Wednesday, 6 June 2012

E3 2012: Pikmin 3 (3DS)

Originally posted on Vooks - 6 June 2012 | Written by:

Ah, easy to love, such a pain in the arse to play :)

I've actually only played the original Pikmin (the Wii enhanced version), but I own 1 & 2 and fully intend to getting around to playing and finishing both sometime. But I have to say, I find the game infuriating, but all the more enjoyable for it.

As a "flagship" title for the big Wii U launch, I don't think this is really up to the task. I'd be keen to get it, and failing any other killer, must have launch titles being announced between now and that fateful day, I'll probably be picking this up and giving it a good ole bash; but it's just not really a big enough game to have as the Wii U launch title.

As before, I've included the thoughts of the good folk from after the jump ('tis my favourite Australian based Nintendo site after all), as well as the E3 trailer (really does look stunning), some pics and the Nintendo blurb.
After years of waiting Nintendo and more specifically Shigeru Miyamoto has finally taken the wraps off Pikmin 3. It’s coming to the Wii U, possibly for launch. The game was demoed live on stage with Miyamoto and Bill Trinen running through some of the new features the game has while also elaborating on the new characters and Pikmin types as well.

The game is fully playable with the Wii U Gamepad, of course, but Nintendo also showed off playing the game with the classic Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk combination. Naturally you don’t want to hear about that, you already know how to play Pikmin classically. So what’s new on the Gamepad? You’ll be able to keep track of all your Pikmin with an overhead map on the touch screen and move to where they are quickly and simply. You’ll be able to review mission data on the Gamepad as well so you can improve your times on repeat playthroughs.

Most importantly there is a new type of Pikmin in the house, the Rock Pikmin. They’re able to crack hard outer shells of enemies and break through barriers.

This of course is all in stunning HD with the game looking amazing. Check out the E3 Trailer below, and screenshots after.

Images and screenshots:

Looks like a tough nut to crack :)
The adorably cute new Rock Pikmin
Loving the gorgeous looking environments

The Official Nintendo spiel:

The Return of an Army

Pikmin 3 is a fully reimagined, mass-action strategy title from the critically acclaimed Pikmin series. Players will discover a beautiful world filled with strange creatures and take command of a swarm of ant-like Pikmin trying to survive. The world is densely packed with treasures and enemies, which makes the game much more action focused and fills it with layers of potential strategies and paths, adding greater replayability to challenge modes.


Players can play using Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk-based controls or the Wii U GamePad controller. With new intuitive controls that make it possible to aim at objects directly, players can command their tiny, yet powerful, squads in different ways.
The GamePad acts as an overhead map and radar to track Pikmin movements in real time. Players can slide a finger across the touch screen to quickly switch between areas, giving greater flexibility in commanding multiple groups of Pikmin.

The greater processing and HD capabilities of the Wii U console are put to extensive use, resulting in a more intricately designed world, enhanced ant-like movement of the Pikmin and precisely detailed overhead views for enabling easier strategic use of the Pikmin.

After completing a stage, the replay feature allows players the option to review their results using the GamePad and TV. Fast-forward, rewind or pause while assessing the previous mission to decide on other paths.

In addition to the five original types of Pikmin encountered in previous games, the new Rock Pikmin bring powerful new abilities and are able to crack hard outer shells of enemies and break through solid barriers.

Mission Mode challenges players to earn the most treasure in a given time.