Pikmin 3 is personally a wonderful game that sheds some mysterious shadows some may have felt after Pikmin 2 when Olimar returned back home. Everyone knows there was a debt to be paid off and Olimar's space ship was compensation for said debt.
However... Olimar yet again crash lands with even Louie this time, but perhaps that's giving away some of the story too much. Even then, the story isn't necessarily about Olimar and his incredibly hungry lackie.
Charlie, Alph, and Brittany are three intrepid explorers known as Koppai who are venturing light years from home in search of a consumable source to save there own home turf. They land on PNF-404 after a comet hits the SS Drake, which is their ship in which they have embarked on the journey.
With that being said, the task overall is to find
-Enough food for the Koppai to continue surviving
-Alph has to reunite with his partners, Captain Charlie and Brittany
-They need the Cosmic Drive Key, which allows them to go home or else well, the juice collected becomes basically nothing.
-Not only that, the juice supply gathered determines how long you can survive
I love Pikmin 3 a lot for some reason. It does such an amazing job tying in both Olimar's crew and Alph's crew together.
So where on earth is the Cosmic Drive Key? It's their main ticket home. Ironically enough, Olimar finds said key, but mistakes it for treasure, so while trying to survive and bring life to their planet, they have pursue Olimar in the hopes they nab their key back.
I honestly thought the game wasn't going to be that great, but honestly though, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenging bosses and vast over world each stage offered. Also, the Rock Pikmin are way more O.P than the Purple Pikmin. You really can't even compare the two. Rock Pikmin can't be crushed, which makes them so reliable in the majority of the overworld enemies (honestly, they work like Purple Pikmin and take some good chunks of health on direct impact) and they come in handy so well on the last boss of the game.
Winged Pikmin make some of the previous bosses from the series a cakewalk. The snagret is EZ as well the giant Dweevils (I guess those giant spiders are called that anyway). Winged Pikmin can wreck a lot of enemies in the game regardless of their low attack to begin with.
*Electricity doesn't instantly kill your Pikmin, which is nice. I freaking hated the electricity
*Bombs are back and any Pikmin can carry them!
*Ultra Spicy Spray did make a comeback. However, I don't think the bitter spray ever did.
*Yellow Pikmin can actually act as wires in this game. They act as conductors you must use for some parts of the game.
*Blue Pikmin come in awfully late this game and your forced to gain them after Louie steals your juice.
(You do get your supply back after you find him again)
*OLIMAR ACTUALLY TALKS?!
*Multitasking in this game is highly prioritized. You thought it might have been fairly easy to do so in Pikmin 2, but it's hard for first time players Pikmin 3.
*You build bridges in this game, and Pikmin will usually return to the previous spot after constructing pieces to said bridges. They do that a lot for some actions.
*Every Pikmin type shares one onion after you find a new type!
*The more juice you gain, the more time you can spend completing your search for items, secrets, fruits. Unlike the 30 day search for all your ship parts in Pikmin and your unlimited time to find all the treasures in Pikmin 2, you can progress fairly well if you have your good days with multiple fruit finding. As long you have enough juice, those bad days will be okay once in a while if you mainly spend it trying to recover lost Pikmin and restock your supply of spray.
*The map system is incredibly handy. You'll rely on it a ton; trust me.
Eh, the one I do dislike about this game is the controls. I'm usually okay the way Pikmin works, but the targeting system is a little weird to me. I can't use it well, and trying to switch targets in an area with multiple enemies is a little difficult. You'll have to 360 sometimes when you want to aim in the right direction to throw your Pikmin.
Otherwise... I think it's worth the run through. Yea, I know Pikmin 3 has been out for some time to be fair, but regardless, if you don't have anything else to play on the Wii-U, then give it a shot.