RRP: $ 59 ( reviewed on Nintendo Wii U)
WITH the arrival of Pikmin 3 comes proof that Nintendo can still produce top- notch games that don’t star Mario or Zelda.
It may not be the most polished title they’ve delivered, though it’s a refreshing experience in this era of copycat games.
In similar fashion to the previous two titles in the series, the action in Pikmin 3 kicks off after crash- landing your spaceship on a strange planet, whereupon you employ the services of tiny plant- like creatures called Pikmin to help you collect fruit and take down enemies.
Expanding on the earlier games, you now have three lead characters to manage, who can each command up to 100 Pikmin at once.
The game also introduces two new types of Pikmin – one that can fly and one made from rock.
Pikmin 3 is a part- strategy, partpuzzle game. Whether you’re up against an enemy or an obstacle, every encounter in the game is about figuring out how to best use the various Pikmin to solve each challenge.
Alongside the story campaign are some co- operative multiplayer modes, although it is disappointing that no multiplayer mode supports online play.
That aside, Pikmin 3 is charming, unique and a darn good reason to pick up a Nintendo Wii U console.