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Hosts Mike Laine & Neil Gilbert memorialize and remember the Nintendo GameCube and the early 2000s while attempting to read the back of 555 cases. Tune in every Thursday to hear us talk with some of our favourite people and learn new things.

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October 21, 2021

Episode 69: Resident Evil 4

WHAT ARE YA BUYING? One of the greatest games ever made and a watershed moment for the survival horror genre, RE4 boldly went where no Resident Evil game had gone before. Combining over the shoulder gameplay with tense action and amazing sound design it became the most accessible game in the series and one of the best games ever released for the GameCube. Part of the CAPCOM 5 (see last week's episode) Resident Evil 4 was exclusive for a very short period in 2005 before being ported to basically every console imaginable. Yet the GameCube version is still often cited as the proper way to play. Mike & Neil are joined by four guests of the show to discuss this masterpiece; Brian is back from the CAPCOM 5 episode to give his thoughts on the game and what he'd love to see improved in a future remake while newcomers Luke (Resident Evil Collector), Kira (Toonietwirls) and Tristan join the show to talk about some of their favourite memories of the game and why it still has such a huge audience 16 years later. The boys start the episode off by trying to think of great fourth instalments to a series (spoiler alert, there aren't many). Sit back and enjoy the ride, stranger.

October 14, 2021

Episode 68: Viewitiful Joe & The CAPCOM 5

A landmark in the video game industry and ultimately, a massive disappointment for Capcom and Nintendo fans alike. What started as a promise for 5 exclusive game to come to the GameCube (Dead Phoenix, Killer 7, PN03, Viewtiful Joe, and Resident Evil 4) turned into Capcom flipping these franchises to other consoles and ultimately the demise of these extremely original IPs (other than RE4 of course). In this week's episode Mike & Neil do a deep dive into this unique moment in video game history and bring on some friends of the show Ali and Brian to help them in their journey. They also cover Viewtiful Joe 2 and Red Hot Rumble, and wonder if we'll ever see a proper final entry into this trilogy.

October 11, 2021

Episode 67: 007: James Bond

Bond, James Bond. To celebrate the release of No Time To Die Mike & Neil look back on the 007 games that defined an era. Agent Under Fire, Everything or Nothing, Golden Eye Rogue Agent and From Russia With Love are all discussed in length on this nearly two hour spy extravaganza. The boys are joined by friends of the show Spenny G, as well as Josh from the Still Loading Podcast to discuss their memories of these games. Of course NightFire is not discussed in length here (there's a whole two hour episode dedicated to just that!) but SpyHunter and it's series is lumped in with these four games because of its historic ties to the Bond franchise and to have another excuse to talk about The Rock.

September 30, 2021

Mike & Neil Save The GameCube

Where we're going we dont need.. ROADS. Ever wish you could go back in time and save the GameCube from getting beat by the Playstation 2 and the Xbox? We do it everyday, and on this Side Mission of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast Mike and Neil sit down to share their ideas to go back in time to the year 2001 and make the GameCube a commercial success. The GameCube is a beloved console, but with just 22 million units sold, the console had lots of room for improvement and we are here to fix them! 

September 23, 2021

Video Game Box Art

Remember when the front of the game was all you had to go by when deciding how to use your $20 gift card and reading your video game cases as your mom drove you home from EB games only to get home and realize you bought the worst game of 2003 and now you need to wait until Christmas to play something good? Well in this Side Mission of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast, Mike and Neil sit down to talk about the best and the worst box art in the GameCube's library!

September 16, 2021

The GameCube Classic

The 'Classic' console Nintendo hype of 2016-2018 was a good time, and left a lot of Nintendo fans dreaming of what games would be on the mini GameBoy, N64 and of course the GameCube! This week, Mike and Neil are on vacation so they decided to sit down and list 15 games each that they would like to see on a dream GameCube Classic console that will probably never see the light of day! 

