When we think about high profile video games from the GaneCube era of the early 2000’s one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker which was initially released in Japan back in December 2002 before appearing in America during March of 2003. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was considered to be very unique following its release due to the fact that it was very different from its predecessors in terms of visuals and gameplay. Unlike, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker had featured cel-shaded graphics along with heavy emphasis on travel through sea opposed to land. Back in the early 00’s cel-shaded graphics was something that was not too common in many video games which made Wind Waker special.
Also, the story for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was great and full of twists, turns and surprises that kept players on the edge of their seats. In Wind Waker players go from attempting to rescue Link’s sister Tetra after being captured by Helmaroc King to discovering that he works for Ganon who is trying to rule the world by utilizing the Triforce. Throughout, the game players visit various locations including the Forsaken Fortress, Windfall Island (where Link meets the King of the Red Lions), Tower of the Gods along with the Kingdom of Hyrule which was submerged underwater by an ancient goddess many years before the setting of the game took place. While Link’s mission was to search for the Hero of Time’s power in order to retrieve the Master Sword located within the underwater kingdom of Hyrule he was also charged with the task of searching for the three Pearls of Goddesses before doing so.
In his quest to thwart Ganon’s plans players had to learn how to master the Wind Waker baton in order to play various melodies. The melodies learned by Link in this game allows him to not only utilize the Wind Requiem to manipulate the wind’s direction; but also provides him with additional abilities such as warping to different regions throughout the game which is really convenient in the long-run. Despite, the initial criticisms Zelda: The Wind Waker had received shortly after its release it ended up reaching close to five million units worldwide in terms of sales. In fact, Zelda: The Wind Waker ended up becoming the fourth best selling game for the Nintendo GameCube surpassing the likes of Metroid Prime which was arguably the best video game for that console back in 2002. While Zelda: The Wind Waker may have fell short in sales in relation to other games in the series such as Ocarina of Time (1998) or Twilight Princess (2006) there is no question that it was one of the best video games of the GameCube era in general.
For those who were huge fan of pro-wrestling back in the 2000’s then WWE Day of Reckoning 2 a title published by THQ might be a game that you are familiar with especially for those who owned a Nintendo GameCube during that decade. WWE Day of Reckoning 2 was the direct sequel to the first DoR game which was also released for the Nintendo GameCube about a year earlier in 2004. As far as gameplay is concerned Day of Reckoning 2 was a step-up from its prequel due to the inclusion of a more refined grappling system. Also, Day of Reckoning 2 had a more advanced submission system which was definitely an improvement from its prequel forced people to utilize more psychology during gameplay. As far as the plot for the Story Mode is concerned were people who were impressed by the fact that it gave players options in terms of choosing different paths as they progress throughout the game despite ultimately having the same ending.
Day of Reckoning 2 allows players to create their own wrestler as he journeys on both Raw and Smackdown to win various titles including the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship about a year following the events of WrestleMania XX in DoR 1. Throughout, the Story Mode players with go head to head with some of the top stars of the Ruthless Aggression Era such as John Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H, Chris Jericho, Edge, HBK and more along with a few WWE Legends from the 80’s and the 90’s. Day of Reckoning 2 was arguably the best WWE title to have released for Nintendo GameCube and is considered to be a title worth playing for pro-wrestling fan that never had a chance to play it during the 00’s.
As far as popular games from the 00’s are concerned everyone has there list of favorites in terms of what they consider to be top games within that decade. For those who owned a Nintendo GameCube back in the early 00’s and was a huge fan of the Metroid series in general then there is absolutely no question that you are a huge fan of the Prime series from 2002-2007. While Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was a fantastic first-person action-adventure title some would put its ’02 prequel or even its ’07 sequel above it in terms of quality. However, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was still one of the best GameCube titles of the mid 00’s. In this game players got to see the official debut of Dark Samus after she made a cameo in the original Metroid Prime game. Also, players had the opportunity to explore two different parallel dimensions after Aether is divided into two when a comet hits the planet splitting the planetary energy two creating a Dark Aether in the process.
There where various aspects about Metroid Prime 2: Echoes that people admired including the platform and puzzle solving elements of the game. Also, unlike its 2002 predecessor Metroid Prime 2: Echoes had a multiplayer mode that could allow up to four people with games such as Bounty and Deathmatch which added to its overall replay value. The plot for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes felt like it had a dark tone especially considering the demise of the marines who were attacked by creatures called Ing’s along with the threat that the Luminoth’s faced throughout the game. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was without a doubt a critically acclaimed first-person action-adventure title for GameCube which was eventually ported for the Wii console back in 2009. Since then we have not seen any Wii-U or Switch ports of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes but hopefully the game will be remastered in HD on a current generation console sometime in the future.
