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Pikmin 3 Will Allow For GamePad-Only Play

Posted by Andy Green

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Nintendo's latest Q&A session with investors certainly had a few things of interest that got people talking, most notably the possibility of an additional platform on top of the company's existing systems.

In the very same Q&A session, Shigeru Miyamoto revealed more information about Pikmin 3, the upcoming flowery strategy title heading for Wii U at some point this year - most likely during the second quarter.

Miyamoto said that the biggest draw of the game is the higher-resolution images, thanks to Wii U's high definition capabilities, allowing you to see all the Pikmin's gestures more clearly. Instead of implementing asymmetric gameplay into the new title, Nintendo has instead used the GamePad to deliver a map of the area:

The two screens of the TV and Wii U GamePad will let you see what you are doing at any time during your gameplay, which alone is a great evolution for a strategy game. As a side note, you can play this game only with Wii U GamePad.

Yes that's right, you'll be able to play some Pikmin on the GamePad alone should you need to. This should be helpful considering just how addictive the series can be - this feature should keep domestic rows down to a minimum.

Miyamoto also revealed that the gyro sensor within the Wii Remote Plus will also have a part to play in Pikmin 3:

The two control sticks of Wii U GamePad will let you play this game more comfortably and, with a TV screen, the gyro sensor inside Wii Remote Plus will further help your gameplay. Wii U GamePad will give you style variations of playing this game and playing only with Wii U GamePad might be a good experience for you.

I hope you will like this game.

We sure hope we like it too; it seems like we've been waiting an age for this one. Hopefully our patience will be rewarded soon.

Are you looking forward to finally owning Pikmin 3? Tell us of your excitement by planting a comment below.

[via nintendo.co.jp]

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User Comments (41)

Furealz

#1

Furealz said:

More the Merrier! So glad games can implement this! Just lucky that I have the television all the time!

LavaTwilight

#2

LavaTwilight said:

I've most certainly been looking forward to Pikmin 3 pretty much since I first completed Pikmin 2 back on the Gamecube about 10years ago or whenever it was (I got P2 only a few weeks after release) - I purely cannot wait, this game is the reason I got the WiiU!!!

ThreeD33

#3

ThreeD33 said:

Not really that excited about the new pikmin but I do love the gamepad only feature. So the more the merrier

MrWalkieTalkie

#6

MrWalkieTalkie said:

I remember playing at Comic-Con but with Wiimote & Nunchuk. So I assume that version will not be available anymore.

MasterWario

#7

MasterWario said:

If you've seen my signature on the forums you know, I can hardly wait for Pikmin 3!
New stuff keeps popping up about this game, but I'm still wondering about two things: if it's 10/10 worthy and any details on multiplayer.

jayblue

#9

jayblue said:

got pikmin 1 its okay but nothing special hardly played it dont see this game as a wii u big seller,zelda new lego games is what im waiting for.

Intrepid

#10

Intrepid said:

I am a huge fan of the series, got both games almost immediately after release, and have been anticipating Pikmin 3 ever since Pikmin 2 was released, scouring Nintendo Power and sites like this constantly for information about it. This game alone is why I bought a WiiU.

Adam

#12

Adam said:

MrWalkieTalkie, it is a bit confusing in the translation, but they are not saying you can only play with this controller and no other. They are saying that, if you want to, you can play with only that screen (and turn off the TV or change the channel). In the article they still refer to the Wii remote being used, so that control scheme is still available, unless I misunderstood you or the article.

grovertheblue

#13

grovertheblue said:

@LavaTwilight I have never played a Pikmin game, but I am quite excited for P3. I would have bought a WiiU regardless as I am a dedicated Nintendo fan, but this game is a big reason I bought a WiiU. I am stoked for this one.

grovertheblue

#14

grovertheblue said:

I do hope Pikmin 3 has a two player story mode. My wife and I have quite enjoyed playing Pikmin Co-op in Nintendo Land and I would appreciate another game that allows us to play Co-operatively together.

Dark-Luigi

#15

Dark-Luigi said:

Any person who wasn't played pikmin before should absolutely give it a try. Also, I can't wait for it to come out!

Wonder_Ideal

#16

Wonder_Ideal said:

This is a really interesting bit of information. Playing it alone on the GamePad could be quite helpful at times in my house.

pokefreakTrnT

#17

pokefreakTrnT said:

Y no pikmin for DS :( make me Sad I cant play if not for ds but I miss pikmin I just like playing on the go

SCAR392

#18

SCAR392 said:

I am waiting. I'm sure they added a great deal by delaying it, and maximized what it already had. This is gonna be fun to play with my bro.

rjejr

#19

rjejr said:

I've been waiting to play Pikmin 3 in HD on my big screen tv, not on the Gamepad. I'll probably use it to boot up and get my self settled but I won't play it that way. But the more control options they offer the happier we are. I think we used several for SSBB and Mario Kart Wii.

Release date please. Pretty please with sugar on top. Can we at least be told if we are getting it before E3 or not. Seems like a reasonable request.

DarkLloyd

#21

DarkLloyd said:

i wonder if you can play with the gamepad but turn the screen off when you just want to look at the big screen instead?

i often find my self looking at the gamepad playing nsmbu when im trying to look at the big screen lol its a distraction :P

aaronsullivan

#22

aaronsullivan said:

@darkLloyd
The Game Pad Screen is a map when you are playing on the TV.

I'be never been a big fan of Pikmin but I never really gave it much of a chance either. Nintendo Land is doing its job because I'm getting interested now. :)

RandomNerds

#25

RandomNerds said:

I hope the local mutiplayer is fantastic, it might be too much to ask for online play though… This is Nintendo we are talking about of course :-)

Monsti

#28

Monsti said:

Ok, now I'm preordering. Wiimote/nunchuck would have been a dealbreaker for me.

GBLUIGI

#29

GBLUIGI said:

Playing Pikmin 3 with Wii U GamePad ONLY sounds OK to me I guess. But why can't they have another option like say if you want to be able to play the game with the Wii U Pro Controller, then you can without no problem. Nice info for Pikmin fans to be hearing about, but some improvement on controller options can be done before Pikmin 3 releases imo.

retro_player_22

#32

retro_player_22 said:

Speaking of the Wii U GamePad, when will Nintendo be selling that thing standalone on the market? For now it seems like the only way you could get a Wii U GamePad is if you bought the Wii U console itself. Hopefully Nintendo is smart and bundle a free Wii U GamePad with this game just like how they bundle a free Wii Remote with FlingSmash and Wii Play.

Capt_N

#39

Capt_N said:

I'll be definitely keeping tabs on this one. As i don't have a WU, I might hook-up my GC, & play PkM2. I never beat either of the first 2, but I pretty much kinda played a lot of the way through Pikmin, & didn't get too far in the 2nd.

EarthboundBenjy

#40

EarthboundBenjy said:

The timer in the first Pikmin was the only thing that made it as good as it was. The sense of a restriction and the potential of optimising around it was what made it so full of strategy and replayability. Pikmin 2 got so repetitive, I never even bothered to finish the second playthrough when I got the new-play control version. It's not a bad game, it's just.... an okay game, and nowhere near as enthralling as Pikmin 1.

I am so excited for Pikmin 3. From the sounds of everything, it's going to turn out to be the most perfect thing. The day I get a Wii U will be the day Pikmin is released.

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