I love both games for different reasons. The first one had more sunshine, which I really like in games. And as much as I liked the story of Pikmin 2, Olimar's fight for survival was definitely more compelling. The first one had a certain atmosphere that's difficult to put into words-- maybe just because it was the first game. The world at it's inhabitants are as unfamiliar to Olimar as they are to the player. Yeah, I like that description. :P
Pikmin 2 is just bigger. When I enjoy something, I like knowing that it will keep going for a long time. If it's a movie and I like it, I want it to be long. If it's a TV series and I like it, I want there to be lots and lots of episodes. The same goes for games. Another thing is Pikmin 2's enemy variety. While there were a lot of pallet-swap creatures, there were still a considerably larger variety than the first game had. The having two captains was a really big deal, too. It feels like a feature that should have always been there, at least mechanically. And finally, while they lacked sunlight, the caves brilliantly created challenges by, not just introducing new enemies, but combining of enemies and hazards. A snagret might be a piece of cake in a plain open field, but how about on a tiny square island surrounded by walls and/or water? Stuff like that kept the game exciting for me for many plays-through.
Pikmin 1 definitely. I thought the level design was better and there was the time constraint which gave the player a sense of urgency and encouraged you to strategize on how to get each part. Also, while 1 was possibly "earth" 2 was in your face about it with all of the earth items and the picnic level etc. I prefer the first way where it is strongly suggesting that you are on "earth" but it's not shoving it in your face so obviously like in Pikmin 2. --- if you wouldn't mind i would like to lose ~ c h e e t a h ~
I think 2 is a definite improvement. There is just so much more to do. More baddies, more things to collect, different play style while in caves. --- Nintendo 3DS Friend Code: 0344-9609-8300 Nintendo Wii U ID: GIANTBOWSER
Pikmin 2 was more indepth, but there's something about Pikmin 1 that truly charmed me that Pikmin 2 was missing. That said, Pikmin 2 was a much deeper game with a lot more features. If you forced me to pick one, I'd choose Pikmin 2, but they are about equal as far as I'm concerned.
Here's to hoping Pikmin 3 is better than both, and that's no small task! --- I am Lord Bowser, King of the Koopas! Bwahaha.. Playing Bowser on Mario Kart, and Noxus on Metroid Prime. I am not a cookie cutter!