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  P.N.03  
  P.N.03 is a simplistic, stylish game focused on straightforward shooting and dodging, with you purchasing upgrades to improve your character. Nintendo had some problems with Japanese 3rd parties during the N64 era, and so really tried to rebuild bridges with companies like Capcom and Namco when releasing the GameCube. PN03 was the result of one of the deals that Nintendo struck up at the time, it was part of the hyped "Capcom 5" which were to be five big GameCube exclusives that cemented a new, close relationship between the two companies. Unfortunately it didn't quite work out that way, and most of the games ended up being ported to PS2 when Capcom got cold feet, but this, and Resident Evil 0 did remain exclusive. Its a fun, albeit uncomplicated game
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  Hunter the Reckoning  
  Gory multiplayer action game that is similar to Gauntlet, but with more RPG elements added to it. The game has you and (hopefully) three friends shooting and slashing your way through legions of bad guys whilst finding new weapons and leveling up. Its a fun diversion, but best played in multiplayer with friends, this GameCube port is a little downgraded from the XBox.
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  Goblin Commander  
  This is a real-time strategy game where you need to direct your army of Goblin's to harvest resources and build structures to produce more units. The game gives you all the stuff you'd expect from its genre, and also allows you to manually control the big, lumbering monsters yourself whilst giving out orders. There aren't many of this type of game on the GameCube, so its fortunate that this one is more than respectable.
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  Smuggler's Run: Warzones  
  Objective-based offroad game with large environments and a fun 4-player mode. The gameplay merges variations of popular multiplayer staples like Capture the Flag (grab an item and return it to your base) and Flag Tag (hold an item for as long as possible without it getting stolen) with theme's involving smuggling contraband and avoiding the law. Its a game of high speed pursuits, and aggressive collisions.
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  Dr Muto  
  Quirky 3D platformer where you need to explore the different levels collecting Atoms (similar to "Shines" in Mario 64). The game gives you a lot of tricky platforms to navigate, as well as the ability to change into a variety of different animals with different abilities. The graphics look a little make-shift at times, and there is the odd camera issue here and there, but its still a good, if slightly flawed game.
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  ATV 2  
  4x4 racing game with mechanics somewhat similar to SSX, you do tricks in order to build up a bar that allows you to boost, and can also attack your competitor's to gain the advantage. The graphics here are reasonable, and all in all its a pretty fun diversion for a weekend.
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  NHL2K3  
  An excellent Ice Hockey game from Sega's US developers, Visual Concepts. The game controls well and looks great (for the time), its got good computer AI, a wealth of options, and in-depth gameplay.
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  Sega Soccer Slam  
  Fun arcade-style Football game from Sega with a focus on brutal tackles, fighting and special moves, with nary a Red Card in sight. The game has some nice, cartoony graphics, intuitive controls, and a first-rate multiplayer experience. There's also a nice Virtua Tennis-esque Quest mode to keep you busy.
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  Donkey Konga  
  A rhythm action game that came packaged with the GameCube's bongo peripheral, Donkey Konga basically has you beating the drums and clapping to the beat of popular songs. Its a pretty fun novelty game that's good to bring out at parties for some funny 4-player competition (and the drums aren't actually that expensive to buy anymore either).
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  WarioWorld  
  This is a fun and fairly simple beat-em-up game from cult-favourite developer Treasure. The game has you playing as anti-hero Wario as he bashes his way through armies of bad guys in a search for goodies. There's some minor platforming here to do and stuff to collect, and the fighting is intuitive and fun. The game is somewhat short and easy, so don't expect a masterpiece up to the company's usual standard.
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