Nintendo Press Release:
NINTENDO OFFERS PROOF OF ALIENS: ADVENTURE-FILLED PIKMIN 2 LANDS TODAY
Shigeru Miyamoto's Latest Creation Isn't Your Garden-Variety Video Game
REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 30, 2004 - With their heads sporting leaves, buds and flowers, the alien Pikmin might be mistaken for garden plants. But this is one hyperactive garden club. A single whistle mobilizes a multitude of Pikmin to gather treasure, fight enemies and solve puzzles.
The only place these tiny, hard-working creatures can be found is in Pikmin™ 2, a unique video game made only for Nintendo GameCube™ that launches today. 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 www.pikmin.com to learn more about the fascinating alien world of Pikmin 2.
The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™ systems extend Nintendo’s vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.9 billion video games and more than 170 million hardware units globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario™ and Donkey Kong® and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid®, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere.
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