(Wii U)

Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

Game Profile

The Return of an Army

Pikmin 3 is a fully reimagined, mass-action strategy title from the critically acclaimed Pikmin series. Players will discover a beautiful world filled with strange creatures and take command of a swarm of ant-like Pikmin trying to survive. The world is densely packed with treasures and enemies, which makes the game much more action focused and fills it with layers of potential strategies and paths, adding greater replayability to challenge modes.


Players can play using Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk-based controls or the Wii U GamePad controller. With new intuitive controls that make it possible to aim at objects directly, players can command their tiny, yet powerful, squads in different ways.

The GamePad acts as an overhead map and radar to track Pikmin movements in real time. Players can slide a finger across the touch screen to quickly switch between areas, giving greater flexibility in commanding multiple groups of Pikmin.

The greater processing and HD capabilities of the Wii U console are put to extensive use, resulting in a more intricately designed world, enhanced ant-like movement of the Pikmin and precisely detailed overhead views for enabling easier strategic use of the Pikmin.

After completing a stage, the replay feature allows players the option to review their results using the GamePad and TV. Fast-forward, rewind or pause while assessing the previous mission to decide on other paths.

In addition to the five original types of Pikmin encountered in previous games, the new Rock Pikmin bring powerful new abilities and are able to crack hard outer shells of enemies and break through solid barriers.

Mission Mode challenges players to earn the most treasure in a given time.

Game Review


Europe PAL Version

Posted by Martin Watts

Should you Pik(min) this up?

Nine years. That's how long it has been since a new Pikmin game has graced a Nintendo system. With the exception of two motion control-enhanced re-releases which proved how suited the franchise was to the Wii, a new entry in the series was conspicuously...

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User Comments (97)



brenwizard said:

today i went to a game website that says it knows all the games and they didn't have pikmin 3 on there.........well that means they don't have all the games.



brenwizard said:

i was just thinking that since they have been working on pikmin 3 for years there probably are going to be loads of new pikmin..........maybe the bulbmin might have there own onion.



danteveli said:

Please stick to the community rules and be nice to one another. Comments do support basic [bbcode] style formatting.



gabrielwoj said:

I guess it will come with the new Wii!
Or the Pikmin will be make for the new Wii, I guess



Lan said:

imagine a limited edition pikmin 3 wii with pikmin all over it! that'd be the cooolest thing ever!



phoenix1818 said:

@ZeldaFTW It's a good single player RTS and a very unique game. If you're interested I recommend you try out one of the New Play Control Pikmin titles for Wii. They're pretty cheap now, about $25 or so in AU, which means they'd be even cheaper in the US.



NintyMan said:

I've only played the first one, and that was the New Play Control! version. Unfortunately, the time limit turned me off. I remember watching the trailer on Luigi's Mansion and being impressed by the visuals when I was young, but I can only imagine how beautiful Pikmin 3 would look in full HD. Just picture it!



Sh00kst3r said:

Hello and welcome to Pikmin 3.
After several years in development, hopefully it'll be worth the wait.



brenwizard said:

pikmin fans (including me) have been waiting for pikmin 3 ever since pikmin 2 was released in 2005. hopefully pikmin 3 will come out when the wii u comes out. (this game better be worth the wait because i am kinda sick of waiting)



brenwizard said:

it would be awesome if they made pikmin 3 for not only the wii u, but also for the 3ds



Alpha2797 said:

I can't wait for Pikmin 3. I sure wish Nintendo would bring New Play Control! PIkmin 2 to the US.



marioman123 said:

i am close to finshing pikmin 2 i am amazed by pikmin 2 and i am buying pikmin 3 on the first day and i think it will be a launch title i think if i get wii u and pikmin 3 i think the price all together will be 425



Thwiidscube said:

Well, I already know I won't get this. Sorry to say this to all of those Pikmin fans, but, I haven't played a Pikmin game, but already hate the series. It looks a little weird, and from the trophy descriptions on SSBB, it sounds a little crazy, too. Please, don't get upset for hearing stuff like this, though. I'm just saying what I think of the series.



Wolfclouds99 said:

I've never played a Pikmin game before, but I've seen Chuggaaconroy's let's plays of Pikmin 2 before (and believe me, you'll be laughing your guts out more than just once per video!). I've been wanting to buy it from Amazon.com when I get enough money to pay for the game along with the expensive shipping . I've also heard some rumors that might or might not be true that it'll be available for the 3rd along with the Wii U. In that case, Pikmin 3 and the 3DS FTW!!



Bassman_Q said:

@brenwizard- yeah, I've also been waiting for Pikmin 3 since I bought Pikmin 2 in 2005. It's such a great game, and I even made small clay models of Pikmin, including ones that I think SHOULD exist, like a green one w/ immunity to poison, an orange one w/ immunity to acid, a black one that can burrow underground, etc. (I was a very imaginative and wishful kid back then). Which reminds me, nice avi. I just realized that its a GREEN Pikmin, which doesn't truly exist yet.



12Kezo said:

Nintendo better release pikmin 3 on the 3ds because it will practically control the same as the Wii U version plus i dont know if i can afford the wii u and i want to know if i can get this game



Matty2310 said:

Beat the first two on the Wii. Can't wait to play this. Hopefully it will be good.



TheN64Dude said:

I think Nintendo should have a real game for a launch title instead of Wii Sports and Pilotwings Resort. This way are Wii U won't just be sitting there with nothing to do on it.



Plusle said:

I hope the next one has a time option instead of automatically having it could be used as a hard mode



Plusle said:

also if the wiiu supports a achievement system the game would very great for that feature e.x. collect 100 pikmin or complete the first level



zeldadude said:

ive never played pikmin, but ive watched my friend and it looks really fun! im gonna- wait... its gonna be for wii u? i thought it was coming out for 3ds!



