The Legend of Zelda is a fast-paced action-adventure video game series, with puzzle and role-playing elements. The Game Cube Zelda faction of the series is one of the best, and contains some of the best Zelda games ever made. The Legend of Zelda series is now a genre in and of itself, where the player expects to see and experience certain things each time around.
Despite the recurring elements in almost every game – where Link must save Princess Zelda from the evil clutches of Ganon, by fighting his way through a series of dungeons, each one being themed on a different element (such as fire or ice), before gaining the master sword and vanquishing Ganon forever, each game still manages to feel fresh and exciting.
The first Game cube Zelda to be released was in 2002, and titled 'The Wind Waker'. It featured a whole new graphical style that has not been seen in any previous Zelda games, using a cell-shaded effect. The game takes place in Hyrule, as most of the games do, but a very different Hyrule – a flooded Hyrule. The game takes place after the events of the 'Ocarina of Time', where the world has been flooded in order to stop Ganon. At some points in the story a 'Hero in Time' is mentioned, clearly referring to the Link that you play in the 'Ocarina of Time' game. The story follows the tried-and-tested formula of the Zelda series, but the main difference with this game is that you must explore the world by using a Viking-style boat, which you control by changing the directions of the wind, by using a magical baton.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was the next Game cube Zelda game to be released in 2006, and returns to a much more realistic, natural, darker style of graphics, where the world is perhaps not as jolly and bright. In this game you have the ability to transform yourself into a wolf-like creature, once you enter the 'Twilight Realm' (also known as the 'Dark world').
Note that the Twilight Princess was released both on the Game Cube and the Wii simultaneously. Many reviews have even stated that the Game Cube version is superior, due to the controller, despite the system's inferior power.