The Nintendo Switch officially surpasses GameCube in sales

Ever since the Nintendo Switch was released back in March 2017 the hybrid console has managed to become very popular in over the past year. In fact, just recently the Nintendo Switch has managed to surpass the GameCube console on relation to sales. Between late 2001-early 2007 the Nintendo GameCube has reportedly reached over 21 million in relation to console sales. It was just announced a few hours ago that the Switch console has reached over 22 million units in sales in less than two years. Not only has the Nintendo Switch sold more than GameCube but it also surpassed the Wii-U which sold roughly over 9 million units throughout its life cycle between late 2012-early 2017.

While the Nintendo Switch will most likely end up selling more than GameCube and the Wii-U combined its unlikely that the console will sell as much as the Nintendo Wii. Then again, its too early to tell whether or not the Nintendo Switch will sell as much as the Wii console since we are still less than two years into its life cycle. It will be interesting to see how much the Nintendo Switch sells before the end of 2019.

Should The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker be ported for the Nintendo Switch?

When it comes down to classic GameCube titles from the early 00’s that deserves to be re-released for the Nintendo Gamecube one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker game. Ever since, Wind Waker appeared on the Nintendo Gamecube between late 2002-early 2003 it managed to become one of the most popular action-adventure games ever made for that console. In fact, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker managed to reach over 3 million copies worldwide in sales. Also, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker was eventually ported for the Nintendo Wii-U back in 2013.

The HD version of Wind Waker was also praised by critics and went on to sell over 2.2 million units worldwide. Seeing that the Nintendo Switch is not backwards compatible with Wii-U games having another port for the hybrid console would be great. Not everyone got a chance to play the HD version of Wind Waker and its a classic from the Zelda series that long time fans would love to see on the Nintendo Switch next to Twilight Princess.

Will Nintendo ever release a Mini GameCube console?

Since we are starting to see the revival of retro based consoles such as the SNES Classic, Sega Mega Drive Mini along with the Neo Geo Mini it seems like what old is new again. Speaking of which along with SNES one of the best video game consoles that Nintendo has made next to the SNES and the Wii was the GameCube system which was released back in the early 00’s. The Nintendo GameCube had so many classic titles such as Super Smash Bros Melee, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Super Mario Sunshine and more.

While most people would agree that a majority of GameCube titles deserve to be ported for the Nintendo Switch it would also be great to see a mini version of the 128 bit console in the future. As of right now there has not really been any talk about Nintendo make the GameCube Mini a reality. Besides the Nintendo Switch and the SNES Classic are both still very popular in the gaming market today so if we ever do get a GameCube Mini console it may be a year or two from now.

Should Metroid Prime be ported for the Nintendo Switch?

When it comes down to classics for the Nintendo GameCube that deserves to be ported for the Nintendo Switch Metroid Prime is a game that some would like probably be in the ten. Following its release in November 2002 Metroid Prime had managed to sell over 2.8 million copies worldwide in the Nintendo GameCube. In fact Metroid Prime was one of the best action adventure games of the early 00’s and is considered a timeless by many people.

While seeing Metroid Prime on the Nintendo Switch would be awesome the world is still waiting for Metroid Prime 4 to appear on the hybrid console sometime in 2018. If Metroid Prime was released for the Nintendo Switch it would most likely be overshadowed by Metroid Prime 4. As of right now Nintendo has no plans making a remastered version of Metroid Prime for the Nintendo Switch but that can easily change as time passes.

Should Nintendo have released Super Mario Sunshine 2 during the 00’s?

When we look back at some of the best selling games of the 00’s we look at many titles such as Super Mario Sunshine which was releasedfor the Nintendo GameCube back in 2002. Since it’s release Super Mario Sunshine has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and was definitely one of those platform titles that many people wanted to see a direct sequel for. After all, the Nintendo Wii was not released until the Fall of 2006.

The Nintendo GameCube was still very popular even after the Nintendo Wii was released going into 2007. Since the Nintendo Wii was backwards compatible with GameCube games a Super Mario Sunshine 2 could have definitely worked on that console. But in terms of whether or not a Super Mario Sunshine 2 game would have been as successful as the original title in terms of sales is questionable.

Could Midnight Club I & II have worked for the Nintendo GameCube in the early 00’s?

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Back in the early 00’s we saw some pretty cool racing titles emerge for the PlayStation 2.  But as far as cool racing games are concerned the Midnight Club series is one that many people have enjoyed in the past.  But as popular as Midnight Club I and II was neither game was ever ported for the Nintendo GameCube.  After all, the first Midnight Club game was ported for the Game Boy Advance while the second title was released for Xbox along with the PS2.

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As far as GameCube titles are concerned there were hardly any memorable racing titles for that console aside from Mario Kart: Double Dash, F-Zero GX and Sonic Riders.  A Midnight Club game for GameCube would have great but in terms of quality it would most likely paled in comparison to that of the PS2.  

Could Kingdom Hearts II have worked on the Nintendo Gamecube in the mid 00’s?

