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9:00 AM on 11.26.2013

Pikmin director developing new IP for Nintendo

Masamichi Abe, the director on Pikmin and Pikmin 2, is developing a new intellectual property for Nintendo, according to Namco Bandai's Katsuhiro Harada. Abe is presently working at the company's headquarters in Kyoto, Harada...

Kyle MacGregor


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7:15 PM on 11.13.2013

Pikmin 3 gets Olimar, Louie and Christmas Tree DLC

Pikmin 3 might not have done much for Wii U sales, but Nintendo doesn't seem to care. They love Pikmin, even if you don't. That's why they keep rolling out the Pikmin 3 content. This morning during their 3DS-focused Nin...

Jonathan Holmes

4:45 PM on 11.06.2013

Second set of DLC is out today for Pikmin 3

It's not the Olimar-centric story missions of my dreams, but Nintendo putting out downloadable content for Pikmin 3 is still something I can support. The game's latest DLC pack -- more "Battle Enemies!" missions -- is out as ...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 11.01.2013

Zelda, Pikmin, and Frederator cartoons coming to 3DS

Nintendo's dabbled in 3DS-exclusive animation before with the short-run Kid Icarus: Uprising series, and it looks like that dabbling is about to reach new heights. They're rolling out five new Nintendo Video series, starting ...

Jonathan Holmes

9:20 AM on 10.01.2013

Pikmin 3 to receive DLC in the form of mission packs

During today's Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata announced that DLC is coming to Pikmin 3 in the form of mission packs. Starting today, you can download the first pack (Collect Treasure), which comes with four missions for $1.99....

Chris Carter

7:00 PM on 09.04.2013

PAX highlight: Olimeat and Porkmin

I'm slowly recovering from a wild and crazy PAX weekend. I've been to PAX East twice in the past, but this was my first time attending Prime. It was beyond a doubt the most emotionally polarizing con I have ever attended, fil...

Tony Ponce

1:30 PM on 08.19.2013

Pikmin 3 takes place 250 million years in Earth's future

Fun trivia for the day! There are plenty of clues in the Pikmin series to suggest that the Pikmin's planet is in fact Earth at a point when humans are no longer around. The most clear-cut evidence to support this theory is du...

Tony Ponce



Those secret Pikmin 3 codes unlock ... videos? photo
Those secret Pikmin 3 codes unlock ... videos?
by Jordan Devore

When we reported on Pikmin 3's mysterious code, earned by collecting all ten of the Secret Memos hidden throughout the world, commenter NovaKnight21 made a prediction: "It's a series of numbers that, once you buy the official Nintendo decoder ring, tells you to 'Drink More Ovaltine.'" Funny enough, that's not too far off.

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto shared a link to a site that allows you to enter the code you got for a special video -- there are a handful of different ones -- but it's only viewable using the Wii U's Internet browser. GameXplain has compiled (all?) five of the videos, which explain what went on with Captain Olimar and Louie before you crash landed.

It's not terribly exciting stuff, but, there's speculation that this might lead up to prequel DLC featuring our two favorite treasure hunters and possibly remixed levels of the core game. That's almost certainly wishful thinking, even if there are some questions left unanswered at the end of Pikmin 3 that could tie in nicely. How freakin' great would that be, though?

Pikmin 3 Secret Code Revealed [NeoGAF]

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Very quick tips for Pikmin 3 photo
Very quick tips for Pikmin 3
by Chris Carter

Miyamoto may have created Pikmin to be a "carefree experience," but that doesn't mean it lacks depth. With the addition of a particularly creative set of local multiplayer modes, Pikmin 3 has a ton of gameplay related nuances that may be lost to the void if you aren't careful.

Here are some tips to help you acclimate yourself to the wonderful, cute world of Pikmin.

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2:00 AM on 08.04.2013

Nintendo bred a new flower to market Pikmin on GameCube!?

The common refrain these days is that Nintendo doesn't know how to market the Wii U. But I know the creativity is still there, waiting to be tapped. Case in point... The latest episode of Did You Know Gaming? arrives just in...

Tony Ponce

11:30 AM on 08.01.2013

There's a code hidden in Pikmin 3, according to Miyamoto

Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto has taken to the Miiverse to tease a code in Pikmin 3 that can be found by collecting Secret Memos scattered throughout the game: "Did you know that once you've collected ten of these Secret...

Jordan Devore







Review: Pikmin 3 photo
Review: Pikmin 3
by Jonathan Holmes

When Nintendo saw what "realistic polygon-powered graphics" were possible on the GameCube/Xbox/PS2, their first instinct wasn't to make a game about human beings doing crimes, saving the world, or even talking to each other. It does not seem that Hollywood-style activities are in Nintendo's DNA.

Instead, they came out swinging with a game about harvesting little carrot people born to die selflessly in battle against giant cute/ugly wildlife in a lush, bustling wilderness. On the surface, there isn't much here that resembles the "realistic life experiences."

Scratch that surface and you'll see that underlying concepts of Pikmin are all too "real." Balancing concern for others vs. self-centered greed, experiencing the frailty that comes from accepting the inevitable passage of time, and facing the anxiety that comes from voyaging out on your own are the core components that make this series tick. Basically, it's adult life in videogame form -- specifically the life of a boss.

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New releases: Force adorable Pikmin to kill, you monster photo
New releases: Force adorable Pikmin to kill, you monster
by Fraser Brown

We're bidding farewell to an extremely hot July with a bang: Pikmin 3 is here, or it will be come Sunday. Of course, if you have the good fortune to be living in the UK or other, less important parts of Europe, then this is old news and you're probably already enslaving plant-folk and slaying beasties. 

As if a good game on the Wii U wasn't cause enough for celebration, Rise of the Triad is also dropping this week. I'm in the process of downloading it now, and as soon as I'm done informing you lovely people about this week's offerings, I'll be running around like a headless chicken, blowing shit up.

What's making you quiver with anticipation this week?

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8:00 AM on 07.25.2013

Nintendo PR actively promoting playable female characters

Nintendo is generally thought to exist in its own fancy little bubble, protected from the outside world and faintly out of touch with the rest of us. However, Nintendo of America's marketing department may be a bit more savvy...

Jim Sterling

7:00 AM on 07.22.2013

Nintendo Download Europe: Pikmin 3!

After years of waiting for a sequel, Pikmin 3 is almost here for you Europeans -- specifically, on July 26th in both physical and digital form. Remember, if you're buying it in the EU eShop you'll earn a 30% discount on the d...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 07.17.2013

Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U spur Wii U sales in Japan

The sun came up this morning, birds chirped, the tides continued their eternal ebb and flow, and a Nintendo product topped Japanese software charts. Some things never change. Pikmin 3 launched last week in Japan, reigning sup...

Kyle MacGregor