Saturday, 1 February 2014

Video Game Character of the Month - February 2014 - Olimar - Pikmin

Video Game Character of the Month
February 2014


Olimar is a strange hero. I mean, he doesn't even fight. What kind of hero forces an army of helpless creatures with elemental powers to do his bidding in order to fight other creatures? We'll ignore the Pokémon trainer for now. Anyway...
A quick bit of info on Olimar:

He seems to have trouble with his weight, weighing 4 Pikmin in 'Pikmin', 1 in 'Pikmin 2' and 5 in 'Pikmin 3'
He is also very small measuring 1.9cm tall, and 3.9cm tall with his space suit on
He likes biology and other science
He has a wife son and daughter
He comes from the planet Hocotate

Origin of Olimar:
Olimar was created after the titular Pikmin and was just a means of making the game more exciting. Originally, Miyamoto had the player controlling the Pikmin directly (think FPS but with vegetables) but this was changed to Olimar, later on. Olimar is, apparently, Mario spelled backwards (where did the l come from?) and Olimar also takes a few design cues from Mario as well such as the colour red and a big nose.

Evolution of Olimar:
Throughout Pikmin 1 we find out that Olimar is a keen biologist as well as a sadistic animal controller. I mean, does he care that he has just sent a legion of cute, sentient vegetables to their certain deaths? The Pikmin were quite happy without him, thank you very much. After decimating the Pikmin and Bulborb populations, Olimar returns in the second game in pursuit of an even darker interest. Money. That's right Hocotate Industries are in debt and Olimar has been sent to enslave, the barely recovering species in order to collect fruit and other valuable commodities in order to save their own planet. This is besides the fact that in Pikmin 1, if you don't repair the S.S Dolphin (Olimar's ship) in time, Olimar is poisoned by the high oxygen levels in the atmosphere and actually dies. And I thought Nintendo games weren't dark.

Pikmin - released October 26 2001 (Japan)/December 2 2001 (North America)/June 14 2002 (PAL) on the Nintendo GameCube/December 25 2008 (Japan)/March 9 2009 (North America)/February 6 2009 (Europe)/February 26 2009 (Australia) on the Wii
Pikmin 2 - released April 29 2004 (Japan)/August 20 2004 (North America)/October 8 2004 (Europe)/November 4 2004 (Australia) on the Nintendo GameCube/March 15 2009 (Japan)/April 24 2009 (Europe)/May 14 2009 (Australia)/June 10 2012 (North America) on the Wii
Pikmin 3 - July 13 2013 (Japan)/July 26 2013 (Europe)/July 27 2013 (Australia)/August 4 2013 (North America) on the Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Melee - released November 21 2001 (Japan)/December 3 2001 (North America)/May 24 2002 (Europe)/May 31 2002 (Australia) on the Nintendo GameCube
Super Smash Bros. Brawl - released January 31 2008 (Japan)/March 9 2008 (North America)/June 26 2008 (Australia)/June 27 2008 (Europe)
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS: released (Japan) on September 13, 2014/ (North America/Europe) on October 3, 2014/ (Australia) on October 4, 2014 on Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: released (North America) on November 21, 2014/(Europe) on November 28, 2014/(Australia) on November 29, 2014/(Japan) on December 6, 2014 on Wii U
Mario Kart 8: released (Japan) on May 29, 2014/(Europe/North America) on May 30, 2014/(Australia) on May 31, 2014 on Wii U
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: released (World Wide) on April 28, 2017 on Nintendo Switch
Hey! Pikmin: released (World Wide) on July 28, 2017 on Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker: released (Japan) on September 10, 2015/(Europe/North America) on September 11, 2015/(Australia) on September 12, 2015 on Wii U

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS: released (Japan) on December 1, 2016/(Europe/North America) on December 2, 2016/(Australia) on December 3, 2016 on the Nintendo 3DS

That's all on Olimar, but if you have any ideas on who should win the award next month or if I've missed anything or made a mistake then please don't hesitate to comment.

Goodbye for now, Harry


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