Video games have a special place in my heart. They are my remedy after boring days of school, exciting activities during sleepovers, and the inspiration for many intellectual conversations. Yes… unlike “mature” people, who prefer to discuss school, politics, and careers, I find discussions about Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, and Pokémon much more fulfilling.
One of my earliest Christmas memories was the morning I opened a mysterious box. Inside was a Gamecube.
I actually still have the console, only most of the wires are missing. Nonetheless, I played my Gamecube many a night, and some of those nights turned into lasting memories.
So as tribute to my ol’ Gamecube, here are my TOP 5 favorite games that shaped my childhood:
FIVE: Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
I grew up playing Halo, and I was fascinated with the Multiplayer mode. MOH: Rising Sun was my first shooter game, and although the story kinda stunk, the multiplayer was BOSS!
The idea of hunting people down was fascinating. Until I bought MOH: Rising Sun, I would run around my back yard with an air-soft pistol and shoot trees. FUN!
FOUR: SSX 3
High-speed racing, legendary—impossible—tricks, and the biggest bails in gaming, SSX 3 provides its players with bone-breaking fun (that was the lamest oxymoron, but it sounded cool ;)).
A great thing about this game is its variety of characters. Although my primary rider was Griff, I enjoyed playing as the other humorous characters.
THREE: Super Smash Bros. Melee
This was a great game to play if I was mad at my brother… When we played together, I would always win. For those of you who don’t know anything about SSBM, it basically combines Nintendo characters (even a few Pokémon) into a massive brawl. HOW AWESOME?!
More than anything, though, this game provided a pedestal for popularity at school. All my friends had SSBM, and unless I had it, I feared rejection.
TWO: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Yes, we have all seen the movies. But for me, nothing brought Middle Earth to life more than the game. You can play as anyone from the fellowship (including Sam, Merry, Pippin, and Frodo) as they battle the evil forces of Mordor. I beat this game probably three or four times, and it never got old.
My favorite part about this game was its cooperative play. Few things were cooler than killing orcs alongside your best friend. 😉
ONE: Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Yes… I am a serious, die-hard Harry Potter fan. I’ve read the books, seen the movies, and still have emotion breakdowns over Harry’s decision to marry Ginny instead of Hermione.
Anyway, one of my favorite elements in Harry Potter is the wizarding game, Quidditch. If you are like me, dying to take flight on a broomstick, then this game will satisfy.
The reason Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup is number ONE, though, is because of its sentimental value. When my cousin, Josiah was visiting from Ecuador, this game was our sanctuary; nothing ignited our imaginations more, or brought us closer together (except for maybe sword fights with plastic light-sabers). Most of my memories with him—good and bad—involved this game.
WHAT?! No Legend of Zelda or Metroid games?!
Yes, I know what you might be thinking… Although I love those games, they didn’t impact my childhood as much as these FIVE. But don’t worry… It won’t be long until I write an article about those.
Until then, I want to know what you guys think…
What are some Gamecube games that shaped your childhood, and why?
Thanks for reading 😉