Advantages Super Cute, Great Fun, Nice Sound Effects, I could go on and on...
Disadvantages I could go on and on!
I first played Pikmin, (a super cute Gamecube game), at a close friends house years ago, (it must have been 2002ish). I really loved it at the time and I've wanted a Gamecube ever since but for one reason or another I never got one. So imagine my surprise on Christmas morning when I one of my presents and it's a Gamecube. The same friends who first introduced me to it had given me it for Christmas along with Pikmin.Needless to say I couldn't wait to set it up so Boxing Day morning I was up with the larks, (or maybe robins), and playing Pikmin.
******Now for those of you who don't know the Gamecube was a little cubic games console, (aprox. 7"x7"x5"), made by Nintendo. The Gamecube first hit British shops in May 2002. I suppose it was the big-brother of the N64 and the predecessor to the new Wii console. The main attraction for me is the tiny size of the console and the purple colour, (you can get other colours but I love the purple), and also the size of the discs, they are only about 3" in diameter. According to the other half an "interesting" fact about Gamecube discs is that they are read like old vinyl discs, that is from the outside in as opposed to CDs and DVDs which are read from the inside out.
I feel that the Gamecube was definitely aimed either at younger kids or indeed at people who were kids when the Gameboy was around the first time. Most of the games are super cute like Pikmin, Donkey Kong and Monkey Ball. Let's face it - cute is what Nintendo do best; that said though you can get other games like Call of Duty, Tony Hawks and Resident Evil for the Gamecube too.Well that's enough about the Gamecube anyway, (I've almost wrote a review there, lol), this is meant to be about Pikmin.
******Pikmin was released in Europe by Nintendo in June 2002 and is regarded by many as one of the best Gamecube games ever released. Nintendo were clever to bring out games themselves for their own console, (meaning you couldn't buy them for a console you already owned), as playing Pikmin REALLY made me want a Gamecube!
In Pikmin you play the part of Olimar, an astronaut who has crashed on a strange planet with an atmosphere of poisonous oxygen. His space suit can only sustain him for a short while so he needs to find the missing ship parts and repair his ship ASAP. Very shortly after you begin you will spot a strange looking red thing that looks a bit like a giant red onion with legs which throws out a seed. Before long a curious looking sprout will emerge from the ground and Olimar, (being prone to curiosity), will pluck this sprout from the earth, (as long as you press A, which is the Gamecube equivalent of the Playstation's X button), and lo and behold you've got yourself a Pikmin!The Pikmin are small creatures, (a bit smaller than Olimar who is apparently 4cm tall), which are either red, yellow or blue. Each colour of Pikmin has it's own special abilities, (for instance you can throw yellow Pikmin higher, blue can survive in water and red are more aggressive), and each colour has it's own "onion".
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