Best Pokémon Game for Gamecube

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When thinking of Nintendo's most successful franchises, Pokémon comes to mind. It is so successful that it has TV shows, movies, and several video games. So, it only makes sense that there's a Pokémon game for every Nintendo console. But what is the best Pokémon game for GameCube?

There are not many Pokémon games released specifically for Nintendo GameCube (NGC). There are only three games, automatically making them bronze, silver, and gold medalists. These games are namely Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, and Pokémon Channel.

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But are these games really there just because there are no other options? Or are they indeed worthy of being called the “best Pokémon games for GameCube?” Find the answers below.

Did Gamecube Have a Pokémon Game?

The Nintendo GameCube is Nintendo's sixth-generation console. It was released in 2001 in Japan and America and in 2002 in Australia.

Meanwhile, the first Pokémon games were released in 1996. Since then, it has grown to be one of the most loved franchises in the world. So it only made sense that they released Pokémon games for every Nintendo gaming console following Pokémon's release.

So yes, there are Pokémon games for the GameCube. These games are Pokémon Channel, Pokémon Colosseum, and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

You can also use the peripheral device Gameboy Player to play games originally released on past consoles on GameCube. This includes the main series Pokémon games from Generation I, II, and II, Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Puzzle Challenge, Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!, and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team.

What Is The Best Pokémon Game for Gamecube?

Here are the top three Pokémon games for the Nintendo GameCube.

A. Pokémon Colosseum

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Pokémon Colosseum is the first Pokémon game in 3D and is a fully-fledged single-player adventure game. While one may think it is the sequel to Pokémon Stadium – considering the title – it is actually a separate spin-off game.

Pokémon Colosseum was a big step-up for Pokémon at the time of its release. It is not the same as the main-series Pokémon game, where the story is lacking. This game has less depth than standard RPGs but has more compared to the Pokémon games released back then.

Your goal in this game is to snatch the Shadow Pokémon and cure them of their corruption.

And if you like Pokémon battling, Pokémon Colosseum will please you more.

This game offers players refreshing new adventures. And that makes it worthwhile to play.

B. Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

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Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness is the sequel to Pokémon Colosseum. The latter already established a good start for this series. And this sequel gave that justice.

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness has the same gameplay as its prequel. You capture shadow Pokémon and purify them. Also, it functions as the battle simulator for Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.

One key difference between the two games is the number of Pokémon you can capture. Gale of Darkness has twice as many Pokémon as there is in Pokémon Colosseum. So, you have more options for your team.

Gale of Darkness also introduced many quality-of-life features. One of them speeds up the purification process. And hence, it is considered a direct upgrade from Pokémon Colosseum.

Needless to say, this game is also worthwhile.

C. Pokémon Channel

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Pokémon Channel is quite a polarizing game. Critics call it the worst Pokémon game of all time, but many players say they thoroughly enjoyed it.

Pokémon Channel is a virtual pet simulation where your pet is Pikachu. You watch television programs to help Professor Oak with his research. New television programs get unlocked each day (based in real-time.)

There are game shows, teleshopping, and even a five-part anime series that make a full anime episode when pieced together.

Pokémon Channel is a laid-back Pokémon game offering a passive experience. It is cutesy, relaxing, and will put a smile on your face. This different vibe makes this Pokémon game worthy of checking out.

What Game Boy or Game Boy Advance Pokémon Games Are Best Played On Gamecube?

All Pokémon games from the Game Boy to Game Boy Advance are better played on the GameCube. That's because you can play them on a bigger screen. Typically, that leads to a more enjoyable experience.

Are There Main-Series Pokémon Games on The Gamecube?

There are no main-series games released on the GameCube. However, you can play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games using the Game Boy Player. 

Thus, you can play the main-series games for Generation I, II, and III of Pokémon. These are games set in the regions Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn.

Is Pokémon Trading Card Game on Gamecube?

Yes. Like the main-series Pokémon games, you can play the Pokémon Trading Card Game (Game Boy Color) on GameCube using the peripheral Game Boy Player.

Is Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire on Gamecube a Game?

No, it is not a game. Instead, it is a Nintendo GameCube Utility. It allows players to store up to 1500 Pokémon from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.

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The stored Pokémon can be traded between Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen.

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