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Pikmin 3 Update Adds New Stylus Control Style

Posted by Tim Latshaw

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An update to Pikmin 3 has arrived just in time for its inclusion in the Mario Kart 8 free game promotion, introducing a new way to send your minions hither and yon.

In addition to the original GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, and Wii Remote/Nunchuk options, planetary explorers can now use the stylus and GamePad's touch screen to toss their Pikmin about. Controls can be changed in the main menu.

Do you plan to make Pikmin 3 your free Club Nintendo pick with Mario Kart 8? And if you already own Pikmin 3, will this control scheme make you want to pick it up again? Let us know below.


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smikey said:

Completed pikmin 3 the weekend it was released I know all pikmin games are fairly short but it just seemed to go by so quick.
The dlc ect keep me going back from time to time but I never really got into it at all I love pikmin as a series & adore pikmin 2 but 3 was a let down for me after such a long wait.
& still think wii mote & nunchuck are probably best controls though I wouldn't mind using gamecube pad just as easy as the wii mote for me



MixMasterMudkip said:

Interesting. Is this a faster method of control? Seeing as it is touch control. If so the records for mission mode could be even faster.



LexKitteh said:

Wow, it actually happened! As I play on the Gamepad, I started to really wish this was an option but never expected it to be added suddenly! Using the dual analog feels so slow and clunky, since you have to hover over enemies to throw at them, rather than adjusting your cursors distance. I'll probably bother finishing this game now, thanks Nintendo!



ChuJelly said:

This is the control method I was hoping this game would have on it's release! I've already beat the game, but I was already planning on replaying it soon now that summer's started again, and this just makes it all the better to replay it. Will definitely have to try this out!!!



NintyMan said:

I'm still undecided between this and Wii Party U, but this is something to consider anyway. I've tried the Pikmin series a couple of times before and it never clicked with me, but this sounds like an easier control method.



3Daniel said:

FINALLY. i was so perplexed by the ability to play on the gamepad but requiring the use of a wiimote and nunchuck to do so or the wonky control stick scheme this makes me BEYOND happy and now i have a reason to replay it!



Mega719 said:

Great, off tv is my prefered way to play. Maybe i can go back as i stopped when one of the bosses was a little too tricky with the analog



Rezalack said:

Seems like this would make the game so much easier. I absolutely hate the Wiimote for Pikmin and the thumbstick isn't as accurate as I'd like it to be. I'm going to have to try this out.. gives me a reason to play again. I love this game.



King47 said:

I'm getting this tomorrow with mk. I was planning on buying it, but now that it's offered with the promotion, I can't say no.



JaxonH said:

I still think the best control scheme is by far the Wiimote/Nunchuk setup.

With that said, I think this new stylus setup will make for the best control scheme for off-TV play. By far.



Haxonberik said:

About time, the current gamepad control scheme strikes me as a bit ridiculous considering even the Nintendo Land mini game used the touch screen.



bezerker99 said:

There's no lefty option?

I was so looking forward to downloading Pikmin 3 but looks like the original control scheme is slow, clunky, and boring. And with no lefty option.....I might have to download something else.



rylo151 said:

WHAT!! they include this but completely forget about the left handed people!! so sad, i wanted to play like this, i enjoyed the nintendoland one with this control scheme



Tsurii said:'ll be kinda like the Pikmin game in Nintendoland, eh? Awesome. That's what got me into Pikmin (altho it's pretty different ofc)



Donutman said:

I sold my disc pikmin 3 for $40...which makes mario kart only $20. I love Nintendo



LexKitteh said:

@bezerker99 The original control scheme with the Wii Remote + Nunchuck is great; very accurate and works well on the TV, but if you prefer game-pad only play, that's when you see how the Dual analog control isn't so great. And I did double-check, there is no Left-Handed option. The right stick always moves the camera, so you need your left hand to move your character. >_<



rylo151 said:

@LexKitteh it wouldnt be to hard for them to swap the stick functions, looks like a complete oversight to forget about all of us left handed people.



PinkSpider said:

Awesome playing off tv with analogue sticks sucks, will give the game some well needed new life



bezerker99 said:

@LexKitteh Thanks for the response! I guess I will do wi mote + nunchuck controls, despite me having zero desire to play Wii U games that way. (I'm a huge fan of the Gamepad!)



SavoirFaire said:

Pikmin 3 is a real gem of a game. My only complaints were it was too short and no online multiplayer. I'd highly recommend it to anyone, especially if you have good local multiplayer options.

I will be picking up wii party u as it is the only game the offer in the US that I don't have already.



