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 08/03/2014 09:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

6. Viewtiful Joe

While Wii ushered in a renaissance-era for side-scrolling games, the genre had all but been forgotten in the wake of 3D platformers like Super Mario 64. In 2003, Capcom’s magnificent Viewtiful Joe proved that the genre was still relevant with a title that combined old-school gameplay with modern-day cel-shaded visuals. Before New Super Mario Bros. brought Mario back to his roots, Capcom kept the 2D platformer alive with Viewtiful Joe and Mega Man Anniversary Collection.

As part of the now infamous Capcom Five, Viewtiful Joe gave Capcom a brand-new franchise character that has proven to be quite enduring. The character has starred in a number of sequels, and has even appeared as a playable fighter in the Wii fighting game Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.

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2 Responses to “Top Ten: Third Party GameCube Games”

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    Toadlord says...

    Glad to see Super Monkey Ball so high on the list. (Although I prefer the second one) It’s a shame that Amusement Vision isn’t around anymore, because I really enjoyed what they were doing on the GameCube.

  • 258 points
    Joshua A. Johnston says...

    Great list. All are worthy of inclusion. I’m particularly glad to see Skies of Arcadia Legends get some love; it’s a very good RPG and filled a massive hole in the Cube library at the time of its release.

    I have long thought Baten Kaitos Origins to be the best of the Cube RPGs — better than Symphonia, better than Arcadia. It gets little love because it was released so late and sold in very few quantities. Even in my own list I left it off, mostly because Symphonia was a more groundbreaking and important RPG, and because its combat was pure awesome.

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