GameCube Co-op Gaming
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Date: June 18, 2008

As the years have passed and I get older, my preferences in games has changed. I used to play more versus games and primarily RPGs and strategy games for my single player fix. Nowadays, the games I play for single player have changed due to time constraints. Meanwhile, my multiplayer gaming has gravitated towards cooperative play. Fortunately, around the time I started really preferring co-op, I acquired a Gamecube. The Gamecube has a wealth of co-op games to play, which is still relevant today thanks to the backwards compatibility built into the Wii. Below are the games I have enjoyed playing cooperatively on the system (many with Shaddak) as well as all the other co-op games I'm aware of on the system.

Games I've Played:

James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing

One of the better games based on the Bond license, Everything or Nothing is an excellent 3rd person action/adventure title. It features a cooperative play mode with its' own levels and objectives. The co-op mode also plays very arcade like, quite fun.

Mario Kart: Double Dash

Mario Kart is a long standing and revered series of arcade racing games. Double Dash took it to a whole new level with character specific special weapons and having two characters in a kart. The real co-op mode in it has 2 people in the same kart, one driving while the other uses weapons. A co-op mode of our own that Shaddak and I did was to play the cups in the regular mode, but teaming up against the computers to get golds in the cups and unlock everything.

Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike

The latest Rogue Squadron game to date, it is a series well known for its' exciting aerial combat. Although the single player mode isn't nearly as good as the previous games (due to the addition of poorly implemented on-foot levels), the co-op play is worth it alone. Incredibly, the co-op mode is the entire Rogue Squadron II game. Tons of space shooting fun to be had.

Lord of the Rings: The Third Age

A turn based console RPG set in the Lord of the Rings universe, the Third Age is reminiscent of games like Final Fantasy in gameplay style. Oddly, it allows you to play through the whole game cooperatively, where one player has control of specific characters and the second player has control of the rest in battle. Sounds weird, but Shaddak and I had a lot of fun playing through it that way.

Serious Sam: Next Encounter

Next Encounter was made for consoles as a new Serious Sam entry. Although developed by a different team than the group that did the original, it holds true to the feel and style that made Serious Sam so entertaining to begin with. You can cooperatively play through the whole game with another person.

Gauntlet Dark Legacy

Holding true to the style of the original Gauntlet, Dark Legacy features classic arcade 4 player co-op action for your enjoyment at home. You can choose from 8 playable characters with RPG leveling topping out at level 99. Fans craving for another Dungeons & Dragons arcade game will love this.

Rainbow Six: Lockdown

A solid first person shooter, Rainbow Six: Lockdown features two player co-op in all the story missions and in terrorist hunt modes. This chapter of the Rainbow Six series focuses more on gunfights than mission planning, which may appeal to players who prefer faster paced arcade action.

Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu

I mentioned this title previously in my super hero games article. It is a decent brawler in the same vein as Streets of Rage and Final Fight, but with the addition of being able to purchase new moves for your character. With 4 characters to choose from and a new villain designed by Jim Lee, this will please most DC/Batman fans.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

A beautiful game set during the Return of the King, this title allows two players to play through the events of the final book in the LotR series. It has a number of unlockable extras for movie fans and excellent action gameplay. A total of 9 characters available, with up to 30 moves for each.

Timesplitters 2
Timesplitters: Future Perfect


Timesplitters 2 and 3 (Future Perfect) are an interesting spin on the standard FPS. You travel through time, controlling different characters in different periods, which leads to a wide variety of locations and weapons at your disposal. The games are hilarious fun and both allow you to play through the campaigns cooperatively.

Phantasy Star Online: Episode 1 & 2 Plus

The definitive version of PSO on consoles, 1 & 2 Plus features everything that was in the original episodes plus a lot of the online content. The game allows for up to 4 player split-screen co-op, meaning you and your friends can continue to play together long after the servers shut down.

