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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.

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.

Screenshots

Pikmin GameCube Red Pikmin are immune to fire
Pikmin GameCube Notice the detail on the leaves.
Pikmin GameCube Olimar Locates the Second Onion
Pikmin GameCube This large critter blows the flowers off of the Pikmin

Promo Images

Pikmin Concept Art
Pikmin Screenshot
Pikmin Screenshot
Pikmin Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A great title to start off your GameCube collection GameCube bowser724 (29)
Another Homerun from the master Shigeru Miyamoto!! GameCube Oblio (108)
Colorful Puzzle/strategy Hybrid that Must be Played! GameCube Weston Wedding (63)
A truely great revolution of a game. GameCube Bob the Stickman (299)

Critic Reviews

GameSpy GameCube Dec 16, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot GameCube Dec 05, 2001 8.9 out of 10 89
NZGamer GameCube Apr 07, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) GameCube Jan 30, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Netjak GameCube Jan 04, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Eurogamer.net (UK) GameCube Jun 13, 2002 8 out of 10 80
WiiDSFrance Wii Feb 09, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
videogamer.com Wii Feb 17, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Bordersdown GameCube Jul 03, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Edge GameCube Nov 29, 2001 7 out of 10 70

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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)
Contributed to by Andrew Grasmeder (232), Matthias Günl (68) and Opipeuter (17003)