Lyndexer said:

Boy, I haven't heard of this game since it first came out with Luigi's mansion. I really want to give a lot of these Nintendo games a try. This is just like when Nintendo 64 and Gamecube were around, I bought so many of these great games.



herceg131 said:

i hope pikmin is good i dont want to spend 10 euro or 20 euro for this game

but i think this is good



pikminguy said:

@Huiee123 i have 1 but not 2 but in my opinion the first one is not that fun due to the limit of days u have left to play so if ur thinkin of gettin it i would recommend getting nuber 2



pikminguy said:

@marioandsonicfy Well i would like it with the regular day-after day thing because i dont really like games so much with different modes cause its harder but only if they had a create ur own pikmin option.....



pikminguy said:

@brenwizard it wouldn't be as good because u already gots tiny pikmin but with a small screen its gonna be hard as fudge to see ur pikmin



Auracle said:

I've heard that this game supports co-op multiplayer. I hope this is true, as a second real player would allow much multitasking to be done compared to the two captain system of Pikmin 2.



Moguri said:

It would be very good an online co-op play. Anyway, one of the best Wii U games at the moment.



nintendogamer48 said:

Did any of you guys see the pink flying pikmin with wings at the end!? wow pikmin 3 is just going to be the most awesome game yet!!!! cant wait to get it. i already have the wiiu. now i just have to wait till december 31st 2012!



Mayonnaise said:

Been waiting for this game forever. The new pikmin look great. Hope the pink one is real.



NipherStudent said:

Pikmin 3 comes out on December 31, 2012!!!! 28 Days!!! (Source Target, Gamestop, and Bestbuy. Go onto their sites and search Pikmin 3. It will be under "Release Date")



Doge said:

god, store release dates are bull, they are never right
trust me, they said paper mario sticker star would come out in august!



CaptainOlimar said:

I'm a huge fan of Pikmin, sadly i won't be able to play it because it is strictly on the Wii U. I wonder if they will ever come out with a Pikmin on the 3DS?



Miss_Dark said:

Not sure bout this one, everyone seems very enthusiastic about it

Is it comparable to pikmin adventures in nintendo land? What is different? What is actually the point of this game?



Fingeldor said:

Cannot wait for Pikmin 3. Started playing the Wii version of the first Pikmin (for the first time) this year. Need to finish it and get Pikmin 2. Is it true Pikmin 2 is better than the first?



KKSlider said:

Pikmin is sa'weet! Can't wait to play it. Already have it pre-ordered at Game Stop.



Luffy said:

I need something to buy...i'm replaying Mario Galaxy 2 on my Wii U...so I might get this as my first Pikmin. lets see wat the all the hype is about!



biglittlejake said:

This will be interesting to see how they pull this off on a gamepad. Regardless I am going to get this as soon as it comes out.



montauker said:

pikmin 3 isnt coming out dec 31 13. its is coming out in Q2. So in about 1-3mths.



montauker said:

Ok here is when the release date. In about 1-75 days. (really more then 1 day because we have not seen a trailer on tv. Also less then 75 because at 75 would be the last day of June.

So really in about 15-45 days. Most likely in May but maybe June.
(This is as of April 16th)



gefflt said:

We now have a NA release date!!!!!!!!!

Can someone update the cover too? : )



NintendoPro64 said:

I wish America was getting this sooner. Oh well, at least Japan is getting this in July! Iwata making 3DS Pikmin videos is a smart move. Japanese gamers are flipping over the 3DS and will take notice of the Pikmin videos, especially if they get good front page notice. I feel with the right marketing, it could really help start the Wii U comeback and give the Wii U a good lead on PS4. Many don't realize it, but Sony has put themselves in the perfect position to get booted right of Japan. Nintendo just needs to capitalize on it and get some big Japanese games out for the console before PS4 arrives! Some RPGs as well as Mario Kart, Pokémon, Kirby, Zelda, etc could really do it!



TreesenHauser said:

To anyone who hasn't played the other Pikmin games:
You owe it to yourself to find cheap copies of Pikmin 1 and 2 for Wii and give 'em a go. If you like them, Pikmin 3 will probably more than exceed your expectations. If you don't like 'em, Pikmin 3 might not be the game for you.



Vasilios said:

I have been anxiously waiting for a new Pikmin game sense Pikmin 2. but Pikmin did not sell to well Pikmin or Pikmin 2... i just hope sense Olimar has been in super smash bros brawl that the popularity of Pikmin has boosted a tad bit and this game looks amazing i just hope This will be a real system seller for the Wii U to breath fresh sales into the system. other wise if only the Mario will do this then the Wii U will still receive ill sales until the end of this year in December.



Jheck64 said:

Love yeah we're getting close, did I get my dates wrong or did they bump the release date earlier, I checked nintendo's website the other day and it said August 6th or something but I thought at e3 it was like November
Watch the profanity, please — TBD



oiuy475 said:

this game makes me so mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!they took everything i disliked from number 2 and made a game off of it pikmin 2 was the best game on the gamecube it had so much potensal for a sequal you guys at nintendo make me mad... i loved pikmin2, i guess im just sad over no coop campain...



bmprsvz777 said:

Very nice game, not as good as Pikmin 2 in my opinion, but it has better graphics of course, it is not easy to play using wii remote because camera does not follow in correct angles.



Bass_X0 said:

Would it be worth Nintendo adding Wii New Play Control! Pikmin 1 & 2 to the Wii U eshop after Pikmin 3? Obviously they can't release the Gamecube versions right now.

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