I've just been playing pikmin 3 on the Wii U.
Now, the game is truely fantastic, mixing sublime graphics with an art style that makes you melt. But, the real reason i'm starting this topic is to discuss 'control'.
Ironically, Pikmin 3 isn't best played with the Wii U game pad (it's just the icing on the cake), it's actually best played with the Wii remote plus and Nunchuk.
Now, if you want to call me out on that, fine, but it's a null point given the final product and quality IMO.
What Nintendo tend to achieve is an almost symbiotic feeling of control with their gaming products and what is actually happening on screen. This is highlighted for me in games like:
Mario Galaxy et all
It always feels like they nail the control and playability first, then the graphics or whatever.
This method of game creation tends to influence others, and we can clearly see other comapanies trying to replicate (and usually failing), these gameplay ideas... Zelda's 'lock on targeting' being a good example.
I noticed this a great deal playing Uncharted and Last of Us recently. 'The Last of Us' is a huge game at the moment, but, apart from the pretty decent story, the gameplay left me stone cold...
It just wasn't 'fun' or original in the slightest. It just felt like a shitty cross between Uncarted and Splinter Cell. Again, strip away the graphics, and you would have a lacklustre piece of work.
Strip away the graphics on Pikmin 3 / Mario Galaxy, and you would know it plays like an absolute dream.
Nearly everything you do or interact with in Pikmin 3 brings enjoyment, from the Pikmin animation to the way you interact with the environment, in radio terms:
There is no 'Dead Air'...
Once you get the hang of it, it's like conducting a piece of music, everything perfectly working together...
It's tweaked (as most Nintendo games are) to the highest degree, by someone who actually seems to enjoy the experinces you can have with gameplay and interaction with a virtual world.
This is something David Cage, as much as he would like to, will never achieve for a VERY, VERY long time.
QTE's and features like that, instantly pull you out of the experience, that just a fact.
To wrap things up, I urge anyone who has become a bit 'jaded' with gaming, to please try Pikmin 3 using the Wii remote plus & Nunchuk or Mario Galaxy 2 for that matter.
Pure gameplay and exploration / escapism. Just what games were supposed to be about! :)
Im not saying other companies don't offer games like this (hence why I own as many consoles as possible), honourable mentions go to:
New Tomb Raider
Tony Hawk (earlier games)
Dark / Demon Souls
Gears of War
(Lots of Indie stuff, super meat boy etc)