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Sweet gaming joy with plants,
This review is from: Pikmin 3 (Nintendo Wii U) (Video Game)
I remember sitting down playing the original Pikmin game on my GameCube and was in awe at how something so simple became instantly addictive.
Jump forward to the current day and I have been playing Pikmin 3 since launch. The game continues the trend of having a day structure that while initially seems an odd choice allows for quick play sessions which is a massive addition.
So for those new to Pikmin, the game sees you find a odd species of plant life called Pikmin. They have a variety of styles and each has a strength and weakness. As you explore the land you will encounter the various pikmin and with a blow of your whistle or a plucking session you will soon be commanding an army of 100 of your bulb like friends.
As you commence the game you are limited to using just one explorer, the idea being to locate your lost team mates. This shouldn't take too long but it introduces you perfectly to the new play style (using a Wii Remote and Nunchuck is really the default option and best play experience). Pointing your wii remote at the screen you can target and select enermies or objects to send the Pikmin at all by simple tap of the A button. Want to send them all in then shake the nunchuck, it's simple and very effective. You can use the gamepad it just takes a while to adjust but it's up to you, if you choose the Wii remote option then the Gamepad becomes a very effective map, so make sure you keep it close by!!!
Once you've located your team mates the game opens up even more, some individuals will play the game as one giant 100 strong army, or you will devide your team up working on different objectives for example one bunch of Pikmin collecting Spice (Which makes your Pikmin stronger and faster) while your other Pikmin are attacking a boss.
As the days last only 15 minutes it's utilising the teams in the best way to make your harvest all the more effective and I have spent several hours replaying the same day (Optional) just to ensure that I am getting everything I can in the limited time frame.
One of the core strengths of the gameplay for Pikmin 3 is it rewards you for just figuring things out for yourself, if however you need some assistance you can find various hints dotted about the place as well.
What does need to be commended is that watching or playing Pikmin is a stunning experience, the view of watching a garden coming to life in such an intimate way is beautiful. Pikmin have a very unique personality and each one seems very individual.
Also those who like to play with friends (no online) will be happy to play the missions and bingo battle games which I've been playing extensively (probably more than the actual game) but regardless this is an excellent addition for the Wii U and for folk who like a more relaxing gaming session. Bingo Battle sets up a split screen mode where you have a bingo board of various items that you need to go and hunt, along the way you may pick up various power ups which will cause pain to the other player, the levels are varied and the Bingo Boards are always randomly generated so makes playing the same map a different experience. For missions you are tasked with various objectives, which in split screen mode you and a friend will go and complete together, it's straight forward and very effective, I found this the best way to introduce someone of less experience to the game.
5 months have now passed and Nintendo has managed to release several amazing games in short succession of each other. I purchased Pikmin on the day of release and am still playing the game! The various mission modes and downloadable content continue to add to the experience and has kept me entertained for a staggering 153 Hours!!! That's some serious play time. The game just continues to be a joy to play and a pleasure to watch with some of the most beautiful creature design.