New Play Control! Pikmin Preview for Nintendo Wii

Pikmin came from the mastermind of game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. It was actually one of the lesser known titles produced by the creator of Zelda and Mario. With the port to the Nintendo Wii, many players will get a second chance to experience this underrated Nintendo Gamecube classic title. Here is a preview of New Play Control! Pikmin for the Nintendo Wii.

Captain Olimar is a famous explore from the planet, Hocotate. One day, he decided to take a break from his scavenger job and aimlessly float through space with his ship, Dolphin. Disaster hits when a comet brought the Dolphin down to a mysterious planet. Now Captain Olimar must find the missing parts of the Dolphin with the help of his Pikmin friends before his life support system runs out in 30 days.


Pikmin was one of the better-looking titles on the Nintendo Gamecube. Thus, New Play Control! Pikmin still holds up nicely against other Nintendo Wii games due to the unique art style and vibrant visuals. Not to mention that the game will support widescreen display on the Nintendo Wii.


The music in New Play Control! Pikmin is simply majestic with its mix of exploration and relaxation. In addition, the battle cries of the game will make you feel like you are in a real struggle.


You won’t find another video game like New Play Control! Pikmin except for the original Pikmin and Pikmin 2. The series can be best described as adventure titles with real-time strategy elements.

The main character, Captain Olimar, does not do much by himself. Instead, he commands strange plant-like creatures called Pikmin. These mysterious inhabitants can perform many tasks including fighting enemies, building bridges, carrying objects and breaking down walls.

Captain Olimar can control up to 100 Pikmins at a time. The different types of these plant-like creatures includes red (withstand fire and strong attackers), blue (swimming ability) and yellow (can carry bombs and be thrown high). In addition, these Pikmins have three stages of development going from leaf to bud to flower. The more mature a Pikmin, the faster it runs.

Pikmins lived in a spaceship called the Onion. This building is very important in your mission as it is where you can summon Pikmins, create new ones (by bring pellets and enemy bodies) and hide them from night predators.

Using the Onions and Pikmin, you must frantically search the mysteriously planet of your missing spaceship parts. New Play Control! Pikmin will put you on a time limit throughout the whole journey. You only have 30 days in the game in order to find all missing parts and return home before your life support runs out. In addition, you can only venture out on the Pikmin planet when the sun is up.

The unique gameplay combined with the franticness made Pikmin one of the best and also one of the most underrated Nintendo Gamecube titles. New Play Control! Pikmin will be adding a new control scheme to the game. Since most of the action requires aiming, using the Wii Remote to aim will be a welcomed addition.

Final Product

New Play Control! Pikmin will retail for $29.99. This is quite the bargain for an excellent game, especially since the Nintendo Gamecube version is still going for over $20 used.

So if you missed Pikmin on the Nintendo Gamecube, don’t miss it again when New Play Control! Pikmin comes out in March exclusively for the Nintendo Wii.

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