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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 Pikmin can drink the yellow nectar to grow into flower Pikmin
Pikmin GameCube A spaceship part!
Pikmin GameCube Don't stick around after dark!
Pikmin GameCube Pikmin can push aside heavy objects.

Alternate Titles

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

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

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) GameCube Dec 04, 2001 5 out of 5 100
GamesFirst! GameCube Jan 15, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamesCollection GameCube Mar 18, 2009 9 out of 10 90
N-Europe GameCube Nov 05, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life GameCube Jan 02, 2006 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Nintendo Official Magazine (NOM) UK Wii Feb 05, 2009 86 out of 100 86
Nintendojo GameCube Jan 08, 2002 8.6 out of 10 86
Gaming Target GameCube Jan 23, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
Retroage Wii Nov 27, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Snackbar-Games.com GameCube Feb 05, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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)
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