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E3 2012 | Pikmin 3 Is Well Worth The Wait

E3 2012 | Pikmin 3 Is Well Worth The Wait

by Jake ValentineJune 8, 2012

Has it really been eight years since Pikmin 2? Strange, because it feels longer; we went an entire console generation with no Pikmin 3, but Nintendo is ready to change that.

Set to debut as a launch title, Pikmin 3 won’t have players be re-acquainted with Captain Olimar. For unknown reasons, he’s currently missing in action, so instead we’ll be controlling four characters at once. Yes. Four.

Sadly, we didn’t get any hands on time controlling four people at once. Instead, we were given two different modes to try: Time Attack and Boss Battle. To allow us to get reacquainted with Pikmin, we started out with the Time Attack. Its premise is simple: you have seven minutes to get as much gold as possible. Gold is acquired by bringing back various objects back to your camp, such as dead bodies or fruit you find in the world. As you can tell, the essence of gameplay hasn’t been changed. If anything, it’s arguably enhanced by the ability to control using the Wii-mote, though it took some getting used to. Within seconds, though, I was comfortably aiming the controller to gather pikmin and throw them at my targets. I felt quite comfortable being back in the Pikmin world.

One of the new additions to the series that was playable was the rock pikmin, stronger allies who are able to demolish obstacles that stand in my way. They seem to be a reworked version of purple pikmin (no word on if purple or white will be making a return), useful when attempting to remove armored obstacles or enemies.

After the Time Attack, I began the boss battle mode, where I was told that the Wii U’s pad would come in handy. While they weren’t allowing us to get any hands on time with the pad, we did get to take advantage of one of it’s features: a constant area map. The boss we encountered had a couple tricks up his sleeve: armored plating, meaning we had to throw a constant barrage of rock pikmin to break it, as well as the ability to climb the area’s walls to safety occasionally, moving at breakneck speed. Thanks to the game pad’s map, we were able to be aware of our surroundings without having a cluttered HUD.

It was nice to get reacquainted with the Pikmin franchise and we’re eager to see how controlling for people simultaneously works. The title is scheduled to launch alongside the Wii U later this year, but were’ still not sure when that is, so we’ll be trying to wait patiently until then.

About The Author
Jake Valentine
Jake Valentine
Born in Boston, residing in Cincinnati, and playing far too much Magic: the Gathering.
  • greenstameow

    Great news!

  • victor

    Actually, if you read the official Nintendo E3 website, it states all five pikmin are back, alongside the new rock pikmin. Something noteworthy to add onto this was a shot of a flying pink pikmin with what appeared to have large eyes, similar to a white pikmin’s, behind the Pikmin 3 logo during the trailer.

    • Jake Valentine


      The reps on the show floor and during my booth tour said the opposite.

  • Lorrie Lauro

    i just wanna play a simple boss battle online cause i cant play kingdom hearts 2 :( so i love fighting bosses on kingdom hearts 2 so got any sites or suggestions? :( you will be helping out a bored 14 year old child

  • Ryan Dunn

    is there a such thing or is there going to be

    the dots are for me to have 10 letters

  • Myles

    Nintendo brought back the first Pikmin game for the wii.
    I thought that since they brought back the first Pikmin for the wii, why wont they make a Pikmin three for the wii?

    I looked on the internet, and I found nothing.

  • Roar me R

    I have tried this over and over and over and over, and I get to the part of the boss battle with Bellum where you have to draw an hourglass to stop time and i can’t get it to work! Its driving me nuts! I just need some pointers on how to get the game to recognize the drawing.

  • Mark

    When I try to deal with the Joker henchmen first, Mr. Hammer always gets me. And when I try to deal with Mr. Hammer first the henchmen get me. I’ve got tips like to use the REC and Freeze Grenade on Mr. Hammer but when I try to, the henchmen get to me. I’ve also got tips on upgrading to the combat armor but I already upgraded to the rifle armor. Does any1 hav any tips for me?

  • Con Orpe

    I hope so!

  • Mr SoLo DoLo

    I’ve been with nintendo all my life and currently own a wii. People say the xbox 360 controller is easy to use but I want to know how hard it’ll be for a nintendo fan like me to transition to using the xbox360 controller. I tried the ps3 controller and it was exremely difficult for me to use. Will it be like that for the xbox 360 controller?

  • norrin_shadowwolf

    Ok so there is going to be a Nintendo event soon at gamestop and I’m getting a pichu for the pichu event, but the issue I have is my little brother is getting soul silver and I’m getting heart gold and I was wondering could you use that pichu for muiltiple events. Ex. The shiny pichu is sent to heart gold I get my pichu, I then send it to my little brother he get’s the event as well.
    Does it work that way or is it 1 event and it stops?

  • evil chevy

    I’ve wondered what the differences between nintendo DS and nintendo DS lite was. Aren’t they the same? Is the lite one made with glass instead of plastic? List as many differences as you can! Best ones get 10 points!

  • John G

    I have a laptop (running on vista) with built in wi-fi. It is connected to the internet using a wire. I don’t have a router, but i can share my internet connection with another wi-fi laptop.
    Can I connect my nintendo ds lite, with pokemon platinum, to the internet, by sharing my internet connection, and how?

  • skillz

    Like is there going to be new pokemon games for the nintendo dsi or will it be for a different console made by nintendo? Because I want to consider buying a nintendo dsi just because of the pokemon game.

  • airdogspace2

    Do you play nintendo or video games? If so who’s your fav. character on nintendo, I like Yoshi, I know he’s not the best but he’s cool!

  • jag43216

    so I finally beat the pikmin 2 game and i wanted to kno if there is going to be a new 1 and when

  • colingrillo

    I sold my nintendo 64 gaming system, 2 controllers and 11 games on ebay. I was wondering what is the best way to package all of this and how much shipping will cost about?

  • slipknot0129

    i always wondered. whats the difference?? they’re pretty much the same thing right? i dont get why they have to make nintendo dsi games.

  • Spider Pc

    I’m selling a nintendo gamecube and nintendo 64, how much should i expect to get for them?

  • Jerosh Nagulachandran

    I have a nintendo wifi connector and its downloaded onto the computer. Can I use it to connect to the internet with my psp. Does that count as a wireless router?

  • homerliveshere

    What is the difference between a nintendo ds and a nintendo dsi?

  • norrin_shadowwolf

    im so sick of nintendo misordering their priorities. ive been w8ting for pikmin 3 to come out since 2004 and since then like 5 mario parties and 50 super marios hve been released just wtf!!? pikmin was like my first game i ever played on gamecube way back in 2002 when i thought runescape was cool ( i just started playing that game again so i feel like such a loser.) it was my first taste of RTS and logical thinking i just dont understand why they havent kept milking it like they keep doing with mario and princess peach. its not like there is a huge market out there for 1inch high coloured blobs running around on a screen to compete with so what is the big problem>>>>>? can someone answer this plz im sick of this shit=/

  • Ryan Z

    It’s at Beast’s castle. I am trying to beat him for 100 times already. PLEASE HELP!

  • Mak Sultan

    How do you play nintendo DS games that you downloaded off the computer onto your Nintendo DS? What things do you need to buy for it and how exactly do you do it?
    It will still be able to save and the touch screen works too right?