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Nintendo Official Magazine (NOM) UK (86 out of 100)

Pikmin is a fantastic game, particularly for those who haven't played it before and will be experiencing it for the first time. The Remote greatly enhances the experience and makes commanding Pikmin much easier. If you've already played the game to death and don't feel the urge to play through it again then this may not be for you because it doesn't offer much that's new, but for everyone else it's highly recommended. Just bear in mind that the better sequel is on its way soon.

Feb 5th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Game Shark (B+)

Pikmin virgins and curious Wii owners should definitely take a look at this quirky, satisfying little game, especially if they have a craving for something a bit different. Vets will probably be fine with their dusty GC copies, but this is certainly a game worth experiencing, in its old or waggle-enhanced form.

Aug 8th, 2009 · Wii · read review

IGN Australia (8.3 out of 10)

Nintendo is clearly preparing the market for a new Pikmin experience by rereleasing both GameCube instalments of the Pikmin franchise. The first remain as playable as it was back in 2001. However, if you devoured it back then, be forewarned that there's no extra meat on the bone no extras, no real refinements beyond the Wii control scheme. If you never got into it, though, don't let the cut-price Wii version slip through your fingers this time.

Feb 11th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Retroage (8 out of 10)

Podsumowując New Play Control! Pikmin to naprawdę dobry kawaƂek kodu, ktĂłry nie jest zrobiony na „odwal się”. Pomimo iĆŒ gra nie jest zbyt dƂuga (6-10h) i moĆŒe ciut się zestarzaƂa przez ostatnie 10 lat, to posiada jednak ogromne pokƂady grywalnoƛci, a dzięki prostocie i lekkiemu podejƛciu do tematu bez niepotrzebnie skomplikowanej fabuƂy, na pewno nikt nie będzie narzekaƂ na nudę. Dodatkowo po pierwszym przejƛciu caƂej gry, odkrywa się tryb Challenge Mode, w ktĂłrym to mamy do wykonania rĂłĆŒne krĂłtkie proste zadania na czas. Zdecydowanie polecam.

Nov 27th, 2011 · Wii · read review

Nintendo Life ( )

Pikmin is a quirky, innovative, colourful, charming, and addictive game- epitomising exactly what Nintendo are all about. Sure, it’s just a GameCube port with Wii controls slapped on, but it works well. The only downside to the Wii version is the lack of extra content- it would have been nice to see some more levels or gameplay modes to justify the price tag. If you’ve never played Pikmin before, it comes with my highest recommendation. If you have, you’ll still enjoy it, although it might be worthwhile to just wait for the superior Pikmin 2.

Feb 26th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Cubed3 (8 out of 10)

Pikmin proved to be quite a revelation when first released, and its charm is not only still there today, but magnified by the inclusion of some very intuitive Wii Remote motion controls and a few other extras to keep fans happy. It might not be the longest adventure ever, but it definitely still remains a very impressive introduction to the series.

Feb 9th, 2009 · Wii · read review

NZGamer (8 out of 10)

So what else is there? You can check the scores to get a good impression of how well Pikmin does in 2009: I can tell you that if you never played this game on the GameCube, now's your chance to get into it. The control fiddling has worked, so hats off to the new Pikmin team, and I can recommend this one to any Wii owners, of any age. The argument about Nintendo's pitching 'em young sticks like napalm here, but if you can get over that you'll find a good bit of fun to be had.

Feb 16th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Gameplanet (8 out of 10)

While Pikmin has been around the block and doesn’t really offer anything new for fans of the GameCube version, this cutesy RTS is a real charmer and an addictive, accessible introduction to RTS gaming. Plus it’s good value for money; if you missed it the first time around, here’s your chance to make amends.

Mar 16th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Da Gameboyz (8 out of 10)

Pikmin newbies and curious Wii owners alike should definitely take a look at New Control Play! Pikmin, especially if they have a craving for something a bit different. Veteran gamers on the other hand may be fine with their dusty GameCube copies, but they should know that this is certainly a game worth re-experiencing with the new Wii centric controls. I quite enjoyed this re-release of this cutesy title as Pikmin is definitely a minor classic, and the New Play Control version makes it even better.

2009 · Wii · read review

NintendoWorldReport (8 out of 10)

Fortunately, the game bombards you with helpful tips and tutorials, so it’s a pretty easy game to get the gist of. And once it clicks for you, Pikmin is a very fun, rewarding game. There’s just something about watching your army haul back a bounty from a hard day’s work that’s very satisfying.

