Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Pikmin 2 (Wii)
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Pikmin 2 (Wii)
Advantages: Great visuals, soundtrack, everything about it an amazing little game
Disadvantages: Nothing better than pokemon even
Pikmin was originally released on the Nintendo GameCube and due to its great popularity it was released on the Wii also with wii control as was the sequel which has many more features than the first.
Pikmin themselves are little alien characters that if existed in real life would be around the size of your thumb or smaller. The plot goes something like this: when captain Olimar the protagonist of the story is delivering his cargo from planet to planet he accidentally crashes on an alien planet, much to his grief the ship is beyond repair and is swarming with giant bugs, insects, frogs and general nasty beasties which want him for their dinner.
However luck is with him as in his search for new materials to repair his ship he comes across some organic spaceships shaped like onions on tripods the residents of these ships seem more than happy to help him out in his quest, these are the pikmin. The pikmin seem to mistake Olimar's space helmet light for beacon and follow him wherever he goes even into the lairs of giant bird snakes or fire breathing ant eaters. As predicted if you beat the game you fly home to your family safe and sound leaving the pikmin to fend for themselves.
In the second game however as you return home you find out that without your help your freight company has gone under and your boss sends you back to the planet with his gormless son Louie to gather valuable artefacts and species to sell to pay off the company's debt.
Pikmin Colour system
In the first game there were three varieties of pikmin each with their own strengths and weaknesses, in the second game the variety you can befriend increases to five.
Yellow Pikmin- These pikmin have large ears can withstand electrocution and are generally a good bit lighter than the rest, when you through them in the air they go higher and further which can be handy for finding treasures in high hard to reach places.
Blue Pikmin-These pikmin look like they have little smiling mouths, these act as gills so when you enter water these pikmin wont drown, all the other pikmin can drown in water.
Red Pikmin-These pikmin have a little pointy nose and these have to be my favourite for their visual appearance, they are also immune to fire.
New Purple Pikmin-The sumo wrestler pikmin, they can carry the same weight as 10 pikmin, they are three times the size of a regular pikmin and are quite rare, you can only get these pikmin by throwing pikmin of the 3 original colours into a purple flower, they have little whiskers too and are super heavy.
New WhitePikmin-The poison pikmin, their featuring characteristic is that they are half the size of a regular pikmin, have red eyes and if eaten can kill most enemies immediately, they come in very hand if there is a really tough boss who likes to eat everything in sight. They are also professional treasure hunters and can see things other pikmin cannot. Though again they are a little rare, they can only be bred by throwing red, blue or yellow pikmin into a white flower.
The game runs a little like command and conquer you attack giant bugs and beasties directly with your pikmin, pikmin beat enemies to death with the stems coming out of their heads, the more developed their flower the faster and tougher they are.
You have two commanders in the second game so you can separate your fleet out into two sections across the map and go back and forth between then to accomplish different tasks and find different treasure. You will need to master tis system to complete the game.
It is pretty simple in its objectives though the maps and beasts get tougher and more difficult to defeat as you carry on through the game. The controls are pretty simple to get a hang of rather quickly, though the wii sensory bar messes up sometimes and results in unnecessary deaths which has annoyed me a little and has made me swear at the TV in the past.
The sequel has a longer life than the original in that as soon as you think you have gathered all the treasure you head home to find that you have left Louie alone on the alien planet and have to head back with the boss to find him before he gets eaten.
Overall I think it's a really fun game, the visuals are spectacular, you can really believe sometimes that you have landed on a real planet similar to earth but like Gulliver's travels you are tiny and there are no humans that can find you because you are too small but their food and jewels are still lying about everywhere for you to take.
The music and animal sounds are amazing; the animal sounds are very realistic and appropriate, the pikmin even make little happy and sad sounds depending on where you are and what you are doing. The music is largely relaxing and ambient and suits the natural environments perfectly! I would love to get the official soundtrack of this as it is so brilliantly orchestrated.
Unlike the original you can play this game in a two player mode as well as a challenge mode once you get so far in the main game which adds lots of extra hours of game play which I really enjoyed.
There was so much effort put into this game that I hope there is a sequel as it has to be one of my favourite yet lesser known game franchises, even the opening of the game changes through four different seasons and have different beasties moving about through them. I may have forgotten to mention that each map represents a season also and the colours are glorious!
A must play for anyone who was fascinated by insects as a child.
Summary: Great for kids and adults fascinated by the world of bugs
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