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Nintendo Reveals New Pikmin 3 Characters and Details

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

European release pinned down, too

Of all of the titles shown during today's Nintendo Direct broadcasts, Pikmin 3 perhaps had the most coverage of all. Plenty of new details were revealed but, to put Europeans out of their misery first, this title is now confirmed for 26th July in the region.

In terms of new details, the three new characters in the image above were introduced, and they're employing the assistance of the Pikmin to gather fruit seeds to save their home, Planet Koppai. It seems that resource management will be key, as you can send each character and a group of Pikmin to different areas to carry out tasks; if something goes wrong in all of this multi-tasking, you can view a replay of the day and go back to restart from a point of your choosing, with Satoru Iwata emphasizing that players can learn from their mistakes.

It was the single player game being shown off, and it was explained that you can play with the GamePad or Wii U Pro Controller, while the former supports off-TV play. It was emphasized that the Wii MotionPlus and Nunchuk option is the most intuitive and comfortable to use; Iwata seemed to suggest the eyebrow-raising possibility of playing with just a Remote+Nunchuk and the GamePad as a screen, but that was clarified in subsequent press releases that the GamePad can simply be kept to hand as a second monitor with useful information, as you play on the TV.

In terms of the GamePad screen's interface — or KopPad as it'll be known in the game — it's been polished a great deal since the preview builds at events in 2012. The map and functionality has been stylised, and the idea of keeping the screen handy while playing with the Wii Remote seems reasonable, with a concept image on the right.

Satoru Iwata also promised that the next Nintendo Direct would feature details on the Challenge Mode and also multiplayer. If there's online co-op — which isn't necessarily likely — then excitement for this release may kick up a notch. It'll be interesting to see how multiplayer will be supported.

Plenty to absorb with Pikmin 3, then. Let us know what you thought of this part of the presentation in the comments below.

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rjejr said:

I hope the multiplayer isn't limited to those 3, I'm planning on playing a lot of multiplayer w/ my 2 sons, and while I know they're ok w/ female figures in games, a pink haired Brittany might be asking too much.

Oh, and I'ld be surprised if there's any online. It was good to see so many outdoor levels, I hated the underground levels in 2. Too dark and dreary. If I want dark and dreary I'll stop playing videogames and go back to my real life.



FiveDigitLP said:

Man, this game looks gorgeous. I was enraptured watching that Nintendo Direct footage. Pikmin has always been a beautiful game, but the increased power and HD visuals will add so much to this. Also, the Gamepad will definitely give this more of an RTS feel if you want to play it that way. I'm looking forward to figure out what style suits me best.

Also, I hope multiplayer is nice and robust. That was one of my family's favorite past-times with Pikmin 2. Man, there's so much fun to be had with that.

@rjejr I agree about the cave levels. I'm playing through Pikmin 2 for the first time right now and those things really annoy me. Not just the darkness part of them, but also that I'm stuck with a certain amount of Pikmin til I either give up or finish it. I think they make for a good challenge, but I don't like that they take up so much of the game.

@BossBattles Yeah, when I heard the name Brittany I thought that was really odd and it seems like an out-dated name, honestly.
(I gotta say I love all the classical names they used in FE: Awakening, but I've been going through a lot of names in general here lately because of my wife being pregnant.)



Auracle said:

Anybody else notice that the first letter of each of the character's names makes "A B C"?



Araknie said:

@True_Hero That's why they chose them names, to make fun of us as always. xD

Anyway, D1 for sure, seems to really be a great expansion and they didn't even talk what are the implactions in term of exploration with 2 new Pikmins.

Pikmin 1 was really long, replayability considered, so this will be huge.



Dpishere said:

Game looks great! I liked Pikmin 2 on the Wii, but will probably end up playing this game with the gamepad instead.



TwilightV said:

Looked back at the concept art. They all have the first letter of their name, and they all appear in alphabetical order, save for Character D.



Cevan said:

@Azikira You do realize there was a full segment of the second most recent Nintendo Direct devoted to the new winged Pikmin right?



Dpullam said:

I am in awe of how graphically impressive Pikmin 3 is, from the ripples in the water, to the fine details in the atmosphere and realistic shadows. This looks like a game you could have fun with just by looking at it. I would rather play it of course!

The Wii U may not have the system power of the PS4 or the next Xbox, but they are certainly taking advantage of the technology they do have at their disposal as much as possible. The best part is that the Wii U is still a young system and hasn't had its full potential realized yet.



NintendoCat14 said:

Amazing. There's nothing else I can say. I'm speechless. I've been waiting for this game since I was a semi-wee lad (aka 2004), and it seems my near decade of waiting will pay off!



Emaan said:

The story sounds interesting. Though I was honestly more intrigued by the beautiful visuals and wonderful background music when this was being feature on the Nintendo Direct.



AhabSpampurse said:

Amazon have finally put up firm pre-orders following the Direct for both this and Wonderful 101, I'm all over it like butter on toast



NintendoPro64 said:

I hope Olimar appears somewhere. Wouldn't be a Pikmin game without him.

Still pumped for this though!



DerpSandwich said:

Challenge levels that aren't timed. Map editor. At least as much content as Pikmin 3.

These are my wishes. Please make at least a couple of them happen, Nintendo.

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