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Pikmin 3 Sprouting For Spring 2013 Release In North America

Posted by Orla Madden

Out of the launch window?

According to the latest Iwata Asks, the highly anticipated strategy game Pikmin 3 has been pushed back to a Spring 2013 release in North America.

The game was previously slated as a 'launch window' title across the US, but that period ends on March 31st - which is just eleven days into Spring. Unless it is released between the 20th and the 31st, it's going to miss the window.

Nothing was mentioned about the European release date, sadly.

Pikmin 3 was shown in demo form at this year's Eurogamer Expo in the United Kingdom, but for those of you who couldn't make it, we've included the trailer shown at E3 this year. That will have to keep you occupied for now, unfortunately.

[via nintendoworldreport.com]

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User Comments (47)

Cipher

#1

Cipher said:

Not really surprising - it was already confirmed Q2 in Japan and just 2013 in Europe, so it's more than likely going to see worldwide release. It might only be delayed a month or two; I think we could see it in April.

Mollutje

#2

Mollutje said:

Ah well, I've got plenty of games on my wishlist anyway.. Pikmin will have it's moment of glory once it comes out, untill then.. I'll be enjoying the hell out of everything that comes before it.

Jamouse

#3

Jamouse said:

I really wish Nintendo -and any other game companies for that matter- would stop giving games release dates so early and then constantly push it back. Just announce the release date when the game is actually ready.

Araknie

#4

Araknie said:

Nothing was mentioned about an European release date?
I'm from Italy and i can tell that's already set for march.
So this probably is a NA localization problem.

NintyMan

#5

NintyMan said:

I'm not surprised, considering that the launch line-up and the holiday season is just too huge. Game & Wario will be joining next spring as well.

Tsuchinoko

#6

Tsuchinoko said:

I would love it if they made a Pikmin release for the 3DS as well. I have no plans to get a WiiU :( And I love Pikmin

RedYoshi999

#7

RedYoshi999 said:

I hate seasons being the opposite in the northern hemisphere. :P Made me think it was another year away!

Burning_Spear

#8

Burning_Spear said:

This reminds me of the early days of the 3DS. Don't count on any date that Nintendo announces.

BenAV

#9

BenAV said:

While disappointing because I was really looking forward to playing Pikmin 3 on my new Wii U during the holidays, I'm happy for them to take as long as they need to get it perfect.
Much better than them rushing it just to get it out on time.

XCWarrior

#10

XCWarrior said:

We needed a game to replace Duke Nukem as the "never coming out" game. I think Pikmin 3 is trying hard to fill that void.

Tsuchinoko

#14

Tsuchinoko said:

@XCWarrior Haha, I think you can take the Duke Nukem comparison only so far. I think you can count on Nintendo to deliver a quality game, particularly with Pikmin :)
Even if the game doesn't come out right away, you know the wait will be worth it. I just wish it was on a system I own. :(

LavaTwilight

#15

LavaTwilight said:

Whenever I've waited longer than anticipated for a game from Nintendo, and it finally arrives albeit a month or several months late (in this case easily 4years late if not more) then it's always been worth it. I can't say the same but for Nintendo, the quality of the game far outweighs the wait. And as for being a fan of pikmin, if you love it that much, you'll get it. Pikmin 3 is the main reason I want a Wii U and due to other financial requirements, I may now cancel my pre-order for the Wii u until Pikmin 3 is released (or due to be).

ultraraichu

#17

ultraraichu said:

This works out in my case since I have yet to complete Pikmin 1 haven't even brought Pikmin 2, still have other games to complete, and would be broke till Christmas after getting the wii u and 2-3 other games.

mudjo

#18

mudjo said:

I kind of gave up Pikmin 2 after the big ghost-steamroller killed me, but this almost certainly an immediate buy when it comes out.

RCMADIAX

#21

RCMADIAX said:

Not that big of a deal. Plenty to play before then anyways and I haven't finished the first two yet. Plan on getting them done once the wii u is out and ive beaten NSMBU.

erv

#23

erv said:

Make it great, not quick.

In other news, nintendo better take the monster hunter schedule into account...

Wonder_Ideal

#24

Wonder_Ideal said:

Well, I guess spring is when the flowers come out. If they need the extra time to make the game better, I'm alright with it.

GBLUIGI

#26

GBLUIGI said:

To be honest, I really couldn't care less on whether Pikmin 3 was to come early or late. Because in this scenario, I agree with BenAV on the WHOLE take as long as you need process to make sure the game comes out perfect to everyone's liking. All in all, I think Spring 2013 is alright for a release date. Just so as long as to make sure they don't screw anything up with this game.

Hokori

#28

Hokori said:

I'm ok with this, I'm trying not to spend so much money, so I can move to Japan :) and if I don't spend a lot by April I could, but I'll be realistic and say sept.

MYCO

#31

MYCO said:

I hope tey take time to put in online play in the game now.
Pikmin 3 was coming to Nov 18 with no online play and no 1080P HD now they should do it right. OK

ei8htbit

#32

ei8htbit said:

@Jamouse
This article is completely misleading in saying that the release date has been "pushed back". On the source site it is referring to it simply states "Pikmin 3 is scheduled for release for the Wii U console in the spring of 2013". This title was never announced as a launch day or even a holiday release. If anything it was always suggested that it wouldn't be available until 2013, yes, spring 2013 still falls within their promised "launch window".

I would be really surprised if Nintendo didn't release this by March 31, that timing would be perfect for another boost of sales with a first party title (rather than have a bunch of their first party titles competing with each other during the first couple months). I think the release date has more to do with marketing and sales timing necessarily than development demands. I predict Sunday March 24 (the first Sunday in Spring) with a heavily spring-themed marketing campaign.

Xiao_Pai

#34

Xiao_Pai said:

Don't start with the online play this again. >_>
And I remember saying that their games at first won't be 1080p, so I was assuming Pikmin 3 won't be full HD.

LeVideoGamer

#36

LeVideoGamer said:

I don't mind. It will give them more time to create the best game possible. I have other things to look forward to in that time for the Wii U, my existing Xbox 360, and hopefully a 3DS sometime after Christmas.

Emaan

#40

Emaan said:

And to think I was really hoping to get this at launch with my new Wii U. Oh well. At least its something in 2013 to look forward to.

WingedSnagret

#41

WingedSnagret said:

Aw, oh well at least we know roughly when it will come out. At least it's Spring, so it will fit with the game theme. ;)

Henmii

#42

Henmii said:

Wouldn't surprise me if it gets pushed untill Holiday 2013! That's Nintendo for you!

sinalefa

#44

sinalefa said:

@XCWarrior

No, that void is currently held by The Last Guardian. How many consecutives E3s has that one missed? Not even a screenshot...

Anyway, this one is my biggest reason to get a Wii U (until they announce Zelda or a 3D Mario), so I can patiently wait. In the meantime, more games will be released and some prices may lower.

ei8htbit

#46

ei8htbit said:

I still don't understand how this is news to people...The game has not been delayed because it has never been given an official release date. At the very least it was never promised as a 2012 title so I'm not sure what the point of this article even is other than nothing new to report...

SirSmugleaf

#47

SirSmugleaf said:

@Jamouse That's actually a very good idea, because when the game is ready it is usually a couple of weeks or months away from release, so announcing the release date close to release actually makes people more excited.

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