Zelda Gamecube Collection

 

The Nintendo GameCube is often seen as the “black sheep” in Nintendo's console history.

The GameCube was Nintendo's first foray into disc-based gaming, and it was met with both excitement and skepticism. From its square shape to its purple-coloring, the GameCube was decidedly unique.

Product Description. Bundle contains: GameCube - Jet, The Legends of Zelda for GameCube, Zelda II – The Adventure of Link for GameCube, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for GameCube, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for GameCube, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker Demo.

Over its lifespan, there was over 650 games released for the system.

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Longtime fans will remember such classics as Super Smash Bros. Melee, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Super Mario Sunshine, and more.

The system saw a decent amount of third-party releases, but it always felt as though the GameCube was last in line to receive support.

It's been over 15 years since the GameCube launched in the early 2000's, and as time wears on, the rarity of its library increases.

While you won't see GameCube games reaching insanely high prices, many of the rarer titles cost just as much (if not more) than a brand new modern game.

We've put together a list of 20 exceptionally rare GameCube games, some that you may know, others might be a surprise. If you owned a GameCube and have your games laying around, it might be worth it to look over them and find out how much money you’re sitting on.

For a dedicated collector, you'll want to have a selection of these games available.

The GameCube gave us some of the greatest games in all of gaming history, so it's no surprise that the desire for collecting them is so high.

20. Super Smash Brothers Melee

Price: $45 – $200

Widely regarded as one of the best party and fighting games ever made, Super Smash Brothers Melee continues to be sold at a higher price than normal.

It's not exactly a rare game, but it's highly sought after and considered a must own.

The game series continued as Nintendo released more consoles, and the franchise is still making headlines today.

Many consider Super Smash Brothers Melee to be the best entry in the entire series, further raising the demand.

19. Mario Party 4

Price: $40 – $120

The Mario Party series kicked off on the Nintendo 64, and still remains somewhat popular to this day.

Mario Party 4 was the first of three Mario Party games on the GameCube, making it an instant-purchase for Nintendo fans.

The game is part board game and part mini-game competition, with you and a group of friends competing to collect the most stars. The game had a way of causing chaos among friends, similar to the effect of Monopoly.

Whether you loved it or hated it, Mario Party is a must have for true Nintendo fans.

18. Time Splitters: Future Perfect

Price: $40 – $80

Although it's been lost to time, Time Splitters was one of the best first person shooting franchises ever made.

It had tons of fun modes, wacky weapons, and satisfying arcade-like action. Whether you were playing solo or blasting away friends, Time Splitters was a great time.

Time Splitters: Future Perfect was the last game in the series, and arguably the best.

The game might not be the rarest of the bunch, but it still plays well to this day.

If you're a fan of older first person shooters like Goldeneye and Perfect Dark, you'll adore Time Splitters.

17. Def Jam: Fight for NY

Price: $40 – $110

Published by industry titan Electronic Arts, the Def Jam franchise was short-lived but well received.

The game played like a classic 2D fighter with a twist; the entire roster was comprised of modern hip-hop and rap artists.

The game celebrated hip-hop culture while also delivering satisfying fighting, making Def Jam: Fight for NY a wonderful experience for both fighting game and rap music fans.

The game was popular on many systems at the time, but the GameCube normally saw lower manufacturing numbers.

Due to its popularity and nostalgia factor, the game might cost you more than you'd expect.

16. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

Price: $30 – $100

This follow-up to the N64 classic was highly regarded for its witty writing and entertaining battle system.

The Paper Mario series contains characters from the ultra-popular Super Mario Brothers universe, but appropriates them into a vastly different experience.

Instead of running at breakneck speeds and hopping on goombas, players attacked and defended in a turn-based battle system.

Like Final Fantasy, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door told a lengthy and gripping tale while offering some fun strategy gameplay.

Games developed by Nintendo tend to hold their value even a decade after release, and this (combined with its high acclaim) makes Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door one of the rarer RPGs on the GameCube.

15. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Price: $30 – $100

Like Paper Mario and Super Smash Brothers Melee, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was one of the most popular first-party games released on the GameCube.

This entry in the enormously popular series was highly anticipated, and the game was delayed a few times.

Because of this, the game was released towards the end of the GameCube's life cycle, releasing around the same time on the newer Nintendo Wii. The Nintendo Wii was a huge success immediately, and because of this, Twilight Princess was manufactured and released in higher quantities on the Wii than the GameCube.

Despite this, many people consider the GameCube version the superior experience.

14. Gauntlet: Dark Legacy

Price: $30 – $300

Gauntlet: Dark Legacy was a console version of the multiplayer arcade game. In it, you controlled one of eight characters, and moved through the game's various worlds attempting to survive.

The game was released on a variety of game systems and was tons of fun to play with friends.

