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Farewell Sweet Cube
So here is the mass exodus, the final crescendo, the terminal moment in Gamecube’s lifespan. The Wii has come out. For the verdict on Wii, you will have to wait a moment, because first we must pause and look back at where the Gamecube has left us. I’m not going to draw out a timeline or select a few of the choicest games, you know them all already and what instead I am going to do is tell you my opinion on Nintendo’s box of tricks.
Gamecube followed the N64, a chaotic and turbulent period of Nintendo’s history. Unlike the N64, there was no talk of newness. Nintendo instead decided to build on what they had done before. What resulted was a torrent of sequels which almost all failed to impress the fan boys. Me though? Well that’s a different matter entirely.
A History of Non-Violence
I’ve been with Nintendo since the SNES era, although only properly since the N64 era. I loved the N64. Even now, my green and grey box-o-tricks still sits snugly under the Gamecube in my games room, or sometimes next to the SNES in another room. I still get it out and play it from time to time, Goldeneye being my latest retro game of choice.
Even though I was playing those games, I had no idea what they really meant to other people. Super Mario 64 was even more a revolution in game play then the new Super Mario Galaxy will be when it finally arrives. Adding a whole dimension to a game and still making it work is more complicated then it sounds. Many a game fell at the hurdles, but most of Nintendo’s stock made the jump smoothly.
However with the Gamecube there was no jump. It was more of a nervous shuffle forward with only a few meaningless numbers to quote to passers by. No-one really cares about the number of bits a machine has any more, no-one gives a stuff at how many lines of pixels a console can push out, especially when your TV is only about 2 inches across and can easily fit inside a match box. If you do know what those stats mean you have more problems then me – and I get my kicks out of running a website on video games and can actually type out HTML from scratch.
With nothing to impress the punters, Gamecube looked like it would be a shambles from the start. There wasn’t even a Mario game on sale at the start; we had to make do with Luigi. Sure, the same thing has happened with the Wii, but this time round we have a Zelda game. They’re even better then the Mario series.
No revolution, no games, no hope – it looked like Gamecube was way off, and there was no ray of hope in the distance.
Nintendo was saved. Somehow. And it wasn’t by Pokemon. You see, while Nintendo had been working away on its own titles, it had also done something considerably cleverer (and something it had notably failed to do with previous consoles). By working with third-party games manufacturers, it had begun to create relationships and secure new exclusive games for the Gamecube. The Gamecube arguably saw more third party games then any of the previous Nintendo consoles, with the likes of Square-Enix returning to the fold and even SEGA, Nintendo’s arch rivals at every previous console war, providing a few brilliant titles for the launch.
With the launch featuring only a handful of good games, it would have been seen as sadly lacking were it not for the support from Nintendo’s new friends. After Super Monkey Ball launched it instantly became a classic and its sequel has also been a prominent launch game for the Wii. Lastly Monkey Ball remains almost the only launch game that has lost nothing with age.
After the launch the trend continued. Sega continued to develop more games for the Gamecube and EA delivered a full raft of games each year1. The Gamecube’s line-up was studded with both the exclusive classics such as Zelda: Wind Waker and 1080 Avalanche and the third-party titles such as Burnout, Timesplitters and Conflict: Desert Storm, to name a few.
And you know what, maybe the Gamecube won’t be remembered as Nintendo’s greatest, but that’s fine. Because if this was merely the stepping platform for the Wii, forging relationships and getting developers to take Nintendo seriously, then it will be worth it. Yes, Nintendo did make a few mistakes this generation, but as the old comedian’s joke goes, “you have to bomb 100 times to be considered an amateur”. Doubtless at Nintendo’s age, five generations into the industry, they should be at the top of their game. You’re never too old to learn, and by that same logic you’re never too old to make mistakes.
The Moral of the Tale
And Mistakes is just what Nintendo made. GBA-GC Link? Crap. Wind Waker? Poor, by Zelda’s standards anyway. Mario Kart? Rubbish Battle mode. But at the end of that we have ended up with a large selection of quality titles.
What’s more Nintendo have made famous a few of their old brands and also made a few new ones. It’s fair to say Animal Crossing has really come in to its own on the DS, but that may have never happened if it was not for the quality work done on the Gamecube version, which itself was almost a remake of the N64 incarnation. Likewise, Donkey Konga also found a home in Gamecube’s drive. However the biggest arrival was undoubtedly Metroid Prime. Many believe it to be Gamecube’s Halo, and even though the multi-player may not be able to compete, the single-player experience is simply amazing.