Mar 19th, 2009 · Wii · read review

IGN (8 out of 10)

Even so, the rerelease of Pikmin is an excellent addition to the Wii library that's perfect for both collectors and newcomers to the franchise alike. Really, if you've never dabbled with the series before, the New Play Control! title is a superb buy, especially since it retails for a reduced price. That said, if you've experienced it all years ago and don't feel the urge to replay or recollect the games, you'll be fine holding off for a full-fledged sequel that's sure to deliver a full-blown overhaul, as opposed to some shiny new paint.

Mar 11th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Worth Playing (8 out of 10)

The game may be as old as the Wii's predecessor, but New Play Control! Pikmin still remains a very challenging and engaging title. While the graphics haven't held up as well as one would have hoped, the sound and gameplay definitely remain timeless. This is especially true of the new controls, which side with the argument that a real-time strategy game can actually work well on a console like the Wii. Fans of the original will want to check this out, if only to see how the game fares with the Wii control scheme.

Mar 26th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Cheat Code Central (4 out of 5)

New Play Control! Pikmin (and soon-to-be-released Pikmin 2) seems to be Nintendo's way of introducing the series to its new legion of Wii owners before the inevitable unveiling of Pikmin 3. For those folks who've already experienced the game, perhaps there isn't enough here to warrant a purchase. After all, New Play Control! Pikmin 2 is already lined up for release, and like its GameCube counterpart, it's sure to be the better game. However, for anyone who hasn't yet had a chance to give Pikmin a go, this is a great opportunity to jump into the series. The new Wii controls work great, and though the production values have aged a bit, it's still a fine game worth going back to.

2009 · Wii · read review

3D Juegos (7.6 out of 10)

Pikmin, el experimento de Miyamoto dentro del gĂ©nero de la estrategia en tiempo real, sigue siendo a dĂ­a de hoy un tĂ­tulo recomendable para aquellos que busquen ideas frescas y originales dentro del mundo de los videojuegos. No llega a alcanzar las cotas de excelencia de otros productos del gurĂș, pero esta reediciĂłn con controles de Wii añadidos es ideal para aquellos que no pudieron o quisieron tener una Gamecube en sus casas. En pocas palabras, un semiclĂĄsico a precio reducido cuyo sentido del humor y colorido no podrĂ­a hacer mal a nadie.

Feb 16th, 2009 · Wii · read review

GameFocus (7.6 out of 10)

If you loved Pikmin and are dying to play again you could probably find a copy way cheaper on the Gamecube (which you can still play on your Wii through backwards compatibility). However, if you’d like to give the new controls a shot, they make the game a little easier to control and for $30, it’s not going to prevent you from checking out some other new games as well. It’s a faithful port with added controls that feel natural and not forced.

Mar 27th, 2009 · Wii · read review

1UP (B)

The fact is, Pikmin still plays well and, sequel aside, remains tragically unique eight years after its debut. The Wii interface is a brilliant fit for the game, giving it the speed and fluidity of a true RTS. In a perfect world, developers would use this release as a template for new, fresh real-time strategy efforts on Wii. Unfortunately, Japanese developers tend to shy away from the RTS genre, and few American publishers have the integrity to use Wii for anything more ambitious than a dumping ground for cheap Flash game ports, so that seems unlikely. At least we have Pikmin (and inevitably its sequel) -- aging, but better than ever in this rendition.

Mar 9th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Vandal Online (7.5 out of 10)

El regreso de Pikmin a la industria del videojuego no ha sido como todos esperaban. Esta primera entrega de Wii y estreno del sello New Play Control cuenta con los suficientes ingredientes como para convertirse, de nuevo, en uno de los referentes en cuanto a estrategia en tiempo real se refiere. Sin embargo, para todos aquellos jugadores que ya completaron el juego en Gamecube, que no son pocos, las novedades incluidas en esta revisiĂłn pueden antojarse un poco cortas, pues no hay nuevos modos de juego, una revisiĂłn palpable de los grĂĄficos o añadidos interesantes mĂĄs allĂĄ del control, que ya es mucho. Por suerte, uno de los factores decisivos a la hora de hacernos con un videojuego es la relaciĂłn calidad-precio, que precisamente en la lĂ­nea New Play Control y con este Pikmin en especial, cumple notablemente. El juego ya estĂĄ a la venta en los centros especializados a un precio recomendado de 29.95€.

