Pikmin, the first game in the series came out in 2009, gave the player a limited amount of time to complete everything. Nintendo changed this time component in Pikmin 2 to give the player unlimited time. Pikmin 2 also introduced the “Poison Pikmin” and “Purple Pikmin”. The poison pikmin were white with pink eyes and resistant to the poisonous clouds on the planet. Purple pikmin were extra big and strong. In Pikmin 3, Nintendo created the two new types that include the “Flying Pikmin” and the “Rock Pikmin”. The flying pikmin have the ability to go over water or around objects, while the rock pikmin are used primarily to crush certain objects like an armored wall.
The gameplay for Pikmin 3 is actually not that different from the first two games that were released on the Nintendo Game Cube in 2001 and 2004, and later re-released on the Wii in 2009. The major differences in the Wii U version of the game are the high-definition graphics, real time map, and the two new pikmin. The Wii U dual screen greatly enhances the gaming experience since the map on the top helps the player follow in real time where they are in the game. When playing the demo at E3 2013, the rock pikmin were especially useful because they can shatter through barriers and the player does not need many of them to do things since they are stronger than any other pikmin.
Pikmin 3 is a fun strategy game. The graphics are in HD, which is a huge improvement over the first two games. Also, the new flying and rock pikmin add new gameplay dynamics to the game. The only con is that the real time map on the Wii U handheld screen reduces the overall difficulty of the gameplay. Regardless, Pikmin 3 is still poised to be a great game because it brings something that we have not seen from Nintendo before, a strategy game in HD. This is an enjoyable gaming experience even if the player has not played the first two games. For those that played the previous two games, it will be even more enjoyable because they will grasp the story quicker and enjoy the jokes referencing the first two games. This looks like a must have title for Wii U owners when it releases on August 4.