Pikmin 3 Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pikmin 3 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Shigeru Miyamoto Debuting Pikmin Film at Tokyo International Film Festival https://www.gameskinny.com/hkqfw/shigeru-miyamoto-debuting-pikmin-film-at-tokyo-international-film-festival https://www.gameskinny.com/hkqfw/shigeru-miyamoto-debuting-pikmin-film-at-tokyo-international-film-festival Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:32:42 -0400 Brian Crimmins

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has recently announed that they will be airing a film produced by noted Nintendo figure Shigeru Miyamoto.

Rather than the obvious Mario or Zelda candidates, Miyamoto instead chose Pikmin as his subject. The film is "Pikmin Short Movies," and it will consist of three different narratives presented side by side. The TIFF announcement lists them as:

“The Night Juicer,” in which Captain Olimar makes his favorite juice; “Treasures in a Bottle,” in which Pikmin meet a strange treasure; “Occupational Hazards,” a big adventure at a construction site.

According to TIFF, the film is part of a research project to "give more life to the game characters of 'Pikmin.'" It will premier in 3D on October 25th. Also of note is a post-screening talk TIFF will host with Miyamoto and Nobuo Kawakami, representing Studio Ghibli.

A festival of several firsts.

This move represents two firsts for TIFF. First, as Gamasutra points out, this will represent Miyamoto's first film credit.

Also, just as noteworthy, the second first: the first notable video game figure entering the film festival. Although TIFF has been hosted since 1985 and hosts films from a wide number of countries, no video game figures have entered a film into this festival prior to Miyamoto.

Given these trends, it's unlikely that more video game developers will submit films to TIFF in the future. This is likely more representative of Miyamoto's personal direction than anything else.

Miyamoto Explains: Pikmin 3 Didn't Work on 3DS https://www.gameskinny.com/lgn8y/miyamoto-explains-pikmin-3-didnt-work-on-3ds https://www.gameskinny.com/lgn8y/miyamoto-explains-pikmin-3-didnt-work-on-3ds Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:44:13 -0400 Raymond W

With the long-awaited Pikmin 3's release on Wii U imminent, many fans may have wondered why a 3DS release was not in order. The touchscreen-and-stylus style of gameplay seems like a natural place for the franchise to thrive, after all. In response to this notion, Shigeru Miyamoto explained to 4Gamer that the team had previously tried to create Pikmin on the 3DS and decided against it:

"The truth is we were doing prototype tests of Pikmin for the DS and 3DS but it turned into unit management with only the touch pen and no matter what it just didn't seem like Pikmin.

Miyamoto ultimately came to the decision that the game's controls were paramount, and the handheld touchscreen consoles were not doing it justice.

"We concluded that Pikmin is a game that revolves around action based on its controls and the strategy sits on top that. Although there are elements that are built on the strategy, there are other overall things that have to be well considered. This complete experience is an important element of Pikmin."

Fortunately, unlike the failed prototype, Miyamoto's expectations were met on the Wii U. According to the legendary game designer responsible for, among other things, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, the Wii U's GamePad fits Pikmin 3 well.

"[Pikmin 3] may seem difficult on first glance but once you try the controls, it's easy. Even if you find using the pointer difficult, there is a control method using the GamePad similar to the previous GameCube titles that we'd like people to utilize. To that end, we hope people are able to look at this as a carefree, easy action game."

Pikmin 3 is now available in Europe, Australia, and Japan, and will be released in North America on August 4.

Pikmin 3 Helps Boost Wii U Sales in Japan https://www.gameskinny.com/8hxm9/pikmin-3-helps-boost-wii-u-sales-in-japan https://www.gameskinny.com/8hxm9/pikmin-3-helps-boost-wii-u-sales-in-japan Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:05:06 -0400 Raven Hathcock

Remember when I said that the Wii U wasn't doing too well. Looks like it is making a turn for the better with the help of Pikmin 3!