Feb 9th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (15 out of 20)

Retrouver Pikmin sur une console Nintendo est une chance, surtout pour ceux qui étaient passé à cÎté de cet ovni vidéoludique dans sa version GameCube. En revanche, il ne faut pas s'attendre à découvrir quoi que ce soit de véritablement inédit car la nouvelle façon de jouer ne change finalement pas les fondements du titre. Il est donc probable que tout le monde n'accrochera pas forcément au concept de ce jeu de stratégie/exploration unique en son genre. L'expérience est pourtant véritablement prenante et originale et se verra largement optimisée avec l'arrivée de Pikmin 2.

Feb 2nd, 2009 · Wii · read review

WiiDSFrance (7.5 out of 10)

Certains apprécieront le concept, d'autres pas. Les Pikmins sont à la fois des amis, des animaux de compagnie
 tout ce que vous voudrez. Le paysage, à l'image du jeu, est somptueux, il respire de tranquillité et nous invite facilement à l'arpenter de fond en comble en compagnie de nos petits copains. Un must have pour ceux qui n'ont pas eu l'honneur de s'y essayer, un bon retour aux sources pour les autres.

Feb 9th, 2009 · Wii · read review

XGN (7.3 out of 10)

Kleine schattige mannetjes, goed werkende controls en een verslavend gameplay, dat is wat Pikmin is. Hiermee bewijst Nintendo tevens dat een strategische game perfect kan werken op een console. Ben je op zoek naar zo’n game? Dan kun je deze game met een gerust hart kopen, natuurlijk kun je ook wachten op New Play Control! Pikmin 2 waar wel een multiplayerstand in zit verwerkt. Dus wij antwoorden op de vraag of Pikmin beter is opgepoetst als Mario Power Tennis met een duidelijke ‘Ja’.

Mar 29th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Game Revolution (3.5 out of 5)

And in all likelihood, you will be too. Pikmin is a creative, original take on console strategy gaming. Not everyone may take to the strategic undercurrent, but as it stands, this Pikmin has already fixed its roots deep in my jaded gamer’s heart.

Mar 27th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Gamer.nl (7 out of 10)

New Play Control! Pikmin is niet alleen een slimme, maar ook een leuke toevoeging aan het assortiment van de Nintendo Wii. De besturing, waar het uiteindelijk om gaat, is geperfectioneerd. Zowel degenen die Pikmin al eerder gespeeld hebben en (voornamelijk) degenen die nog geen ervaring hebben met Pikmin, moeten deze game zonder twijfel aanschaffen. Hoewel de game gedateerd is, voelt dit zoals Pikmin op de GameCube had horen te zijn.

Feb 16th, 2009 · Wii · read review

videogamer.com (7 out of 10)

With a retail price of ÂŁ29.99 and price cuts already taking place, New Play Control! Pikmin is certainly good value for money. The Wii Remote control scheme suits the game well and newcomers aren't likely to think they're playing a game originally released in 2001, but at the same time the sequel is the better game. If you've already experienced the charm of Pikmin you're better off waiting for the tweaked second game, but if you missed out on the GameCube and fancy some easy to play real-time strategy there's no reason not to pick this up in preparation for the sequel.

Feb 17th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (7 out of 10)

Only, of course, there has: its sequel. And this presents us with the biggest problem by far with this release. Pikmin 2 is also due a New Play Control! reissue this year, and it's a better game in every respect. It's longer and more sophisticated, with more varied Pikmin and enemy types; it has co-operative and competitive multiplayer; it has randomised caves with finite Pikmin numbers, ideal for the game's challenge mode; it has no time limit. It represents much better value, and we're hard-pressed not to recommend you hold off and buy that instead. That's almost a shame - because in truth, Pikmin is a minor classic, and this is the best version of it.

