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NWR Staff's Favorite 10 Games of 2013

Pikmin 3

by Curtis Bonds - December 25, 2013, 9:30 am PST

All good things come to those who wait. In this case, 100 little good things.

Nine years. That’s how long I’ve been waiting for another game in the under-appreciated Pikmin series. It skipped an entire console generation with vague hints that it was in development, but it wasn’t until E3 2012 that we finally got a taste of the new fruit-filled adventure. While we got remakes of Pikmin and Pikmin 2 on the Wii with proper widescreen support and Wii Remote controls, I still dreamed about finally getting my hands on the third, especially with the promise of beautiful HD graphics and GamePad functionality. Thankfully, those promises were fulfilled, and the game itself made the series feel like it never left.

The first time I got a chance to play the final version was at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo in the console freeplay room. I was initially disappointed with both the GamePad and Wii MotionPlus controls. The GamePad felt as if it was trying to mimic the pointer controls instead of something similar to the Gamecube releases, and the MotionPlus felt like it had too high of a deadzone, making pointing at certain objects a hassle. Thankfully when I played the game at home, I realized that it was due to improper Sensor Bar settings. The moment I started playing, I was immediately immersed in the action, forgetting I had anything in my hands at all. Pikmin 3 became an addiction.

The game was everything I had hoped for in a new Pikmin game. Beautiful graphics and music, new types of areas to explore, smarter Pikmin AI, a sense of urgency that I felt was missing in Pikmin 2, and of course, using the Wii U’s functionality to its fullest. While the GamePad wasn’t my main controller in terms of direct input, it was still very important to me as I played the game.  Being able to have a constant map of the area by my side that not only pauses the game as I look around it, but also allows me to put my other two captains on autopilot as I traverse new areas, it makes me feel even more like I’m in control of the mission, rather than the mission being in control of me.

The new Rock and Flying Pikmin types were also very fun to use, and I didn’t need to fear that I would run out of them like the finite amount of Purple and White Pikmin from Pikmin 2. Whereas the Rock and Flying Pikmin have their own specific strengths and weaknesses, the Purple and White Pikmin only had strengths, so I can see why they were cut from the main game. They make appearances in the game’s two player Bingo Battle mode, but during the period that I was still playing the game I had no friends to play with, so I have yet to try the mode out with anyone.

Even without the multiplayer mode, Pikmin 3 is definitely one of my top choices for game of the year. Sure, the fundamentals of the game aren’t too different from the previous games, but after nine dormant years, I feel like I can let that slide. The game was a joy from start to finish, and left me wanting even more when it was all over. Let’s just hope the seeds have been planted for a Pikmin 4.

Talkback

Leo13December 26, 2013

Want to play Pikmin 3, but lack a Wii U? $219 on newegg.com http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=0PW-003J-00002
This sale has been going on since last week I just got mine the other day.

sisibakbakDecember 29, 2013

I bought it a few days ago and just finished the main set of levels. Absolutely adoring it, fantastic use of the GamePad and there's a crap ton to do. Has to be my GOTY (though, I haven't played a great deal of new games this year including 3D World so it's a bit of an easy choice really).

Vrgin XJanuary 01, 2014

Team Plasma is so 2011, Team Flare is where it's at, son.  8)

Pixelated PixiesJanuary 02, 2014

I'm going to post my top games of the year here, lest I forget. It's been a slow year in terms of gaming for me, so I can only muster excitement for the following 5 games.

1-The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
2-Fire Emblem: Awakening
3- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
4-Steamworld: Dig
5-Harmoknight

I also had some fun with the following notable mentions, but couldn't quite bring myself to put them on my 'top' list.

-Animal Crossing: New Leaf
-Pokémon Y
-Mario and Donkey Kong - Minis on the Move

I have also played a few hours of Pikmin 3, Rayman Legends and Super Mario 3D World, which all seem awesome, but not being a Wii U owner has meant I haven't spent as much time with those games as they probably deserve.

Link LinkJanuary 02, 2014

Oh ho! Nice. I thought the last spot might end up going to the Wonderful 101. Not sure what kind of support the game might have with staff. However, I can't argue with the choice of the 3DS's 6th jewel this year. Often not as appreciated as the main 5 of the year LM, FA, AC, PY/PX and ALBW, I'm glad it was not forgotten and regarded so highly.

Leo13January 02, 2014

I agree AND disagree with Khushrenada. I agree that I expected Wonderful 101 on here somewhere, but I disagree on justification. I'm honestly shocked that it's not on here. I'd say there's no argument that it should be above Shin Megami Tensi and Ace Attorney.

Pixelated PixiesJanuary 02, 2014

"Much like Grand Theft Auto V..." is not a statement I ever thought I'd see used in reference to an Ace Attorney game.

Link LinkJanuary 02, 2014

Quote from: Leo13

I agree AND disagree with Khushrenada.

How dare you! You had it right in the first bit. Never second guess your first instinct.

Leo13January 03, 2014

You really think BOTH of those deserve to be over Wonderful 101?
I was listening to the Official Nintendo Magazine Podcast this morning and they did their Nintendo 2013 top ten and W101 was #1
http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/56522/onm-podcast-matthew-and-joes-top-10-games-of-the-year/

Pixelated PixiesJanuary 03, 2014

Quote from: Leo13

I was listening to the Official Nintendo Magazine Podcast this morning and they did their Nintendo 2013 top ten and W101 was #1
http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/56522/onm-podcast-matthew-and-joes-top-10-games-of-the-year/

...Good for them?

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