How did I miss this game? It is Super cute! (more pictures to follow)
In Pikmin, the main character is Captain Olimar, a spaceman from the planet Hocotate. The story starts when Olimar is taking a vacation in outer space. However, during his flight, a meteorite hits his spaceship, the Dolphin (possibly related to the original codename for the Nintendo Gamecube, “Project Dolphin”), and it crashes on a planet unknown to him. Parts of the spaceship fall off as it plummets to the ground.