Happy Thanksgiving! Ah, the long-awaited Pikmin 3. This was my most wanted title for the Wii U ever since it was announced. I got to play an early build at a Club Nintendo invite-only event in Chicago, and I walked away very excited for the game. Pikmin skipped the Wii console generation, so it's been quite awhile since we saw the last one. As my review stated, the game is a fantastic, though a little underwhelming, entry in the series. I think ultimately Pikmin 2 is the best game of the three. With all the brand tie-ins like Duracell batteries and Snapple caps, and the very cool/funny museum thing you could view after finding those items, I found myself missing that element in the series. I liked that they focused on fruit, but it's not hard to find all 30 types. Some of them repeat too much, though I do appreciate finding the exotic fruits like the carambola, dragonfruit, and other things I enjoy eating from the local market. But other than being too easy, Pikmin 3 is a great game in my eyes. The ground textures were the only downside to the visuals - everything else was eye-candy. I found myself twirling the fruit around in the viewer in awe at how far we've come since the last Pikmin game. It's so nice to be able to see everything clearly. One thing I forgot to mention in the review was the depth-of-field - it adds to the feeling of being apart of this macro world of Pikmin. I think the most underrated thing about Pikmin 3 is the timed challenge mode. I have sunk hour after hour into that trying to best my score. They gave you brand new areas based on ones from the game, and you have to either take out all the wildlife or gather fruit. It really helps you hone in on your ability to multitask due to the very tight timer. I just, just, just was able to include the footage from the upcoming DLC in my review. I was finalizing my script with the footage all ready to go in place, and then Nintendo revealed brand new DLC maps for the holidays. Be sure to look out for that. So yeah, Pikmin 3 - if you have a Wii U, despite its flaws, this is one of the best on the platform. Just make sure you play with a Wii Remote+.