Celebrating 15 Years with the GameCube

Growing up I played video games a lot. I mean a lot. Due to some health conditions I had in my early teens I needed to be careful with physical activity so I spent a lot of time inside playing video games. They helped me through hard times, and to make many good memories that have stuck with me through the years. The Nintendo GameCube very possibly holds the record for the most fond memories from any console to date.

The GameCube just had so much to offer. Before its release I remember reading articles on Luigi’s Mansion and Star Wars Rouge Squadron 2 and just being so pumped for its release… Oh, and you can’t forget Super Smash Bros Melee! After all the hours my friends and I had spent playing Smash on the 64, these graphics and roster were mind-boggling, which it proved to be. Not to mention the controller! It was oh so comfortable! It just feels right in my hands. Which is why it’s still my favorite console controller! It’s also why it’s still compatible today even with the WiiU through the adapter! It’s just so good.
When I got my GameCube it came with Luigi’s Mansion and man, I loved that game! Though it was short, it was fun. There were so many quality single player experiences on the system: Super Mario Sunshine, Wind Waker, Star Fox Adventure, Animal Crossing, Tales of Symphonia, Pikmin, Viewtiful Joe, and you can’t forget Metroid Prime. There was a game that blew my mind and kept me engrossed through multiple playthroughs of it’s beautiful world!! This is a list I could keep going on with.
My memories for the system are seemingly endless, but the best memories come from my multiplayer experiences. The countless hours we would spend playing Melee, practicing with different characters, playing on all the sleek new levels (Fourside!!), not to mention the trophy collecting! We did so many matches it’s surprising the disc still works to this day! Then all the time I spent playing Gauntlet:Dark Legacy, Timesplitters 2, X-Men Legends and Phantasy Star Online, just to name the ones I played the most.
I could find a ton to write about on the GameCube. I have many fond memories with multiple systems throughout the years, but none more than the GameCube. Everything I’ve said plays into why I keep it hooked up to my main TV. It’s still just so playable! So thank you for 15 fantastic years GameCube. You’ll always be one of the most memorable consoles for me.
Bigfoot has been playing video games for as long as he can remember, he was weaned straight from the bottle on to a Commodore 64 and hasn't looked back since. He enjoys sampling beer and hanging out with his family. A couple of his all-time favorite games are Earthbound (SNES) and Fallout 2 (PC).

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