The Gauntlet series is also highly regarded and considered a gaming staple, so it only makes sense that a popular entry in the series would still be sought after.

I've seen some wild prices for new copies of this game, but a used copy shouldn't cost you too much.

13. Mega Man X Collection

Price: $25 – $80

The Mega Man series first gained popularity on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and continued to be popular on the Super Nintendo.

By the time the series reached the SNES, they were already ready for a spin-off series, and that's what we got with Mega Man X.

However, Mega Man X was better than most of the original games, surprising fans and becoming an instant classic. The series continued, and eventually we got the Mega Man X Collection on GameCube.

This compilation contained six games in the Mega Man X series, and also contained a Mega Man racing game.

It's a great value and a great experience, leading to its higher price today.

12. Pure Evil 2-Pack

Price: $80 – $200

This oddly titled compilation featured two games; a remake of the original Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0.

While both games can be purchased separately for much lower prices, this compilation saw a low manufacturing run and as such, its rarity is often understated.

The games included are definitely worth playing, especially the gorgeous remake of Resident Evil. These games still receive modern high-definition releases, and for good reason.

If you've never played these two iconic horror games, I definitely recommend seeking them out.

If you're a true Resident Evil fan, you might want to hunt down this deceptively rare compilation.

11. The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition

Price: $30 – $90

Compilations on the GameCube weren't as popular as they might seem, but this Legend of Zelda collection was well worth picking up.

This collection featured four classic games and a demo of the GameCube exclusive Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Loading up the game gives you the option of playing either the original Legend of Zelda, Legend of Zelda II, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, or Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

A mix of both NES and N64 Zelda games, the collection was an amazing deal. Unfortunately, the game was only released as a bundle during its brief appearance at retail stores.

The game was also given away in various contests and deals, but never saw the release it deserved.

This collection is a no brainer for any Nintendo or Zelda fan.

10. Ikaruga

Price: $40 – $200

Ikaruga was a hyper-fast and extremely difficult 2D shoot 'em up game.

Playing like a version of Galaga on steroids, players attempted to dodge a barrage of enemy bullets and return fire.

You could switch your ship color between black and white, absorbing enemy bullets of the same color. You could play either solo or with a friend, and the high difficulty ensured you would be playing for quite some time.

It's considered one of the finest games in its genre, but sold poorly on the GameCube.

This combination of supply and demand makes Ikaruga one of the rarest shoot 'em ups on any system.

9. Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix

Price: $10 – $80

This title combined the dancing craze of arcade legend Dance Dance Revolution with the iconic assets from the Super Mario Brothers world.

Dance Dance Revolution is mostly known as an arcade game, having players physically step on brightly colored arrows in time with the in-game music.

The franchise had a few releases in the early 2000's, and reached its highest point of popularity around the same time.

Nintendo saw this opportunity and hopped on, allowing their iconic mascot to be fused with the dancing genre.

This game was only available briefly during a holiday season, followed up by a meager restocking the next year. The game has since been discontinued, and fans of both Dance Dance Revolution and Super Mario Brothers eagerly await listings.

8. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

Price: $50 – $150

The Metal Gear Solid series was hugely successful on the original PlayStation, and the series quickly became the most popular stealth/action franchise.

While the PlayStation 2 received the newest game in the series, GameCube owners got a remake of the original Metal Gear Solid.

With improved graphics and updated controls, the game got a decent face lift.

Some fans of the series dislike this remake, but I personally enjoy it quite a bit. As such, the game was met with mixed reviews upon release and didn't sell too well.

As the years have continued, the Metal Gear Solid series has seen increased popularity and sales.

For some, the best version of Metal Gear Solid exists in this rare GameCube release.

7. Gotcha Force

Price: $100 – $300

This is one of the lesser known GameCube games, and not for any particular reason. Gotcha Force was developed by Capcom and released in 2003, but received poor reviews upon release.

In this action game, you collected and battled toy mechs.

A lack of advertising and the aforementioned reception deemed Gotcha Force a commercial failure, but the game eventually amassed a cult following in later years.

The developer also considers it one of their favorite releases, and reprinted the game for Japanese audiences in 2012, a full 9 years after its original release.

6. Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Plus

Price: $70 – $300

Phantasy Star Online was heralded by developer SEGA as the killer app for Nintendo's online gaming service.

In the game, you dived deep into an expansive RPG universe, connecting and battling other players.

It represented early ideas in the MMORPG genre, and was unique and quirky.

However, the Nintendo GameCube's online service never truly took off, and the game's servers were shutdown in the late 2000's.

You can still play the game offline, but the initial connectivity that made the game so interesting has been lost to time.

As an idea, Phantasy Star Online represents the early days in online gaming, when we wished for the kind of experiences we have today.

5. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

Price: $90 – $280

Although the Fire Emblem series is quite popular nowadays, the series didn't see that success until some characters appeared in Super Smash Brothers Melee.

