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Pikmin 2 (Wii Edition) Review

Motion Controls Make an Already Great Game Better.

Pikmin 2

The long-awaited third entry in the Pikmin franchise is due before year's end, and Nintendo took the initiative to cut the wait with a re-release of Pikmin 2 on the Wii, part of it's New Play Control! line of titles. As a series, Pikmin has been met with critical acclaim from consumers, and still feels as fresh and unique as it once was more than ten years after the original game. With the introduction of motion controls to the game, Pikmin 2 just got a whole lot fresher.Thankfully, Pikmin 2 actually benefits from the addition of motion controls; there's no unnecessary waggle here! As either Louie or Olimar, the player directs Pikmin to fight the aliens of Earth, destroy obstacles, or pick up treasures with an on-screen reticule, now controlled by aiming a Wii remote. The accuracy that pointing the Wii remote provides is similar to the precision of a mouse in PC gaming, and is such an improvement over aiming with the GameCube's analog stick. Precision and speed are key in directing one's Pikmin, and as a real-time strategy game of sorts, Pikmin 2 has been improved tremendously. Though the game boasts the New Play Control monicker, that's really the only motion control in the entire game! Nothing requires the player to shake the Wii remote or the nunchuck. Even the menus are navigated with the nunchuck's analog stick. Thus, Pikmin 2's controls are updated, but refined to a relatively comfortable transition.

Pikmin 2

That said, how does Pikmin 2 hold up eight years after it's original release, and does it deserve to be bought again? A resounding quite well, and yes, respectively. As stated before, the game still feels as fresh as ever, and thanks to Nintendo's decision to add it to the Nintendo Selects line of games for $20, there's really no incentive to not buy it. The GameCube edition of Pikmin 2 can be quite scarce to come by, and at upwards of $40 on ebay and Amazon, Pikmin 2 is very affordable. As a follow up to the first Pikmin, the game improves the formula in just about every way imaginable. The 30 day time limit from the first game has been done away with, in favor of a money-making system that allows for maximum exploration of the planet. For those who haven't experienced Pikmin 2 yet, or the Pikmin series in general, 2 is a very forgiving game. It takes a decent amount of time to amass an army of Pikmin, and with the 30 day formula of the first game, things could get quite stressful. Now, the player has an unlimited amount of time to do anything and everything, and though 100%-ing the game is still quite a challenge, it's much more feasible this time around.

Pikmin 2

The game also introduces a few new tricks that are just as rewarding. With the addition of Louie, the player usually has both heroes exploring simultaneously. However, one can dismiss each hero, and switch between the two with a click of the minus button. Each hero can lead a desired amount of Pikmin, allowing for one hero to primarily harvest, while the other explores. As the day and night cycle is still in the game, multitasking to get everything accomplished is encouraged, and it's execution is pleasing.The graphics aren't incredible, but seeing 100 autonomous Pikmin onscreen is still impressive. The environments are lush and there was clearly a lot of time put into the level designs, but as a game from last gen ported to the Wii, it begs for HD graphical clarity. However, the game has been remastered in wide-screen, thus allowing for a wider view of one's surroundings, and a better idea of what's to come.

Pikmin 2

The sounds of the game are very fitting, and quite well done. The music is whimsical through exploration and triumphant when battling a boss. The fanfare after collecting an item, and each Pikmin's singing as they trot the planet's surface is sure to bring a smile to the player, and adds a charming atmosphere to the game that sells the package as a whole. Pikmin 2 is a great title that definitely needs more exposure, and the $20 tag sets the bang-for-buck ratio off the charts. Even if Pikmin 2 has a place in your much-loved GameCube library, the added motion controls are enough to warrant a revisit. For first timers, Pikmin 2 is definitely a great introduction to the series, and again, the price is incredible!

Pikmin 2 (Wii Edition)
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The Pikmin series has been home to some of the most unique gameplay found on a Nintendo console to date, and this re-release is no different. Fun, inventive, and addicting. The removal of the 30 day time limit from the first game is great for first-timers, and allows for maximum pikimin-productivity.
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Cute music on the whole, but serious when it needs to be. Every sound is thoughtfully done and fitting, the final layer in immersing the player in the entire experience.
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Nintendo's decision to make the Wii graphically underwhelming is a shame, and Pikmin 2's environments would have been gorgeous on a high definition console. The game still looks decent, considering it was released 8 years ago, and benefits from the addition of wide-screen.
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A rare case of a game from yesteryear benefitting from motion controls! Pikmin 2 felt great to play on its native GameCube, and feels even better on the Wii. The motion controls were added in moderation, keeping the feel of the original strongly intact.
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Pikmin has a massive following for a reason: it's a great series, containing that Nintendo magic that captures players across the world. Conceptually unique, and surprisingly addicting, a Nintendo fan couldn't ask for more.
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