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Pikmin (GameCube)

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After crashing on a strange unexplored planet, Captain Olimar must gather the thirty missing parts of his space ship, before his life support runs out in thirty days and he succumbs to the planet hostile atmosphere. Luckily the Pikmin, a plant/insect life form native to the planet, are there to help him. Olimar must gather and lead the Pikmin in this real time strategy game to collect the missing pieces of his ship while combating the planet's strange and sometimes hostile flora and fauna.

The Pikmin come in three varieties with each a special ability. Red Pikmin are immune to fire while blue Pikmin are able to swim and yellow Pikmin can be thrown far. Aside from the story mode there is a Challenge Mode that is unlocked after all the types of Pikmin are discovered in the story mode. The goal in this mode is to grow as many Pikmin as possible in a single day.


Pikmin GameCube Bridge expansion project.
Pikmin GameCube The spaceship absorbs the part.
Pikmin GameCube A spaceship part!
Pikmin GameCube Pikmin can chop down flowers

Alternate Titles

  • "皮克敏" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Pikumin" -- Japanese title
  • "ピクミン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A great title to start off your GameCube collection bowser724 (26) unrated
Another Homerun from the master Shigeru Miyamoto!! Oblio (108) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Colorful Puzzle/strategy Hybrid that Must be Played! Weston Wedding (54) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
A truely great revolution of a game. Bob the Stickman (290) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

IGN Dec 03, 2001 9.1 out of 10 91
Kombo.com Nov 16, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Jan 02, 2006 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
4Players.de Jun 22, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Peliplaneetta.net Jul 22, 2002 88 out of 100 88
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Jan 30, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
G4 Tech: Tech TV Sep 30, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Silicon-Fusion.com Jun 20, 2002 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
GamersMark Jan 02, 2002 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

The GameCube version of Pikmin appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


At the start of a day the game dumps the information for that day onto the GameCube's internal memory. Therefore the game-disc can be removed without interrupting gameplay until the day ends.


  • Captain Olimar's spaceship is named Dolphin. "Dolphin" was Nintendo's project name for the GameCube.
  • If you break down the name of Captain Olimar into component Japanese letters, o-ri-ma, you'll notice it is "Mario" backwards.


  • Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences
    • 2001 - Innovation in Console Gaming Award
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – Ga,eCube Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Jiguryo, Opipeuter Inconnivus and Sciere

Related Web Sites

  • Critical Gaming Pikmin Course (The Critical-Gaming Network's first course in their series on Pikmin, a particular focus being paid to RTS design and dynamics (May, 2009).)
  • Nintendo (Publishers and owners of the Pikmin franchise, Nintendo.)
  • Pikmin.com (Official Pikmin website)
Andrew Grasmeder (205) added Pikmin (GameCube) on Jan 22, 2002
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