Pikmin 3 has clearly been a title of great personal importance to Shigeru Miyamoto, a point highlighted by the recent Tokyo International Film Festival première of three short films that the legendary game designer has overseen. These animated shorts allowed Miyamoto-san to step away from games and work on a fresh project, though he's been keen to emphasize the similarities between game and animation work.
It's been common knowledge that these short films would be available in some from on the eShop, though the recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts have revealed that they're available now on the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores. Called Pikmin Short Movies HD and 3D on each system, the content is the same aside from the HD quality on Wii U and stereoscopic 3D on the 3DS. The package includes three short animations that amount to around 20 minutes in total, in addition to Shigeru Miyamoto's Flipnote Studio storyboards from the creation process; the collection has to be bought separately on Wii U or 3DS, costing $4.99 / £4.49 each. Available now, the official descriptions for the three short movies are below.
In "The Night Juicer", we see Captain Olimar preparing his favourite drink, in "Treasure in a Bottle" the Pikmin encounter a most peculiar treasure, and in the grand spectacle of "Occupational Hazards", we watch as the Pikmin deal with some very perilous working conditions on a building site.
In addition, a Pikmin 3 demo is now available on the Wii U eShop in Europe and North America, with save data transferable into the full game.
Are you tempted to pick up Pikmin Short Movies on Wii U or 3DS, or perhaps try the Pikmin 3 demo?
Don't get why they are releasing a demo for it now. The game has been out for awhile. Why didn't they release the demo before this game came out?
@Pokefanmum82 Demo's weren't as importent as a selling point as they are now.
Will be nice to see but without a doubt, people will upload the movies on youtube, also one would hope to get CN coins/stars from this to make it more worth while.
I want it. Not just because I like Pikmin, but also because I want more films like this.
This is one of the biggest disappointments of my life. Nintendo had the opportunity right here to promote the worldwide release of FS3D by releasing it alongside these short films. And they totally blew it. When they mentioned the Pikmin films, my ears perked up. When they mentioned Flipnote Studio, I just about clapped my hands in excitement. And then the worst moment of the Direct:
(right after showing the Flipnote storyboards)
Miyamoto: "Speaking of..."
Me: "Flipnote Flipnote Flipnote Flipnote Flipnote"
Miyamoto: "Pikmin, we are releasing a Pikmin 3 Demo!"
Me: "You've got to be kidding me."
But yeah, I purchased the short films. They were pretty cool. The storyboards make me question Miyamoto's animation skills.
...Ugh, I have to buy them? :/
Can't they just put it on Youtube or something? T.T
Who would pay 5 bucks to watch this? I've already seen it on YouTube already. So just go watch the videos on YouTube guys, no need to drop 5 bucks on it. Save it for the Duck Hunt release on the VC.
"Yeah, just watch them for free on YouTube, Miyamoto doesn't deserve MY money!"
Demo makes sense because people watching the movies can get a sample of the game and hopefully tempts them to get it.
I will be getting these.
How in the world was Joruus not first in the comments? He/She cut and pasted the same thing in the live chat like 40 times!
On Topic: Looking forward to this. I love the idea of Nintendo franchises given a little more life beyond the game and Pikmin have always had this whimsical "they could be real" quality about them.
Support what you want more of folks. It's a good little price for 20 minutes of entertainment. I get that it's not for everyone and I expect they will become free and promotional eventually if you can wait.
Seriously if everyone just goes and watches them on YouTube or elsewhere, future animations will end up being heartless and for promotion only like all those cool but vapid Smash Bros. videos.
Support what you want more of.
I support! I would love to have more Nintendo CG. The quality looks very nice even on the stretched xl screen and the 3d is a good touch. If you have a little extra cash, its a nice piece of work.
This was just a troll, Talked about movies that not many people will care about and then he talked about how much flipnote helped him with this..... FLIPNOTE.. like come on. They release it in Japan, scheduled for release in the rest of the world and then it just vanishes off the face of the earth. Nothing but a troll.
i hope all the different pikmin can all be show on a couple of amiibos
If you want Flipnote 3D so badly, just get a Japanese 3DS already...jeez
@manu0 @DiscoGentleman Of course I was exaggerating. Also, I want a Japanese 3DS but I'm not made of money.
