The Best GameCube Fighting Games

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Released in 2001, the successor to the Nintendo 64 took 3D gaming to the next level. The GameCube brought players a brand-new Nintendo experience with a slew of new features that excited fans. Along with the new iconic controller, players are now able to save to memory cards, play Gameboy Advance games, and even connect their Gameboy Advance to the console. The library on the GameCube was fantastic as well, bringing players all new 3D adventures in iconic locations. While not the highest selling Nintendo console, it is easily one of the best, bringing gamers memorable experiences that have lasted 20 years.

Fighting games have always been a hallmark of the gaming scene, bringing players together from around the world to test their skills in competitive scenes or as friends. Nintendo has had a great history with fighting games, from Street Fighter to SoulCalibur, there are plenty of options for fans of the genre. With the brand-new controller, fighting games have never been such a joy to play. New entries into the Smash Bros., SoulCalibur, and Def Jam have never looked or felt better, with Super Smash Bros. Melee still played competitively to this day.

SoulCalibur II

The original SoulCalibur has finally gotten a sequel, filled to the brim with even more sword-based, brawler action. Once again, the Soul Edge is up for grabs, and the 20 playable characters are ready to fight for that power. There are a few ways to experience SoulCalibur II, between Arcade mode which features multiple battles in quick succession or VS. where players can face off against a friend.

Included in this title as the special guest character is Link from The Legend of Zelda. Players can now play as the legendary hero of time with the fabled Master Sword. SoulCalibur II is a fantastic successor to the original SoulCalibur and a must play on the GameCube.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Arguably the best Super Smash Bros. in the series, Super Smash Bros. Melee brings back iconic Nintendo characters, as well as some new ones, for another skilled brawl. Upgraded from the original 12 characters, Melee features 25 characters from Ness to Marth.

Players return to the classic single player mode that the original introduced, or play some awesome minigames like Home Run Contest to test reflexes and skill. Up to four players can play simultaneously, leading to some awesome matchups and difficult battles. Super Smash Bros. Melee is easily one of the best games that the GameCube has to offer.

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Return to the brutal world of Mortal Kombat with Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. The fifth entry into the series, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance strives to expand the universe and bring back the awesome brutality that this series is known for. There are 21 playable characters available in this title with 10 of them new to the series. The brawling itself feels more responsive and visceral, with the best-looking character models so far.

Konquest Mode is a definite highlight of this title, allowing players to take part in multiple brawls earning players coins that unlock awesome secrets. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is an excellent return to the series with plenty of content to keep long-time fans entertained.

Def Jam Vendetta

What happens when you mix the world of hip-hop with pro wrestling? Def Jam Vendetta is exactly that, mixing these two totally different genres together for the perfect wrestling experience. There are 46 different playable characters, some of which are real hip-hop artists. Pit some of the strangest characters against each other in exciting, atmospheric arenas.

There are plenty of realistic ways to beat your opponent, with submissions and pins having the ability to be broken by the enemy. As the player progresses through the story, they are able to level up their fighter and become the best of the best. Def Jam Vendetta is an awesome fighter with plenty of charm and atmosphere to keep players engrossed in its action.

Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation

Based on the anime of the same name, Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation is an awesome, stylized wrestling title that has plenty of Japanese charm. There are many different ways to experience this exciting game, from an awesome Story mode, to a custom character creator, there is plenty of great content to keep players engaged in this fantastic title.

There are 30 different characters to choose from, each weirder than the last, giving players a wide array of wacky fighters and devastating finishers. Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation is a brilliant wrestling title that blends the sport with plenty of weirdness to make this game stand out.

Bloody Roar: Primal Fury

This long-standing series of Japanese fighters has made its way to the GameCube with Bloody Roar: Primal Fury. In this title, players will find the familiarity of most 2D fighters mixed with insane and skillful combos that can devastate opponents.

During matches, players are able to change into Beast Form which allows for a wider range of moves to be executed. The stages are also dynamic, similar to Dead or Alive, allowing players to break through walls or use the environment to their advantage. Bloody Roar: Primal Fury is an awesome title that welcomes new players and has plenty of exciting mechanics for fighting game fanatics.

  • Updated September 3, 2020