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Pikmin (GameCube)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Pikmin GameCube Pikmin can carry fallen enemies back to the onion to make more Pikmin
Pikmin GameCube Olimar wades in.
Pikmin GameCube Notice the detail on the leaves.
Pikmin GameCube Olimar Locates the Second Onion

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 (109) 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

The Press Says

IGN Dec 03, 2001 9.1 out of 10 91
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Apr 27, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GamesCollection Mar 18, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Dec 16, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
N-Europe Nov 05, 2002 9 out of 10 90
NintendoWorldReport Nov 11, 2001 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Dec 05, 2001 8.9 out of 10 89
Peliplaneetta.net Jul 22, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Nintendojo Jan 08, 2002 8.6 out of 10 86
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jun 13, 2002 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

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.

Disc

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.

References

  • 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.

Awards

  • 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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