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Every single aspect of the Pikmin franchise is nothing short of magical. From the concept to the characters, this game just oozes with charm and wonder -- The types of things usually reserved for Pixar movies and classic children's books. It's a shame it's also oozing with something else: RTS gameplay.
When I got around to putting in the Pikmin disc, I was PUMPED! It was still early in the GameCube's lifespan and every game I was playing was making my jaw drop. From the weather effects in Wave Race: Blue Storm, to the shear amount of action on the screen in Super Smash Bros Melee, everything leading up to this point was keeping my expectations unreasonably high. Pikmin met those expectations and then some.
The graphics were (and still are) simply beautiful. Its nearly photorealistic backgrounds were complimented by these cute little creatures that wanted nothing but to follow my commands. They would run to me at the sound of my whistle and instinctively carry important items back to my wrecked ship. It was like I was teleported back to when I was six-years-old; squatting down in the backyard to peek between some blades of grass hoping to catch a glimpse of the tiny ecosystem beneath my feet. It was a unique feeling that no other game since has been able to capture.
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