Aside from the better-tuned gameplay, Pikmin 3 has received a personality infusion. The dull Olimar has been replaced with a trio of new explorers with some actual character. Hell, these may be the best characters Nintendo has created in, I don’t know — decades? You’ll have a hard time not immediately finding yourself attached to the academic, yet softhearted Brittany, or the wide-eyed, fish-out-of-water hero Alph.
The game’s graphics are, for the most part, top-notch. Granted the game does occasionally look like and up-rezed Wii game, but most of the time it looks beautiful and really gets your mouth watering for future Nintendo games, now that they seem to have a handle on HD technology.
They’ve certainly got fruit skin textures down to a science.
Pikmin 3 isn’t perfect — the game’s single player mode feels kind of small scale. More a gentle reintroduction to the series than a triumphant return. Some may chafe at having to pull out their old Wiimotes in order to utilize the game’s optimal control scheme. Also, the game’s GamePad map system can be temperamental and hard to handle at times. Ultimately though, these complaints don’t detract from the overall experience in any major way.
The Pikmin have been clamouring, searching, digging for that game that’s perfect for them for over a decade now, and I think they may have finally found it. At long last, the Pikmin are at peace and you will be too as you play through the relaxing, finely crafted, cute-as-s–t Pikmin 3.
I want more like this!
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