As many people know Luigi’s Mansion was very popular back in the early 00’s for the Nintendo GameCube. Since its release back in 2001 Luigi’s Mansion has managed to sell at least 2 million units worldwide and is considered to be one of the top games for the Nintendo GameCube. Despite, the amount of popularity that Luigi’s Mansion had during the early 00’s the game has never received an HD remake for the Wii people or Wii-U which is something that many believed should have happened. Not to long ago it was revealed that Luigi’s Mansion would be ported for the Nintendo 3DS sometime this year but the exact release date has never been revealed.
At this point it having Luigi’s Mansion on the Nintendo Switch opposed to the Nintendo 3DS might sound like a better idea. Ever since the Switch console became available in retail last year in March 2017 it seems like the Nintendo 3DS ended being overshadowed as a result. The Nintendo Switch has definitely attracted more mainstream attention than the Nintendo 3DS over the past year and bringing a GameCube classic to the hybrid console would be a great way to put Luigi’s Mansion back in the spotlight. However, there has been no talk of Nintendo bringing Luigi’s Mansion to the Switch console in the future so the likelihood of it happen is slim to none right now.
As far as memorable role playing games from the early 00’s are concerned one of the many titles that comes to mind for some people is Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga. Alongside Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64 Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga looked and felt like a game that was worth enough to be a direct sequel for Super Mario RPG. The 2D graphics along with the multiplayer turn based gameplay were elements of Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga which added to the overall appeal of the game itself. As popular as Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga was there are some who question whether or not the game could have been a huge success back in the early 90’s for the Super Nintendo game console.
If Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga was released before Super Mario RPG then its possible that the game could have been more successful than it was on the Game Boy Advance. However, there were so many titles such Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Chrono Trigger along with Earthbound that Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga would had to of compete with back in the early 90’s. However, Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga could have definitely been a huge attraction if the very first and possibly only Mario RPG for the SNES.
When we think about top RPG titles that came out during the 00’s one of the many games that comes to mind is Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. When Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories came out for the Game Boy Advance during the early 00’s there were many people who were highly impressed by its unique combat system. The card based battle system was something that you did not see in many RPG’s back in day and it was one of the many things that added to the appeal of the PlayStation 2 & Game Boy Advance versions of Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories. The isometric perspective used in certain parts of the Game Boy Advance version of Chain of Memories resembled something that you would see in a old school Sega Genesis game.
As far as whether or not either version of Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories could have worked on GameCube in the early 00’s is questionable. It’s no secret that Square Enix which was the publisher for Chain of Memories was not on great terms with Nintendo during that time period. But at the same time since we got to see a Game Boy Advance port of Chain of Memories shows that Square had some type of working relationship with Nintendo during the time. Besides even if we did see a GameCube port of Chain of Memories it could have easily been overshadowed by countless first party titles such as Metroid Prime and Super Mario Sunshine.
When we think about big fighting titles on the Wii that’s deserved a re-release if some type Tsukumo vs Capcom is one of the many games that comes to mind. Tsukumo vs Capcom was released many years ago in 2008 and is seen by some people as a fight game that is highly underrated. Seeing Tsukumo vs Capcom on the Nintendo Switch would especially be a great alternative if for whatever reason we do not get to see Marvel vs Capcom 3 or Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite on the hybrid console in the future.
Following its release in December 2008 Tsukumo vs Capcom has received positive reviews from critics from different gaming publications. In fact, Tsukumo vs Capcom has won the award of “Best Fighting Game” at the Game Critics Award following the E3 event in 2009. Despite, being criticized for its arcade mode and slower gameplay in comparison to games such as Marvel vs Capcom 2 it was still a pretty solid fighting title that deserves to ported to the Switch console.
The console war between Nintendo and Sega from the 90’s and early 00’s is well documented. When it comes down to 2D video games both the Super Nintendo along with the Sega Genesis are both considered to be legendary by many gamers around the world. But in relation to consoles that plays 3D video games both the Sega Dreamcast along with the Nintendo GameCube were among the most popular systems during the early 00’s. While many people may have their preferences on which console was better overall there is no doubt that GameCube ended up selling more units worldwide than the Sega Dreamcast.
For those who do not know the Sega Dreamcast ended up sell over 9 million units since its initial release in 1998. The Nintendo GameCube had managed to sell more than double of the Sega Dreamcast by reaching over 21 million units worldwide in terms of sales. To be fair GameCube had more first party games particularly within the Mario and Zelda series which were huge attractions while Dreamcast only had the Sonic Adventure series for the most part. Even though, GameCube sold more than Dreamcast it still paled in comparison to the likes of the SNES, Nintendo 64 along with the Wii in terms of overall sales while still managing to be more successful than the Wii-U.
As many people already know Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories was one of the most popular RPG video games of the early 00’s. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories was a big success for the Game Boy Advance. As successful as Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories was for the Game Boy Advance some question whether or not it could have been just as successful for GameCube back in the early 00’s. While the visuals for the PS2 port of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories looked impressive it would have been interesting to see how it would have looked in the Nintendo GameCube.
In theory having a GameCube version of Chain of Memories would have been awesome. But since Square Enix was not releasing major games for Nintendo based home consoles we ended up getting Chain of Memories for the Game Boy Advance instead. Plus, small things such as the memory cards for the GameCube not having as much storage space versus PS2 cards could have ended up being a problem if Chain of Memories was released on that console.
When we think about popular JRPG titles of the early 00’s one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Not only was Final Fantasy Tactics Advance one of the most popular tactical role playing games for the Game Boy Advance but it also managed to sell at less one million units worldwide on the handheld console as well. Seeing how big Final Fantasy Tactics Advance was on the Game Boy Advance there are some who wonder if this game could have had the same level of success if it was ported for the Nintendo GameCube back in 2003.
On one hand the original Final Fantasy Tactics game was very successful in the PS1 following its release back in the late 90’s. But seeing that the PS1 ended up being the most successful game console of the 90’s it does not come as a surprise to many people that the original Final Fantasy Tactics game surpassed the likes of Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together in terms of popularity. The Nintendo GameCube despite its success was not as popular as the PS1. In fact, the Game Boy Advance ended up selling more than the Nintendo GameCube did during the 00’s. While GameCube had only managed to sell over 21 million units worldwide the Game Boy Advance has reached over 81 million within ten years. In the long run it was better off to have a Final Fantasy Tactics game for the Game Boy Advance opposed to the Nintendo GameCube.