Best of ND 2014! Top Ten: Third Party GameCube Games

Nintendojo looks at the ten best third party titles to grace Nintendo’s little purple box!

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 12/30/2014 15:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

10. Soulcalibur II

Soulcalibur II has the distinction of being one of just two multi-console titles on this list, but it certainly earns its spot. Namco’s fighting title featured gorgeous graphics and stellar gameplay, but that wasn’t the only reason GameCube owners gravitated to the title: The Legend of Zelda’s Link appeared as a playable character, in a look inspired by the N64 classic Ocarina of Time. Fans that were disappointed by Link’s cel-shaded appearance in The Wind Waker flocked to the title, and the sales reflected it: Soulcalibur II sold better on GameCube than it did on any other console. It might have been Link that lured fans in, but it was the overall experience that kept them entertained, and earned the game the strong reviews it deserved.

Despite those strong sales, Soulcalibur III failed to make an appearance on GameCube or Wii. The latter console did receive the exclusive Soulcalibur Legends, however. Link did not return, but another hero from this list happened to appear in the game…

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