Share Your GameCube Memories, it Turns 10 in Australia today
10 Years ago today, the Nintendo GameCube was released in Australia. It doesn’t really seem that long ago, but it was. The GameCube was a great console, and although its performance in Australia was abysmal we still had a great run and great fun with the little purple or black cube.
So today, we thought it would be nice if we could sit down and share our GameCube memories. The games, both good and bad, the times spent playing multiplayer, the times alone, the console, the accessories and if you’re inclined just how it was to be a Nintendo gamer at the time.
Since I’m asking you to share, I will share my favourite time with the GameCube. It was actually a couple of times and it might surprise you, but it was for a few features we did for the site. ‘We’ being my school friends and myself. We called them ‘Game Testing Parties’, testing out the multiplayer abilities of Super Smash Bros Melee, Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3, take runs in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle and ‘test’ the multiplayer factor in these titles. It was crude, but this was 2002. Livestreams didn’t exist and YouTube didn’t even exist.
I had some great times and apart from playing Melee with my friends on these occasions, I didn’t get many other chances to play Melee with a full compliment of players, so many hours of that game were played. I’m sure others played more but being in high school and having no responsibility meant hours and hours of game time. If only life offered so much free time now. Speaking of school, we actually did one of these ‘events’ during a school sports carnival, we skipped school to play Melee. Good times.
So now you know mine, I do have tons of memories with the GameCube but this one sticks out the most. Let us hear yours!
We’ll have another GameCube feature out shortly celebrating the GameCube’s legacy and the next episode of the Vookcast with be a GameCube filled love fest.
I loved the GameCube. Loved it in a weird way. I honestly believe the console that ‘loses’ in each generation tends to have the most interesting games.
Super Mario Sunshine
Pikmin 1 & 2
Those are all incredible games. I never really enjoyed or got into Smash Bros, and didn’t like Double Dash, but the above games I still love to this day.
I remember the happiness on my face when my dad finally came home with a GameCube and Super Smash Brothers Melee. I also had the same look of happiness when he came home with a copy of Wind Waker. A few years ago my friends and I were so surprised when I won a (second) GameCube in one of those arcade machines.
Good times! Happy Birthday you crazy purple lunchbox!
Got the GameCube at launch. Playing Luigi’s Mansion and rogue squadron was the start of a good 10 years…….
My fondest memory is first playing Eternal Darkness – being sucked into a game in such a way.
And of course the other fun games: Luigi’s Mansion, Lost Kingdoms, Baten Kaitos, PN03, Viewtiful Joe, Paper Mario, Metroid Prime – just to name a few
I loved my little purple cube 😉
I remember hocking my cube once.. But I got it back.. Or was it my 64 I hocked?? :/
Playing the Cube when I got it at my nans place on summer nights on this tiny ancient CRT TV. Pikmin, and hiring out Rogue Leader.
Also watching Catfish play Resi4 at my place at night and it just being so damn good looking and intense.
First memory was when i opened the lid and saw the shiny little eject button. Was so cool. And still shiny to this day!
Best times were playing games like Smash Bros. and THPS3 with my brother.
Very best memory was when me and my brother bought Smash Bros. and a 2nd controller (black so we could tell whose was whose). We got them from Harvey Norman and use a whole heap of coins to pay for them. We counted out the money on the kitchen sink before we left to make sure we had enough. When the till lady was counting it out she looked at us and said “Why is this money wet?” We just burst out laughing.
Purchasing said AWESOMELY PURPLE console was an amazing day. At uni, time was needing filling and the GC was it!
First Nintendo console that wasn’t dedicated to the game cartridge (in Oz anyway) and I was well surprised that so much game could fit on such small discs! Mega excited with the many many collector editions of Zelda that were released. I’m sure I own many copies of the same game.
It provided me with many many hours of gaming bliss, including purchasing the gameboy adapter so that they could be played on the big screen… sad yes… awesome… HELL YES!!!