I have been playing a bunch of Pikmin 3 today (my first Wii U game) and have a few quick thoughts on the four or so hours I have put into it. I have not played any of the Pikmin games before so I have no idea if they have made any huge changes to the gameplay.
The first thing that grabbed me was how pretty it looks. The monsters and scenery can be gorgeous at times, with only the grass in some areas looking a little rough. I like the depth of field stuff they do and the contrast of these really alien and cartoony creatures running around a realistic garden/planet. I absolutely adore the way the monsters wobble and slide about the scenery, full of character and in some cases I feel like a total dick for murdering something while it's just trying to have a little nap.
I think they explain all the mechanics pretty well, but the SD cards laying around can be slightly annoying pushing you to the controller screen to tell you things you will already know and have used many times before. I also chose the Nunchuk/Wii Remote to control my space people and Pikmin because it seems far quicker and easier than using the sticks.
My biggest issue is the time limit on the days, especially as I'm in bigger areas with two people to control and bigger enemies to fight. I just find that I either have no time and am scrambling back to my spaceship without losing Pikmin that get stuck on the scenery or I have a bunch of time to wait around (but not enough to explore more of the map) at the end of each day. I assume this is to stop people from just exploring most of the map in one sitting, but it can be a little frustrating to spend a whole day creating units and fighting a boss, but not having enough to time to drag back the fruit/carcass/item that you have found after the battle. I'm ok with there being a time limit, but I can't help but wish there was a good 5-10 minutes more in each day.
The things I do really like outside of the lovely visuals are the puzzles that require you to shift between your space people by throwing your Pikmin back and forth and watching them pick up tiles like a bunch of worker ants. It took a while for me to accept that I have to let some of them go... there's nothing quite as heartbreaking as watching two stranded Pikmin freaking out as they're chased by monsters while your spaceship takes off. I also like how there's a sort of personalized feel to the end of mission notes where they might comment that you lost a bunch of your little dudes or read you a silly poem about how you hope your captain likes you.
I will probably add some more thoughts once I've played some more, but I really am enjoying its strange and charming ways despite a few little issues here and there. It's a really nice looking, and for the most part well controlling game. Probably not a game you'd want to rush out and buy a Wii U for, but it is a bunch of fun.
Anyone else played it yet and have any thoughts on the game?