...or just to be enjoyed by itself, but get Pikmin 3 at some point, okay :D
There isn't much to be said that hasn't already been said in previous reviews. It is an amazing RTS, although slightly different from the traditional experience. You'll explore a lush, vibrant, and colorful world, even if the graphics are outdated by today's standards. The Wii controls work perfectly in Pikmin 2, replacing the control stick on the Gamecube controller with the Wii pointer on the Wii remote for throwing Pikmin.
Instead of giving you my thoughts on the game, I'll instead list the differences between Pikmin and Pikmin 2, showing you what has changed and what has stayed the same.
-The story: Olimar has crash landed on an alien planet (it's actually Earth, but the planet is foreign to Olimar). His ship broke upon impact, spreading the pieces across the entire planet. With his life support system damaged, he has 30 days to gather the 25 ship parts and escape the planet before he uses up all of the system's remaining oxygen and succumbs to the planet's poisonous atmosphere.
-The gameplay: You gather and use Pikmin to defeat enemies and carry ship parts back to your ship. You must do all of this before night falls, as nocturnal creatures come out at night and eat your Pikmin. It is important to think strategically and maximize the time you have.
-Red Pikmin: Stronger then the other Pikmin, they deal more damage to enemies. They are also resistant to fire.
-Yellow Pikmin: Lighter then the other Pikmin, they can be thrown high, reaching ledges other Pikmin could not. They can pick up and use bomb rocks (but are not resistant to the resulting explosion, so move them out of the way when the rocks are placed). They are also resistant to electricity.
-Blue Pikmin: With their gills, they can move around in water. Any other Pikmin would drown.
-The areas: You progress through 5 areas looking for the ship parts. They range from a forest to a cave and more.
-Challenge Mode: Saving once in the single player mode will unlock this mode. You will be replaying areas you have reached in single player. In this mode, you must fight enemies and gather pellets to grow the most number of Pikmin you possibly can.
-The story: After Olimar leaves the alien planet, and returns to his planet, Hocotate, his boss, the president of Hocotate Freight, informs Olimar that the company has accumulated a massive debt. After learning that there is valuable treasure on the planet Olimar came from, the President sends Olimar and Louie (Hocotate Freight's new employee) back to the alien planet to collect treasures that will pay off the companies loan.
-The gameplay: Similar to the original Pikmin, but with a few alterations. There is no time limit in this one, giving you the chance to explore the world at your own pace. Instead of collecting ship parts, you will be collecting treasures until you have enough valued at 10,000 pokos total. There is new underground areas to explore where no time passes. Something to do with electromagnetic fields and magnets, blahblahblah. Anyways, these areas contain a hoard of treasures, each in different sublevels. Beware though, as you'll face several strong enemies, along with a boss enemy on the final floor. If your stuck or don't think your be able to finish the underground area, you can hitch a ride back to the surface in the pod, but you will lose any treasures you found. There are other small changes such as new obstacles, enemies, and worlds to explore.
-Red, Yellow, and Blue Pikmin: They remain exactly the same, down to looks and functions.
-Purple Pikmin: A new species of Pikmin in Pikmin 2. They can be obtained by throwing any colored Pikmin into a violet candypop flower. They have 10x the power and bulk of any other Pikmin, allowing them to carry things that even require more then 100 Pikmin (the total amount of Pikmin you can have out at one time). One Purple Pikmin can carry something that requires 10 Pikmin, 10 Purple Pikmin can carry something that requires 100 Pikmin, 100 Purple Pikmin can carry something....well, you get the idea.
-White Pikmin: A new species of Pikmin in Pikmin 2. They can be obtained by throwing any colored Pikmin into an ivory candypop flower. They can dig up any treasures hidden underground (under the ground, not necessarily in an underground area). They are also resistant to poison, allowing them to navigate and destroy poisonous obstacles, and can poison enemies when eaten.
-The Areas: There are five new areas to explore in Pikmin 2. They range from a snow filled plain to a pool and more.
-The Challenge Mode: It is completely different from the Challenge Mode in the original Pikmin. It can be unlocked by collecting a certain treasure in the single player mode. Through several separate levels, you have to find and collect a key within each level's time limit.
If you have played the original Pikmin, I hope this review helps. If you haven't, then I hope it helps you decide in getting Pikmin 1 or Pikmin 2 or both. I highly recommend getting all of the current Pikmin titles. Hopefully you will play them, love them, and look forward to Pikmin 3 when it comes out on Wii U :)