Published on April 7th, 2015 | by Darren Bolton
Review: Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
Format: Wii U
Website: Official Site
Wii Sports was a truly revolutionary experience, but Pikmin, to many, feels like Miyamoto’s last true new creation; the original was a stunning new take on the RTS genre and the sequel improved up on it in every way. So it was frustrating we had to wait 10 years for number 3. Rumoured to have been in development since the Wii, experimented with on the 3DS, before finding its home on the Wii U.
It’s hard to say without time giving us some objectivity, but Pikmin 3 may be my personal favourite Wii U game (so far); it doesn’t radically change things up, but it doesn’t need to, it’s still a fresh experience; it looks utterly stunning in HD and the game is just a joy from start to finish. On top of that it has an incredible local multiplayer experience, mission mode (and its accompanying DLC) is an amazing mode to collect pieces at speed for medals, it can be done in single player, but is infinitely more fun if you can find an equally skilled gamer to play i co-op. The real jewel however, is Bingo Battle, a competitive mode mixing the core collecting mechanic with a bingo card. Yep, bingo! And it is one of the greatest local co-op experiences I’ve had in a long time.
The game would unquestionably be one of my favourite games of all time if it had online multiplayer in these modes (and who knows how incredible it would be having a co-op story mode) and it’s an even bigger crime that they don’t allow you to share high scores on mission mode with friends – considering Nintendo seem to care more about you experiencing games with friends than random strangers, it’s just bizarre you can only compare scores with the world; but these are small niggles for what is a stunning game. Like with a lot of Nintendo games, there really is nothing like this, already we’re clamouring for an online filled Pikmin 4, in the mean time we’ll sink hours into Bingo Battle whenever the scant opportunities come by.
Summary: It's been long overdue, but Pikmin 3 perfects the already amazing formula to create one of Wii U's very best game. Add in some incredible local co-op modes then this really is something special.