Pikmin 3 is the third game in the Pikmin series and is a sequel to Pikmin 2. The game, produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, was originally slated to appear for the Wii, before its development transitioned to the Wii U. Pikmin 3 has players controlling three alien captains who explore the surface of a planet called “PNF-404”, the setting of the previous Pikmin games. The aliens come from the planet of Koppai, which is currently suffering from famine. Alph, Brittany and Charles, the three explorers arrive on PNF-404 hoping to find cultivable seeds to bring back to Koppai and reverse the famine. As they reach the planet, however, their ship crash-lands, forcing the three to separate. There, they encounter the Pikmin creatures, who can be guided and commanded as a horde to explore the world, uncover treasures, destroy barriers, build bridges and defeat enemies.
The Pikmin show up in various colors, with different types of Pikmin having immunities to various hazards. For instance, Red Pikmin are immune to fire, while Yellow Pikmin are immune to electricity. This version of the game introduces two new types of Pikmin: grey “Rock Pikmin”, who can destroy tough barriers such as glass or crystal and are immune to being crushed by heavy objects, and pink “Winged Pikmin”, who can attack airborne enemies and carry items through the air. While the previous game in the series only allowed players to control two leaders of the Pikmin, Pikmin 3 allows the player to control three, between whom the player can switch freely at will. The game takes advantage of the Wii U GamePad to show an overhead map of the game environment on the touchscreen at all times.
Apart from its singleplayer campaign, the game features a multiplayer mode called “Bingo Battle”. This mode features split-screen competitive gameplay for two players, and gives players a 4×4 grid of items to collect. Players must get a four-in-a-row, similar to the game of Bingo, to win. There is also the “Mission Mode”, a co-op multiplayer game mode in which players are given a task to complete that they must finish within a limited amount of time.
- Developer: Nintendo
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: Real-Time Strategy
- Platforms: Wii U
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