$5 for these seems a little insane. Make that a lot insane. And $10 if you want to watch them on both of the consoles you paid Nintendo about $300 and $150 for? (I really hope I'm reading that part wrong.)
I'm sure they're great, but at that length they're like those little pre-movie shorts by Pixar or Dreamworks featuring Scat, or the Pokemon pre-movies w/ Pikachu. People don't go to the movies or buy the blu-ray or DVD to see them. Put the 3DS ones on some 3DS cartridges and the Wii U ones on some discs. Or Club Nintnedo. Or the Video Channel on the 3DS. My kid has watched many of those Dinosaur Office videos and I'm pretty sure those were all free. And they're pretty funny too. Kid Icarus ones were good as well. At leas tell us the proceeds are going to some charity. It's Movember.
As for the demo - my 9 year old said "a bit late for that" - but as smart as he is, he's still only 9. Wii U has about 7.3m total global sales. (for perspective PS4 has double that in half the time) so hopefully SSBU will finally sell some Wii U this holiday. And those people will not have played Pikmin 3 yet, so it's a good demo for them. And anybody else who owns a Wii U and hasn't played it yet. Don't know the sales totals for Pikmin 3 but I'm pretty sure it's nowhere near 7.3m. Basically it's never too late for a demo.
lol. i dont care. im busy trying to figure out how im going to spend my budget
I was actually going to spend $5 on the videos until I discovered Nintendo has removed the ability from the eshop to charge a specific amount to your credit card!!!! We're back to the days of the Wii shop, having to buy in increments of $10, $15, $20, etc. They lost a sale right there.
In any case, the Pikmin 3 demo is amazing. I played it for quite a while this evening and haven't even been booted off yet. I'm glad they put on a demo. I'm enjoying the game immensely more than I could have imagined. I might even consider purchasing it now.
@sketchturner Don't know what you're talking about. I can add exactly what I need....
@sketchturner So can I, just added an amount for shovel knight.
I've already bought it after the Direct. We'd watch later at breakfast. Yeah sure I could watch it on YouTube, but this one I would like to show my support on. I dream that someday Nintendo will start making animated films ala-Pixar with their IPs(I'm still super impressed by the quality of that Bowser Jr. reveal video). I was hoping it was free though for those of us who owned Pikmin 3+DLCs.
The funny thing is a year ago these videos would've been free on Nintendo video. I think they're getting a little out of control with some of the things they're charging for. I will not buy these even if they weren't on YouTube.
Yeah... I'm not paying five dollars to download a twenty minute short... if they were twenty minutes each, then maybe.
...Guess I misread somewhere about the price...thought it was $5 each. lol
I might wait and see if they pop up on Youtube eventually.
I wonder if they are actually good?!
I wont waste my money on them but it is something different on the eshop anyway.
@Xiao_Pai ''the collection has to be bought separately on Wii U or 3DS, costing $4.99 / £4.49 each.'' I misread that as well.
€5.00 isn't going to get me broke, so I'll buy them as soon as I get home tonight.
Just realized the picture says Pikwin.
I personally wouldn't mind paying 5 dollars for these as I'd love to have more of these kind of stuff. Though 5 dollars is kinda expensive for something that is 20 minutes long in total. If the price drops to about 4-3 dollars, I'll glady purchase it without a doubt.
I really enjoyed these.
There are moments that give Pixar shorts a run for their money.
Are some of you guys seriously complaining for that price? It's just $5 people! Anyway, I went to buy an eShop card this evening in order to buy the shortfilms (and the MK8 DLC). Maybe I'll watch them tomorrow morning.
Bought it. Disappointed that the first one was so short, but am glad that the other two are almost long enough to give this a total runtime of 20 minutes.
'I want Zelda anime.'
'The Mario movie could have been great.'
'Don't buy original Nintendo movies.'
It's like, I know I could cheat a studio like IG, Ghibli or Kodansha and just stream shows online or even rip them from Pirate Bay (or ther similar site) with a bit torrent client.
I guess I'm still of that mentality where if you really like something, you support it. Giving this a view on YouTube isn't supporting it, for the record.
It's kinda weird to me.. people want Nintendo to be more cinematic, to be more like Microsoft and Sony, to be an entertainment company. They have all these ideas then Nintendo does something like this and it's a waste.
Because Mr. Random NOBODY on the Internet thinks he knows what a company that's been in business for over 100 years needs to do to survive.
