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Pikmin 3  



Reviewed: 9.5/10: Superb
( Wii-U version reviewed )





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




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




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




2:30 PM on 08.08.2013

Those secret Pikmin 3 codes unlock ... videos?

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 officia...

Jordan Devore




8:00 AM on 08.04.2013

Very quick tips for Pikmin 3

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.

Chris Carter




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




12:00 PM on 07.31.2013

Review: Pikmin 3

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. ...

Jonathan Holmes




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




5:00 PM on 07.24.2013

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team debuts atop Japanese charts

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team sold nearly 100,000 copies in its opening week, according to data obtained by market research firm Media Create. The Nintendo 3DS role-playing game topped Japanese software charts, dethroning las...

Kyle MacGregor




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




11:30 PM on 07.12.2013

Play Pikmin 3 at GameStop July 20-21, get it a day early

How long has it been since the last time we've been able to control inch-high spacefarer Captain Olimar and his army of sentient plants? Almost ten years? It's almost surreal that the third game in the Pikmin series is final...

Darren Nakamura




2:30 PM on 07.11.2013

Pikmin 3 is so adorably gruesome

I don't know about you folks, but I don't think I could possibly be more excited for Pikmin 3 right now. Yesterday I had a chance to get a full hands-on with the game at the Nintendo of America offices for an hour-and-half pl...

Casey Baker




8:00 AM on 06.26.2013

Watch the entire Nintendo Direct Pikmin presentation here

This morning, Nintendo put on a special Japan-only Nintendo Direct specifically for Pikmin 3. It's basically a "Let's Play" for the game starring Miyamoto, as he leads someone through a demonstration of a typical level. For ...

Chris Carter




8:25 PM on 06.20.2013

Video: Check out Pikmin 3's bingo battle mode

A Nintendo representative walks us through the two-player versus mode "Bingo Battle" in Pikmin 3, where you must command your troops to mine resources to match pieces on a bingo board. Resources are limited, so you can block...

Niero Gonzalez




8:00 PM on 06.14.2013

Miyamoto explains Pikmin 3's Bingo Battle mode

After some confusion about whether or not Pikmin 3 was going to be a Wii U launch title, it feels like we've been waiting forever to play the game. But finally, we're down to the last few months, and Shigeru Miyamoto is here...

Chris Carter




11:16 AM on 06.12.2013

Miyamoto talks about attacking eyeballs in Pikmin 3

Nintendo continues to show that they don't give a rat's ass about following trends, and I think it's fantastic. While Capcom is working to make the next Dead Rising appeal to the Call of Duty fanbase and Namco Bandai wants t...

Jonathan Holmes




12:49 PM on 06.11.2013

Pikmin 3 is content complete

There is yet another E3 Nintendo event going behind closed doors as we speak, with more exclusive news that wasn't mentioned in Nintendo's all too brief E3 Direct. Straight from the twitter of our own Hamza Aziz comes the new...

Jonathan Holmes




9:46 AM on 05.17.2013

Pikmin 3 to feature Alph, Brittany, and Captain Charlie

Nintendo let loose a ton of new info on Pikmin 3 today, like the fact that the new cast consists of characters named Alph, Brittany, and Captain Charlie. These adorable creatures have crash landed on a planet while in search ...

Chris Carter




12:30 PM on 05.03.2013

Rumor: Nintendo delaying Wii U titles due to summer patch

A source told CVG that Wii U releases are slim this spring due to an initiative at Nintendo to stop most first-party releases until the summer patch is out, which will further improve the system. This follows April's patch wh...

Allistair Pinsof




10:22 AM on 04.17.2013

Nintendo Direct: Pikmin 3 set to release in August

Pikmin 3. August 4. Wii U, both retail and eShop. Seems like so far away, right? Wasn't it pretty much finished? Wasn't it close to being a launch window title? Why push it back so far? Makes me worry about other games in a s...

Tony Ponce




8:00 PM on 01.23.2013

Lookin' good there, Pikmin 3!

During this morning's Nintendo Direct, Iwata explained how Pikmin 3 would feature an in-game camera that allowed you to take photos from the Pikmins' point of view and share them on Miiverse. Meanwhile, some sample photos wer...

Tony Ponce




8:00 AM on 01.02.2013

Miyamoto going back to basics for Pikmin 3

In a rather interesting interview, legendary game producer Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that Pikmin 3 will be more in-line with the "stressful" nature of the first game than the relaxing second. Miyamoto states that he didn't ...

Chris Carter




7:30 PM on 12.05.2012

Pikmin 3 is looking better than ever in this new footage

Despite being a sometimes unreasonably passionate supporter of the Pikmin series, Pikmin 3 hasn't really wowed me just yet. Perhaps that's because my expectations are so high -- I'm looking for something larger in scope here...

Jordan Devore




3:45 PM on 10.17.2012

Nintendo: Pikmin 3 is scheduled for a spring 2013 release

The new Iwata Asks column covers the Wii U GamePad in great detail from the perspective of the people who worked on it, but that isn't all that's mentioned. Showing that we ought to read all of those notes, one of them (via N...

Jordan Devore




10:15 AM on 06.12.2012

No online multiplayer in Pikmin 3

Those looking forward to herding dead-eyed plant monsters with friends around the world are in for a disappointment. Nintendo has no intention of exploiting the Wii U's increased online focus with Pikmin 3, as the game shall ...

Jim Sterling




5:20 PM on 06.06.2012

E3: Hands-on with Pikmin 3

This is it. The moment I have been anticipating for years. I am a giant fan of the Pikmin series. GIANT! And every year for the last few years, I have hoped and prayed Pikmin 3 would be official and announced at that year's E...

Chad Concelmo




12:00 PM on 06.06.2012

E3: Time is the enemy in this two-part Pikmin 3 demo

If you weren't already aware of Holmes' unbridled love for Pikmin, you're in for a wake-up call as he gets his hands on Pikmin 3 for Wii U. He simply can't contain his joy, and I don't blame him -- this game looks absolutely...

Jordan Devore




3:54 PM on 06.05.2012

E3: Pikmin 3 trailer and screenshots are SO GOOD

That music. Those adorable sound effects. Motherf***ing Rock Pikmin! Oh my goodness, Pikmin 3 is a real thing and, one day, I'll get to play it. Many of you probably know Chad as our resident series fanboy, but I'm right the...

Jordan Devore




11:11 AM on 06.05.2012

E3: PIKMIN 3 ANNOUNCED FOR WII U ARRRRRGH!

It happened, it finally happened. Nintendo opened its conference by announcing Pikmin 3 for Wii U.  The game looks damn good, and Nintendo is not shy about boasting how much detail, and how easy it is to follow the grass...

Jim Sterling




4:30 PM on 01.06.2012

Miyamoto is heading up an 'undisclosed original title'

Nintendo EAD manager Shigeru Miyamoto has a few projects in the pipeline, one of which has yet to be revealed. In an interview with the Associated Press, the designer reiterates that Pikmin 3 and Luigi's Mansion 2 are still c...

Jordan Devore








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