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Let's Play Every GameCube Game, Part 42

The penultimate post.

Warrior Blade: Rastan vs. Barbarian

Warrior Blade: Rastan vs. Barbarian (Saffire/Taito, 2003)

A 3D arena fighter with destructible environments and transitions between different areas of the stage when fighters get knocked off of platforms. It was a Japanese exclusive on GCN and a PAL exclusive on Xbox, but the PS2 version came out everywhere to mixed reviews. Despite that, I enjoyed the arcade mode and I'm putting it on the list for a longer look. Oddly, despite the name being "Rastan vs.", Keela here is first on the character select and appears to be the main character.

Wave Race: Blue Storm

Wave Race: Blue Storm (Nintendo, 2001)

The sequel to the N64's Wave Race, and the last game in a series that Nintendo promptly forgot about. You'd probably assume that means it was a critical or commercial failure, but it reviewed well and was apparently the #3 best-selling GCN launch title in Japan, which is no small feat when the competition was Luigi's Mansion and Rogue Squadron. Another list entry.

Whirl Tour

Whirl Tour (Papaya Studio/Crave Entertainment, 2002)

Tony Hawk but on a scooter. I like the cel-shaded look and the soundtrack seems promising, but I'm not at all equipped to give a meaningful criticism of this genre and it seems to have been generally considered forgettable. I have no idea why there's debug text in the top left and bottom right, but that probably wasn't there in 2002. Papaya Studio only ever made licensed games after this and shut down around 2009.

Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure

Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (Phoenix Studio/Ubisoft, 2005)

An adventure game starring Winnie the Pooh that also has a bunch of Mario Party-esque minigames. This one has mutant velociraptors chasing Pooh for some reason. That's not nearly as baffling as Sony's decision to release it as a PS2 classic on PSN in 2013, though. What was it about this generic licensed title that doesn't seem to have sold particularly well and certainly didn't review well that made it a classic? A good deal with Ubisoft, probably.

World Series of Poker

World Series of Poker (Left Field Productions/Activision, 2005)

A poker game. You play poker. There are lots of other ways to play poker, so I have no idea why you'd want to do it here. You'd have to sit through some of the longest loading screens ever seen on the GCN if you did, though.

World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 Final Evolution

World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 Final Evolution (Konami, 2003)

A PES spinoff that only came out in Japan on GCN. I wish the camera was a little more zoomed out, but otherwise it plays well and looks pretty good for 2003. You also get loads and loads of options for teams and competitions, so chances are you'd be able to find quite a few different fun setups.

Worms 3D

Worms 3D (Team17/Acclaim, 2003)

It's Worms, but 3D. There are approximately thirty two billion different games in this series, so I doubt there's much reason to play this particular version of worm-based artillery over others. It seems to have sold well despite slightly better than mediocre reviews.

Worms Blast

Worms Blast (Team17/Ubisoft, 2002)

It's Worms again. There's a puzzle mode that isn't very fun. The music and graphics are kind of nice, I guess.

Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions

Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions (Stealth Studios/Activision, 2002)

It was apparently developed originally for Xbox and looked amazing for 2002 on that system, but then Stealth couldn't manage the port to GCN and PS2 and the graphics are notably worse. Not taht it was a very good game on any system. You'd think that you'd make sure you knew how to pronounce "yakuza" if you were going to make a game that would use that word in every other sentence, but no one here thought that mattered much.

WTA Tour Tennis

WTA Tour Tennis (Konami, 2001)

A tennis game that only has the women's competition, which is an interesting reversal of how sports games usually work. I'm not at all interested in a serious tennis game, though. It's just not enjoyable as a video game without silly powers.

WWE Crush Hour

WWE Crush Hour (Pacific Coast Power & Light/THQ, 2003)

A car combat game that has the WWE license for some reason. It was sold as a budget title, but was received negatively anyway. I think that may have been because it's bad and not fun.

WWE Day of Reckoning

WWE Day of Reckoning (Yuke's/THQ, 2005)

A wrestling game. It feels like all the others, but apparently this one is considered better than most of those. It reviewed somewhat well, at least. Yuke's is still around making wrestling games.

WWE Day of Reckoning 2

WWE Day of Reckoning 2 (Yuke's/THQ, 2005)

Another wrestling game. This one is different because there's a "2" in the title. It seemed like it ran a little better than the last one.

WWE WrestleMania X8

WWE WrestleMania X8 (Yuke's/THQ, 2002)

A wrestling video game that is actually earlier than the last one even though 8 is bigger than 2. I'm not sure if X8 is meant to mean 18 or 8 X's, but I'm sure that's WWE's fault and not Yuke's. At least there's only one wrestling game left.

WWE WrestleMania XIX

WWE WrestleMania XIX (Yuke's/THQ, 2003)

I guess this means it was an 18 in the last game. WWE must count "18, 19, Day of Reckoning". Seems logical.

The list:

  1. 1080° Avalanche

  2. Animal Crossing

  3. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

  4. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean

  5. Batman: Dark Tomorrow

  6. Burnout 2: Point of Impact

  7. Charinko Hero

  8. Chibi-Robo!

  9. Cocoto Kart Racer

  10. Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest

  11. Custom Robo

  12. Dark Summit

  13. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

  14. F-Zero GX

  15. Family Stadium 2003

  16. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

  17. Freedom Fighters

  18. Freekstyle

  19. Gotcha Force

  20. James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing

  21. Jikkyou Powerful Major League

  22. Kirby Air Ride

  23. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

  24. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

  25. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

  26. Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

  27. Mario Power Tennis

  28. Metal Arms: Glitch in the System

  29. Mr. Driller Drill Land

  30. Muscle Champion: Kinnikutou Kessen

  31. MVP Baseball 2005

  32. Nintendo Puzzle Collection

  33. Odama

  34. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

  35. R: Racing Evolution

  36. Sega Soccer Slam

  37. Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula: Road to the Evolution

  38. The Simpsons: Hit & Run

  39. SSX 3

  40. SSX on Tour

  41. SSX Tricky

  42. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

  43. Summoner: A Goddess Reborn

  44. Super Robot Wars GC

  45. Tengai Makyou II: Manji Maru

  46. TimeSplitters 2

  47. TimeSplitters: Future Perfect

  48. Tomb Raider: Legend

  49. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Games!

  50. Wario World

  51. Warrior Blade: Rastan vs. Barbarian

  52. Wave Race: Blue Storm

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