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Pikmin 3 Will Support The Use Of The Regular Wii Remote

Posted by Orla Madden

Plenty of control methods

There are quite a number of control options for the highly anticipated Pikmin 3; the Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk, and now it's been confirmed that you can use the standard Wii Remote and Nunchuk.

In our first impressions of the game, we were only able to test it out with the Wii Remote Plus, so this is good news for those that still have original Wii Remotes stored away; that said, playing with the Wii Remote Plus will give you a better experience with the upcoming title.

We've just about reached the final hurdle, as Captain Olimar and co. are set to land on the Wii U on 26th July across Europe, and a week later in North America on 4th August. So which control method will you choose on your journey through Pikmin 3? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

I've got a Blue Wii Remote Plus that is calling out to play this game! I'm going to try the GamePad as well, but I did like the Wii version of Pikmin 2 and the control method. Miyamoto-san himself says it is more accurate.



wasf said:

gamepad only! and off tv girlfriend's busy with "person of interest" (damn u) XD



sinalefa said:

Wii Remote Plus for me. But I want to try the Gamepad on its own as well.



OorWullie said:

While it's a certainty this game will be great,I really hope it's more than that and not just great game that plays it safe.Although review scores aren't everything,this could do with being the the 10/10 game that the Wii U needs,and not just here but across the board.A 90% + Metacritic average,a Miyamoto masterpiece that will be talked about for years to come,nominated for and winning several GOTY awards.

Optimistic thinking?Probably but not long now till we find out



KonsumKasse said:

@wasf You can play off tv play with the wiimote also, just put the gamepad on the stand and aim with your wii remote.



SCAR said:

The motion plus makes it more accurate while pointing at the sensor bar.
I really like the multiple conrol options for this game...



t3g said:

I've never played Pikmin, but eventually I want to try out the series.

The problem is that Pikmin 1 on the Wii is kinda rare and expensive, but Pikmin 2 is $20 or so and available to buy right now on Amazon.

Is the first Pikmin an essential game or can I just skip the first and jump into the second? I don't know how the stories are linked or if they are independent experiences.



EarthboundBenjy said:

They're independent, but they're also quite different from each other...while also being substantially similar.

Pikmin 1 is short and has interesting strategic elements. Everything has the potential for crazy optimisation for route-planning and speedrunning.

Pikmin 2 is much more casual. It's just an adventure with Olimar and the Pikmin collecting treasures and working through the game until it's done.

Pikmin 1 warrants many replays so you can see "how well will I do this time?. It has a high score table and a challenge mode.
Pikmin 2 has collectables and an encyclopedia of enemies and treasures. You'll beat it 100%, and then you're kinda just done... Sorta like a Zelda game.



Blue_Yoshi said:

Looks I like I gotta break out the Zelda wiimote for this one. I think I might try out the Pro Controller for nostalgic purposes. I think what they really need to make is a Wii U Gamecube Controller. That would be perfect. I understand we have to give it up at some point but I really have some friends threatening to not convert to the new Smash Bros. if they can't use Gamecube controllers because those were what we grew up with for over 10 years since we were really young when the first one came out.



Beechbone said:

Remote Plus and Nunchuck combo seems like a perfect fit but I wonder how the gamepad will do.



bassoongoon said:

Controllers are way to expensive nowadays. $40 for a Wiimote+ and $20 for the Nunchuk. That is $60 for just one controller setup, which seems like too much for me.



Moshugan said:

I just wish I could use my Classic controller with my Wii U games.
C'mon, do click-sticks play any role in this game or the likes of Mario U? No they don't!



Moshugan said:

@MeowGravy #11 ''Can i just yell at them and hope they listen?''
Haha! The Pikmen or Nintendo?
Still, that is an awesome idea! :3 It would be really fun (and potentially frustrating) if A.I. was so good that you could really just tell the characters what you want them to do.



rjejr said:

The wiimote plus is better at pointing? I honestly didnt know that. We have 2 Wiimote Pluses and 2 Wiimotes w/ the Plus attached so I guess we're good either way.

Anybody at NL writing a review yet? Its out in 2 weeks so Im assuming you have a copy that you had to sign the lenghty NDA that gives the review release date? Ill be on vacation between the EU and US release dates and I dont want to miss the review.



HaNks said:

i believe you can use the wiimote plus, nunchuck & gamepad all together, with the gamepad acting as the second screen - map etc. seems like the definitive way to play to me!



BATRA said:

because its a rts game i'm going with a rts gamepad and lets hope its better then ruse on the ps3 and command and conquer on the ps3 and xbox 360
i no that pikmin is not a true rts game but it has a rts elements too the game



Captain_Gonru said:

@t3g I know Target and, I think, Gamestop have Pikmin 2 for that same price, as it is a "Nintendo Select " title, and thus should be $20 everywhere. No sense giving your money to Amazon if you can avoid it.



Captain_Gonru said:

@bassoongoon True, but it's pretty much a standard price range these days. PS3 controllers are $55 with no charging cable, and 360 controllers are $50 for just the controller, or $65 for controller and charge pack with cable.



WinterWarm said:


Totally epic show! I eagerly await the next season.

Hm, good to know it's so flexible! Nintendo's gone all out for this title.



Moshugan said:

@rjejr With motion plus you don't actually point in the same way as with the regular Wiimote/sensorbar -combo. The Motion Plus has other sensors to figure out your controllers position. For example, I enjoy the ability to have the neutral position set to some completely arbitrary place in Skyward Sword!.You don't have to point strictly AT the screen. Yeah, now I can play in even more lazy positions!



element187 said:

@rjejr Yes, Wii mote Plus does make it more accurate. The plus motion detection helps reduce the shakyness you notice without it... So think of it as a stabalizer when using the pointer so the cursor doesn't look like you have parkinsons.



element187 said:

@BATRA Pikmin is a true RTS... just because you aren't commanding tanks doesn't mean its not a real time strategy... and there is strategy to which Pikmin to use for different tasks, with being able to solve multiple problems with a number of different choices and strategies.



jakester said:

@Blue_Yoshi You actually can buy 3rd party gamecube controllers that plug into the back of your wii remote. Not sure how well it works but i have seen it done.

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