Yai said:

Very nice! I completed this game using the gamepad controls (I absolutely loved how the gamepad was used in this title, being able to use it to multi-task was one of the best things about it) but this sounds like it might be even better. May have to try out some missions with it.



aaronsullivan said:

@smikey I had much more fun on a second play through. I wasn't doing something (I forget what!) the first time through and I was frustrated much of the time. Second time through I started trying not to lose any pikmin and did pretty well for awhile. Had much more fun.

Plus, the challenges added a surprising amount of game time for me at least and it was fun to play with a buddy (my kids).

I wish they'd make it so messing with the map didn't pause the game play. Having someone set up secondary actions without interruption and looking things up would a la Wind Waker would make playing with a buddy much more fun.

Will definitely try the stylus control though. My son might love that as he still plays the Pikmin Nintendo Land game quite a bit.



MixMasterMudkip said:

I just tried it, and... well.... I honestly wasn't fond of it. Maybe I'm to used to the Wiimote and Nunchuk control scheme, but it was extremely clunky. The only thing that works well is tossing Pikmin, which only works in off tv play since it's hard to control without looking where you press. You have to hold down for it to be playable on the tv which doesn't really help.
Also, since your right hand isn't free you can't control the camera with the right analog stick which leaves camera control to just tapping ZR, and since you all ready have to use Z to lock on it is literally like playing Uprising with an extra trigger button which is just to much. Also, they placed sprays, dismissing, and the maps on the left side of the touch screen. Which means you have to press them with your left hand to preform these tasks quickly, which means you can't move while preforming them. Also the Charge is hands down the worst thing due to having to hold a button then press the touch screen to preform it. Finally, switching Pikmin is a pain since their circles are so tiny on the touch screen. It just has to many faults.
I understand why people wanted this since it worked so well in Nintendo Land, but legit Pikmin has to many controls for this to be useful. So, IMO the Wiimote and Nunchuk remain the best control option, while the Gamepad is still the best for off tv play. Also, no left controls is a huge over site. Maybe I need more time with it, but honestly I find it just doesn't work well from the fact of how many actions the game has.



Jt23738 said:

@FalconPunch are you in the us ? If so could i get one of the games ? Im not gonna be able to get Mario Kart until august and by that time the promo will be over , you can get the points for mario kart i just want a game code (:



KodyDawg said:

Getting it free tomorrow! I'll probably use the new control method the most, just because it was great in Nintendo Land.



GeniusDan said:

As someone new to the series who recently completed Pikmin 3, I absolutely loved it. I don't have the first two to compare to but I had a great time playing this one. I've never played another game like it.



WiiLovePeace said:

Wowzers! That's a surprise. To add a control scheme to a game after all this time... Thanks Nintendo! I'll definitely give it a shot, Pikmin 3 is on my backlog alongside most of my Wii U games haha.



shinesprite said:

Previously, I was on the fence between Wind Waker HD and Pikmin 3. However, seeing as I have already played through the original Wind Waker, I'll probably go for this one.

The new control option sounds great, but like many others, I would appreciate an option for lefties. . . . Oh well, if I could make it through Kid Icarus: Uprising, I can certainly handle Pikmin 3.



snstar2006 said:

I already own 2 out of the 4 promotional games, the only 2 I did not have is NSMBU and this. But since I am planning to get NSLU and I already own Mario 3D World, I will pick Pikmin 3.



SphericalCrusher said:

Wow that's unique. I still feel wiimote and nunchuck is the best control scheme for the game, but I will probably try that out to see how it plays. There's not many game developers who go back and change games a year after launch.



cusman said:

Why can't they just add a control style where I can use Wii Motion+ Controller with Nunchuk and DON'T have to use Gamepad for ANYTHING?

Being required to use Gamepad in Pikmin 3 is the only reason I don't like Gamepad. I used to also dislike the short battery life, but then I bought the extended battery for it. Can they please remove the need for Gamepad use in Pikmin 3 for essentially pause menu commands which is simply better controlled with Wii Motion+ and Nunchuk?



TonLoco said:

Still on the fence with this one. It's between this and wind waker. I already played through most of the original wind waker and loved it but this game looks good also. Never played one or two. I wish there was a demo to try.