This week’s Media Create software and hardware sales are in from Japan, and Pikmin 3 is helping the Wii U make a comeback. Pikmin 3 – released only a couple of days ago – has sold almost 93,000 copies, beating out games like the new 3DS title Yokai Watch by about 39,000 copies.

Since Pikmin 3 is doing so well we are seeing an incredible boost in Wii U sales. Wii U sales have doubled from last week, at 22,000. Since this is only pertains to Japan, hopefully we can see some improvements in Wii U sales in other countries as well.

Software and hardware rankings can be seen below.

  1. [Wii U] Pikmin 3 - 92,720
  2. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 53,654 
  3. [PS3] Earth Defense Force 2025 – 37,024 (191,713)
  4. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 26,065 (1,259,847)
  5. [Wii U] New Super Luigi U – 24,881 
  6. [PSV] Toukiden  – 20,853 (186,963)
  7. [PSP] Toukiden  – 19,262 (118,404)
  8. [PS3] Dead Island: Riptide  – 18,462 
  9. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection  – 17,599
  10. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 12,963 (206,322)
  1. 3DS LL – 29,594 (29,716)
  2. Wii U – 22,199 (8,251)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 15,662 (20,776)
  4. 3DS – 13,841 (14,506)
  5. PlayStation 3 – 12,698 (11,683)
  6. PSP – 5,830 (5,768)
  7. Wii – 1,434 (1,334)
  8. Xbox 360 – 393 (313)

Do you see this as a comeback for the Wii U? Do you think as more popular titles are revealed that the Wii U will become more popular in the next gen war? What are your thoughts?

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Nintendo Direct - It's all about the games https://www.gameskinny.com/3fjl6/nintendo-direct-its-all-about-the-games https://www.gameskinny.com/3fjl6/nintendo-direct-its-all-about-the-games Fri, 17 May 2013 11:18:51 -0400 Nicole Nymh

Today at 10am EST, the Nintendo Direct live stream reminded viewers that this year is not about the hardware, it's all about the games. Here are some key announcements/updates:


Nintendo announced a worldwide partnership with Sega, specifically focused on two titles-- Mario and Sonic Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi Russia for WiiU, and a brand new Sonic action adventure platformer titled Sonic the Lost World, launching exclusively on 3DS and WiiU. No release dates were announced for either title.

Also included in the Sega partnership, is the inclusion of tons of classic Sega GameGear titles being made available on the 3DS virtual console eShop, also with no release dates yet announced. Keep an eye back here for more updates soon!

Hanging in the Nintendo Treehouse - game updates!

Nintendo took a few minutes to remind us all of the great new and rebooted titles coming to the 3DS over the next month.

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is already available, but new features in user customization and level creation will now include a user rating system, helping players find the strongest new user-generated content.

Donkey Kong Country for 3DS launches on May 24th for both virtual console and retail locations. The game will include 8 new unlockable levels, all based on the original Donkey Kong's levels. DKC on the 3DS will also include new game mechanics unique to the version, enhancing and deepening the in game experience.

Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Ages and Oracles of Seasons will be available on virtual console on May 30th with individual price tags of $4.99USD. After the first three weeks following launch, the games will jump up to their standard price of $5.99. Nintendo explained that the sale price is to encourage users to purchase both titles and take advantage of completely different gameplay options available only when playing the two versions together. While they wouldn't go into detail, mentioning an entirely different final boss may be enough of a motivator for some fans of the Zelda franchise.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is set to launch in North America on June 9th, and Nintendo has created a series of webisodes where their employees discuss the game mechanics and features. The first and future webisodes can be viewed here, where there is also a countdown clock to the game's launch.

