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That’s no shooting star: Pikmin 2 is crash landing on Wii U Virtual consoles!

Originally released on the GameCube back in 2004, Pikmin 2 is a real-time strategy game that tasks players with exploring the surface of a mysterious alien planet from a microscopic perspective. Captain Olimar returns alongside goofy sidekick Louie, once again delegating tiny hordes of the titular plantlike pipsqueaks in an effort to collect “valuable” treasures and alleviate astronomical amounts of space debt.

This charming sequel was critically praised for expanding upon the series’ fundamental gameplay mechanics while still addressing many of the original’s issues. More fine-tuned controls, environmental challenges, varied strategies and Pikmin types are just a few of the notable improvements featured, not to mention the complete removal of the controversial 30 day time limit. Best of all, this is the New Play Control! version of the game, meaning flinging and navigating all your adorably miniature minions is as easy as a literal flick of the wrist.

Pikmin 2 will be available tomorrow, March 30th, for $19.99.

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Written by Matthew Weidner

When it comes to playing and writing about video games, Matthew aspires to be the very best, like no one ever was. Writing for Nintendo Wire and the thought of one day finally achieving a perfect, no death Super Meat Boy run fills him with determination.