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  • Explore a lush garden from an ant's perspective
  • Watch as plant life and objects interact together in beautiful 3D graphics
  • Experience the different personality traits of different types of Pikmin including Bud, Leaf, and Flower
  • break down walls, defeat giant bosses, and build bridges with all your Pikmin
  • Store Pikmin safely in the nests when you're not playing

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B00005Q8LY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches ; 3.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: December 3, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,823 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Spaceman just crashed on a strange planet and he needs to find all his spacecraft's parts. The problem? He only has a few days to do it! Luckily there are hundreds of Pikmins with special powers that he can use to battle enemies. Features an incredibly lifelike environment. Even the most experienced gamers will enjoy playing this action-strategy game. Made in USA.

As stranded, miniature spaceperson Olimar, you must find the missing 30 parts your spaceship needs to get you back home. The parts are scattered across a forested area crowded with giant (when compared to our hero's size) animals and other hazards. Our hero stumbles across a race of part-animal, part-plant, all-bizarre creatures he names Pikmin. Olimar has to learn how to lead the Pikmin around the forest as he uses the abilities of the different-colored Pikmin to overcome the many obstacles in his path.

Learning when and how to make the best use of your Pikmins' skills and traits is the essence of the game. You can control up to 100 Pikmin at a time while figuring out which Pikmin are best suited for a particular task. Some are better fighters, while others can survive in water or handle explosive bomb rocks. However, even the best Pikmin herder will have to sacrifice a few of the plant-headed beasts for the greater good. It's the making of new strategies to minimize losses that makes Pikmin challenging and fun.

For a first-generation GameCube title, the graphics, sound, and music are fantastic and show an awesome amount of detail. Though it's no Pokémon, this game should appeal to wide-eyed younger gamers as well as seasoned vets. The controls are intuitive and feel perfect for the standard GameCube controller. However, learning to position the camera can be a tad frustrating during some of the more tense moments, as it has only a few magnification levels and needs constant adjustment.

The biggest obstacle Olimar faces is time. He has only 30 days (each day is about 15 minutes in real time) in which to find the necessary parts. While this keeps the pace of the game up, some may find such limits somewhat frustrating, as it means there will be a lot of repetition and rethinking of strategy. It also means that diligent gamers may find Pikmin a rather short game.

At the end of your gaming day, Pikmin is one of the best games on the GameCube. --Mark Brooks


  • Very innovative and original
  • Gorgeous graphics
  • Great sound and music
  • Amazing blend of action and strategy
  • Time limit causes players to repeat tasks
  • Experienced strategy gamers may find Pikmin ends too quickly
  • Difficult to control camera during tense moments

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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Format:Video Game
Pikmin, no relation at all to Pokemon bt the name, are little space creatures on a planet far away. In the game you are a spaceman who collided with a rocket and crash landed there and now must enlist the help of the friendlly little Pikmin to help him find the missing parts of the ship. The game takes place in days, each day there is a new challenge ranging from finding food, to fighting off huge spiders and other creepy insects and creatures. You see this amazing looking planet through the view of an ant. The graphcs are amazing in the game. Every tiny detail of the game has been perfected, when zooming out (R button) you see just how nice the world looks. I found the control setup of Pikmin with the GameCube controller to be quite good. You controll the spaceman and pull the little Pikmin from the ground, either one by one, or 50 at a time! Whereever you, the Spaceman, walk the Pikmin you have "In use" follow you around. AT any given time you can have well over 100 Pikmin active. There are also diffrent kinds who are good at diffrent things. The Pikmin are always doing something which keeps you interested as well at laughing at some movements. The sound of Pikmin is also very good, it always is active and sounds just like real life. So if you are into creative and innovative games, made by the creator of Zelda and Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto, then you have to check out Pikmin only for the Nintendo GameCube.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Vapor
Format:Video Game
Pikmin..One of the most unique games that I have ever played. Very original. Truthfully, it doesn't sound neither appealing or interesting. Although the gameplay is incredible. Whenever I would walk into a store and play a demo of it, I would always think that it was somewhat, boring. But when I got the game, I realized that as soon as you get past the first day or two, it is extremely addictive. The whole objective is to get all 30 peices within 30 days. And its very fun getting larger quantities of pikmin so you can do more things at one time. And all the kinds of pikmin have their own unique strengths (example: yellow-throwing molten rocks & jumping higher. blue-is able to swim in water. red-is able to with-stand any fire and/or fire attacks by enemies). This is definetly a challenging game, and it isn't one that you can beat over night. It truly is a great strategic game that keeps you thinking..... I hope this review was helpful to you if you are looking for a video game.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE gamecube seller 2001! November 22, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Playing the Japanese version of this game at the moment and all i can say is that i've not felt this excited about a game since playing Zelda : Ocarina of Time for the first time. This game OOZES Miyamoto - it's magical. Definitely the sleeper title of all Gamecube 2001 games, this game will sell purely by word of mouth, it really is that good. Buy it, play it, FEEL it for yourself. Don't be put off by the point and click nature of Pikmin. Nintendo have somehow successfully managed to squeeze in a lot of different gameplay ideas into a FUN game that anyone can play. This will appeal to adults in the same way they are drawn to the Harry Potter phenomenen. Trust me - buy it, you will not be disappointed.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pikmin E3 October 8, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
I first played Pikmin during E3 2001 in California earlier this year. I instantly fell in love with this game and really enjoyed it. The graphics during E3 were excellent with few problems, and the gameplay was great. I wasn't able to play this game very long, but it was one of the most fun games I played at E3, and I can't wait to play this game more.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miyamoto has scuplted the GameCube's first classic November 24, 2001
Format:Video Game
What happens when gaming guru, Shigeru Miyamoto, is oppressed with the role as the integral man for masterminding the next Zelda and Metriod titles? From the production of Pikmin, it seems as if he seizes a deep, consoling breath and rips open a bag full of relaxation. Ah, finally all that dreadful anxiety and flagrant expectations from gaming fans everywhere wash away. His sheer brilliance veers into a jaunty, animated dream world. Conclusively, he creates a bizarre game where players are ferried onto a planet where replicas of giant onions come alive and spawn multicolored, cutesy creatures called Pikmin. Perhaps Miyamoto's latest game is a minor escape from the daunting task of transcending the GameCube into unreachable stratum? Whatever the case, Pikmin is not what would we ordinarily expect as a first-class launch title, but it doesn't even fall short to deliver one addictive gem.
The player assumes the responsibility of Captain Orima who looks like a freshly baked character from Cartoon Network. With a big, round nose, a mini space outfit, and a fish bowl for a helmet, it's hard not to think about pummeling the daylights outta' the adorable twerp. Orima's story is basically a cakewalk. The captain opts to go on vacation through space, in the duration of his flight, he has a sensible meal of onions when a sudden meteor slams onto his rocket. Surviving the plunge onto an alien planet, Orima's ship has disintegrated into fragments spread across the land. He must now retrieve the primary ship parts with the aid of the affable and obedient Pikmin before his spacesuit loses function.

Playing in Real Time, Pikmin, at the core, is a strategy game.
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