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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.

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.

Screenshots

Pikmin GameCube There is a summary screen at the end of each day
Pikmin GameCube A Pikmin
Pikmin GameCube Olimar wades in.
Pikmin GameCube It takes a lot of Pikmin to move this thing!

Promo Images

Pikmin Screenshot
Pikmin Concept Art
Pikmin Screenshot
Pikmin Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A great title to start off your GameCube collection GameCube bowser724 (29)
Another Homerun from the master Shigeru Miyamoto!! GameCube Oblio (108)
Colorful Puzzle/strategy Hybrid that Must be Played! GameCube Weston Wedding (63)
A truely great revolution of a game. GameCube Bob the Stickman (299)

Critic Reviews

Nintendojo GameCube Jan 04, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
NintendoWorldReport GameCube Nov 11, 2001 9 out of 10 90
NZGamer GameCube Apr 07, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
Gaming Target GameCube Jan 23, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
Gamereactor (Sweden) GameCube May 08, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Da Gameboyz Wii 2009 8 out of 10 80
IGN Wii Mar 11, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameCola.net GameCube Jun, 2003 7.4 out of 10 74
videogamer.com Wii Feb 17, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution Wii Mar 27, 2009 3.5 out of 5 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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