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New Play Control! Pikmin, Captain Olimar’s Hours Report. Are New Play Controls, Better?

June 15, 2012

Coffee Beans
     New Play Control! Pikmin released on March 9, 2009 for the Wii with a MSRP of $29.99. The game was originally a Nintendo GameCube game released in 2001, and like other New Play Control! Wii games it was updated with new Wii Remote/Nunchuk controls.
     The game received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with “Mild Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported controlling Pikmin with Captain Olimar in the game, since it released just over 3 years ago? Also, are the new play controls better than the original? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     New Play Control! Pikmin has approximately 74,583 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play hours with 1,190 days possibly reported, which is 51,103 more players that have reported data since the first report on the game.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 1 Hour 56 Minutes, and the 930,712 Total Hours now reported is an increase of 688,466 more Total Hours than since the first hours report.
     The game has a “professional” review score average of 79.55% based on 22 reviews on GameRankings.com. New Play Control! Pikmin’s customer review score average on Amazon.com is 86.00%, based on 30 customer reviews.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I rented Pikmin on the GameCube, but I have not played New Play Control! Pikmin. I don’t remember much about my time with the game, probably because it has been about 10 years now and it was only a rental.
     If you have no idea of how the Pikmin games play, the video below will give you an introduction to the storyline in the original, as well as a quick look at some game-play elements involved:

     I never played Pikmin 2 on the GameCube, and as of now I don’t plan on purchasing the newly released Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 2 which just released this past Sunday, June 10, for the Wii. Though, I might add it to my “gifts list” as a potential game for the future.

     As for the yet to be released Pikmin 3, while it looks good from what I have seen so far, I found it very odd that Nintendo started their E3 press conference last week with the game.
     Why did I find that very odd? Mr. Miyamoto made it a point to mention Pikmin 3 will use new Wii MotionPlus controls for added accuracy, as well as the Wii U GamePad as an optional control method. I personally thought Nintendo should have opened the E3 conference with a Wii U game that used only the Wii U GamePad for controls, and then shown Pikmin 3 as a “surprise” for the middle of the conference.
     So I guess we are to assume the newer Wii MotionPlus controls are even better for the series, than apparently returning to the dual analogue controls being offered by the Wii U’s GamePad?

Questions
     Have any of you perhaps played Pikmin and New Play Control! Pikmin? If so, do the new controls in the Wii version make a big difference for the game, enough that you would recommend a second purchase to gamers that owned the original GameCube version?
     If you are a fan of the Pikmin series in general, did the Pikmin 3 showing at E3 sell you on the Wii U system?

     If you are interested in New Play Control! Pikmin, Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 2, or even want to pre-order Pikmin 3 for the Wii U, you can see the games linked on Amazon.com below:

Want Your Own Pikmin Pet? Buy Your Own.

June 8, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Nintendo debuted Pikmin 3 at E3 this year giving it the first spotlight and coverage for their conference. As you can see in the image above, Mr. Miyamoto not only debuted the digital versions of the new Pikmin, but also came out with a stuffed red Pikmin “hiding” in his pocket.
     When I saw him on stage with it, I actually thought, “Hmm, I wonder if those stuffed Pikmin toys are available to purchase?“, so I did a search.
     From my search online, only one major retailer carries Pikmin plush toys that I have found, and the selection available varies a good bit. Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R’ US did not have any stuffed Pikmin toys on their sites, and only listed the Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 2 game that will be releasing this Sunday when I searched “Pikmin”. Perhaps those retailers have them available in their stores? If you know they do, a comment verifying that would be great!

The Brew
     Where can you buy your own Pikmin pet? Amazon.com, both directly from Amazon and also from a third party vendor on Amazon.com, so make sure to look at the shipping costs if you see any you like. Take a look at the selection below:

     Also, if you missed Pikmin 3’s debut at E3 this year, below is the trailer Nintendo showed for the game:

     If you’re not aware, both GameStop and Amazon.com are now taking pre-orders/reservations on some of the Wii U games, and you can reserve Pikmin 3 on both below. Also, you can see the Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 2 below as well, and it will be releasing this Sunday on the Wii.
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