I’d argue the Wii re-releases are better ways to play them) to consider, too.
There’s also a bunch of games I never got to play but always wanted to: Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and Lost Kingdoms both come to mind.
Either way, I think I’ve made my point. It’s high time we party like it’s 2000 again with some GameCube games. Your move, Nintendo.