New Play Control! Pikmin

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Update of classic GameCube strategy title; better on Wii.

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Violence & Scariness

Animated cartoon violence, such as having dozens of Pikmin attack an approaching enemy space creature. No weapons are used in the game, and there is no blood or gore.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game -- designed by Mario and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto -- contains very minor animated violence as you can instruct your Pikmin creatures to attack an enemy (which basically consists of jumping on it). There is no other controversial content in this game.

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Kid, 10 years old April 21, 2021

Fun simple puzzle game

I started this game when I was 6 and LOVED IT! Your Pikmin can drown there are bomb rocks and one of the bosses falls out of the sky without warning which made... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 4, 2016

One of the best Wii games!

Very good, strategic and fun game which puts you in the place of captain Olimar, who is trying to find the lost parts of his spaceship, but on the way he finds... Continue reading

What's it about?

When PIKMIN was introduced in 2001, Nintendo GameCube fans either loved it or hated it. Some said the tactical strategy game, which involves manipulating tiny Pikmin creatures into rebuilding a spaceship for Captain Olimar, was too difficult. Others said its 30-day time system resulted in short game play with little replayability. Still, more players praised the game as one of the most unique and addictive Nintendo offerings in a long while.

Well, what's old is new again now that Nintendo has just released this title for the Nintendo Wii, the first in its planned \"New Play Control!\" series that reintroduces GameCube games to a whole new generation -- with updated wireless, motion-sensing controls and 16:9 widescreen presentation.

Is it any good?

Indeed! The $30 game cleverly (and successfully) fuses strategy with action, brains with brawn. As Captain Olimar, players must use the Wii Remote to round up the 100-or-so inch-high Pikmin, to whom you can assign tasks: exploring the environment, collecting items, defeating nasty insect enemies, propagating to create new Pikmin, or solving puzzles, such as bypassing environmental obstacles and building a spaceship to flee this odd world. Each Pikmin color has its own abilities: blue Pikmin are resistant to water, red Pikmin can withstand fire, and yellow Pikmin are not affected by electricity. Whether or not you played the original on the GameCube, New Play Control! Pikmin is defintely worth the investment for Wii fans craving a challenging space adventure they won't soon forget.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Nintendo's New Play Control! is a good idea by resurrecting great games from an older console or is it a shameless cash grab? And is it "filler" for the Wii until more (and better) games come out?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: March 11, 2009
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Violence
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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