September 9, 2021

Episode 66: Spyro Games

Enter the Dragon. It's been 23 years to the day that Spyro first graced the PS1 and Mike & Neil are here dive head first into the purple dragon's history, games (the good and bad) and his future. The episode starts off with the boys welcoming friend of the show Andy to talk about the original trilogy and then transitioning to the 3 GameCube games. Friend of the show Quinn joins the pod for the first time to discuss terribly disappointing Enter the Dragonfly and the show moves along to talk about A Hero's Tail as well as the second Spyro trilogy starting with Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (featuring the voices of Elijah Wood, Gary Oldman and Mark Hamill?!?!). It's a jam-packed, nostalgia-filled trip that will hopefully leave you with some knowledge bombs and thinking just a little more highly of Spyro and the Insomniac team who gave him life. 

September 2, 2021

Episode 65: Jimmy Neutron

Brain Blast!!! One of the best Nickelodeon franchises of the 2000s also dipped its toe in the video game market with 3 Jimmy Neutron games on the GameCube. The movie started the series with a bang and continued with a really cool show we all loved to watch after school. The games...were OK. Jimmy and all his friends' adventures in video games were alright cartoon tie-ins that were probably only on your Christmas list if you were in-between waiting for other big Cube games. We await for the Hugh Neutron game on Switch to this day. 

August 26, 2021

Episode 64: F-Zero GX

You've got boost power! Welcome to fastest show on earth where the boys sit down to discuss one of their most beloved games, F-Zero GX and the series that spawned it. Mike & Neil go into the super challenging gameplay that makes this game so different from any other Nintendo property as well as why we haven't seen a new F-Zero entry since F-Zero GX hit the shelves exactly 18 years ago in 2003. With animation sequences that look stunning for the time yet are totally disjointed story wise, it has the boys craving for more "F-Universe" content than having Captain Falcon in Smash or Mute City in Mario Kart. Rev up those engines and hit speeds of over 1000km in the latest episode from The GameCube Was Cool.

August 19, 2021

Episode 63: Yu-Gi-Oh!, Beyblade

It's time to DUEL! On episode 63 of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast, Mike and Neil sit down to talk about Yu-Gi-Oh, Beyblade and a bunch of other animes/fads we loved when we were in school (and we kinda still do!). Joining us on the show is enemy of the pod Ramon to talk about how Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom isn't a card dueling game but actually an RPG/RTS that he became extremely fond of growing up. The boys start the episode off with some talk about Arthur, back to school memories and their favourite Pokemon. All this and more in this episode of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast!

August 12, 2021

Episode 62: Rampage & Peter Jackson's King Kong

Bring the tripod and all of the film! On this episode of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast, Mike and Neil sit down to talk about King Kong and Rampage! Both giant monkey games on the cube are terrific hidden gems which have been somewhat lost to history. The boys start the episode off with thinking about where they would live if they could not longer live in Canada, and whether or not Neil remembers the places he has been to. All this and more in episode 62 of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast! 

August 5, 2021

Episode 61: Tennis, Poker & Other Sports Games

Serve up! To celebrate the 2020 Olympics, Mike and Neil are covering five sports games that appeared on the Gamecube. Most of these games are not Olympic sports, BUT they could be someday...Featured games today consist of Beach Spikers, World Series of Poker, WTA Tour Tennis, Strike Force Bowling, and one of the best hidden gems for the GameCube, Pool Paradise where you can finally play Skeeball in a video game. The boys start off the episode with talk about their favourite flavoured milk products and which Nintendo universe they would visit on vacation if they could. All this and more in episode 61 of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast! 

July 29, 2021

Episode 60: Superhero Games

Suit up! And join Mike and Neil as they take a trip back to a time when superheroes were not all owned by Disney, and the video games were discounted a few days after they came out along with whatever movie we all paid real money to see. From Spawn to Judge Dredd, video games based on comic books in theory are a match made in heaven, although playing some of these games was not exactly a heavenly experience. Who knew the GameCube was home to the last stand alone Aquaman game? Or that a Hulk game made in 2005 is actually really good? Or that Neil has a touching memory around playing Fantastic Four in 2006. The episode starts off by celebrating 20 years of an amazing album, and ranking of all the Marvel movies. All this and more in episode 60 of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast! 

