Pikmin 3 is the feverishly anticipated real-time strategy game for Nintendo’s innovative, brand spanking new home console, the Wii U. This game is the third instalment in the Pikmin franchise, and is the direct sequel to Pikmin 2, which was released in 2004 on Nintendo’s Game Cube. As with the previous Pikmin games, you will be in charge of a personal army of up to 100 Pikmin, each with their own special abilities that will enable them to perform various tasks.
The game has been overhauled to match up to the Wii U’s graphics and capabilities, re-introducing you with four new main characters to the beautiful world filled with Pikmin, treasure, as well as various strange creatures and enemies; a world you must help the Pikmin to navigate and survive. As their leader, you can command them to build bridges, carry building materials, pick up fruit to carry back to the little spaceships, and defeat enemies. New Pikmin species have been introduced in this game, including the pink flying Pikmin, and the Rock Pikmin. The Rock Pikmin can throw themselves at walls, barriers and objects to break or smash them, and come in handy if an enemy has a shell, as they can destroy the armour so the other Pikmin can take them down.
Pikmin 3 is much more action-oriented than its predecessors in the franchise, and also has a greater amount of variety when it comes to strategy. This is helped with the versatility of how you wish to play the game, as you can play with the Wii Motion Plus and Nunchuck combo, where shaking the Wii remote throws your Pikmin, and shaking the Nunchuck makes your Pikmin charge. You can use the Wii U’s Game Pad also, as it acts as an overhead map and radar, allowing you to track your Pikmin’s actions in real time. Controlling multiple groups of Pikmin at once is also easier thanks to the Game Pad, making gameplay more fluid, as players can slide a finger across the touch screen to instantly switch between areas of the map. The amount of versatility offered when it comes to your personal playstyle with this game is improved with how intuitive the controls are, as now you can aim at objects directly, and can command your Pikmin armies in various different ways, depending on your strategy’s current requirements. The Game Pad also offers a replay feature when a player completes a stage, where it shows the entire map at once with the ability to fast forward, pause and rewind, so the player can rewatch the decisions and actions they made throughout the day and re-evaluate their strategy based upon that.
Delve into the fun and beautiful world of the Pikmin once more, greatly and vastly improved thanks to the Wii U’s greater processing and HD capabilities and Game Pad. This highly updated game can now offer more options when it comes to game play, and allows you to completely personalise your own playstyle and strategies. (Cat Emerson)
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This was a gift for my son. He has wanted this game for a long time. It is an engaging, fun game and definitely worth getting. It is easy to play, but nevertheless compulsive and clever.
Pikmin 3 (Wii U) is a good game.
I was a little hesitant whether I should pick this Pikmin 3 game up. Glad I did. This is an action packed gem, with beautiful graphics, excellent gameplay, simple but well thought story and most of all, lovable Pikmins. You will adore these little creatures as they will help you to survive the crash landing on a strangely familiar planet. A must have for any wii u owner or a very good reason to buy one. You simply need to experience this game!
Pikmin 3 is an excellent game, absolutely a must have for all Wii U owners. You will not be dissapointed by value for money regarding Pikmin 3.
Pikmin 3 is the kind of game that Wii U need. Beautiful graphics, addictive, good story,... The must have of this summer, 100% Miyamoyo
Pikmin 3 is a great game, awesome graphics and a really nice vibe to it.. It's a must for every Wii U possessor out there.
Pikmin 3 is a truly wonderful game. It is what the Wii U was made for. Stunning graphics, excellent gameplay and fit for all from the hardcore gamer to those with just a casual interest.
Pikmin 3 is really awesome, great graphics, great control, great game! The best one on wii u at this time!
What a wonderful title! This is exactly what a game should be like, purely fantastic game play from start to finish. The pacing is perfect, from cute and calm to really intense. An intelligent game for almost all ages, it might be a bit harder for children.
Finally an outstanding game on the Wii U. HD graphics makes the Pikmin and the environment look great. The Wii U pad is a perfect edition allowing you to roam the planet in a god like sim mode while controlling the Pikmin on the ground with the Wii remotes and nunchuk. New Pikmin accompany the game and they make a great difference. It's very satisfying hurling a stone Pikmin at a wall or creature and watching them bounce of and rumble along the ground. I have been playing this game with my girlfriend and it is one of the titles we can easily play together. Slow learning curve and lots or re-playability. A must buy for any Wii U owner.
Pikmin 3 is a must own game on the Wii-U. It is fun addictive and also a challenge. After spending 7 years playing shooting games on other consoles I have found the Wii-U to be a nice change from the other consoles and games like Pikmin 3 is what gaming is all about. The Story mode is great and adds fun back in gaming again. This is a must own game for any one who owns or is looking to own a Wii-U.
Pikmin 3 (Wii U) is a superb game the best on Wii-U so far and I received it 2 days earlier than release date from Zavvi.