The Nintendo Wii U has been getting some attention recently with the recent release of its competitors new additions to the market the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox One. With such fierce competition Nintendo has to pull out the stops and release some stellar games for the Wii U. One such game is Pikmin 3. This game follows a space traveling group as they try to collect fruit to help their people and eh missing components of their space ship to actually get home. Along the way they meet some friends and some foes.
Pikmin are small plant based creatures who are incredibly loyal and incredibly useful on an alien world inhabited by a diverse and dangerous amount of bigger creatures, all of which seem to be hungry for Pikmin and space captains. In order to overcome these adversaries team work is needed. Their are various types of Pikmin which are each specialized in what they do best. An example is grey rock Pikmin are tough and fight well but are not easy to throw to reach far away spots, while yellow electric Pikmin are great and conducting electricity and being thrown about but are not the best of fighters. These are just two of the seven types of Pikmin. Each a cute little creature sporting either a leaf, bud or flower on their heads.
The game play of Pikmin is easy to learn but difficult to master. You control one of the three captains who point and throw the Pikmin to complete various tasks, including building bridges, destroying walls and attacking enemies. Most enemies are vastly larger then your characters and thus require smarts and masses of Pikmin to destroy them before they pop into a pile of fruit and key items to the game. One of the more memorable odd enemies is the long legged hugs spider who towers over your Pikmin crushing them with his huge feet and once destroyed falls into a kiwi.
The game is great fun to play for players of all ages and skill levels. As long as you have the fruit juice the game continues, even if there was no progress made, so little ones can play and have fun even if they aren’t as successful as other players. Little Man likes to play but also likes to ‘do team work’ where we work together to solve puzzles and figure out how to destroy the bad guys or find a way around a particular obstacle.
Pikmin 3 is available only on the Wii U and is available for download from the Nintendo eShop as well as where video games are sold. Pikmin 3 retails for 59.99 and is available now.