The first Pikmin centered around Olimar and his struggle to survive using Pikmin to find his missing pieces for his ship, "The Dolphin," he must find all of the parts within 30 days or he will die from the toxin in the planet's oxygen.
Pikmin was released in 2001 for GameCube.
The second game in the Pikmin franchise stars a new character along with Olimar, his name is Louie.
Pikmin 2 was released in 2004 for GameCube.
A third Pikmin was announced by game legend Shigeru Miyamoto at the Developer's Round Table at E3 2008. At the time, no details were announced about the game besides that Nintendo is currently working on it.
At E3 2012 at the Nintendo Press Conference, Pikmin 3 was the first game they showed for the Wii U. It will be released in the launch window of the Wii U and will be more in depth than previous entries.