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Pikmin 2

Platform(s): GameCube, Wii
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: Aug. 30, 2004 (US), Oct. 8, 2004 (EU)

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'Pikmin 2' (NGC) Ships to Stores

by Judy on Aug. 30, 2004 @ 11:40 a.m. PDT

Get ready for the return of some of Nintendo's best-loved characters as Pikmin 2 has been added to the Wii's New Play Control family, in which classic games are reinvented to take advantage of Wii's unique motion sensing capabilities and new widescreen experience.

In this mass-strategy sequel, Captain Olimar and his assistant, Louie, must find valuable objects to save their company from bankruptcy. They enlist hordes of Pikmin to help.

"With a new character to control and new kinds of Pikmin, players will experience twice the action in this one-of-a-kind adventure," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "The inclusion of brand-name products, a first for Nintendo, means players will find unique value in the familiar items they uncover through the game."

Pikmin 2 improves on the original in every way. Players can switch control between Olimar and Louie to expand the action and find new ways to solve puzzles. They also will encounter two new types of Pikmin: powerful purple and poisonous white.

Unlike the first version, the game has no time limits, so players can fully explore the world of the Pikmin at their own pace. Time even stops when players enter the new cave environments, but the underground areas offer their own tactical challenges: Players can't grow new Pikmin there, so they must marshal their forces strategically to fight the various enemies. Pikmin 2 has a new split-screen battle mode that lets two players compete to see which of the Pikmin armies has the most skillful commander.

Best known for iconic video game characters like Mario and Donkey Kong, legendary Nintendo game developer Shigeru Miyamoto created the engrossing world of the Pikmin. The first installment, which launched in December 2001, won the 2002 award from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences for Innovation in Console Gaming. Pikmin 2, Rated E for Everyone, sells at an MSRP of $49.99. Consumers can visit to learn more about the fascinating alien world of Pikmin 2.

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