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When it comes down to RPG titles of 00’s Kingdom Hearts II was probably one of the most popular games of the decade.   Kingdom Hearts II was released for both the PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation 3 between 2005-2006 and was the third game in the series following the release of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories which came out in the Fall of 2004.  Ever since the original version of Kingdom Hearts II was released for the PlayStation 2 the game had managed to sell over 4 million units worldwide on that console alone while reaching over one million on the PlayStation 3.

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In terms of whether or not Kingdom Hearts II would have worked on the Nintendo GameCube is debatable.  After all, the relationship between Square Enix and Nintendo was still a bit rocky following the fallout the two entities had back in the 90’s involving the N64.  As far as graphics and gameplay are concerned many argue that Kingdom Hearts II could have definitely worked on the Nintendo Gamecube.  However, its questionable on whether or not a GameCube port of Kingdom Hearts II could have sold as much as the PS2 version of the game considering how popular the console was throughout the entire decade.  If anything Kingdom Hearts II being released exclusively for PlayStation consoles is what helped the game out in terms of sales.

Games from the 00’s- Mega Man X: Command Mission: (2004)

When we think about classic titles from the 00’s for the Nintendo GameCube there are many RPG titles that come to mind such as Paper Mario, Fire Emblem: Path to Radiance, X Men Lends and others.  However, games like Mega Man X Command Mission don’t get mentioned quite as much as other RPG’s for the Nintendo GameCube.  

This game was pretty unique since it was one of the first RPG Mega Man games we have ever seen.  When it comes down to quality the Mega Man X: Command Mission was arguably better on the Nintendo GameCube opposed to the PS2 since it included higher frame rates along with the option that players had to link it up with their Game Boy Advance.  The plot was also interesting since it followed the timeline of previous Mega Man X while including the same elements of surprise along with plot twists that made the MMX trilogy for the SNES interesting. For a spin off game from the original Mega Man X series it seemed like Capcom put a lot of time and effort to produce a solid RPG title out of something that was far more popular as a 2D platformer.  

Are the use of gaming cartridges more helpful or harmful to Nintendo?

When it comes down to video games Nintendo became very popular during the 80’s and the 90’s by developing game consoles such as the NES, SNES and the N64 that were cartridge based.  When it comes down to sales Nintendo consoles they are probably the best in the gaming industry when it comes down to producing console based games.

The N64 had managed to sell over 32 million units worldwide since it was first released back in 1996.  Even, though it did not sell quite as much as the Sony PlayStation which hit close to 39 million units worldwide in terms of sales the N64 had still sold more than Dreamcast.

The  Super Nintendo Entertainment System had managed to sell over 49 million units worldwide since its release back in 1990 which is very impressive.   Some people would argue that cartridge based games can produce the same type of visual quality that CD ROM do and they are absolutely right.  Even though, the Nintendo Switch plays cartridge based games the console itself has managed to do great in the gaming market.  While the Wii utilized CD ROMs for their games it was also one of the best selling consoles ever produced by Nintendo and managed to sell over 101 million units worldwide.  

Which decade was the best for platform games?

Super Mario Bros (2).jpgThe platform genre of gaming has been around since the 80’s and since then many people have wondered which decade was the best for that particular genre.   The original Super Mario Bros game is quite possibly the most popular title ever in the platform genre of gaming.  While the 80’s included mostly 8-bit gameplay for various Mario games we eventually got titles like the Sonic the Hedgehog series during the 16-bit era in the of gaming. 

As the Super Mario Bros series was slowly transitioning into the 16-bit Super Nintendo game console the Sonic the Hedgehog series was starting to become increasingly popular for the Sega Genesis.  Not only was the gameplay for both the Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog series impressive but the colorful graphics led and sprites used in most of the titles added to the appeal of those games.


 By the time we reached the mid to late 90’s we got games like Super Mario 64 and Sonic Adventure which introduced players to a whole different style of platform gaming.  The concept of a 3D open world environment was something that many people were amazed by when Super Mario 64 was released.  Instead of simply just running and jumping Mario could utilize various attacks against his enemies.  While Sonic Adventure was similar Sega had decided to Main the fast paced run and jump formula that was popular in the older Sonic games.  

Super Mario Galaxy (2).jpgBy the time we reached the 00’s the platform genre started to improve visually with some games such as Super Mario Galaxy.  The 2000’s was a good decade to be a fan of open world 3D platform gaming despite not being the most popular genre during time.  We got so many classics such as the New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 along with others.

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  When it came down to platform gaming in the 10’s we began to see more creativity develop in this genre.  Super Mario 3D World for the Wii-U was a great example of this.  The idea of having multiplayer open would gameplay with up to four characters was something that many peopl believed should have happened sooner.  Along with Super Mario 3D World we got Kirby’s Return to Dreamland which had  simultaneous multiplayer gameplay which is something that we might start to see more from platform games in the near future.  While many people argue on which decade is better in relation to the platform genre some would say that things are starting get even better going into the 2020’s.