Terminator 3: Redemption

The co-op mode in this game is interesting. There's a few levels you can play and they play basically like rail shooters. The two players are gunners in a flying ship who is tasked to shoot and destroy all terminators in sight. This is a clear homage to the classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day arcade game.

Other Co-Op Games:

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

This game kicked off the age of hack n' slash action RPGs on consoles that occurred during the last generation of systems. A fun title that you can play with 2 players throughout.

Alien Hominid

A game clearly inspired by the fantastic SNK Metal Slug series, Alien Hominid features break neck side-scrolling shooting action. Play through the game in co-op or you can cooperatively play the PDA minigames (which supports 4 players).

Hunter: The Reckoning

Featuring up to 4 player co-op, Hunter is like Gauntlet on steroids. Choose from one of a variety of hunters then go through the levels slaughtering the denizens of darkness. The controls are very similar to Robotron: 2084 whereas you walk and aim separately via the analog sticks.


The spiritual successor to the cult hit Radiant Silvergun on the Saturn, Ikaruga is an unforgiving shoot-em-up with a twist. You play a ship that can change color, which affects how you take damage and how you deal damage to build up your score. The game becomes very complex and rewarding when played with a friend.

Lego Star Wars
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy


The Lego Star Wars games are immense entertainment. You play through levels based on each of the movies, building things, destroying things, and customizing. Both games can be played through with a friend.

Rampage: Total Destruction

Rampage continues to be the same despite having several different games released with the name. You and a friend pick your favorite big monster, then go from city to city destroying everything you can. It offers mindless fun with a light sense of humor.

Conflict: Desert Storm
Conflict: Desert Storm - Back to Baghdad


The Conflict: Desert Storm games are tactical squad-based shooters that feature up to 4 player co-op through the missions. The co-op mode is interesting in that each person plays a specific character (like one person is the sniper, the other is the demolitions expert, etc) and requires working together to complete the goals.


Set in a version of ancient Rome, Gladius is a turn-based strategy game where players go through a story, fighting in gladiator arenas for experience and treasure. You can play with up to 4 players cooperatively on the Gamecube, where each person controls certain gladiators in combat. Co-op mode makes the game much more fun than playing alone.

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Splinter Cell: Double Agent


Splinter Cell is a long running series of stealth action games. Chaos Theory and Double Agent both feature a number of missions that can be played only through co-op and forces players to work together to succeed.

X-Men Legends
X-Men Legends 2


I guess companies decided they'd played the fantasy setting out with hack n' slash action rpgs, as they decided to switch gears and start doing super hero action rpgs. The X-Men Legends games were the first two that popped up. Both allow for up to 4 player co-op gaming.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare


A throwback to the old TMNT games, these 3 games are action games in a similar style. The first game featured 2 player co-op while the second and third games upped that to 4 player co-op.

Rainbow Six 3

Based off the PC game, Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, you play as a member of Tom Clancy's fictional Rainbow Six unit. The game allows for two player co-op on any missions you've completed in single player.

Games requiring Gameboy Advance(s) and Link Cable(s):

Above is all the games I'm aware of that have cooperative gameplay. I suppose I could have named the Mario Party games, but whatever. The following three titles are games I know of that have co-op play, but require Gameboy Advances to take advantage of.

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles

A game based around the idea of four player cooperative gaming, Crystal Chronicles is a decent little action RPG that sounds more like an effort to sell GBAs. In order to play multiplayer, every player must have a GBA connected to the Gamecube. This causes all the menu stuff to be done on the GBA and not detract from the action of everyone else on the tv.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

An interesting use of the ability to connect the Gamecube with the GBA, Wind Waker lets a second person be able to control the fairy Tingle. Tingle can show a map of surroundings on the GBA along with being able to give hints, heal, restore magic, or drop bombs.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Possibly the best use of the GBA-to-GC connectivity ability, Four Swords is designed around four players. Everyone hooks up a GBA to play, and as they run around the game, whenever they enter dungeons or separate from the other characters, the action goes to the GBA screen instead.

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