Pikmin 3

Published by Nintendo / For Nintendo Wii U / Rated E10+ / Available August 4

Jul 01, 2013 | Reviewed by Kelli Plasket

Gather the Pikmin! It's finally time to play Pikmin 3, Nintendo’s follow-up to the 2004 game Pikmin 2 for GameCube. Pikmin are tiny, colorful plant-like creatures. As the explorer of their planet, the player must gather an army of Pikmin to seek out food and fight off dangerous predators to save the explorer’s home, Planet Koppai. Pikmin 3 introduces new types of Pikmin, including the tough Rock Pikmin. Toss these Pikmin at a barrier to break it down.

Pikmin 3 also offers multiplayer fun. Two players can face off in the competitive Bingo Battle mode. Each player has a different bingo card filled with images of fruit, predators, and other items. The explorers must gather Pikmin to search the planet for these items to bring back to the space ship. Be the first to fill a row, column, or diagonal to win—but watch out! One player can block the other from completing a row by getting to an item first.