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Pikmin

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
85
4.0
Wii
72
4.2
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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 Pick the next area to land in.
Pikmin GameCube There is a summary screen at the end of each day
Pikmin GameCube Pikmin can chop down flowers
Pikmin GameCube The impact site

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 GameCube bowser724 (26)
Another Homerun from the master Shigeru Miyamoto!! GameCube Oblio (109)
Colorful Puzzle/strategy Hybrid that Must be Played! GameCube Weston Wedding (54)
A truely great revolution of a game. GameCube Bob the Stickman (290)

The Press Says

Gaming Age GameCube Dec 11, 2001 A 100
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Jan, 2002 9.25 out of 10 92
IGN GameCube Dec 03, 2001 9.1 out of 10 91
GameSpy GameCube Dec 16, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
N-Zone GameCube Jul 06, 2003 88 out of 100 88
Armchair Empire, The GameCube Jan 17, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
Gaming Target GameCube Jan 23, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
GameCell UK GameCube Apr 04, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) GameCube Jun 13, 2002 8 out of 10 80
videogamer.com Wii Feb 17, 2009 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 (205) and Opipeuter (16448)