With the news of Nintendo Switch finally getting an N64 emulator (of sorts), retro fans have reason to celebrate.
The greedier among us, though, can’t help but look ahead to the next step: GameCube games making their way to the company’s current console.
It’s sure to happen, hopefully in this generation, and so there’s no harm in a little idle speculation.
The GameCube is a funny beast, with a handful of absolutely knockout titles but a whole lot of chaff amongst that wheat. Perhaps for this reason, the ports or remasters on Switch have been few and far between thus far. Those of us quick enough to nab the Mario multipack were charmed and/or infuriated by Sunshine all over again, and the Super Monkey Ball selection looks a winner.
Aside from that, though, there are some truly great games that deserve to make the jump to the one home console with even smaller discs than the ‘Cube. First party titles, in-house gems, and those that were shared across that generation’s entertainment boxes, Nintendo’s early ‘00s invention was home to some great stuff.
We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves - the N64 feature isn’t even out yet, after all - but when the time comes, these are the titles we’d like, please.
10. Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a gaudy and glorious celebration of one of gaming’s most enduring franchises. The game picks and chooses tracks from the series’ storied history, providing an immense collection, along with the usual spectacular multiplayer and highly competitive online action.
But is it the best Mario Kart ever? There’s a strong argument to be made that this accolade goes to the much loved GameCube iteration. Double Dash!! is a wild ride, with the added quirk of dues racing, two characters piled onto the back of each kart and set off on the usual bevy of wild courses.
This wrinkle added another layer to the multiplayer fun - co-operative mode, with one player steering and the other hurling shells, bananas, and the rest. It made for deliriously unwieldy play - a sudden switcheroo meant you’d go from offensive action to driving, and you’d better be ready for it.
It’s the most chaotic game in the series, and bringing online play to the party would be the cherry on the cake. We’ve had a few courses make their way to Switch, but there’s more to Double Dash!! than the brilliant/ridiculous Baby Park.