Because of all of that, Hey Pikmin comes off as a big missed opportunity, with the only point in which it achieves thorough success being in its writing, as it is an utter delight to read Captain Olimar’s honest and funny contemplations about what in the world the human objects he comes across must have been used for, which does wonders towards building his character and the universe he inhabits. Other than that, Hey Pikmin is mundane, falling short of delivering the creativity and inventiveness the public expects out of such an important property that carries the Nintendo brand of charm and cleverness. Therefore, instead of being filed along franchise detours that took characters out of their comfort zone only to reach spectacular and worthy results, Pikmin’s journey out of the confines of the real-time strategy realm its exploratory nature thrived on ends up being rather unimpressive. Captain Olimar and the adorable Pikmin that guide him through numerous devastating dangers deserved far more, and – hopefully – they will get another shot at the genre in the future; crash-landings have never stopped them from coming out on top, after all.
Instead of being filed along franchise detours that took characters out of their comfort zone only to reach spectacular and worthy results, Pikmin’s journey out of its original realm ends up being rather unimpressive
Taking iconic characters out of the comfort zone into which they were born is not a new strategy for Nintendo. Mario has experienced great success in that regard, be it through the acclaimed role-playing sagas in which he has starred or via the mad kart-racing he and his peers have conducted; similarly, his alter ego, Wario, reached comparable glory when abandoning his treasure-chasing platforming quests and opting to make money in a less physically demanding way when he opened his own gaming company. In fact, nowhere is the widespread power of that approach more blatant than in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, in which virtually all members of the company’s stellar cast were removed from the…
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