Nintendo sprouts a new kind of fun with Pikmin™, available exclusively
for NINTENDO GAMECUBE™. Created by legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto,
Pikmin is an inventive life simulation and action-strategy title that
pushes the limits of the imagination, offering fast-paced 'thinking'
action while teaching players the importance of caring for and nurturing
creatures to create a symbiotic relationship.
In Pikmin, players take on the role of an intrepid spaceman who crashes
onto an unfamiliar planet after a comet collides with his spaceship.
The space explorer must collect the vessel's lost parts, which are scattered
throughout the planet, while relying on his silver spacesuit to protect
him from a deadly poisonous atmosphere.
Fortunately, help is readily available in the form of Pikmin sprouts
— small, indigenous plant-like creatures that offer more than meets
the eye. Players can control Pikmin sprouts individually, in groups,
or as one vast legion of more than 100 Pikmin sprouts on-screen at one
time. The Pikmin sprouts prove extremely useful when fulfilling missions
such as carrying objects back to the base camp, defending Pikmin nests,
defeating enemies and building bridges and roads. Thwarting the effort
are numerous alien beasts that safeguard valuable items like pieces
of the spaceship.
"Thinking about what would be fun is our fundamental aim, and with
the very imaginative Pikmin adventure, we have created a new genre of
gameplay unlike anything players have seen before," says Mr. Miyamoto,
General Manager of the Entertainment Analysis and Development Division
and Director for Nintendo Co., Ltd., and considered the world's foremost
video game designer. "After playing Pikmin, kids will want to explore
their own backyards in search of Pikmin sprouts."
Pikmin is a race against time. Players must make sure all the Pikmin
are not destroyed. They must also carefully monitor the remaining life
of the spaceman. With practice, players can rear Pikmin sprouts of different
colors, then train them and watch them grow into three different forms
— leaves, buds and flowers.
With real-world floral imagery and ultra-realistic backgrounds, the
unique world of Pikmin is brought to life by the NINTENDO GAMECUBE system's
expressive graphic powers. Scenery changes as the sun moves across the
sky, plants waver as the Pikmin brush by them and dust clouds rise beneath
the legions of stomping feet. Prepare to immerse yourself in lush, real-world
landscapes that are home to hundreds of creatures and objects — all
simultaneously moving in different and unique ways.
"Pikmin takes real-time strategy to the next level, putting players
in unfamiliar environments where they must learn strong management skills
and long-term planning in order to succeed," says Peter Main, executive
vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "NINTENDO
GAMECUBE was built to bring games like this to our customers."
Pikmin will be released in December 2001.