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Pikmin Mania Returns with Pikmin 3 (Game Review & Release Date)

Updated on July 24, 2013
Pikmin 3
Pikmin 3

About Pikmin...

Probably one of the best strategy games ever created, Pikmin has been a huge success since it's debut in 2001. The clever strategy game was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and developed by Nintendo for the GameCube, before it was re-released for the Wii (along with Pikmin 2) a few years later.

In the game, you are Captain Olimar, a space traveler who is less than one inch in height. His spaceship, the S.S. Dolphin, collides with a comet during his space voyage and he crash lands on a mysterious planet. The S.S. Dolphin is destroyed and pieces of it are scattered all throughout this new land. To make matters worse, he learns that this planet contains Oxygen, a toxic gas that is fatal to his species. His spacesuit has a life support system that will keep him alive for only 30 days. Will 30 days be enough time to collect the missing spaceship pieces and repair the ship?

Luckily, Captain Olimar is not alone in his quest. He discovers that the planet is home to tiny aliens he calls Pikmin and the Pikmin are very eager to help him out and follow his every command. These little creatures come in three colors: red, blue and yellow. The red Pikmin are the most powerful and they can withstand very high temperatures, even fire. The blue Pikmin are the only kind that can survive in the water. The yellow Pikmin can carry explosives known as "bomb rocks", are resistant to electricity, and they can be thrown higher than the other two. Captain Olimar can have a total of up to 100 Pikmin in his control at once and these Pikmin can also do many things together: carry objects, fight enemies, break down walls, build bridges, etc.

You are in control of Captain Olimar and these Pikmin. Your goal is to collect all 30 spaceship parts in 30 days, but it won't be easy. Your Pikmin can only help you during the daylight hours. You must get your Pikmin back to the safety of the Onion (their nest) before sundown because if any of them are left behind, they will be killed by the planet's nocturnal beasts. Not cool. If you're not careful, you can lose Pikmin in this game. However, more can be made. Throughout the game are "Pellet Posies", flowers that contain pellets. The Pikmin can knock down the flower, collect the pellet, and carry it back to their Onion. The Onion turns the pellet into a seed and plants it in the ground. When the seed is fully grown into a Pikmin, Captain Olimar can pull it out of the ground. There are different stages of growth for the Pikmin. Those with the little leaf sprouting from it's head are the youngest, followed by the ones with a bud, then the ones with a flower. The fully grown Pikmin (with the flower) are faster runners.

This game has three different endings and the ending you get depends on how successful you were in collecting the spaceship parts.

Pikmin 2
Pikmin 2

Pikmin 2

Three years after it's predecessor, Pikmin 2 was introduced to the video game world and included many new changes.

After Captain Olimar returned to his home planet, Hocotate, he learned that the company he works for is in severe debt. A silver platter he brought home from the Pikmin's planet was discovered to be worth 100 Pokos and the company's president decides that Olimar must return to the planet to collect more treasures that will help pay off the 10,000 Poko debt. Only this time, he won't be travelling alone. Louie, a fellow employee, joins Olimar on his new quest.

The greatest change to this game was the removal of the 30 day time limit. Now the player can control Captain Olimar and Louie and not have to worry about collecting everything within a certain limit. This change reduced stress and added more enjoyment to the game.

Another change is the addition of two new Pikmin: purple and white. The purple Pikmin are larger in size, which causes them to be stronger, but slower. The white Pikmin have many abilities. They are immune to poisonous gases, they are faster than all the others, and they can locate hidden, underground treasure. When eaten by an enemy, the white Pikmin will poison the enemy. A third Pikmin, Bulbmin, is also introduced in this game, but the player only has control of it temporarily as it's very rare.

Pikmin 2 also features a two-player mode and an unlockable challenge mode.

Pikmin 2 for GameCube and Wii

Pikmin 2
Pikmin 2

Pikmin 2 for GameCube


Pickmin 1 for GameCube and Wii


Pikmin 1 for GameCube


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Pikmin 3 for Wii U

Pikmin 3...

Three new leaders are introduced in this game: Alph, Charlie, and Brittany. They live on the planet, Koppai, and set off in search of food because their planet is suffering from a food shortage. They crash-land on the Pikmin's planet and become separated. You must reunite the leaders, repair the ship, and with the help of the Pikmin, begin harvesting fruit for their planet. New to the Pikmin world are two extra Pikmin: rock and flying. The rock Pikmin can be used to break down difficult barriers and the winged Pikmin carry objects and fight flying enemies. You must utilize the strengths of all your Pikmin to carry out tasks and defeat the enemies in this game.

Pikmin 3 is now being released in Japan, Europe, and Australia and will be making it's debut in North America on August 04, 2013. Currently, the game is only being released for the Wii U console.

Pikmin 3 screenshot
Pikmin 3 screenshot

Pikmin 3 Trailer...

Nintendo Wii U Black/White Console

Nintendo Wii U Console - 32GB Black Deluxe Set
Nintendo Wii U Console - 32GB Black Deluxe Set

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