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Pikmin at its Best,
This review is from: Pikmin 3 (Video Game)
I am a huge Nintendo fan, but could never get into the Pikmin games as much as Mario, Zelda, or Kirby games. I've played Pikmin 1 and 2 to the end, and can honestly say that Pikmin 3 is 10 times as great as the first two games combined! The instant I started playing I could tell that the controls were improved A LOT. The characters run around SO SMOOTHLY! It even makes Olimar and Louie's controls from Pikmin 2 seem clumsy. And the graphics are CRAZY AWESOME!!! (When you walk in the water it looks REAL!) The game mechanics are very similar to the original Pikmins, but it feels like an entirely new game. The environments, the music, just EVERYTHING gives you a better feeling-it feels...fun! You won't have to try to love this Pikmin game! Bingo Battle is a lot like Pikmin 2's battle mode, but with a bingo-y twist, making it surprisingly more fun and addictive. Story Mode seems really great so far (with a heck of a lot more story than Pikmin 1 and 2). And the boss battles are a very nice addition! And Mission Mode is PERFECTION!!! Nintendo really made this seem like "the lame mode" when advertising Pikmin 3, but it's quite the contrary. I might even go so far as to say it's better than story mode. There is optional co-op play as well. You can select from 3 different styles of missions: treasure-finding, enemy-hunting, and boss battles. Boss battles is really just what it sounds like, nothing too special, but the other mission styles are incredibly challenging and fun (Good luck getting all the gold medals...)! The Wii U Gamepad makes for a great map in every mode, but I must say I'm a little disappointed with the gamepad controls (I play with a Wii remote and nunchuk). I was also disappointed that the thing where you can press "down" on the d-pad and have all your Pikmin walk in a certain direction was removed, but it was totally worth the brand new ninja-like dodge roll! The new Pikmin are also amazing! I find both the winged and rock Pikmin a lot more creative than the purple and white ones (Winged Pikmin are the best things ever). Yeah, this game has a few little flaws, but they can easily be overlooked. I would definitely recommend Pikmin 3 to any Wii U owner, and it greatly surpasses New Super Mario Bros. U in my opinion.