In the meantime, visit the streetpass miiplaza for a new Animal Crossing puzzle to keep your Animal Crossing withdrawal at bay

Game & Wario

A collection of mini games launching for WiiU in June, Game & Wario will hit shelves at $39.99 and include the following games. WiiU Island, a multiplayer slingshot game allowing players to throw their "Fronks" at an island using the gamepad touchscreen, and attempt to knock each other off of it. Kung Fu is a unique platform where players control Cricket as he is tested by his Kung Fu master. The game combines a top down view of the map with a third person perspective on the screen, players have to use both to allow Cricket to land safely, since for some reason he can't stop jumping.

Resident Evil Revelations

Launching May 21st for WiiU with updated graphics and gamepad controls, Capcom and Nintendo have partnered to bring WiiU specific gameplay options and modes to the title. Infernal difficulty mode will only be available for the WiiU, and Capcom has added in characters Hank and Rachel to the game's Raid mode. Gamepad integration allows players to interact with the map without disrupting their gameplay on the TV, or take the TV out of the equation and play the game completely within the gamepad. 

New Super Luigi U

Nintendo is really digging in on the "year of Luigi" and has brought this new title to life not only as DLC for the full New Super Mario Brothers U on June 20th for $19.99, but also as a standalone packaged retail game for $29.99 on August 25th. The full game has tons of new levels and gameplay options, but brings back multiplayer with blue and yellow toads, and old nemesis Nabbit. While Nabbit can't utilize any powerups in game, he can be helpful by plowing through enemies without receiving any damage.

Pikmin 3

The world of Pikmin is bringing new characters Alph, Brittany, and Charlie (the captain), on a search for food for their home planet, which is apparently without food. Gameplay allows the ability to switch between and utilize the three characters with the Pikmins in order to maximize gameplay during daylight hours, since apparently the area becomes too dangerous to explore at night. There are lots of way to interact with Pikmin 3 using the WiiU, while playing on the TV the gamepad becomes a "KopPad," giving players an interactive map and toolset. Alternately the full game can be played standalone on the gamepad, or players can use the wii remote/nunchuk with the gamepad acting as a monitor.

Partnership with Best Buy for E3 game demos!

A surprising and exciting partnership with Best Buy was announced, which will allow the public to visit a Best Buy during E3 and play demos of unreleased games. Wow. 

As a gamer and part-time Best Buy employee (full disclosure here folks), I'm really excited for that, the kept that announcement under wraps! That being said, be sure and check with your local store before you bank on them having the demos, since many stores do not have the ability to support special events like this. Plan ahead, and get hype.

The Wonderful 101 from Platinum games was announced, with literally no details, apparently those details will follow and Nintendo wanted us all to know that. Thanks Nintendo. 

Watch for more updates between now and E3, and apparently during E3 from the Nintendo Direct channel.

What are you most looking forward to this year from Nintendo? How do you feel about the Sega/Nintendo partnership??
New Pikmin 3 Trailer, But Only Sadness Lies Here https://www.gameskinny.com/zhlvq/new-pikmin-3-trailer-but-only-sadness-lies-here https://www.gameskinny.com/zhlvq/new-pikmin-3-trailer-but-only-sadness-lies-here Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:16:31 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Pikmin fans waited a long time to get a new entry to the series, and it's on its way. There's a new Pikmin 3 trailer up on YouTube that you may want to watch to put some more fuel in your hype train. Maybe.

The trailer was shown during a Nintendo Direct presentation on upcoming games. Now put that hype train in neutral, because we have a problem.

Pikmin 3, along with Animal Crossing: New Leaf, is going to be pushed back to Q2 of 2013 according to Nintendo Europe's president Satoru Shibata. Both delays are more than a little disappointing.

Consider checking out the Nintendo Direct presentation to see what's to come on the Wii U and 3DS. The first half of the video mostly covers games that have already been released, but the second half gets to some of the meaty bits we're getting later on.

Despite this being a European trailer and a presentation directed at a European audience, the release dates for Pikmin 3 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf are going to be very much the same or similar here in North America. Maybe it would be a better idea to put the hype train in park for a while.

Source: Siliconera
Source 2: Edge Online