GameCube Hidden Gems (Part 1)

GameCube Hidden Gems (Part 1)

From Hello Kitty to a Wipeout clone

A.J. Maciejewski

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Nintendo's GameCube has seen many incredible games in its lifespan and plenty of hidden gems, too, so here are 5 cool games that you might not have heard of. Perhaps you'll see something that you'll want to add to your collection!

Photo of all 5 featured GameCube games
I'm glad I can share my collection with fine folks like you

Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue

There haven't been many Hello Kitty video games that released in the west and Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue is probably the best one. Sure, its level of difficulty likely won't offer you a rewarding challenge but it's so wholesome and cute that it's difficult not to enjoy every second of the lighthearted gameplay. You basically play as Hello Kitty as you try and master a stage-based campaign. As you progress, you'll unlock lots of cute items as well as companions from the Sanrio universe that help you in your adventure. The fact that everything is rendered in beautiful and colourful 3D visuals is a treat as being able to see Hello Kitty and her family and friends pop in the third dimension is quite a rare sight. Overall, if you're a fan of Sanrio then this is one game that you don't want to miss.

Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue gameplay video →
Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue screenshot
It may be easy but Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue sure is a ton of fun

Egg Mania: Eggstreme Madness

The GameCube has plenty of fantastic puzzle games such as Bust-A-Move 3000 and Puyo Pop Fever and one that I always go back to is Egg Mania: Eggstreme Madness. You essentially play as an egg while trying to build a tower as tall as you can by slamming down Tetris-like pieces. If you have gaps in your structure, your instability meter increases and if it gets too high, a lot of your hard work will crumble. Therefore, the key to victory is building as durably and quickly as possible. Once you reach the hot air balloon overhead, you win! It's such a simple and fun game that I wish they'd remake it for modern consoles and the wealth of power-ups make the gameplay remain exciting and feeling fresh. There's a good variety of gameplay modes to challenge, too, such as multiplayer.

Egg Mania: Eggstreme Madness gameplay video →
Egg Mania: Eggstreme Madness screenshot
Egg Mania: Eggstreme Madness is one of the most unique puzzlers that I've ever played

Muppets Party Cruise

Sure, there's a whopping 4 awesome Mario Party games for GameCube so the console definitely isn't short on local multiplayer fun. However, Muppets Party Cruise is a solid party game that offers an impressive collection of fun mini-games as well as a clever take on the board game setup. You basically move your character of choice around a cruise ship while trying to earn as many party favours as you can. Whoever gets the most wins which is a lot like Mario Party's stars. That being said, the free-roaming boards provide lots of opportunities for strategy and most of the mini-games are very well done and unique. Plus, being able to play as Fozzie is a big bonus in my book.

Muppets Party Cruise gameplay video →
Muppets Party Cruise screenshot
Some of the mini-games in Muppets Party Cruise give Mario a run for his money

Zapper: One Wicked Cricket

There are a few highly underrated Frogger games for GameCube in the form of Frogger Beyond, Frogger's Adventures: The Rescue, and Frogger: Ancient Shadow. For whatever reason, I absolutely love their gameplay where you can only hop 1 or 2 spaces and you have to gauge each move carefully so you don't fall off the stage. It's a supremely challenging and rewarding gameplay premise that I wish we'd see more of nowadays. Anyway, Zapper: One Wicked Cricket essentially follows the same formula while featuring interesting electricity-based powers that make dealing with enemies and puzzles a rewarding endeavour. I remember trying to get all of the collectibles in the campaign but giving up because it was just too tough. If any game dev is reading this, please bring this formula back!

Zapper: One Wicked Cricket gameplay video →
Zapper: One Wicked Cricket screenshot
Zapper learned everything he knows from Frogger

Tube Slider

Last but not least, here's a fun racing game. F-Zero GX may be the go-to racer on GameCube but if that's a little too fast for you then here's Tube Slider. It plays a lot like Wipeout yet most of its tracks are in fact tube-shaped which means that you can drive on whichever surface you wish. With that in mind, driving on certain surfaces will provide you with more speed and power-ups so it's a good idea to still drive carefully so you can speed past your competitors and claim victory. It may not be the most challenging or complicated racer ever but its solid gameplay is sure to provide some enjoyment for those who simply can't get enough futuristic racing.

Tube Slider gameplay video →
Tube Slider screenshot
Tube Slider may be a Wipeout clone but it's a very fun one!

That about does it for my first round-up of hidden gems for GameCube. Are there any that you'd recommend? Let's chat below!

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