Why do Pikmin have to die

a close up of a toy © Image: Nintendo

As a kid, I loved the insect-like creatures from Pikmin a little too much. The brightly-colored Nintendo critters oozed charm with their little head and giant eyes. And while Pikmin was too difficult of a game for me to play, I always looked forward to watching my older brother enjoy it. But as we went along, a problem came up: I couldn’t bear to see the Pikmin die.

The Pikmin series is a real-time strategy game. In the first game, you play as Captain Olimar, a space explorer marooned on an alien planet. Left with no means to get home except repair his broken ship, he enlists the native creatures of the island, Pikmin, to survive and rebuild his ship.

Olimar can command an army of dozens (if not hundreds) of Pikmin at a time to do tasks like fight other creatures and transport ship parts. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Pikmin, said the inspiration for the game came from watching ants in a garden. All the captain needs to do is whistle and the creatures gladly lay down their lives for him.

Why do Pikmin have to die