Jan 28th, 2009 · Wii · read review

JeuxActu (14 out of 20)

Nouvelle façon de jouer ! Pikmin demeure une perle pour les joueurs qui ont dĂ©couvert la sĂ©rie sur GameCube, et reprĂ©sente une excellente session de rattrapage pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas encore le Capitaine Olimar et ses petits compagnons. MĂȘme si la prise en main adaptĂ©e Ă  la Wiimote et au Nunchuk nĂ©cessite un petit temps d'adaptation avant que les actions ne s'enchaĂźnent de façon fluide, elle apporte un plus sans pour autant bouleverser les habitudes. Ce qui explique sans doute le prix abordable du jeu - moins de 30€ - qui risque pourtant de n'intĂ©resser que les collectionneurs et les Ă©pargnĂ©s par la crise

Feb 11th, 2009 · Wii · read review

JeuxVideoPC.com (13 out of 20)

Cette version New Play Control! de Pikmin laisse perplexe. D'un cĂŽtĂ©, il y'a cette adaptation « Ă  la va vite », au contenu toujours pauvre et aux graphismes non modifiĂ©s n'ayant plus lieu d'ĂȘtre . De l'autre, un titre reconnu qui n'a plus besoin de faire ses preuves. Au final, malgrĂ© quelques dĂ©tails dĂ©cevant, Pikmin est un jeu toujours aussi fun au gameplay agrĂ©able.

Feb 2nd, 2009 · Wii · read review

4Players.de (65 out of 100)

Die Faszination aus GameCube-Tagen ist einfach verflogen - zumal der Nachfolger Pikmin 2 deutlich besser war: Mehr Arten, mehr Taktik, mehr Komfort, besseres Leveldesign. Und weil der auch noch als New Play Control!-Variante kommt, gibt es eigentlich keinen Grund, jetzt schon bei diesem lauwarmen Aufguss fĂŒr Neukunden zuzuschlagen. Zum Thema "30 Euro und gĂŒnstig": Das GameCube-Original aus dem Jahr 2002 kann man deutlich billiger erwerben. Und warum gibt es nicht gleich ein Doppelpack aus beiden Pikmins? NatĂŒrlich wird aus einem großartigen Strategiespiel wie Pikmin kein schlechtes, nur weil man es 1:1 umsetzt. Aber ein echtes Remake wĂ€re edler und angemessener gewesen, um mehr als ein halbwegs befriedigtes Abnicken zu ernten: Ich will fĂŒr Wii kein billig nachproduziertes Pikmin 1 und 2, ich will ein neues Pikmin 3 mit Online-UnterstĂŒtzung, kreativeren Levels und schönerer Kulisse!

Feb 11th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Gamekult (6 out of 10)

Premier titre de l'inqualifiable gamme "Nouvelle façon de jouer" sur Wii, Pikmin tentera de faire entrer chez les possesseurs de la machine des jeux GameCube revendus en l'Ă©tat, ou presque. La diffĂ©rence est qu'ici, le titre est proposĂ© Ă  30€, et avec un gameplay retravaillĂ© pour profiter du duo tĂ©lĂ©commande/Nunchuk. CĂŽtĂ© ludique, force est de constater que mĂȘme aujourd'hui, Pikmin reste une petite perle d'inventivitĂ© et d'ambiance. Ceux qui prendraient le train en marche trouveront donc certainement beaucoup de plaisir Ă  vivre les aventures du capitaine Olimar et de ses petits protĂ©gĂ©s Ă  travers des missions de survie Ă©colo Ă  mi-chemin entre la stratĂ©gie en temps rĂ©el et le puzzle ; le tout rythmĂ© par une gestion du temps intraitable obligeant Ă  vraiment bien gĂ©rer toutes ses actions. Bonne surprise, la nouvelle maniabilitĂ© convient Ă©galement trĂšs bien Ă  un titre de ce genre, et le sifflet s'en trouve bien plus efficace pour rappeler ses troupes Ă  grande distance.

Feb 3rd, 2009 · Wii · read review

InsideGamer (5 out of 10)

Misschien heb je gemerkt aan de recensie dat ie voornamelijk gaat over het feit dat het een inspiratieloze overzetting is. Dat is ook voornamelijk wat New Play Control! Pikmin is: een nutteloze port in plaats van een goede aanvulling op het karige aanbod van goede games op de Wii. Pikmin was in 2002 een erg toffe strategiegame en dat is nog grotendeels hetzelfde gebleven. Het is alleen een verschrikkelijk product dat getuigt van een chronisch gebrek aan creativiteit, service aan de fans (waarom niet Pikmin 1 en 2 bundelen) en respect. Als je Pikmin echter ‘altijd al’ had willen spelen, dan is nu je kans hoor. Poeh poeh.

Feb 17th, 2009 · Wii · read review

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