As interest for this strategy series grew, so did interest for the previously releases games in the series.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance is regarded as one of the better games in the series, and was released later in the console's life cycle. Due to the lower expectations at the time, the game was manufactured in lower quantities.

Imagine if Super Mario Brothers didn't become popular until the mid 2000's, and then suddenly everyone wanted to play Super Mario 64.

That's the case with Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.

4. Metroid Prime + The Wind Waker Combo

Price: $250 – $320

Like the Pure Evil 2-Pack, the two games in this combo pack can be purchased for a much more appropriate price as separate titles.

Metroid Prime and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker are considered two of the best GameCube games, and incredibly good entries in their respective series.

As such, this compilation is as great as it is rare.

Like Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, the game only saw release in a holiday window, and was also bundled in with GameCube consoles.

Nintendo is notorious for its limited quantities of specialty items during holidays. For a modern example, look no further than the recently released NES Classic and SNES Classic consoles.

Due to this limited quantity, this compilation is now incredibly hard to find a decade later. Since you can find both games individually with ease, it might not be a must-have.

However, GameCube collectors going for a full collection will have to hunt it down.

3. Cubivore

Price: $200 – $300

Like Gotcha Force, Cubivore's rarity is mostly due to an underwhelming initial reception followed by sudden popularity.

The game was only released in Japan originally, but eventually got a localized version in 2002 by Atlus. Atlus is well known for their relatively low manufacturing numbers, and Cubivore was no exception.

This, coupled with a sudden popularity a few years after release, has made Cubivore one of the rarest GameCube games.

The game is also silly and lighthearted. In it, you play as a simple cube, and attempt to eat your way up the food chain, eventually toppling other powerful cubes.

It was a simple but satisfying formula, and one we don't see replicated often.

If anything, the rarity of Cubivore is a great representation of the GameCube on the whole.

An oddball release that eventually won over the hearts of many, Cubivore is both a great time and a hard find.

2. NCAA College Basketball 2K3

Price: $150 – $400

Sports games were never very popular on the Nintendo GameCube, and NCAA College Basketball 2K3 was also the end of the NCAA 2K series.

In many ways, its rarity is both expected and unexpected.

It's no surprise that sports games are some of the rarer games on GameCube; the genre always saw pretty low manufacturing numbers.

However, the lack of basketball titles (licensed or otherwise) on the GameCube makes NCAA College Basketball 2K3 one of the best sports titles on the system.

By its release, it seems that the publisher had all but given up on the franchise, and it was the final game in the series.

Being one of the GameCube's rarest titles is a weird final resting place for NCAA 2K3, but an appropriate one.

1. Pokemon Box

Price: $250 – $500

There's actually very little to say about Pokemon Box's actual content, as it's not really a game at all.

This GameCube disc was more of a utility program than anything else, allowing players to transfer and store their collected Pokemon to the GameCube.

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By hooking up their Gameboy Advance to the GameCube using an equally rare cable, players were able to store up to 350 of the cute collectible critters at a time.

It's an idea that has since been implemented in modern entries of the franchise, but the idea of mass data storage was still a new one at the time.

Additionally, the software was only physically available for a short time at specific Nintendo store locations.

This combination of ultra-low quantities and oddly specific use makes Pokemon Box one of the most interesting GameCube discs in existence.

There's not much to do in it, and you won't get any practical use out of it today, but Pokemon Box is still an incredibly elusive inclusion in many collections.

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The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition

Developer(s)Nintendo EAD, Nintendo Software Technology
Publisher(s)Nintendo
SeriesThe Legend of Zelda
Platform(s)GameCube
Release date(s)JP November 7, 2003
EU November 14, 2003
NA November 17, 2003
AUS March 19, 2004
Genre(s)Compilation
Mode(s)Single-player
Input methodsGameCube Controller
Compatibility5
Perfect
GameIDsPZLP01, PZLJ01, PZLE01, RELS01
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The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition is a compilation of four video games from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series (The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Ocarina of Time, and Majora's Mask), a twenty-minute demo of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and two featurettes. It was released for the Nintendo GameCube on November 7, 2003 in Japan; November 14, 2003 in Europe; November 17, 2003 in North America; and March 19, 2004 in Oceania. Not available for purchase, it was distributed through various promotions and bundles.

  • 1Emulation Information
  • 2Problems
  • 3Enhancements
    • 3.416:9
    • 3.530FPS

Emulation Information

DirectX with NES Games

Most NES games suffer strange graphical issues when using the DirectX backend with some graphics drivers; notably NVIDIA. This is a driver bug.

As of 5.0-4869, the D3D driver bugs can be worked around by setting Ubershaders to Exclusive. It's unknown what exactly is going on with the driver that's causing Exclusive Ubershaders to work properly.

