Choosing Family Video Games for the GameCube

Family game night used to mean everybody gathering around the table for a rousing game of Monopoly, but now, it means grabbing a controller and joining in on the fun of platforming, role-playing, or sports games. Fortunately, there are many family-friendly titles for the Nintendo GameCube that all ages can enjoy.

Which Titles Can Everyone Play?

One of the quickest ways to tell whether a title is appropriate for your child is to check the rating on the front of the game. It's usually shown in a black-and-white box on the left-hand corner of the game, and the ratings vary from E to T to M. These ratings each come with a specific age group that the title is appropriate for, with those rated "E" being appropriate for all ages to play.

  • Pac-Man is a classic that gained fame in the 1980s during the arcade heyday. Today, there are still many versions of this favorite title along with reissues of the vintage game itself. Anyone can enjoy gobbling up ghosts and pellets with the yellow orb.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants is recommended for players aged three and up and stars the funny and playful sponge from the iconic children's TV show.
  • Nickelodeon Party Blast stars many of the characters kids have watched on the network for years, such as Jimmy Neutron, SpongeBob, and the Rugrats.

Which Games Can Elementary-Aged Kids Enjoy?

Nobody ever really grows out of gaming, and as kids get older, there are more types of titles available to them. In some titles, they can even go into co-op gaming mode and play against friends.

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game brings the blocks to life as minifigures in the form of the movie's characters fly around in ships, battle villains, and hop around the galaxy in this fun-filled title for school-aged kids.
  • What child doesn't love Mario? Some Mario titles for the GameCube include Mario Kart: Double Dash, Mario Party 4, and Mario Power Tennis, all of which are fun for everyone (even adults).
  • Midway Arcade Treasures is a blast from the past for kids who can see what games used to look like in their early days. This is a compilation featuring vintage games like Joust, Defender, and Paperboy, which are fun and less difficult to play than some modern games are.

What Might Preteens and Teenagers Enjoy Playing?

As kids get older, titles get more challenging, and there are a few geared toward older kids that provide entertaining and more difficult gameplay.

  • Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is a fighting title where teens can face off against each other in hand-to-hand combat.
  • For sports fans, titles like MVP Baseball 2004 and NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona can be fun and engaging.
  • Let kids who are into anime catch up on Pokemon titles such as Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire or Naruto: Clash of Ninja.