Nintendo Puzzle Collection (NINTENDO パズルコレクション) is a compilation of three classic Nintendo created puzzle titles that were released in a single disc for the GameCube. Despite being developed by Washington based developer Nintendo Software Technology (note: the game was co-developed by Intelligent Systems), the game was released exclusively in Japan and not in America or Europe. The three games that were included are Yoshi's Cookie, Panel de Pon, and Dr. Mario 64. Yoshi's Cookie is an completely new remake of the game, while Panel De Pon is a port of Panel de Pon 64, an unreleased Nintendo 64 title that was used as the framework for Pokémon Puzzle League. Dr. Mario 64, renamed to simply Dr. Mario, is nearly unchanged from its Nintendo 64 incarnation, which was never released to Japanese audiences.

Copies of the Nintendo Puzzle Collection were bundled with a GameCube to Game Boy cable that allowed players to play the original entries of the three games on a Game Boy Advance. Wario World had a similar feature where players could play WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! microgames on their Game Boy.

It was tentatively titled Masterpiece Puzzle Collection in development,[1] and was planned to have a release outside Japan.[2]


Dr. Mario 64

  • The game's name was changed from Dr. Mario 64 to Dr. Mario.
  • No major alterations were made in the game, excluding the removal of references to the Nintendo 64 and the recoloration of certain characters.

Yoshi's Cookie

  • The game's graphics were enhanced, as was the game's music.
  • A four player mode was included that wasn't present in previous versions of the game.

Panel de Pon

  • The game is largely unchanged from the unreleased Panel de Pon 64, which featured several improvements over the SNES original:
    • The game's graphics and sound were enhanced.
    • The 3D mode from Pokémon Puzzle League was included.
    • New characters are found in the game.
    • A new four player mode is included.

GBA connectivity

Using a Game Boy Advance and a link cord, the player can play the game's original versions on the Game Boy Advance that appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The games will remain until the player shuts the Game Boy Advance off, and it is okay to unplug the cord after the game had been downloaded, though it will have to be replugged if the player wishes to download it again after the system is shut down.


  • Characters that appear in both the Super Famicom and Nintendo Puzzle Collection renditions of Panel de Pon were planned to appear in Panel de Pon GB, which was released as Pokémon Puzzle Challenge.[3]


  1. Gaban, Desmond (November 13, 2002). "Gamecube Masterpiece Puzzle Collection revealed". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  2. IGN (May 14, 2003). "Nintendo Puzzle Collection E3 2003 Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  3. TCRF. Pokémon Puzzle Challenge. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved August 28, 2018.

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