Ak_Dub said:

Someone may have already mentioned this, but I've noticed a few other additions:
There are some new prompts that didn't exist before like the "cancel pluck","cancel lock-on" and pretty much any other time you cancel doing anything. These aren't new abilities. You've always been able to do these things (by pressing B). It just tells you how now. And after you've finished a mission stage you can now retry that stage immediately from the results menu. This way you don't have to back out to the stage select menu. This may just be for the mission stages because that's all I've been playing, but I noticed these things immediately because I love this game & have been wearing it out trying to fill time before Mario Kart 8



VIIIAxel said:

I'm getting Pikmin 3 with Mario Kart 8, but I'm not sure if I'll use this control setting or not.



millarrp said:

This is the only one of the NA I don't have but I'm not sure I want it. I've tied the first 2 but hey've never held my attention very long. I'm thinking about getting either wind waker or super Mario brothers u and trading my physical copy in towards smash brothers.



0utburst said:

Yep this will be my free game with MK8. I'd be playing off-tv at night so this would be great using the gamepad.



TreonsRealm said:

Really digging the new stylus option. While the analog sticks worked well on GameCube, I can't stand it on Wii U and found myself going with the Wii Remote & Nunchuk which work just as well as the Wii enhanced versions of Pikmin 1 & 2. Even with the options I found myself longing for the Nintendo Land controls since I played Pikmin Adventure extensively and loved the touch control of the Pikmin. The new stylus controls brings the game more in line with PC RTS titles (a huge plus) and has me loving the GamePad more than ever. Honestly, I really want stylus control for an FPS now (it doesn't have to mandatory, I just want the option).



Koapa said:

I was absolutelly happy with my remote+nunchack. But this is a good option. BUT- Nintendo, stop making changes for me! Why you set Stylus as a default control? I dont like it, even after beating the game. And backchange is possible only at play.... Don't do it as Sony please!



ToniK said:

I guess I would find a control scheme suitable for me. I'm still undecided about my free game though. This and W101 are my options. W101 I would like to actually buy to support Platinum but I dunno... I wasn't too amazed by the original Pikmin. Never tried the second one.



SecondServing said:

@ToniK Pikmin isn't everyone's cup of tea, but man, if you like Platinum Games' games, then you'll LOVE TW101! It's over the top, challenging, and fun as you expect from a PG game!



Einherjar said:

Aft6er all this time, they are still updating and improving their games. I find that quite awesome. Most devs abandon their games after the initial release and after they sacked the launch money from it, maybe add a patch or two to fix some problems to avoid day one backlash.
This is how everyone should treat their games, dont make them to last through the initial buzz, care for them to make them pretty much timeless



cmk8 said:

My problem was the inability with the sticks to control depth of throw and move at the same time. Having to stop every time reminded me of Resi's tank controls.



Marshi said:

Nintendolands best game was pikmin and pikmin 3 is one of my fave games of 2013. Though I really wanted nintendolands control method. Now I do and it works brilliantly. My only gripe is the lack of analogue control for the kopaites. Analogue control is present if you use wiimote and nunchuck. Why not the gamepad? Minor gripe aside though. I think this is a good excuse to play through the wiiu's most beautiful all over again!



rylo151 said:

To those people who don't already know you can totally use wii mote and nin chuck controls in off TV mode using the gamepad sensor bar for the wii mote. I don't think many people know this with all the people complaining about not being able to play well on the gamepad alone. Just put the pad in the stand and hold the wii mote about 20-30 centimetres away from the screen. It works just as well as doing it on the TV.



MajinSoul said:

I've just beaten Pikmin 3 yesterday (the credits are amazing) and I don't think I will use touchcontrols once I replay it. Wiimotion + was perfect for Pikmin 3

Edit: It's awesome that they still support Pikmin 3. That's Nintendo for you. Trying to make perfect games



BestBuck15 said:

No I don't like this control method. Drawing a lines and flicking pikmin.... No.

I have Pikmin 3 and most of the games on the list so I'm going to download Wonderful 101 as my free game.




AyeHaley said:

Woah where did this come from? I like it! Definitely going back to Pikmin 3 after getting my MK8 fix. (glorious game <3)



Crimson_Ridley said:

I'm going to pick this up soon, but not through the MK8 promotion, as the game retails for around £20 new. I'll be playing the smarter option for myself, and picking up Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, as the game is still upwards of £30 pre-owned and I haven't played much of the original game on the Wii.



Genesaur said:

Still think I'm gonna use remote n' nunchuck, given what I'm hearing, but having more options is always good.



Sean_Aaron said:

@LexKitteh Yep. I started doing the Gamepad, but lack of precision with the second stick became too frustrating.

My daughter might like the stylus interface though, so she may pick up the game again.



