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 Pikmin can drink the yellow nectar to grow into flower Pikmin
Pikmin GameCube Don't stick around after dark!
Pikmin GameCube Pikmin battle fierce creatures.
Pikmin GameCube Title Screen

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

Gaming Age GameCube Dec 11, 2001 A 100
GamePro (US) GameCube Dec 04, 2001 5 out of 5 100
NintendoWorldReport GameCube Nov 11, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Gamesmania.de GameCube Jun 14, 2002 89 out of 100 89
ZTGameDomain GameCube Jul 12, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
The Age GameCube Jul 18, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Bright Hub GameCube Dec 02, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) GameCube May 08, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jan 28, 2009 7 out of 10 70
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)
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