Critic & User Reviews
Best Pikmin yet!
posted by MetalMario (PITTSFIELD, NH) Aug 8, 2013
Member since Apr 2010
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The Best Title on Wii U.
posted by venom3 (MEDFORD, OR) Aug 5, 2013
Member since Mar 2006
4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful
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.
posted by xpart123 (KANSAS CITY, MO) Aug 1, 2014
Member since Jun 2008
Good concept, excellent graphics... needs changes.
posted by schujazz (RENTON, WA) Jul 20, 2014
Member since Jun 2012
The days are never long enough, especially since the pikmin can only walk so fast. Also, it is very unclear what you should be doing or where you should be going. I got into the game for a while, but after repeatedly getting frustrated at pikmin going into the water and not responding quick enough during boss battles, I rage quit and sent it back
posted by Kwcjr91 (GRIFFITH, IN) Jul 18, 2014
Member since Jun 2014
Very Good. Colorful. Adventerous. Enetertaining.
posted by MrSche (MEMPHIS, TN) Jun 23, 2014
Member since Jun 2007
even for series newbies it's great fun
posted by MrHound (OGDEN, UT) Jun 10, 2014
Member since Mar 2014
posted by SunnyShores (WAUPACA, WI) May 27, 2014
Member since May 2014
posted by exclusive316 (RENO, NV) Feb 26, 2014
Member since Feb 2014
A Greatly Enjoyable Adventure
posted by ZaneSade (ADA, OH) Feb 13, 2014
Member since Feb 2014
Didn't see this coming!
posted by izzy_aka_izzy (DELAND, FL) Feb 10, 2014
Member since Feb 2014
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!
posted by karri71 (GUYMON, OK) Jan 13, 2014
Member since Apr 2011
A pretty game that wears off its charm fast
posted by largetree (TELLICO PLAINS, TN) Sep 14, 2013
Member since Jul 2008
Then the game started to get old and very very very annoying fast. The AI in this game with your Pikmin is TERRIBLE. If you cut a corner too fast, your pikmin sit there, or run through a puddle of water, and die. Glitches galore especially at end of the game where you zone out while your Pikmin are fighting a boss, and when you load into next area, they all die. And you have to start over with 1 pikimin because it protects them from extinction.
Or the worst one which is not a glitch but huge annoyance. It is counting down to 0 to gather your pikmin and you finish gathering them and you put the controller on the table and it hits a trigger button and disperses all your pikmin and they are all dead. 100 Pikmin dead instantly.
It just got old hitting the throw button 100 times, whistling over and over, rinse and repeat. I almost sent it back before i realized i was on the last mission. It is short too, only 24 days.
I didn't feel any sort of accomplisment after i beat the game, i felt relief that I can send it back and get a better game. I gave it a 5/10. It was pretty to look at and the Wii U doesnt have many games like this, so you might want to try it, but never buy it
The third time is more than a charm
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Sep 10, 2013
Member since Jan 2008
This time around, your task is to find fruit that you can turn into juice which keeps the crew alive for another day (I hope they have a fully functioning bathroom on that ship).
If you’ve played either of the previous versions, then you know what to expect. You start off with a few of the cute creatures and build up their numbers by gathering items like numbered discs.
Then, you go off and explore large areas, battling monsters while gathering even more items (numbered discs, fruit, special suits, or communication devices)
But this game also lets you use three captains – after a few days. This lets you get into several areas that one captain can’t get into – which makes for some inventive puzzles.
And this sort of game style is hardly used in any other game, and I still have fun making up what sort of Pikmin to use in my adventuring party (there are five types overall, and you can have up to 100 Pikmin to use at any time).
And I get great joy in seeing those little critters beat up on monsters much larger then they are, then carry off the dead creature’s body back to ship to make more of them.
This game – like the last one – doesn’t have much of a time limit because it’s easy to build up your juice supply. And if you mess up, you can go back and retry any day again.
But there is a problem with Pikmin 3: it will take a while to get used to the controls, namely aiming where you toss your Pikmin. It can cause some annoyances.
But that doesn’t last long. This is one game that the WiiU really needs – an exclusive game that all sorts of gamers will want to play.
Pikmin 3 is one of the best games I’ve played on the WiiU this year.
posted by thekavinwall (DAYTONA BEACH, FL) Aug 31, 2013
Member since Oct 2012