I don't put much stock in reviews, especially for a game like this. It seems like one of those things that just makes you feel happy in a simple, basic way. But you can't write a review(TM) around that, so you have to break down its component parts and they probably won't hold up under scrutiny. But like with New Yoshi's Island, the whole is more than its parts.
Yeah, seems like this is a game that really lives by the "YMMV" saying.
I'm going in with the mindset that this isn't Pikmin proper...but is a side story. Like a spin-off or something. It's an action game that uses the Pikmin branding. I'm not going to expect this to play like the previous games in the series, just like I didn't go into Starfox Adventures to play like Starfox 64.
I think with expectations properly set, this will be a fun diversion.
Ummm...well, I didn't really dig the Steel Diver sequel. And I couldn't get into Mole Mania on Gameboy. Or Rusty's Real Deal Baseball. Or Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Did Nintendo publish that Tank Troopers game on 3DS? I really wasn't feeling that one.
It's true I enjoy a majority of Nintendo's handheld games...but that's mostly because they typically make really good games!
Played a demo yesterday at Fry's. Only played about the first 5 minutes, so not enough to form a real opinion on it. Obviously it's no Pikmin 4, but I was surprised at how good the standard throwing mechanic translated to 2D. I don't know how strategic it will eventually get, long term, but the core mechanic isn't broken or so fundamentally different that it doesn't feel right. So that's good.
I'm still out of the games business, but 5 minutes never hurt anyone. I can quit anytime.