By Jeffrey Matulef
When Pikmin was rereleased for the Wii over three years ago, we assumed its sequel wouldn’t be far behind. We were wrong. While Japan and Europe received Captain Olimar’s strategy/adventure with “New Play Control!” (the exclamation point is important!) in the early part of 2009, it remained lost in space for us North Americans. Thankfully, a US release date has finally been announced for New Play Control! Pikmin 2 on June 10th.
Coinciding with Pikmin 2’s rerelease, is a port of the Gamecube’s Mario Power Tennis to the Wii. Both games will be released as part of the “Nintendo Selects” line at the budget price of $19.99.
In related news, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Super Smash Bros. Brawl will also be joining the budget line, though they’ll suspiciously be priced a bit higher at $29.99. I think we could all have used these rereleases and price drops years ago, but they’re still better late than never. Plus, an inexpensive Pikmin 2 will likely generate attention towards its Wii U sequel to be unveiled next month at E3.