So it's 2013 and an exciting new year for video games is upon us, with the likes of Scribblenauts Unlimited, Aliens Colonial Marines, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Rayman Legends all due for release but the one game that I'm particularly excited about is Pikmin 3.
I've always been a Pikmin fan. How could I not be?! The characters are adorable, the story is always full of intergalactic magic and Nintendo fans like myself are now eagerly awaiting the latest instalment for Wii U; after all, it has been nine years since the last Pikmin game!
We have been teased with beautiful HD trailers, the introduction of new characters, and Wii U GamePad features. However, this week Miyamoto let us all in on some new Pikmin 3 information. The new Pikmin is going to return to its roots and be more like the original version, bringing the stress levels back!
This news seemed to divide the fanbase a little. Many gamers (including myself) much preferred the style of Pikmin 2 over the original and though I did love the first version when it came out, I don't really like time limits in games.
The reason being I'm constantly in a panic looking at the decreasing amount of time I have left to get tasks done and I feel that this stopped me from perhaps enjoying all the aspects the game had to offer. It was a strategy game and I never really felt like I had time to think things through properly or experiment with different ways of playing.
Additionally, the game only lasted a few hours. Despite the stress, I stuck with it as I found it an enchanting game and even though I found it troublesome at times, that didn't distract from the fact that its story was great, the visuals were fantastic and it was completely unique.
Therefore, I was excited when Pikmin 2 was released. Sure, it was awesome that more Pikmin colours had been introduced but that was nothing compared to the fact that time limits were no more! Gamers were free to spend as long as they liked to finish the game and that, for me. pretty much made the game perfect. Also a two-player mode became available, allowing you to challenge a friend to a super fun Pikmin battle.
Pikmin 2 was definitely a more enjoyable game for me, the main reason being that the timed aspect was gone. I'd have expected therefore to feel mega disappointed by what Miyamoto has said about Pikmin 3 but the truth is: I'm not.
I first played the Pikmin 3 demo all the way back in June and I fell in love with it. It's yet another amazing game and the biggest worry on my mind isn't the time limits but when can I actually have the whole game! I think we need to trust Miyamoto's decision. Everything so far looks and feels great and I really don't think timed modes will ruin it. I guess we will have to wait and see! What do you think? Did you prefer Pikmin 1 or Pikmin 2?