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We'll Follow You Forever by aquanut We'll Follow You Forever by aquanut
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Edit: Thank you so much for the DD!

Every so often I need to remind myself that Pikmin is one of my all-time favorite games. The unique and complex gameplay was what first sucked me in, and I found myself quickly addicted to finding ways to juggle the game’s many elements within the time limit, but it wasn’t just that that made me love it; I also became attached to the setting, with its natural landscapes, quirky wildlife, and the sense it gave me of managing a small part of a fascinating ecosystem.

When I reached a new area, I liked to take a couple of Pikmin and just walk around exploring and discovering the environment around me, seeing what was there and planning how to break down my time. Then I’d start the day over and put my plan into action. I guess that’s what this picture shows—a couple of Pikmin scouts, following Olimar around on an exploration party, taking a chance to see the sights before getting back to the job of finding food and avoiding being eaten. The setting was a crucial part of the game to me; the battles here weren’t about saving the world, but about keeping the world running, about keeping track of the huge number of priorities that existed even on this tiny scale in order to ensure the Pikmin’s survival and propagation. That sense of playing a vital role in this tiny yet enormous world teeming with insect life captivated my interest far more than if the exact same gameplay had been applied to a typical battle setting, and it’s one of the main reasons I love the game. The element of time is another; I really enjoy how the thirty-day limit forces the player to plan and manage their strategic decisions much more closely than if time weren’t a factor.

That may be partly why I’ve never been able to get into Pikmin 2 as much as the original. It’s a brilliant game as well and I’ve often heard it considered an improvement on the first, but I always find myself putting it down sooner. I think the main reason for that, though, is the caves; transitioning from the beautiful, sprawling overworld environment to the narrowly enclosed and repetitive dungeon-crawl areas is always jarring to me, and I tend to get tired of the caves before I’m finished with them. I would personally prefer to see fewer caves in Pikmin 3, but I’m more than happy just to know that they’re making it at all.

(I had meant to post this last week, but it took me longer to finish than I’d expected, mostly because the weather has been distractingly excellent lately and I’ve been away from the computer a lot. Spending a lot of time wandering around outside tends to make me get carried away on backgrounds like this.)
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Dweevilcake Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  New member
Amazing art!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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Laz0rBear Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh man, Pikmin is such a wonderful series. It was one of the first single-player games I ever played, and introduced me to the idea of strategy and planning.

Thanks for making this wonderful piece!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, Pikmin is a brilliant game. It's the first GCN game I ever played and was one of the main reasons I wanted the system in the first place. I love the atmosphere and how replayable it is because of the many different strategies you can come up with.

You're welcome, thank you for enjoying it and leaving me this kind comment!
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packaderm Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
i cant wait to play pikmin 3
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TanookiSketcher Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Scouting the area is actually a brilliant idea. Too bad I just jumped straight into action and ended up screwing everything up. Such is a first playthrough though.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, Pikmin is one of those games that begs repeat plays; I doubt anyone did everything right the first time. :P I always liked taking a couple of Pikmin and spending nearly a whole day scouting, then cancelling and starting over from the beginning of the day.
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TanookiSketcher Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've probably replayed Pikmin more times than most games put together. I haven't played Pikmin 2 that much, though.
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StaciNadia Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Beautiful Pikmin environment! I love the detail on the leaves! And of course, those two Pikmin following Olimar--all three of them are adorable!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like the environment--I enjoyed putting in the details on this. =)
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