Over the past week I've had the opportunity to play with the Nintendo Gamecube. Here's my short review of the games I played. Luigi's Mansion ---------------- While this game looks very good, the gameplay leaves a lot to be desired. The graphics of the Gamecube are shown off in the lighting and transparency effects. It really shows what the Cube is capable of. Unfortunately, some of the textures used in the game look low-res and seem out of place in the game. the main fault of this game is the gameplay. After 15 minutes of playing you will do all there is to do in the game. From there on, it's the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. See a pattern here? The only thing that really changes is how long it takes to capture a ghost. There are mini puzzles with the larger ghosts, but nothing that will require you to be fully conscious. Waverace --------- I'm am VERY shocked at this same. Waverace was a great game on the N64 and they screwed it up here!!!! The graphics are really nothing new. We've seen games like this on the Dreamcast. The Water effect is okay, but there is absolutely no refraction of light happening under the water! This makes it look like you're riding on a transparent, wavy blanket. The control of the game is HORRIBLE!!! It is so unresponsive that you're going to want to toss the Gamecube across the room! You will get used to the control after a while, but it requires that you move the joystick well before you need to make the move onscreen. This makes quick reactions impossible in the game. Super Monkey Ball ------------------ Not quite sure where to start with this game. The graphics are definately nothing special. This doesn't mean they're bad, because they fit the game perfectly The single player mode is a puzzle game that requires the user to collect bananas. This is actually quite fun. The multiplayer levels are fun until you actually start to get good at them. My friends and I were howling away as we tried to learn the game (the manual was in Japaneese). It was hilarious. Once we actually got good at playing, the fun completely wore off. I guess this would be a good game to rent for a party, but DO NOT read the manual before playing. As you can probably tell, I'm less than impressed with what I've played so far. I'm definately going to save my $300Cdn. One quick note ... I really like the Gamecube controllers! They are a really great size, and the trigger buttons are incredible!! They are made of a very smooth plastic and fit your fingers perfectly. Very confortable for long hours of play! The only downside to the controllers is that the yellow joystick near the buttons does take some getting used to, and the 'Z' button seems very out of place.