When it comes down to top action-adventure titles of the early 00’s there are many people who would argue that the original Devil May Cry game very popular on the PS2 following its initial release back in the summer of 2001. The Devil May Cry game from ’01 was where the series got started and it was a game that was interesting to many people due its plot where the main protagonist Dante seeks to avenge his deaths of his relatives. Following a brief encounter with Trish who was another key character in DMC Dante sets out to take revenge on the main antagonist Mundus and is eventually betrayed by Trish despite his trust in her towards the beginning of the game. Even though, Trish had betrayed Dante and supposedly working for Mundus he saves her when dealing with Mundus and vice-versa which something that may have caught some people by surprise when they played the game for the first time.
As far as gameplay is concerned there were various aspects about Devil May Cry that stood out aside from the hack n’ slash combat system utilized throughout the game. The idea of solving puzzles along with the inclusion of the Stylish gauge and the “Devil Trigger” mechanic which allowed Dante to become a demon for a short period of time were all impressive. On top that players were generally ranked on each mission with a letter grade while having the option of engaging in “Secret Missions” as well.
After thwarting Mundus plans to rule earth and defeating him with Dante players had nothing left to do but wait for the direct sequel Devil May Cry 2 which eventually came out in January 2003. Also, since ’01 the original Devil May Cry game was re-released in HD for the PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2012. In fact, this past year an HD remake of the original Devil May Cry game came out for the PS4 and the Xbox One in March 2018. There is no question that the original Devil May Cry game was one of the best action-adventure titles to have ever been produced by Capcom and remains a classic in the eyes of many people to this day.
As many people know the EVO 2019 event is set to take place this upcoming summer between August 2nd-August 4th. While there so many people who are excited about this upcoming gaming event there are some people who are a bit bummed by the fact that a multiplayer fighting classic known as Super Smash Bros Melee which was released back in ’01 for GameCube will not be appearing at EVO 2019. However, it should be noted that Super Smash Bros Ultimate which came out for the Nintendo Switch back in December 2018 will be at EVO 2019 along with a couple of other titles that has been confirmed for the three day event this upcoming summer.
There are games such as Dragonball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Showdown, Soul Calibur VI, and Blaze Blue Cross Tag Battle that are very popular within the fighting genre that has been confirmed to appear at this year’s EVO event. Despite, being a favorite at EVO events for a few years now its time to move on as far as Super Smash Bros Melee is concerned.
As many people know it was confirmed back in 2018 that multiple Final Fantasy games were set to appear on the Nintendo Switch sometime this year. In fact Final Fantasy X/X-2 was one of those games that has been confirmed for this year and it has been recently revealed that its set to appear on the Nintendo Switch on April 16th. For those who do not know Final Fantasy X/X-2 are two popular RPG titles that appeared on the PlayStation 2 back in the early 00’s before the remastered versions of both games appeared on the PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4 between 2013-2015.
Back in the 00’s nobody ever thought that we were ever going to see Final Fantasy X/X-2 on a Nintendo console. This is especially exciting since the Nintendo Switch is definitely in need of more solid RPG’s and with Final Fantasy X/X-2 are titles that will probably become one of the big attractions on the hybrid console throughout 2019. It will be interesting to see how popular Final Fantasy X-X-2 becomes on the Nintendo Switch as we progress throughout 2019.
When it comes down to retro game systems produced by Nintendo both the N64 and GameCube are considered to be legendary. While the Nintendo 64 ended up reaching approximately 33 million in sales since its release back in ’96 GameCube managed to hit roughly under 22 million worldwide. Also, when it came down to non-Mario video games the Nintendo 64 seemed like it had more memorable titles than GameCube such 007 GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie and Pokémon Stadium. Aside, from those games we also got Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the N64 which was perhaps the greatest Zelda game ever created.
Even though, we got Zelda: Twilight Princess for GameCube the game was more of an attraction on the Wii console but we still got games such as Super Mario: Double Dash, Metroid Prime, F-Zero GX that stood out for GameCube during the early 00’s. As far as which console had more success overall many people would be inclined to argue in favor of the Nintendo 64 over GameCube in general.