Ah, the GameDice. It could be my favorite console of all time. The tiny discs, its cute little deal with, the Wavebird…yeah, we had some good occasions collectively. But one of the best occasions we had have been with these video games specifically.
I’ve made this checklist—with a little enter from others right here—based mostly on a few issues. Firstly, my very own private favourites from the time, after all. But additionally, given the very fact we’ve acquired some perspective on the GameDice now, which of them have been essentially the most GameCubey video games. The sort of titles that outlined (or have been consultant of) a console that noticed Nintendo and its mates take some large dangers with some weird concepts.
Before we start, although, spare me your sob tales. If your favorite isn’t right here, chin up. Just as a result of I didn’t dig a recreation—or didn’t suppose it was good or bizarre sufficient to make an inventory referred to as THE BEST (sorry, Melee)—doesn’t make your personal emotions on it one way or the other invalid!
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER
Look at this fucking online game. It’s been over a decade because it got here out, and it nonetheless appears to be like higher than, oh, all the things.
MARIO KART DOUBLE DASH
Do you already know what was one of the best factor about this recreation? It wasn’t the course design, which stays a collection spotlight. It was the multiplayer insanity you possibly can string up in case you knew somebody fortunate/dumb sufficient to have really purchased the GameDice’s broadband adapter. Double Dash’s LAN mode may assist as much as 16 gamers regionally in case you had sufficient consoles and controllers. I solely ever performed with 8, however there are few emotions in video video games as aggressive and exhilarating as having that many individuals going nuts in a single Mario Kart race in the identical room.
That. Theme. Song.
SKIES OF ARCADIA
A improbable recreation (albeit a superior port of the Dreamcast unique), which today is usually missed and forgotten when in comparison with video games on extra fashionable platforms. Hey, similar to the GameDice itself.
What a good looking catastrophe this was. All frenetic power and vibrant colors and loopy characters and bullshit boss fights. I believe greater than every other recreation this actually set the tone for what the Platinum guys would go and do as soon as they left Capcom. Of the entire Capcom Five, this was simply essentially the most Gamecubey.
RESIDENT EVIL 4
It’s simple to neglect, since its been ported and re-released and remastered to hell and again, however this recreation launched first on GameDice, and it was one of the vital wonderful issues folks had ever seen. I’ve previous magazines mendacity round which say it’s the BEST GAME EVER, and I empathise, as a result of on the time it actually did really feel like some next-gen witchcraft.
STAR WARS: ROGUE SQUADRON II: ROGUE LEADER
People all the time complain a few lack of third-party assist for Nintendo consoles, however in 2001 the GameDice launched with top-of-the-line Star Wars video games ever made. Lots of people want the sequel, Rebel Strike, however few video games have ever made me sit down with a console at launch and say “holy shit that is next-gen” like Rogue Leader did.
PAPER MARIO: THE THOUSAND YEAR DOOR
Between this and Wind Waker, the GameDice certain had a knack for encouraging (no less than when it got here to first-party growth) timeless artwork types over flashy results. A better Nintendo would have turned this into the world’s #1 cartoon present.
A recreation so quick I need to puke simply excited about it. Why Nintendo hasn’t introduced this recreation again on newer consoles boggles the thoughts.
SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE
Hahah, Super Mario Sunshine. Hahahaha. Haha. God. It is a marvel of contemporary online game growth that this title went all the way in which from “fever dream” to “sitting on retailer cabinets internationally”. These days it wouldn’t even get previous the “fever dream” stage, and that’s what I really like about each this recreation and the GameDice itself.
DONKEY KONG: JUNGLE BEAT
So, there was a GameDice music recreation referred to as Donkey Konga, and it really got here with these large plastic bongo drums that you simply smacked on to play. Like Guitar Hero, solely…with drums. It was humorous, however the different recreation to make use of the bongos was as GameDice because it acquired. Jungle Beat had the participant use a bongo drum to play a platforming recreation, with motion and assaults carried out by…taking part in the drums and clapping.
And it was improbable.
SUPER MONKEYBALL 2
Why is that this recreation right here? I imply, it’s fairly good, however to take a seat alongside such infamous firm? What’s so particular about it?
The controller. The GameDice’s controllers had this bizarre octagonal “information” minimize into their plastic casing that meant as a substitute of permitting for uninterrupted 360-degree motion of the thumbsticks, you’d finally run into 8-way “factors” that locked the stick into place.
In a recreation that requires the utmost precision, these guides turned what may have been a irritating train right into a zen-like online game expertise.
Again, it’s a collection that’s a part of the furnishings now, however on the GameDice—the primary time the sport had been seen outdoors Japan—this was a revolution. Sure, I imply, you possibly can kill issues and race automobiles on the Xbox and PlayStation, however paying off a mortage, fishing and shifting beds round? Oh man.
FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES
Of all of the dumb shit Square Enix have completed through the years, few issues have been as gloriously defiant as Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. You wanted not solely 4 gamers in the identical room, however all 4 needed to have Game Boy Advances plugged into the GameDice! Meaning virtually no one may ever play it as supposed. It’s essentially the most Square Enix factor you possibly can think about for the GameDice.
So, most video games above are wonderful video video games. Some are good video video games with a bizarre GameDice twist. Odama isn’t that nice, however it’s 100% bizarre GameDice twist.
It was a struggle recreation that you simply performed by crushing armies utilizing an enormous stone pinball. And it got here with a microphone, so you possibly can management your personal military utilizing your voice.
Just…watch the video above.
Editor’s be aware: I’d have been fired if I left this off the checklist.
An oddball console deserved an oddball Nintendo collection.
This story was initially written in 2015, and has been republished to have fun the console’s twentieth anniversary.