@Joruus_Cbaoth if you buy them you support the idea, and it could mean we get zelda, mario, star fox, smash bros shorts. Support it
These shorts are gorgeous, adorable, charming and just wonderful in every way. I hope this gets enough support and we get more, possibly for other franchises
@Spoony_Tech its 5 dollars, and it takes time and money to make these. Should all movies be free?
@sketchturner: The game is amazing! You should get it, if you like strategy games! A WU classic, to me anyway.
@Everyone_Else: Well, I'll probably d/l these, when I get e-Shop funds. $1= loosely approximately 4 min. of video runtime. I'll try it out, so if Nintendo does it again, I'll have an idea if it's worth spending. Plus, I love Pikmin 3.
I don't want to choose between 3D and HD version.
Why can't I get both of them in one price?
Nintendo will never learn, how to make a cross-buy
Ha. "AHH!!! OLIMAR'S A.... A-A MURDERER!"
I laughed out loud at that scene, so I guess I want to see them now more than before. However I'll wait to see if they'll have a sale, these shorts are available on CN or there is a cross buy discount (don't think that'll ever happen). I wanna watch it in HD, too.
paying $5 for a video ill see on youtube soon is a joke. But paying another $5 to watch it again on my 3DS is an insult!
Loved them, hope they make more.
They actually could support it through Youtube actually. Nintendo could host it on their channel for those who want it 'free' and for sale on the e-shop for those who want a copy. Studios like Funimation stream their content on Youtube, so why not? I hope they offer these on iTunes eventually too, why limit it to being stuck on consoles?
I want to support Nintendo doing experimental things like this. And 5 dollars is pretty cheap so...
If I had an income I would definitely, but...I don't have that yet. We'll see what I end up doing.
5€ for a minute long video?
Seriously, making you choose between 3D and HD? I don't think many people are going to buy it twice (I hope so anyway), so what's the point?
These look cool, but I'd much rather be able to purchase the 3D Kid Icarus anime shorts! Wish I could watch them again (in 3D) >_<
Pikmin 3 didn't sell well, and its not too late for a demo 1 year after release.
A demo could increase Pikmin sales.
I bought Pikmin 3 on launch in 2013 myself.
@sketchturner Actually, you've never been able to directly add a custom amount to your eShop balance, but when buying any game, you can choose to add "needed funds" and it will only charge the price of that content. No set increments.
I might pay five bucks for Flipnote but not for a minute worth of video. I can buy a 30-60 minute TV show for three bucks or less and I don't have to buy it again to watch it on another platform.
"The storyboards make me question Miyamoto's animation skills."
I've studied animation my whole life, and that's how storyboards are supposed to look. They are a bit rough, and some people are better at it than others, but they are just supposed to get the ideas down for the animators.
Walt Disney couldn't draw to save his life, people had to teach him how to draw Mickey Mouse after he got so popular. He was just an idea man. Same ideas apply here, though Miyamoto can draw better.
@Ananymoose They are free on other formats so the answer is yes. I personally thing it looks worse that they're charging for it when you can view them for free. They can make all the money they want off of whatever they want.
It just seems they're getting a little bit greedy over the last year and charging for thing they normally wouldn't have just a year ago and I'm not even talking about normal dlc.
At $5 I'll skip out. Seems like Nintendo is charging for everything these days. I'd rather save my money to buy a game, which I can enjoy for many hours.
Probably due to their lack of timemachines
$5 each for shorts, lol. They should have been $5 for the set. I'd rather buy the Pikmin 3 DLC and get more than a few moments of entertainment for my money.
I really am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Shigeru Miyamoto just wasted everyone's time pimping his animated shorts for $5 a pop. Has he not ever been on the internet? There are a myriad of Hollywood quality (or better) animated shorts out there… FOR FREE. Where was an update on his progress with Gamepad games? A tease of other projects in the pipeline? Nope. We get Pikmin videos. What a waste of time. I certainly won't be spending my money on them.
"$5 for these seems a little insane. Make that a lot insane. And $10 if you want to watch them on both of the consoles you paid Nintendo about $300 and $150 for?"
