Pikmin 3 review round up; Wii U’s killer app?

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Nintendo’s Wii U is a great console, blah blah blah – I’m sure you’ve read me extolling its virtues countless times before. What the damned thing really needs is games; a killer app that can convince people to buy the system. Could the system have just found its killer app?

Reviews for Nintendo’s bizarre, yet incredibly endearing puzzle/RTS are in – and it looks like the game is a winner. Of course, with it being one of Shiggy’s titles, that’s hardly surprising. Here’s what Critics have had to say about the latest Nintendo masterpiece.

  • CVG: 8 – The throwaway nature of its GamePad integration doesn’t prevent Pikmin 3 from being Nintendo’s best HD single-player experience to date, but it does mean that the wait for the definitive Wii U title goes on.
  • EuroGamer: 9/10 – Pikmin still feels like strategy seen with fresh eyes – strategy, perhaps, by designers who were unconcerned with labelling, and just let their ideas lead them where they wanted to go. Just as the Koppai explorers give each lump of fruit they encounter its own name (cantaloupes become Wayward Moons, limes are reborn as Zest Bombs), Nintendo has transformed a genre traditionally concerned with large-scale warfare into a knee-high epic built of scavenging and babysitting. Survival, not domination. Family, not factions.
  • GamesRadar: 4.5/5 -Pikmin 3 is a game about nature, just as it always has been. But on Wii U it’s so believable it often feels like you’re sitting in a real garden, playing with ants and beetles in dappled sunlight. Despite the macabre undertones of the cruelty of nature, the game is charming, funny, and utterly captivating. It is without doubt yet another Miyamoto masterpiece, and one that the Wii U desperately needs.
  • God Is a Geek: 9/10 – Considering the lengthy campaign, Pikmin 3 is great value for money. Offering multiple ways to play, it is so incredibly well-designed that it’s hard not to feel impressed with the confidence – and that’s without considering how beautiful it looks in HD, or how wonderful it sounds (the soundtrack is luscious). We’ve waited long enough, but Pikmin 3 is everything we were promised it would be: a gorgeous, fun, exciting experience that absolutely everyone should try. Never leave a Pikmin behind, though, as it scars you for life.
  • IGN: 8.8 – Pikmin 3 is a delight. There’s nothing else like its gentle combination of exploration, strategy and discovery, and it made me feel both empathy and responsibility for virtual creatures that most games would treat as disposable fodder. It transported me like few other games can, giving the feeling of being a stranger in a strange (but oddly familiar) world. It’s over too soon, but it leaves a lasting impression.
  • Kotaku: No score – Pikmin 3 is a game that doesn’t try to re-invent the wheel. For better or worse, it sticks to the formula of past titles and has just enough tweaks-like three characters or two new types of Pikmin-to keep it from feeling stale. It does have its problems here and there with the camera, controls, and AI, but for the most part is an enjoyable ride. If you liked past Pikmin games or enjoy the idea of a light puzzle/RTS hybrid, Pikmin 3 is probably the game for you.
  • Nintendo Insider: 92% – Miyamoto has said that his vision has finally been realised in Pikmin 3, and there’s much that can be found to support that claim. As the Wii U firmly sets its sights on a resurgence, Pikmin 3 delivers an action-strategy experience like no other. And at a time where many complain that Nintendo aren’t investing in new IP, it serves as a reminder to the fresh breeze of creativity that can be achieved when they do.
  • NintendoLife: 9/10 – Beautifully crafted and filled to the brim with exciting gameplay features, Pikmin 3 is a worthy new instalment in Nintendo’s quirky strategy series. The core gameplay mechanics remain true to the GameCube originals, but are further enhanced by the unique features of the Wii U GamePad; controlling your Pikmin is a much smoother experience as a result, and allows for a relatively advanced level of play. There are a few minor issues here and there, but overall Pikmin 3 proves Nintendo still has the magic to make games that get the most out of its bespoke hardware.
  • NowGamer: 9.0 – A brilliant game that retains the entertainment of the original Pikmin games but still feels as unique as ever. A Wii U must-play.
  • Official Nintendo Magazine: 90% – Like dormant seeds, this is slow to germinate but, given time, it blossoms, an explosion of scintillating strategy and pheromone-laced fruitiness.

Sounds like another must-have title for the Wii U that people will continue to largely ignore. while it may well be the Wii U’s killer app right now, it’s probably just not enough to convince either the masses or the hardcore sort to pick up a Wii U. We’ll have our own review soon.

Last Updated: July 23, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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