|Grr! Grr, I tell you!|
(image courtesy of Romulation)
MARIO KART: DOUBLE DASH
|Poor Weegee just can't catch a break.|
Nintendo didn't skimp on the gameplay, either. Once you get used to the tag team play mechanics, you'll find some of the best moments in the series right here. Just be sure to pick the right combination of characters! Pairing Mario with his archenemy Wario is about as smart as tying a boat anchor to the back of your kart.
DEF JAM: FIGHT FOR NEW YORK
Electronic Arts (AKI)
|Well, THAT'S sure to end the match in a hurry.|
(Image courtesy of GameCrate)
Arrgh. I'll grudgingly admit that Fight for New York is a pretty impressive brawler, with lots of characters to unlock (Xzibit! Ice-T! That girl from MTV who can jiggle her butt really fast!) and an authentic recreation of the underground fighting scene. You just have to be willing to put up with the stupidly process-oriented KOs... and that could be too much of a challenge for easily aggravated players.
BLOODY ROAR: PRIMAL FURY
Activision (Hudson, Eighting)
|Oh no, I'm not getting beaten up by some|
freakin' rabbit. Bless was bad enough.
Like the previous two games, Primal Fury is similar to Sega's Fighting Vipers, with lengthy combos taking a backseat to crushing blows that send you opponent into (and through!) the walls surrounding each arena. However, you can also bring out the tiger (or leopard, or chameleon...) in you by tapping a button, boosting your strength and giving you a new set of vicious attacks. The game's beast mode is a little busted- and there's now a hyper beast mode that turns an already lopsided battle into a slaughter- but even with the balancing issues, Bloody Roar is the best game in a genre that's an endangered species on the GameCube.
SUPERMAN: SHADOW OF APOKALIPS
|Not that super, man.|
(image courtesy of Spong)