Nintendo’s Pikmin 2 Invades Stores

Botanical extraterrestrial life returns to GameCube today with the release of Nintendo’s Pikmin 2. Legendary Mario and Donkey Kong developer Shigeru Miyamoto created this sequel to his 2001 hit, which won the 2002 award for Innovation in Console Gaming from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

In this mass-strategy sequel, Captain Olimar and his assistant, Louie, must find valuable objects to save their company from bankruptcy. To help, they enlist hordes of Pikmin, alien creatures whose heads sport leaves, buds and flowers, making them look like garden plants.

"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 VP 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."

In Pikmin 2, players can switch control between Olimar and Louie to expand the action and find new ways to solve puzzles. They will also 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 at their own pace. Time even stops when players enter the new cave environments, but the underground areas offer their own tactical challenges. The game also features a new split-screen battle mode that lets two players compete to see which of the Pikmin armies has the most skillful commander.

Pikmin 2 is rated E for Everyone and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99. More information on the game can be found at www.pikmin.com.