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From 2001 to 2013, Nintendo has continued to refine and evolve the Pikmin series, coming a little bit closer to perfection each time. "Pikmin 3", with its lusher environments, polished gameplay mechanics, and new types of Pikmin, leaves me wondering what Nintendo could possibly do to impress us further with a hypothetical "Pikmin 4". Giving us the choice to play with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk is greatly appreciated, as the Wii versions of "Pikmin" and "Pikmin 2" controlled flawlessly that way. The new characters are fun and endearing, and teamwork is more important than ever. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the game strikes a happy balance between the stressful urgency of "Pikmin" and the open-ended lack of consequence of "Pikmin 2". In this third entry, you're not really limited by number of days (you're allotted 99 days, which is dozens more than even the least efficient player is likely to require), but you're tasked with the responsibility of keeping your food rations in stock. This gives the gameplay a sort of "soft urgency" that still allows the player to take all the time he or she needs to cultivate Pikmin forces or simply explore the vibrant regions.
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.
posted by largetree (TELLICO PLAINS, TN) Sep 14, 2013
Member since Jul 2008
I never played Pikmin 1 or 2. I have only played pikmin on Nintendo Land, and I love what i played. When i heard they were making a Pikmin 3 for Wii U, i was really excited for it because it is a different game than i have ever played. When i first got this game i was very impressed with its beautiful top down graphics, vibrant colors, and cute little pikmin that follow you where ever you go. The puzzles at the beginning were not too bad, expecially when you get 3 characters to switch back and forth from and you need all 3 to do certain puzzles...
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