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Pikmin 2 Given Europe Release Date, More Jungle Beat Info

Posted by Shane Jury

Nintendo have dated their second wave of New Play Control! titles for Europe, starting with the acclaimed (and bloomin' hard to find on Gamecube) Pikmin 2, and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat not long after.

Gamers will have the opportunity to revisit the Oxygen-packed planet (wonder which one that could be) of Pikmin once again on April 24th, as you take control of both Olimar and his assistant Louie. Pikmin 2 has no 30 day limit this time around, although the Night and Day Cycles still apply. Two new Pikmin join the party; the poisonous (and ever so slightly creepy) white Pikmin, and the Dawn French-lookalike purple Pikmin that can flatten anything.

As in the original version of the game, there are 201 Treasures to loot, although in this version there is a new Piklopedia, which allows you to see the Plants you've encountered, and the Enemies you've beaten the snot out of.

As for Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, there is no set release date for it, although chances are you'll be scoffing an ice cream when it hits the shelves. The game won't utilize the palm-destroying Bongo Peripheral like on the Gamecube, but the New Play Control! version has been rebuilt with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in mind, so with two new stages, and new weapons, enemies and bonuses, even owners of the original GC game might want to look into this one.

Will Nintendo Life readers be picking either of these two games up, or will you be waiting for the third wave of titles? I'm keeping an eye out for Chibi-Robo myself.


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Dazza said:

Ooh I think I'll have to pick up Pikmin 2. I loved the first one back on the cube and I hear this one is better in a lot of ways. It will be interesting to see if the added dimension of motion sensing control adds anything to the game. The point and click thing in theory seems ideal.



Nanaki said:

I'll definitely be getting this one. Loved the Wii port of the first one, and this promises a lot more!



-TR said:

Two new stages in DK? AWESOME! No Bongo suport? Not so awesome.



Damo said:

Both Pikmin games passed me by, but I'm not sure about paying top dollar to play them on the Wii - surely the Cube versions are cheaper?



Nanaki said:

Yeah, the Cube versions are cheaper, but with the Wii controls enhance the gameplay. I would certainly advise getting the Wii version over the Cube one.



Sean_Aaron said:

I have New Play Control! Pikmin, and I enjoy it a lot; I'm not so certain that I feel the need for a sequel, however. The fact that two of these are going to be on the Wii -- even if they were originally on Gamecube -- makes me wonder why people are clamouring for a 3rd one.



Nanaki said:

Well, if you take it from the perspective of the people who have played both games already, you can see some justification for new content.

Pikmin 2 will be fantastic on the Wii. I'm eagerly anticipating reviewing it.

In a couple of years I reckon there will be room for Pikmin 3, with some extra gameplay elements, hopefully!

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