The long awaited Pikmin 3 was released a few months ago and I just finished the story mode. I figured instead of waiting 10 years until I can call it a retro review…I would just do it now. The first two Pikmin games were released on the Nintendo GameCube and the only Pikmin-related release on the Wii was the “New Play Control!” version.
Pikmin 3 stays true to the Pikmin franchise and offers up a great experience. Old and new characters appear, so I will try my best to keep this spoiler free. There are two new types of Pikmin, the rock type and flying type Pikmin; which are a fantastic addition to the franchise.
Story: The story is kind of simple. A group of characters go to a planet in search of seeds and find the helpful ‘Pikmin’ which are plant-like animal creatures. Along the way, the mission changes with a few plot twists. A quest of finding data chips enhances the story. Grade B+
Game Play: The same game play as the other two Pikmin games. Control the character that you want to lead the Pikmin. The characters can split up into three groups to give the Pikmin orders. A different type of a RTS game. All missions are time based, you have about 20 minutes to explore an area and get out, which makes it really fun. Grade A
Controls: The WiiU game pad offers a little bonus control. With it, you can now map out routes for characters to go, which I only use to get back to base camp. The controls run smoothly and if the WiiU pad isn’t your thing, there are other controller options. Grade A
Replayability: The game takes some time to beat. To collect all the necessary fruit, you’ll need to return to places and do a lot of exploring. There are also cool missions and co-op players that will keep you busy. That said, I have yet to find any bonuses for beating the game. Grade B+
Graphics: My brother saw me playing this game in my room and said “wow those are some nice graphics”. If that’s just an initial glance; I think that says it all. The game’s HD graphics are beautiful and each world looks fantastic. Grade A++
Music: The music is catchy and joyful, very well composed. The music never gets in the way and sets a nice background. Grade B
Overall: Fantastic game, very well done and it looks beautiful. People that love the first two Pikmin games will absolutely love this game. It can get difficult but never not fun. A truly great addition to the WiiU family. The few drawbacks are that the purple and white Pikmin are only available for the Mission levels and not the story mode. The purple and white Pikmin could have been a nice bonus for beating the game. Grade A