Pikmin

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Released
Platforms
Critic Score User Score
GameCube
86
3.9
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 Bridge expansion project.
Pikmin GameCube An Onion
Pikmin GameCube Red Pikmin are immune to fire
Pikmin GameCube A spaceship part!

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 (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

Game Informer Magazine GameCube Jan, 2002 9.25 out of 10 92
Nintendo Life GameCube Jan 02, 2006 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
GamersMark GameCube Dec 15, 2001 9 out of 10 90
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) GameCube Apr 27, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Peliplaneetta.net GameCube Jul 22, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Netjak GameCube Jan 04, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
G4 Tech: Tech TV GameCube Sep 30, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
WiiDSFrance Wii Feb 09, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Gameplanet GameCube Aug 16, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
4Players.de Wii Feb 11, 2009 65 out of 100 65

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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)
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