Ok, first let me say that I have never played any of the previous Pikmin titles and was very hesitant in trying this out. After all, youtube vids of gameplay looked a little slow, boring, and just not my cup of tea...BUT... I decided to give it a go and I am left with no regret whatsoever. I never thought I would be a Pikmin fan?! This game is relaxing and a whole different kind of experience.
I enjoy the exploration aspects, the strategy involved, and beautiful astthetics...this game puts to rest all of the "Wii U is graphically weak" arguments. The game may be cute on the outside, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's easy-peasy; you will have to use your BRAIN! But that's not a bad thing as the game is extremely satisfying once you complete levels, collect fruit, and defeat bosses.
If you are on the fence, and have even a mild curiousity in this title, try it out, I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised as I was!
As of now, Pikmin 3 is the best title on Wii U. This game has had quite a development cycle, starting on the GameCube, moving to Wii, and being delayed 4 times on Wii U. Let's see if it was worth the wait:
Gameplay of Pikmin 3 as is follows: You control an army of Pikmin, little ant-like creatures, to collect fruit for the main characters' dying planet.There are a few types of Pikmin, including the Fire-resistant Red Pikmin, the water-breathing Blue Pikmin, the shock-resistent Yellow Pikmin, The new strong Rock Pikmin, and finally the flying Winged Pikmin. If you're wonder where White and Purple Pikmin are, they are in the new multiplayer mode. The multiplayer consists of two modes: Bingo Battle, and Mission mode. Bingo Battle is a game of Bingo where you have to collect the objects shown on a card in either a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line. It can be fun and crazy at times. Mission mode is basically doing missions like you would in story mode, but you have a time limit. These are fun too. Also, if you found Pikmin to be hard because of the 30 day time limit, it has been replaced with how much fruit you have. Everyday, you will consume one piece of fruit. It's not as restrictive or scary as the original time limit was.
The graphics are amazing. A question many people may have is how it looks compared to games on the 360 and PS3. It looks noticeably better than most games on those systems, and I can confirm the ground isn't as bad as many other reviews have made it out to be. As the game was meant to be a launch title, the game is rendering at 720p, but upscales to 1080p just fine. Nintendo has stated that the Wii U can handle native 1080p no problem, and just launch titles were going to be running in 720p.
Final Verdict: Pikmin 3 is a game that all U owners need to own. The game is the best looking game on Wii U, the gameplay is solid, and the story is great. It was worth the wait. 10/10.