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2006 Review: The ten best GameCube & Wii games

Our pick of the best home console Nintendo games of 2006

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Call of Duty 3

Following up one of the best WWII shooters ever, Activision's third Call of Duty instalment offers a varied, break-neck shooter experience that should be at the top of your Wii buy list - even without multiplayer.

The Wii version of Call of Duty 3 makes excellent use of the Remote to create the best FPS setup currently available on Nintendo's new console - while still maintaining the intense action and set pieces of its Xbox 360 counterpart.


Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Following the massive success of the original Lego Star Wars, Traveler's Tales unsurprisingly fell over themselves to create the sequel - and thankfully it doesn't feel rushed at all.

The Original Trilogy is at its core a very simple adventure game, but the undeniable charm of lego-ed up Star Wars characters and the strangely-addictive collecting makes it an essential purchase for plastic-partial Star Wars fans - and one of most enjoyable action-adventure games of the year.


Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz

The rolling monkeys turned up for the second Nintendo home console launch in a row, and it's addictive platform-tilting action made for one of the most addictive games in the launch line-up, just as it did on the GameCube.

Not only does the new tilt controls refresh the challenge - because it takes some getting used to - but it also makes the already engrossing main game even more absorbing than it ever was with an analogue stick. The 50 mini games included unfortunately turned out to be more quantity than quality, but with 100 fantastic tilt levels in the main game, with new obstacles, lush-looking worlds and all-new boss battles, the main game in Banana Blitz makes up for the shortfalls of the mini games, and we've already hammered the game to death. More of that please, Sega.


Chibi Robo: Plug Into Adventure

The totally new franchise from Nintendo arrived on GameCube so late in the console's life that it barely got the recognition it deserved.

Chibi Robo is a fantastic game, yet it's already sinking into the depths of forgotten classics. It has also got to be one of the most misunderstood classics of the year, even more so than Trauma Center, because it's premise - cleaning a house up - doesn't sound like fun. But you play as a tiny robot in a giant house and just discovering the different ways of getting round the house is deeply intriguing and great fun, and it has some amazingly clever puzzles too. If you haven't already checked it out, se if you can find a copy and give it a go.


Harvest Moon: Magical Melody

The long-running Harvest Moon series never really managed to cross over to the 3D era successfully until Magical Melody arrived on GameCube.

The cutesy life sim looks simple on the outside but, as the new guy in town and the owner of a farm, it gives you so much more to do and so many more variables to think about than Animal Crossing does. You're never short of things to do in Harvest Moon, and if you allow yourself to get hooked up in it's virtual farming world it can eat up insane chunks of your life.

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