EarthboundBenjy said:

I just downloaded the update and... wow, it's not a useful control scheme for me. I can only really play this game with the Wiimote+Chuck.



argol228 said:

@JaxonH if you are saying that. I assume you have never played a PC RTS before. if you think any kind of game that requires micromanagement and multitasking is best with a control need more gaming experience



kingston589 said:

This will be my free game seeing that i already have nsmbu and wwhd. Also i played the 1st pikmin and i kinda liked it, will i like this one more?



JaxonH said:


I have no idea what you're talking about. I'm not talking about RTS games. I'm talking about one game in particular- Pikmin 3. And when it comes to Pikmin 3, the Wiimote is the best control scheme ever conceived. You can't just lump an entire genre into one pile and say oh they all work best with such and such. I'm not talking about PC games. I'm not talking about RTS games. I'm talking about Pikmin 3. Pikmin 3 offers several control schemes. OF THEM, Wiimote is clearly and by far the most superior setup.



argol228 said:

@JaxonH pikmin 3 is an RTS at it's core, you build an army of units to fight enemies and gather resources while micromanaging them as squads and multitasking to perform a plan you have devised. the only difference is there are puzzle elements. the game still plays like an RTS. Also yes I can say that ALL RTS only work best with mouse/touch based controls. because that is a fact proven time and time again whenever someone tries to make a console RTS



SLiM said:

Might be worth another play through to use the stylus controls.



MussakkuLaden said:

That is a pretty great improvement, I suppose! I am among those preferring the wiimote pointer usage when playing on the TV screen, thus if I wanted to play on the Gamepad screen only, I had to adjust to completely new controls (unless of course I had played with wiimote pointer on the gamepad screen, which is pretty weird and misses the point). So now I suppose the touchscreen controls will be somewhat similar to playing with the wiimote.

Nice to see that Nintendo keeps improving on it's older titles.



ULTRA-64 said:

@JaxonH @argol228 you just being petty man. The guy makes a valid point, you counter with facts not relating to the issue in question, he clarified, you repeat info not relating to the issue in hand.
Pikmin is an RTS game, no doubt, it's best available control option is wiimote+nunchuck. In most people's opinion. The only fact here is that you can NOT play pikmin with a mouse so I don't know why your wasting your time talking people into it.



dkxcalibur said:

This or Windwaker. I have some time to think about it yet. Every time I feel like I've made up my mind, I read something that get's me to second guess. I played Windwaker the entire way through on the cube but I would love an opportunity to introduce Zelda to my two sons. I never played Pikmin outside of Nintendoland. I'm going off of what others say about the game and the series.



Darknyht said:

That makes me a little happier to see. I've been playing with the Wiimote+Nunchuck and being reminded what I liked least about the Wii. The Gamepad+Stylus mode would be more like the Nintendoland Pikmin game.

I am happy that I picked Pikmin 3 over New Super Mario Bros. U (and downloaded before Club Nintendo came crashing down). After Super Mario 3D World, I am grateful for the variety.

On a related note: I am not surprised Club Nintendo failed however, it was trying to offer me a second free game from registering Mario Kart 8. I wouldn't be surprised if people were trying to scam a second game.



Stunny said:

Hard choice. It's either this or Zelda for me.... I wish Club Nintendo wasn't down now. I want to get my free game now! lol



JaxonH said:


So what? Pikmin 3 doesn't have a "mouse/keyboard" option, so why are you even bringing that up? Nobody cares about Pikmin with a mouse because you can't use a mouse to play it. Even if you could, I hate using a mouse to play. If I can't sit back in my chair and use it in midair, I'm not interested.



argol228 said:

@ULTRA-64 I said touch controls. and no I am not missing the point. Mote+chuck is clunky and slow. yes it works but with major loss to accuracy. the game frustrated me because of how awkward the controls were. I knew everything could be made smoother especially because of nintendo land.



argol228 said:

@JaxonH are you people missing the part were I said touch.... it is there. clear as day. your ignoring I said it to argue.



vattodev said:

@TonLoco Both are tied with W101 and SM3DW as my favourites non Monster Hunter games of 2013. You can't go wrong with these titles.



Pod said:

Pikmin 3 is my choice for the Mario Kart 8 deal, so I'm excited to hear about this.

I was a complete sucker for good stylus controls on the DS, so I'll probably start out the game playing it like this.



Mr_Mojo_Risin said:

For the club nintendo download code, do you have to type it on the eshop with your gamepad or is there an alternative way of doing it?



rushiosan said:

To be honest, the default controls (Gamepad) in Pikmin 3 are pretty confusing. Stylus mode is uncomfortable and Gamepad isn't intuitive. I played the "New Play Control" version on previous entries in the series and I'm having a really bad time mastering the controls now. That spoiled a bit my experience with such an unique game.

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