Hey! Pikmin and the End of Dual Screen Gaming
Today IGN published a 9 minute video showing off gameplay of the upcoming 3DS game, Hey! Pikmin. It's the Pikmin game no one was expecting when a few years ago Nintendo mentioned that they already had another Pikmin in development (which at the time we all thought was Pikmin 4).
The reality is that Hey! Pikmin signals the end of an era. Do I know this as a fact? Of course not. But the 3DS is undeniably reaching the end of its lifespan, and that means so will the days of playing a game across two screen simultaneously.
Watching the gameplay video and seeing the player manage what is happening on top with what's on bottom is still such a creative mechanic to me. Back in 2004 we thought it was revolutionary. Today, people moan and groan if a game demands the player pay attention to more than one thing. No more gimmicks, they say.
One thing I always fantasized when the DS first launched was that it was the perfect device for portable real-time strategy games. With two screens, touch controls, and a stylus there was no denying that a portable RTS would be perfect for Nintendo's obscure device. We never quite got the Starcraft or Black and White I was hoping for, but luckily Nintendo had their own RTS-like game that is perfect for the DS brand.
Now in 2017 I find it so fitting that the 3DS finally gives us that Pikmin game. Of course the gameplay has been retooled to better suit the size and portability of the 3DS, but it looks like they've done a good job. I honestly can't wait to finally play a dual screen Pikmin game on a DS device.
Now, I would be remised to neglect Nintendo's popular Fire Emblem series that has thrived on the DS platform, however that is more of a tactical strategy game. A series I've always wanted to like but has never quite pulled me in. Pikmin is different. I love Pikmin. I crave a small Pikmin adventure.
I can't imagine I'll play many more 3DS games, not with the Switch being as good as it is. But this game looks special, and seems to offer an experience I've only been waiting thirteen years for.
My body is ready, Nintendo.