Official Nintendo Magazine got a chance to sit down and speak with Miyamoto at E3 about the upcoming Pikmin 3. Miyamoto spoke about broadening the appeal of the series with Pikmin 3:
"Pikmin 1 as you recall was around a 30 day time limit and it was designed to be a game that you played within that 30 days and discovered the story, and what we were hoping was that players would use that limit and set their own objectives. So maybe I want to beat it within 30 days or beat it within 20 days or beat it without having a single Pikmin die."
"But what we found is that people would play though it once and not return. With Pikmin 2, what it became was an easier to play Pikmin game, and with Pikmin 3 we wanted to try and broaden the appeal of the gameplay."
"So if you're someone who likes to go after high scores there's something for you there, or if you want to explore the world and play through the story you can do that, or for people who want to use the multiplayer there's something for you there, too. And so Pikmin 3 has really become sort of a version of Pikmin that, regardless of what your personal play style preferences, you'll be able to find something in there for you."
Also interesting is that Pikmin was not only in the works for the 3DS, but the... GBA? Check it out:
"We did actually create versions of Pikmin on 3DS and Game Boy Advance, but they were versions that I wasn't really happy with until we came to this version on the Wii U and I finally felt like I was able to create the Pikmin game that I wanted to create."
It would have been interesting to see what they came up with for the 3DS (and doubly interesting to see what was happening with the GBA version), but I think the Wii U is probably the best choice for the franchise.
Pikmin 3 will be releasing on August 4, 2013 in North America, July 26, 2013 in Europe, and July 13, 2013 in Japan.
Yeah, it probably didn't take long into experimentation to realize that Pikmin on GBA was crap... a 3DS version had some promise, but I think it was a better idea to just focus on Wii U entirely, considering it can functionally do everything the 3DS can and more.
I must be weird, because I've played the first Pikmin at least 5 times. I love how short it is. I've tried replaying Pikmin 2 a few times, and I always grow bored because of the caves. Are there caves in Pikmin 3?