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Pikmin 3 Release Date: August 4th, 2013
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April 18, 2013, 13:36:04
Pikmin 3 yesterday received quite a spotlight in the "3DS Nintendo Direct". Good for us though because that means we got a full reveal on the new kind of Pikmin hinted at previously. What came later though is of most excitement to fans... Finally a release date. Fans wont need to wait till E3 to find out when they can play this game.

What Nintendo initially said was "a few months away", is specifically August 4th, 2013 in North America. In Japan it's a few days later. No word yet on the EU or AUS releases.

Nintendo PR said:
Pikmin 3: In addition to new Rock Pikmin, the new game also introduces flying Winged Pikmin that follow the player and can carry items in the air. The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Aug. 4.

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Posted: 04/18/13, 13:36:04  - Edited by 
 on: 04/18/13, 13:58:59    
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Oh yeah! I forgot about W101, I cannot WAIT for that. Looks amazing and exactly the style and type of game I buy Nintendo consoles for because they just don't make stuff like that for major retail release on Xbox and PS.

Posted by 
 on: 04/19/13, 17:26:42
I think W101 might have also been launch window at some point.

Posted by 
 on: 04/19/13, 21:49:10
This may be my next Wii U retail game. Which is probably the longest gap in between launch purchases and post-launch purchases for me ever. Then again, I have bought a ton of eShop games.

Or wait, when is Wonderful 101 coming?!

Posted by 
 on: 04/19/13, 22:29:39  - Edited by 
 on: 04/19/13, 22:29:53
So long away.

Posted by 
 on: 04/21/13, 01:07:17
Do we know if Pikmin 3 will be closer to the first or second game?

The timer, and lack of it in the second game, gave the two games a very distinct feel from one another.

Posted by 
 on: 04/21/13, 06:00:34  - Edited by 
 on: 04/21/13, 06:01:03
We don't even know.

I think Miyamoto said it would be more like the first game, but didn't go into specifics. Whether or not there's a timer is anybody's guess at this point, I think. Has anyone heard any more?

Posted by 
 on: 04/21/13, 10:10:31
I have a feeling the main story will be timed and once you "beat the game," you're free to explore more at your own pace to find the rest of the treasures. At least I hope.

Posted by 
 on: 04/21/13, 22:00:12
By the way, if you're starving for some Pikmin and already have a Wii U. The Nintendo Land attraction based on Pikmin is surprisingly good. If anything it got me even more excited for #3.


Based on that link it sounds like the timer is back. I don't know how else they can bring back the stress element Miyamoto is striving for in this new installment without bringing that timer back, and it also goes along with him saying it'll be closer to the first game than the second.

That being said. I agree with @Marsh and hope that the exploration element from the second game isn't removed.

Posted by 
 on: 04/22/13, 02:36:13
I hope we can play the entire campaign in two-player co-op with one person using the gamepad and one using the TV with the wiimote/nunchuck.

Posted by 
 on: 04/22/13, 18:14:36  - Edited by 
 on: 04/22/13, 18:14:51

That would be so unbelievably fabulous.

Posted by 
 on: 04/22/13, 18:17:11
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