The Nintendo GameCube is perhaps one of the consoles that receives the most unfair treatment. While the lineup of games on this console was genuinely impressive, the console simply didn’t measure up to the power of the PlayStation 2, which was absolutely dominating at the time. However, that’s not to say that the GameCube wasn’t chock-full of awesome titles, and some of them were pretty challenging too.
In fact, the GameCube was home to some of the most difficult games that can still haunt you to this day. For the most part, these games are fairly accessible, although you should keep in mind that your skills need to improve if you want to enjoy the following titles to the fullest.
8 F Zero GX
There’s a reason so many people want an F-Zero game to come out soon. The series has been dormant for a long time, which is a shame as these games are extremely fun even now.
F-Zero GX is considered by many to be the best in the series. Race tracks are wildly memorable, even if one mistake could send you doomed.
7 super monkey ball 2
Super Monkey Ball 2 is part of a long-running series that has made the act of catching monkeys in a spinning ball quite popular. These games don’t shy away from putting you through tricky stages where a single miscalculation can lead to a quick end to the game.
Super Monkey Ball 2 is no exception to this golden rule. You have to be very careful while navigating the intricate stages of the game and make sure your momentum doesn’t get out of control while trying to avoid the many dangers in this game.
6 super mario sun
Super Mario Sunshine is not the most difficult game as many people find 3D Mario games to be more relaxing than challenging at times. However, there are times when some of Sunshine’s levels can be downright brutal.
This, coupled with FLUD’s general unreliability, means you have to be a bit resourceful with your platform. If you really want to get all the Shine Sprites in the game, make sure you brush up on all the mechanics.
5 resident evil zero
The Resident Evil games are notorious for being pretty stingy when it comes to providing you with resources. This is not surprising, given the nature of this title as a survival horror game.
Resident Evil Zero is one of the best games for fans who want to get a taste of some classic Resident Evil action. However, be aware that the gameplay can be quite brutal at times, with puzzles also requiring you to do a lot of mental gymnastics.
4 Eternal Darkness: Requiem for Sanity
Eternal Darkness is a game that was truly ahead of its time. Horror games these days often have a reputation for relying on cheap jumpscares rather than proper tension, but Eternal Darkness doesn’t fall into this category at all.
Sure, the combat can be a bit wonky, but it’s the atmosphere and tension of this game that really sells it. It is one of the most popular video games to break the third wall, which really makes you think that you have lost your sanity along with the playable character.
3 Viewtiful Joe 2
Viewtiful Joe is one of the most stylish beat-em-up titles you will have the privilege of playing. The brilliant Clover Studio took the reins of the development of this game, so it’s obvious why the game oozes charm.
You need to make sure you have brushed up on the mechanics to get through the many challenging stages of the game. Brilliant visuals mean you’ll never get bored with the experience, even during some of the game’s most difficult stages.
two Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
The Metroid Prime trilogy is lauded by many as one of the best Samus spin-off titles, and it’s easy to see why. The switch to a first-person perspective with traditional Metroid mechanics made for a shining moment.
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is one of the best games in the trilogy, featuring a healthy dose of great level design and challenging encounters. The bosses will really test your skills with the game, so make sure you use all of Samus’s arsenal to achieve victory.
1 Super Smash Bros Melee
The Super Smash Bros. series is packed with great games, and many people consider Melee to be the highlight of the series. The game added a ton of new characters to the series who have since become mainstays.
Of course, most people won’t forget how tight and challenging Melee combat really was, especially on the higher difficulties. If you want to try a round or two of Melee, make sure you know the mechanics of this title well and what are the most effective combos. Poor strategies are bound to lead to frustrating moments and many quits out of anger.
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