July 22, 2021

Episode 59: Mario Kart Double Dash!!

It's summertime once again and The GameCube Was Cool is back on the radio! Mike and Neil host another "live" show on KUHB, 97.8 The Cube FM to discuss the most innovative and at time polarizing entry in the Mario Kart Series, Mario Kart Double Dash. Released in 2003 no game before or since has had this take on the kart racer formula in a game that is still immensely fun to play today. We have over a dozen different guests on the episode, some phoning in to discuss their favourite shortcuts, some leaving us voice mails discussing the infamous Baby Park course, and others who wrote in to help us remember that you could indeed play with 16 players...if you had 8 GameCube's and 8 TVs. Join Mike & Neil and their guests to celebrate 18 years of this one-of-a-kind gaming experience.

July 15, 2021

Episode 58: Looney Tunes & Warner Bros. Cartoons

Overture, curtains, lights, this is it, the night of nights, The GameCube Was Cool hosts Mike and Neil are celebrating the return of The Looney Tunes' return to the big screen by covering all the Warner Brothers' games on the GameCube! From Taz to to Teen Titans, Warner Bros had a few neat titles on the cube and some movie flops in the early 2000s that we dive deep into this week. Mike and Neil start the episode off with some talk around knee health, spooning vs forking and of course video games! All this and more in an exciting episode of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast.

July 8, 2021

Episode 57: Soul Calibur & Other Fighters

Following the incredible success of Soul Edge and Soul Calibur in the arcades, Playstation and Dreamcast, Soul Calibur 2 arrived on the GameCube with open arms. A unique looking 2D fighter with a gameplay and visual experience far beyond what most 6th generation home console games had given gamers at that point. Mike and Neil sit down with @jedigeekgirl and @jonj3000 to talk about memories of playing Link in this unforgettable entry in the GameCube's library. The boys also cover Bloody Roar: Primal Fury with friend of the show Dan and look back at Rave Master and it's legacy. In this episode, the boys also celebrate their 20,000th download as well as a few summer book recommendations! Enjoy!

July 1, 2021

Episode 56: Unplayable Games Part II

It's time to dig down to the bottom of the GameCube library for the second painful time and talk about some games that aged like a fine milk. Mike and Neil first sit down and talk about their early impressions of Mario Golf: Super Rush on the Nintendo Switch! Take a trip down this nightmare as the boys take a look at Charlie's Angels, Virtua Quest, Bad Boys 2, Trigger Man, Space Raiders and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! The good old days of the GameCube were not all Mario and Zelda...

June 24, 2021

Episode 55: Mario Golf Toadstool Tour

Mario has many occupations, that much has always been true. He's a plumber, doctor, painter, racecar driver, olympic athlete, party planner, dancer, and a sub-par brother. Speaking of par, Mario also has an amazing golf swing! Mario Golf first hit the shelves on the N64 and the GameBoy Color in 1999 and became a bit of a cult-classic in the Nintendo community. To celebrate the latest instalment in the series, Mike and Neil are here to celebrate by covering the classic GameCube title Mario Golf Toadstool Tour. This week the boys are also joined by fellow podcasters Mike and Dave from the 'Back in My Day' podcast and Twitch streamer @Julbaril to share their memories of teeing off in the Mushroom Kingdom. 

June 17, 2021

Episode 54: Harvest Moon

The series that created the farming sim genre, Harvest Moon returns on the GameCube with three highly rated games: A Wonderful Life, Another Wonderful Life and Magical Melody. Joining the boys is award-winning video game journalist Kate Gray who is a huge fan of the series and has written loads about it in Nintendo Life, the Guardian, Vice, and many more publications. Kate speaks to her experience with the Harvest Moon games and attempts to explain to Mike and Neil what's going on with the current and future games in this convoluted series. But first the boys delve into some E3 news. If it's many years in the future and Nintendo has taken over the world then please, skip ahead to hear Kate talk about Harvest Moon at 32:23.