Problems

External Frame Buffer

NES titles and Ocarina of Time can have minor issues with interlaced mode and pause screens respectively. This is solved by setting External Frame Buffer to Real or hold B on the controller during game startup to activate Progressive Scan. Fixed with Hybrid XFB in 5.0-5874.

Enhancements

Internal Resolution

Setting Internal Resolution to a multiple of 2x causes blurry graphics in NES games. This can be fixed by using native resolution, 3x resolution, 5x resolution, etc.

Texture Filtering

Using Force Texture Filtering or Anisotropic Filtering causes corrupt graphics and text in NES games. Because of this, both settings are defaulted to 'Off' and '1x' respectively by this title's GameINI.

HD Texture Pack

Zelda 64 UHD v4.1: A complete HD/4K texture pack can be found here. The texture pack is fully retextured, but is still receiving revised updates. The texture pack contains textures for Ocarina of Time, Master Quest, Majora's Mask and several rom hacks.

16:9

NA

30FPS

NA

Press D-pad Up Ingame to toggle between 20FPS and 30FPS mode. Needs 250% CPU Clock Override for Ocarina of Time, and 295% CPU Clock Override for Majora's Mask.

Configuration

This title does not need non-default settings to run properly.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-14706(current)
2.0(r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.

Testing

This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Zelda Gamecube Collector's Edition

Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
r7436Windows 7AMD Phenom II x6 1055T @ 3.5GHzNVIDIA GeForce GTS 450Perfect: 60FPS With DX9 Plugin, Dual Core Enabled, 16x Anisotropic Filtering enabled, Scale 3x, 1920x1080,RDilus
r7598Windows 7Intel Core i5-760 @ 3.2GHzNVIDIA GeForce 460Ocarina of Time and Majora's mask crash every 15-20 minutes unless the above settings are used (20FPS limit, limit byFPS checked, audio throttle enabled). Otherwise, games run perfectly.jessek
3.0Windows 7Intel Pentium P6200 @ 2.13GHzIntelN64 games work fine without changes, NES games crash Dolphin.MoeBoy76
r7719Windows 7Intel Pentium @ 2.1GHzATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570NES games are unplayable due to big graphical errors. N64 runs fine with framelimit to 20-30.Mamid
3.0-415Mac OS X 10.6.8Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.13GHzNVIDIA GeForce 9400MNearly unplayable. NES games don't work at all, a glitchy screen that is mostly black is shown. N64 games run, but really slowly. However, the menus and the videos run fine, and Wind Waker demo runs just as the full version does, which is a bit slow but fully playable.Ac
4.0.2Windows 7Intel Pentium G1610 @ 2.6GHzIntel HD GraphicsMajora is quite playable : 15-20FPS, no glitcheshivaoa
4.0-553Windows 7Intel Pentium G630 @ 2.7GHzNVIDIA GeForce 8400GS 512MBNES Graphics are a glitched out mess.dude22072
4.0-3336Windows 8.1Intel Core i7-3630QM @ 2.4GHzNVIDIA GeForce GT 635MPerfect, no glitchesmbc07
4.0-3367LinuxIntel Core i5-4670K @ 3.4GHzNVIDIA GeForce GT 640Both Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask crash/hang after a random amount of timeanon
4.0-7840Windows 10Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.5GHzNVIDIA GeForce GTX 660NES games are unplayable due to stretching issues that aren't fixed by either XFB setting or by the config recommended on the wiki page. Ocarina of Time seems perfect save for the menu background being black with Store EFB Copies to Texture Only enabled, and discolored glitchy-looking backgrounds with the same setting disabled. Otherwise, N64 games seem to run at a flawless emulation of the N64 game, at 20 fps. Works well with OpenGL renderer, at 1080p with 4x SSAA, 16x Anistropic Filtering.Smartlord
5.0-2191Windows 10Intel Core i5 3570K @ 4.2GHzNVIDIA GeForce GTX 970Playable with minor graphical issues. DX11 or DX12 must be used as backend to remove pause menu artifacts. Hyrule HUD elements are not placed correctly.PimpWithALimp

Gameplay Videos

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The Legend of Zelda series
Nintendo Wii
  • Twilight Princess (Wii)(2006)
  • Link's Crossbow Training(2007)
  • Skyward Sword(2011)
GameCube
  • Ocarina of Time Master Quest(2003)
  • Collector's Edition(2003)
  • The Wind Waker(2003)
  • Four Swords Adventures(2004)
  • Twilight Princess (GC)(2006)
  • Virtual Console
    • Ocarina of Time(1998/2007)
    • Majora's Mask(2000/2009)
  • A Link to the Past(1991/2007)
  • The Legend of Zelda(1986/2006)
  • The Adventure of Link(1987/2007)
  • Zelda Collector's Edition Gamecube Review

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