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Video: Learn About New Pikmin 3 Types in This Nintendo UK Series

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Cute and effective

Pikmin 3 is now surprisingly close to its European release on 26th July, while North Americans only have a little longer to wait until 4th August. As the first firing shot in what Nintendo plans to be a bombardment of top-notch titles to shift Wii U units, we can expect plenty of hype and build-up.

Naturally, not all current and prospective Wii U owners will have encountered the first two titles, so Nintendo UK has produced the first of a new series of videos dedicated to the upcoming release. The first part goes right down to basics, introducing the different Pikmin types and showing their abilities in action.

If you want to begin to understand the power of Pikmin, this video is a decent place to start.

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digga said:

ive never really played a pikmin game,,, can anyone explain if its worth getting and why its good ???



banacheck said:

Yeahhh Pikmin3 my highly anticipated game for my Wii U, out 26th July for some reason i thought it was out 26th August. Pikmin3 will keep me very happy & beyond until my last few games, Dragon's Crown, Puppeteer, Grand Theft Auto V & Kingdom of Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. For my PS3 then onwards & upwards to the PS4.



thesilverbrick said:

I could be remembering incorrectly, but I thought in a developer interview somewhere they mentioned that purple and white Pikmin will be returning. I guess they just haven't shown them yet.



bassoongoon said:

Not much longer! Haven't details about new Pikmin already been discussed? (i.e., flying Pikmin)



rjejr said:

1 month to go.

I hope Nintendo sees this as a good starting point for the WiiU remarketing and advertising blitz. I'ld like to see the WiiU kiosks look similar to the 3DS "What are you playing this summer?" kiosks. Pikmin 3, W101, Windwaker HD and DKC:TR are all bright colorful EXCLUSIVE games that could work well together in ad space. Some print ads and commercials would be nice. And a Pikmin 3 playable demo on the kiosks. There are some demos on the kiosks now but they still have ads for the long canceled Aliens game which makes me think they could use an update.



AJWolfTill said:

Pretty hard to describe, its incredibly unique gameplay wise, somewhat like a fluid action/strategy hybrid. It can also be pretty intense when you try and keep you minions alive against horrors such as the snagret and waterwaif...
Errm pick up one of the originals (for gamecube or wii) cheap and see what you think. You can probably get the first one for a few quid tbh.



ULTRA-64 said:

@digga I too have never played a proper pikmin game And want to know what all the fuss is about?? Is anybody going to give some, strategy based/do you build a village type thing to start etc? I thought the pikmin 'game' in Nintendo land was awfull, the worst one but everybody loves the brand and I love most Nintendo games so don't want to judge by that!?!



LavaTwilight said:

@Bulby The full picture of the cover shows the Purple and White pikmin just off-screen but I don't know how their return will manifest itself.
@digga Pikmin is a brilliant realtime strategy and requires you to control your 'pikmin' horde to defeat the hostile inhabitants of the planet and to recover whatever 'treasure' is required, in this game it appears it's fruit that can help save your starving homeland. It's almost as if these creatures really do exist hiding within our own gardens, as simple ladybug-type creatures become monstrous giants compared to these Pikmin. It's a great game requiring skill, puzzle-solving, time management and strategy all in one.
Plus theyre cute!



LavaTwilight said:

In the original game you crashland on a planet and need to find your ship pieces that are scattered about... thats when you find pikmin, half-plant-half-animal creatures that sprout from the ground, and when plucked they become little plant-like animals. You build your Pikmin army which you use to recover your ship pieces as they become stronger in larger groups (really think ants) and help return the ship pieces to you. The second game had a similar procedure but your recovered treasure instead and the third one seems similar but recovering fruit. It aint going to win awards for best plot in a game, but then again neither is Mario. It really is a fun game though!
Plus they're cute!



element187 said:

@Bulby Why do the colors of Pikmin matter? The purples and the blue Pikmin are just trying to make it in a red and yellow Pikmin world.



ULTRA-64 said:

@LavaTwilight thankyou, very helpful stuff. How does the Nintendo land 'attraction' compare? I found myself getting bored and just tapping on stuff as fast as I could to complete tasks with no strategy involved. I love strategic games and think pikmin looks visually stunning and fun but the nin-land version put me off!



jpfan1989 said:

I was watching a demo video in a store the other day and I caught a glimpse of a small group of purple pikmin waiting on standby.



sinalefa said:


The Pikmin games are leagues ahead of the Nintendo Land minigames. I don't like Strategy games but I love Pikmin. The cute world and the easy to understand mechanics help a lot. I got 100% out of the first two games and I plan to do the same here.



ULTRA-64 said:

@sinalefa sounds good, think I'm gonna get wonderful 101 first before this and get pikmin later when the price comes down a bit later. I get a bit compulsive about finishing every 1st party Nintendo game 100% so thats why I'm careful what games I buy. Not enough time to play anymore =(



MasterWario said:

@digga You get to explore Earth as tiny people no larger than a quarter, controling a massive army of adorable Pikmin to fight your way through tons of enemies while collecting lots of goodies; all this is wrapped around an intricate, unique strategy system where you can be as reckless or as careful as you want. That's what I like about the series anyway.



LavaTwilight said:

@element187 I'm not sure if I missed a joke here but blue pikmin breathe underwater whereas the others can't. Purple pikmin were just heavy and strong and could stun enemies but maybe the rock pikmin are looking to replace those?

@ULTRA-64 I agree with @sinalefa the actual games are by far superior. For starters you only have several pikmin in NintendoLand whereas in the games you can have 100, also the fights in NL are a lot like the creatures themselves - mechanical. There's no life to it. It's a shame really but if we can convince you that it's a great game then I suppose it doesn't matter. We just hope it doesn't put other people off playing them.
In the last instance just watch video reviews or gameplay videos to get a good idea of the game.



SkywardCrowbar said:

I LOVE Pikmin. Almost done with the first one, and will play the second one quickly before 3 comes out. Very excited. Pikmin has to be one of the most unique games ever made.

Pikmin is the perfect example of why Nintendo understands the POWER of interactive entertainment and gaming. They understand the unique experiences that you can have.

I would also caution people to try to previous two games before pre-ordering Pikmin 3 if they haven't played them before... The game can be MADDENING. Like, other than Trine 2, I have never been so PO'd at a game before. That said, something tells me that Pikmin 3 will be one of the greatest games of this generation, once we see the reviews, if they're awesome, then I'd advise people to get it.

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