Let’s be honest, Pikmin has been forgotten for the past three years. We haven’t had a proper sequel since Pikmin 2 was released for the gamecube in 2004 – 8 years ago. However, April has been a huge month for fans of the franchise seeing as how we got a confirmation of Pikmin 3 for the Wii U, but now New Play Control!: Pikmin 2 is coming stateside.
Nintendo Life reports that a new issue of Nintendo Power confirms that Pikmin 2 is heading to North America for a second time in June, 2012. A whopping three years after the motion control-enabled remake first came out in Europe. The sudden urge to re-release Pikmin 2 is most likely a result of the need to build its awareness back up for the impending follow up, Pikmin 3, likely releasing later this year.
The original Pikmin was given the same “New Play Control!” overhaul when it was released on the Wii back in 2009, and the conversion was met with decent reviews. Although it was designed around the Gamecube controller, Pikmin’s gameplay worked very well with the “pointing” feature of the Wii Remote. Still, as good as the first Pikmin is, Pikmin 2 has long been viewed as the best of the two games by critics and fans alike. So, if you are a newcomer or a veteran of the series, you will be in for some solid strategy-based gameplay when the franchise returns this summer. Maybe we will even get a glimpse of the rumored 3DS Pikmin game by then.