I love our discussions and all, but I'm going to butt heads with you on this one. Animation is incredibly costly in today's day and age. I would suspect that this 20 minutes of animation cost the company around 15 million dollars, especially since the production value seems so high, looking Pixar worthy. I'm just saying I can understand why they want to charge $5 for these to try and get that money back, though they'll never get it all back I'm sure. I could spend almost as much money on a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, so I will be getting these in place of my Latte because I absolutely love animation, and I'm happy to see them experimenting with this.
I do agree with you on the Demo however, it certainly doesn't hurt even though it came out over a year ago. Sales for it are around 800K I believe. Lower than the other two games, but we all know why that is.
This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Nintendo to promote the movies as Crossbuy. Is it really so that if you for example buy the movies on 3DS you would still need to buy those again on Wii U? What's the deal?
The demo is good idea, though it should've been released at the time when the game came out.
I have never tried a Pikmin game at all so I'm really excited to play the demo. Every time I had any interest in the series, I questioned if I would like it or not and then went with a different game. Now I will finally get to try it.
I'm not sure about the animation. Not that $5 is a lot. I'm questioning why Nintendo is not putting more effort in other aspects of their business. Although there's probably a good reason why that I'm not seeing. Who knows, maybe we're going to see a great quality Mario cartoon in the future and the Pikmin Shorts are just the guinea pig. Maybe I should support this but I keep thinking Miyamoto should be concentrating on the return of Star Fox.
Take it for what it's worth, but Pikmin 3 is one of my favorite games on the Wii U, it's absolutely incredible. I love the series because it's just so unique from anything I've ever played. I highly recommend it along with Pikmin 2 (Pikmin 1 is good too, but 2 and 3 are far better games, I think anyway).
I haven't been able to find a whole lot of information on these Pikmin shorts but I'm sure they farmed it out and had a lot of help from an animation company, but again, I can't say for sure as I didn't buy them yet to look at the credits. I don't believe the "core" Nintendo staff put too much time into these, other than Miyamoto obviously, but even so, this was just a little side project and I'm sure he wasn't spending a whole lot of time (at least on a daily basis) on these over the past 2-3 years.
I don't like you have to pay twice if you want it on both systems. I've got to try and decide between HD or 3D? Too tough of a call to make
@iphys It IS $5 for the whole set and some extras, I don't know what you're talking about
As much as the Pikmin 3 movies are cool, I don't see many people paying £4.49 each for them. Most people wouldn't even pay £5 for a full move on DVD these days. Not saying Nintendo doesn't have the right or any reason not to charge money for them, but they are all going to be up on the Internet for free on YouTube (or some other not-so-legal places) very quickly.
@MoonKnight7 - I completely understand these things cost money and your point of view, but my wallet says "no". There are so many things "free" in the wild that I've already mentioned here and else where - I really like those Nitneod Star Wars smash up movies that guy did - why not use these to launch a Video Channel on Wii U like the 3DS has? All those Wii U owners in the EU are still waiting for that Gamepad TVii button to do something. Anything. It would be nice to throw them a bone.
@MoonKnight7 TIL Disney couldn't draw. Huh
um youtube peeps are gonna upload this for free so
um youtube peeps are gonna upload this for free so
@Jahir I'm talking about: "the collection has to be bought separately for Wii U or 3DS, costing $4.99 each." Does that mean the collection of shorts has to be bought separately for $4.99 per short, or the HD and 3D collections need to be bought separately for $4.99 per collection?
"There are so many things "free" in the wild that I've already mentioned here and else where... why not use these to launch a Video Channel on Wii U like the 3DS has?"
Those videos on the 3DS channel (or a Wii U channel) are usually "TV quality." Not always, but usually, and I don't mean that as a slam either. I just think the Pikmin Shorts would be out of place there, as they are too professional to just be given away for free. At least right now anyway.
Yeah, don't let the Disney Co. fool you. They always paint Disney as this fantastic artist with wonderful ideas. The truth is only the second half is true, and was a bit of an a**hole along the way, but that's a discussion for another day. Mickey Mouse was Disney's idea, but he was actually fully fleshed out by a guy named Ub Iwerks, and I'm sure you've never heard of him.
Disney was a master at getting people to do things for him and he would usually get full credit for it. It's one of the reasons why in today's movies, the credits are so long, cause everyone gets recognized now. More than anything he just had an extremely talented team, and was just really good at managing them.
Sorry for the tangent, but this is an area I know a lot about, haha.