Ironically Metroid Prime (and its sequel), while being one of the best games on Gamecube, did not adequately represent Nintendo’s fourth on the multi-player front. And what a front. The third party games aside, Super Smash Bros Melee has to get a mention. If someone’s made a better fighting game then this I don’t want to know about it. Fantastic, fast and frenzied2 fighting, and five points for that example of alliteration. Elsewhere the Japanese showed signs of craziness in Wario Ware and we know have 7 too many Mario parties. Ah well.
Then turning to the old third party titles, I’ll just name some names. Timesplitters: Future Perfect. Conflict: Desert Storm. Super Monkey Ball. FIFA 2005 (yes, it is quite good. Sequels get worse and worse though). Worms 3D. The list really goes on and on. And on and on. And on. Then a bit further.
So even though the Gamecube may not be the best console ever made, it will still be remember fondly by those who played it. If not for the quality single-player games, the horrendously rubbish (except Zelda: Four Swords Adventures) GBA – GC link or the return of many third party developers, then for the multi-player. I’ve wasted weeks of my life on my old Gamecube, and you know what? If the devil offered me them back, I wouldn’t take them. That was time well spent.
2 – Which has nothing to do with meat or sex1 – And I mean every sodding year
The Halloween games could be played freely online. This Halloween festival is celebrated every year in the evening of 31st of October throughout the globe. The participating children in the Halloween game will themselves in a scary plan. The costumes they wear will be scary like phantoms, monsters and ghouls. The children also dress up in several other frightening costumes. After dressing up in this way, children will knock the doors of their neighbours and also the houses associated with friends and do the collection of chocolates, candy, fruits and in many cases ready money.
Crash Bandicoot got a somewhat high score on Game Rankings. When they have be announced that Crash Bandicoot is a Mario type platformer to get really aimed towards kids. Adults that like cutesy jocuri mario vechi may also relish Crash Bandcoot though.
The teenage boy began to explain that his name is Rick. The man at the counter is his uncle, Brad, and the store is owned by his father Jim. Involved with a family business that caters to any and all types of gamers. Shortly fater he began to show me around.
The controls and diversity are simply phenomenal in Super Mario Galaxy. As great mostly is, alternatives here . a couple downsides. Not nearly perfect can be a secondary plot featuring a personality named Rosalina. Players can, however, ignore this story completely. Also, platforms are occasionally obstructed by camera views, though this only happens occasionally. It takes the offering of 60 stars to finish the on the internet game. This is not very difficult. Players wanting the genuine challenge will seek all 120 stars in video game – true completion.
Browsing one’s could make you privy towards the different variations of the Mario hobby. A number of the favorite Mario Games are Super Mario, Mario Poker, Mario 3 & 2 and Mario Video These video games are fun to enjoy and are suited if you are from alll walks of life. Mega senses Mario games have their unique storyline and obstacles. Before you start with the game, a quick explanation over it is shown on just in case you to keep it uncomplicated. Look into the instructions carefully before starting the game, it will allow you to win. New types in order to customized for your suitability.
Sonic and Mario Games
Mario was first introduced in 1981 in the Donkey Kong game that was available in the arcade. At that point he was known as “Jumpman,” however he looked exactly the same as the Mario we have all come to know in the Mario Bros. franchise.
The Mario game that brought the character to its popularity was the first “Super Mario Bros” game that was introduced for the Super Nintendo and is now known as the best selling game of all time. It was known to be the best developed side scroller of its time which opened its doors for the developers to enhance its development for future Mario games.
Mario’s development into the 3D world helped excel its brand to the Nintendo 64, which today is still known as the best 3D platform game that has ever been created. There have been many other clones of this game but none have ever reached the level of success as Super Mario 64.
In competition with Nintendo, Sega wanted its hands on the Mario Brothers fame. They created Sonic the Hedgehog who would help market the Sega Genesis to compete against Mario and the Super Nintendo system. Sonic was built as a character that was a lot “hipper” than Mario and had a little bit of attitude.
Sonic’s first game introduction did not really get much success until it hit the 16 bit console system with its side kick Tails. Tails was a character that was made to be played as the second player in the Sonic the Hedgehog game franchise.
The 3D development of the Sonic games did not gain as much success as the Mario games did, that is until it was released on the Sega Dreamcast. This is where we saw a 3D Sonic game titled “Sonic Adventure” which was really worth playing.
If you don’t care about which game is more popular and just want to play than there is some good news, whatever game you prefer to play, you can play them all online for free. With the power of the Internet and Flash, you can find many fun variations of both Sonic Games Online and Mario Games Online.