Nintendo recently announced the release of an HD remake of the Gamecube classic The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker for the Wii U. This announcement created quite a stir among Nintendo fans and Wii U owners. While it wasn’t the favorite of the Zelda series, Wind Waker’s visual style and excellent story and gameplay made it one of the best games on the system. This announcement along with the fact that Nintendo has mentioned the possibility of Gamecube games making their way on to the Wii U digitally could bring a light back on to Nintendo’s most underrated system. With that, here are a few Gamecube classics that would certainly benefit from an HD upgrade.
Eternal Darkness : Sanity’s Requiem
Back before horror games like Dead Space 3 and Resident Evil 6 were scaring players by throwing an army of grotesque creatures at an action hardened protaganist, a little Gamecube exclusive was freaking gamers out by exploting their worst fears. Eternal Darkness told a story based on works of H.P. Lovecraft where a young woman discovers her family’s disturbing history while trying to keep her sanity. Rather than just having scenes where the main character deals with scary circumstances, Eternal Darkness would do things to the player if your sanity was too low such making it seem like your controller came unplugged or saying that their save file has been corrupted losing hours of gameplay.
The odds of every seeing Eternal Darkness getting a remake are incredibly slim. After a legal circus involving developer Silicon Knights and Epic Games over the Unreal Engine 3, Silicon Knights has been dissolved and any remaining products were recalled and destroyed. So whoever owns the rights, know this: If you make a sequel to Eternal Darkness, we will buy it.
As part of the Capcom 5, Killer 7 was launched as a Gamecube exclusive and was the first big hit from Grasshoper Manufacture. The game followed Harman Smith, a wheelchair-bound assassin with 6 split personalities who each have their own special abilities. Along with it’s colorfully bizarre visuals, the gameplay was unlike any other game. Most of the action takes place as a first person shooter where you then move around in third person along a single line. While the game never sold very well, it’s held as one of the best hidden gems of the last generation systems and kept it’s fans playing any game with developer Suda 51′s name tied to it in hopes of experincing something like what Killer 7 had.
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean
Developer of games Eternal Sonata and Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, tri-Crescendo’s first game was the epic RPG Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean. The story is set in a world ravaged by a now-sealed evil monster and our hero has accidentally released one of the shackles that hold the beast thus setting him on an adventure to prevent the end of his world. Baten Kaitos set itself apart from most other RPGs with it’s card-based gameplay where in battle, all actions had to chosen based on whichever cards are in your hand.
While the game did get a second installment in the way of a prequel that sold alright, the series hasn’t been returned to since. Bringing it’s interesting gameplay and beautiful visuals to a new generation of gamers could attract a number of new fans and reinvigorate the series.
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
The Pokemon series has seen a number of games for every Nintendo handheld, but when it comes to the consoles almost all of the games are nothing like the gameplay that made the series a phenomenon that it is. Even though it isn’t the full fledged Pokemon game that most fans have been craving, Pokemon XD is probably the closest to a 3D Pokemon adventure. One of the key elements to Pokemon lie in capturing the creatures that inhabit the land. Pokemon XD does feature the ability to capture Pokemon, but there are only 83 different obtainable breeds that have to be taken from evil trainers that have corrupted them. I’m sure that Pokemon fans would rather just have a “real” Pokemon game on the Wii U, but Pokemon XD has many elements that made the series great and is still a excellent game on it’s own.
Due to the system not being so ubiquitous outside of Japan, the Gamecube housed a few great games that never really caught on due to there odd designs. Cubivore was such a game. It was somewhat of an action adventure where you lead a creature through it’s life as well as leading it’s offspring and so on. While this idea doesn’t seem too outlandish, it’s in the execution that things start to feel a little weird. Periodically your creature will recall the things it has done such as eating, killing, and even mating in a way that a young teen would write in a diary. The game itself was quite fun, challenging you with taking on bigger and stronger creatures that yourself to make you the alpha male attracting the attention of the other female cubes in the land. This game certainly deserves another chance and could really benefit with a proper integration of the Wii U’s Miiverse.
Starting back on the Super Nintendo, the F-Zero series has had a good run, appearing on the N64 as well as 2 games for the Game Boy Advance. The last time we had a chance to fly around this cyber world was back on the Gamecube with F-Zero GX. The F-Zero series has always been known for fast speed and the chance of losing the entre match always waiting around the corner, and F-Zero GX brought those elements making it one of the most challenging and rewarding racing game out there. The game featured a story mode as well as a number of challenges to push even the best gamers to their limits. Other than an arcade counterpart, Nintendo has yet to return to the series. Remaking the game for Wii U could be great with the addition of online multiplayer as well as Miiverse features.
These are just a few games that would make a great addition to the Wii U’s virtual library. The Gamecube was a great little system and deserves a second chance at the spotlight. So if anyone from Nintendo is reading this, get those HD remakes out to us right away. Our wallets are waiting.