Welcome to the Gamecube Recommendation Thread!
Yes, we are now in our third iteration! The last one was being not nice when I tried to format it, so we're starting with a brand new slate! The purpose of this thread is to help inform readers on what's worth picking up for the Gamecube. It's also a great place to ask any questions you have; we'll do the best to help! New features for this edition are the inclusion of Gamespot scores and user reviews. More information on the user reviews can be found in the fifth post on the page. Also, clicking on any of the titles of the games will take you to their Gamespot gamespaces. :)
Well congratulations, you're the proud owner/soon to be owner of a Nintendo Gamecube. There is a lot of good stuff out there, and it must be hard to know where to even begin. Getting a new console is exciting, but after laying down all the cash for the system itself, getting the best bang for you buck with everything else you need can be difficult. Take it from me, never buy a game you know nothing about when you get a new console just because it's cheap.... that's how I ended up with Unlimited Saga. This thread exists to help inform new users on the best games and accessories for their new console, and to help Gamecube veterans discover new and exciting games.
Gameboy Player, $50
If you want to play your Gameboy games on a bigger screen or don't have a Gameboy at all, the Gameboy Player is for you! It's compatible with all Gameboy games and lets you bring those titles to your TV.
Memory Card 16X, $35
$35 may seem a little steep for a memory card, but it's worth every cent. With this much space you won't have to worry about shuffling or deleting good data. I recommend always buying first party cards, because third party (MadCatz, etc.) have a tendency to lose data, and you wouldn't want that!
Wavebird Controller, $35
Ah, the Wavebird. What a great controller! The absence of cords is great... nothing to get unplugged, chewed by pets, tangled in anything... it's perfect. The distance is great, and so is the battery life. This is essential for Gamecube owners.
S-Video Cable, $16 for Nintendo brand, $7-$10 for third parties
If your TV is S-Video compatible, these cables will give you a better picture.
Component Video Cable, no longer sold at Nintendo's store.
If you have an HDTV, this will get you the best possible picture and will also enable 480p for many games. However, Nintendo recently discontinued these, so the only way to get them is through an auction site like Ebay or importing through a site like lik-sang.com, though the product is listed as "unavailable" right now. Recent Gamecubes do not have the slot for Component Cables, however. Good luck finding these, but if you have an HDTV, I can speak from personal experience that these are worth it-- MAILER_DAEMON.