AtomicBean wrote:So...as someone who's never played Pikmin before, I'm thinking of picking up NPC Pikmin 2 when it comes out. Would I be missing anything by going that route, or should I maybe get the original first?
As someone else already mentioned, no you wouldn't be missing much story wise. The first game was pretty minimal on narrative, with most of it coming from Olimar's journal entries at the end of each day. They were nice to read, but it's hardly an "epic quest" type of story like recent Zeldas. I'd still recommend getting a copy of the NPC! version if you can, it's well worth playing.
Anyway, it's about time Pikmin 2 hit NA. My guess is that they ran into some trouble regarding copyrights since the game uses different real life products from region to region, and the US is notoriously strict about copyright laws. This could also be a somewhat clever marketing strategy to get the public more aware of the Pikmin name just in time for the official unveiling of Pikmin 3 at E3 this year, and the possibility that it'll be a Wii U launch title.
Great news that it's only $20, since used Gamecube copies sell for ridiculously high prices. Will try and put down a pre-order ASAP.