Nintendo’s Wii U game pad can be hard to utilize for different types of games besides offering an easily accessible map, but this time developers should be taking notes from Pikmin 3 – because they just found the key for success.
Pikmin 3 takes the 3 standard Pikmin; red yellow and blue, and gives them two new counterparts: rock and flying. Rock Pikmin are very useful creatures who can slay even the mightiest bulborbs with ease, offering satisfaction to the most sadistic of Pikmin players as you watch the small creatures get crushed beneath the weight, un-beknown to the what we can only assume to be mother, who is catching up on much needed rest.
All 5 Pikmin vary in different strengths and weaknesses. a common weakness for Pikmin is they cannot go into the water, however the flying and blue Pikmin prove useful in those situations. experimenting with different numbers and types in separate squads adds a new diversity to the game, and the ‘Go Here’ feature certainly comes in use when you need to go back to the onion for a few extra Pikmin. Although most of the time you can fight an enemy with your choice of Pikmin, certain Pikmin will slay the beast easier – and just as easily become unnecessary unless you wish to hear the last shrieks from dying Pikmin.
Although the game only contains about 12 hours of game play (And that is with 100% of fruits collected) it is well worth the purchase even for those new to the franchise. Be warned though, Pikmin has never been more hectic.. or fun! having 3 Captains to control and keep an eye on can create for unnecessary loss of Pikmin in the almighty war of fruit gathering.
In Pikmin 3 you lose the function to direct your Pikmin with the C stick(creating for an easy dodging time, so long as you know what you are doing) as found in the previous 2 Pikmin games, although many new features added help the game progress at a less tedious pace. Having 3 captains, one can get three times as much done in one day if you know how to multitask properly. (although having extra captains doesn’t come in use during any of the boss fights.)
Pikmin 3′s plot line revolves around collecting fruit for a dying planet by the name of Koppai. Alph, Brittany, and Captain Charlie are the last hope for Koppai, and must bring back as much fruit as possible. Nintendo’s variation in plot for the Pikmin series makes it a huge success, although collecting things will always be a main objective in the strategic RTS, having a varying storyline will keep you from remembering that.
Pikmin 3 reminds us that co-operation, compassion and sometimes a little sacrifice goes towards the greater good (the greater good)
Pikmin is not a game for children to play. although the scenery is beautiful and the game seems appealing, losing Pikmin is anything but heartwarming to a child. as a young adult my heart has hardened enough to remember its just a game, but i couldn’t help but wince on the final boss as I heard the cry of 30-50 Pikmin dying.
Pikmin’s sci-fi fantasy theme offers a stunning setting that never gets old. Exploring lands multiple times in an effort to obtain the remaining fruit won’t seem boring with an equally beautiful soundtrack accompanying the setting. (which is in the games favor considering you can end up backtracking several times)
Pikmin offers small puzzles, although not hard enough to stump the frequent gamer or even those who can put a bit of thought into what they are doing. Although the bosses will sometimes snag a good amount of Pikmin for a snack, most of them possess almost no challenge for an experienced Pikmin player, or rather any adventure themed player – as the bosses tend to have that one weak spot themed in the opening cinematic.
Modern games are often lacking the final boss that Pikmin 3 possesses. Frustrating, challenging, yet easy to figure out – this boss will have you holding the game pad tighter then you ever have before. Not realizing I had all 3 captains with me, I marched into battle to have almost all 3 fall before restarting the day. After a long battle I felt satisfied with the ending of the game, leaning back in my seat to revel in the game I had the opportunity to play.
The game will bring great joy to you as the Pikmin aid you in your quest – and of course you will always pick out a favorite Captain. although returning fans will notice Captain Olimar doesn’t have a huge role in the game, the way they used the plot to introduce the 3 new captains was absolutely fantastic and should be praised.
For those who haven’t finished the game, I won’t spoil anything. But know this: Pikmin 4 is certainly coming.