With another Nintendo franchise getting a nod, can a full game be far off?
While it isn’t often that we post about the daily updates of the Super Smash Bros. Brawl development blog, Smash Bros. Dojo, the latest character added to the ever-growing roster of what could be the most anticipated Nintendo Wii game of 2008 could mean big (or, rather, quite small) things elsewhere on the console. Though we’ve long expected the inclusion of the Pikmin franchise in some form (using the titular critters as assist trophies seemed only natural), Brawl director Masahiro Sakurai today announced that none other than Captain Olimar himself would be joining the fray, with a gaggle of Pikmin in tow, and as a fully playable character at that. Apart from a few screens (like the one to the left), not a lot was revealed, though we do know Olimar will use the Pikmin to fight in much the same way of the actual games.
So, what does this mean for the Pikmin franchise? Well, really, not much. However, the addition of the game’s protagonist to Brawl in such a prominent role (read: if Pikmin were an assist trophy, you probably wouldn’t be reading this) does seem to bode well for a third Pikmin title. At the least, it has shown that Nintendo hasn’t forgotten about the bizarre, little series plucked from the very mind of Shigeru Miyamoto. If a new game is in the works, a new announcement probably won’t be made until this summer (though GDC and E3 both occur in the meantime), when Nintendo’s pool of high profile titles (SSBB, Mario Kart, Wii Fit) starts to get more shallow. Until then, we’ll keep you up to date on any new information, so be sure to check back at VGGEN often!
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