@MoonKnight7 - Fair enough. But back to 1 of my original points - peepld don't go to the movies and pay to see the 5 minute Pixar short or Scrat shorts - though my kids love Scrat - those shorts are usually just extras, sometimes as an added bonus on the DVD. I know Pixar probably has DVDs full of just shorts, but 3 7 minute shorts still seems like something that should be a bonus pre-order DLC type deal, not just a flat $5. Oh and Pikachu's Adventures are always fun before the Pokemon main movies, but I wouldn't pay for those either. I'm a miser I guess. Glad to hear they are good though, I'm sure I'll see them someday. If they are that good Nintneod should show 1 of them on National tv during the parade. Perfect audience I think.
@iphys I know it was a little misleading but each collection (either HD or 3D) costs just $5. It's a nice deal, trust me
Don't worry I understand your point too. If you're not an animation buff, then they're not going to appeal to you enough to buy them. I'm sure you'll see them soon enough though. You could probably find them on youtube unless Nintendo has stripped them away by now.
"Nintendo should show 1 of them on National tv during the parade."
That's a great idea actually.
It's hilarious to see how Miyamoto cannot accept the fact that nobody gives two damns about his Pikmin stuff, except for the fanboys, and he is now all-full making PPV cartoons and a demo, waiting that the masses* watch them, fall in love and the magic begins.
That's not going to happen "Shigy". Nobody but your fanboys likes Pikmin. Sorry but that's reality. Get over it. If you really, truly wanted more attention to it, why not making a 4th part with true online features (you know, that onliny thing that for some weird reason you feel aversion to it?) instead of promoting a game that bombed 2 years ago.
You called the common people* "pathetic" for asking you to entertain them (otherwise known as "YOUR DAMN JOB!") but it's actually more pathetic seeing you promoting a game that bombed and nobody that matters care. How dissapointing.
*=no, I'm not calling them "casuals". shut up.
@MoonKnight7 Oh I've heard of Iwerks. I wouldn't call myself an expert but I know a little about Disney's history.
Actually, for a niche series, Pikmin did pretty well. Its sold 4.81mil. total so far, not counting digital. Your the one who looks silly right now making something out of nothing, that last part of your post is pretty ironic.
As for calling people "pathetic" you took that out of context. He was referring people the kind of people who can't be bothered to find what they want for themselves, those who need marketing to tell them what to buy. In other words, think of the people who buy Beats simply because they're trendy. They won't bother looking at other well-known brands that lack that fancy marketing.
Such an aggressive tone over something that doesn't deserve the hate. If Pikmin wasn't profitable, Nintendo wouldn't have made 2 sequels and there's been rumblings of a 4th game in very early development, so your logic is flawed by the red in your eyes. It's true that Pikmin 3 will probably make less than it's predecessors but it far from "bombed", I would suggest you research what "bombed" actually means. Regardless, the Pikmin shorts are a fun idea, even if it ends up as a one-off event.
Your last paragraph is hilariously misplaced, just like @Zombie_Barioth said. Do your homework next time before your next rage spout.
Well I'm impressed! Most people do not know about him, so you have earned some brownie points.
The films have experienced slight interruptions while playing on the Wii U, suggesting the film may not even be a full download but some sort of linked stream.
Which is, in and of itself, garbage.
I don't mind paying for FULL content, but for this?
What a joke.
I can't even watch some 20 minute trailer without Nintendo's terrible hardware ruining the experience.
Honestly, this may be the last straw.
Trolls other 'gamers' because he lives in North America's toilet and acts like he's the king of excrement mountain.
Every. Single. Post.
Without the language skills, experience, foresight, insight or general intelligence to debate it, please crawl back to your cave.
Your stench is bringing tears to my eyes.
@SahashraLA I know he's being a moron but please don't call my country like that. It's a beautiful country that just happens to be managed by greedy people
I'm late, but that is simply not true.
For example, a PS One Classic costs €3 to 10 depending on how demanded a game is (most of them are around €5). That's not taking into account the frequent discounts you can get. For that price, you can play one game on the PSP, Vita and PS3.
Now if you want to get an NES game on the VC, it's going to cost you €5 per platform. So €10 for the Wii U and 3DS. As much as I like Super Mario Bros., I wouldn't say it's worth the same price as Symphony of the Night or Final Fantasy IX.
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