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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

3:00 PM on 07.03.2013

Select Wii U eShop games to launch at a discount in Japan

No matter how much the press and fans clamor for a reduced digital pricing scheme, publishers ignore it as much as possible. Although PlayStation Plus helps alleviate the burn a bit with $5 discounts here and there, the indus...

Chris Carter

3:00 AM on 06.27.2013

Did Peach just orgasm?

Oh my God... what is happening in those first 10 seconds!? Nintendo suddenly realized that it forgot to advertise the Wii U and has scrambled to put together a set of TV commercials. But the one for New Super Luigi U is just...

Tony Ponce

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

3:31 PM on 06.11.2013

Ogle some Nintendo's finest E3 titles, and cat people!

Nintendo sure has been sharing a lot on the great titles they have on the table for this year! From the return of Super Smash Bros. to the nostalgic feeling The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Nintendo is really hitti...

Jason Cabral

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



Rumor: Nintendo delaying Wii U titles due to summer patch photo
Rumor: Nintendo delaying Wii U titles due to summer patch
by Allistair Pinsof

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 which sped up load times by 15 seconds, in some instances.

Once the patch is out, Mario Wii U (not official title) will come out by October. Mario Kart and Super Smash. entries for the Wii U, all of which are to be shown at E3 next month, may follow. One source told CVG that Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 and Wii Fit U were all delayed for the patch, ostensibly so the games received less criticism for load times. Another source, however, denied Nintendo intentionally delaying game releases.

"From July onwards we will launch a succession of Wii U titles and we will promote these extensively until the end of the year," Shelly Pearce, the PR director at Nintendo UK, told CVG.

This is all just speculation from sources that come from unknown places, but the noticable lack of Wii U releases since launch can be explained by this strategy. After all, why risk mediocre reviews tied to long load times when a patch that will fix them (along with other issues) is just around the corner?

If the rumors are true, we'll have a smooth console experience with all the Nintendo staples this fall. The year that came before will soon be forgotten.

Nintendo plots Wii U resurgence with 3D Mario by October [CVG]

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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

3:30 PM on 03.11.2013

Nintendo is working on Pikmin animated shorts

In an effort to "give more life to the Pikmin characters," Nintendo has plans for original animated shorts that are being created alongside an external animation studio and overseen by designer Shigeru Miyamoto, reports Polyg...

Jordan Devore



Shigeru Miyamoto feels creatively satisfied photo
Shigeru Miyamoto feels creatively satisfied
by Tony Ponce

Perennial star child Shigeru Miyamoto has had an illustrious career, no doubt about that. From creating Donkey Kong to busting on stage with Link's sword and shield equipped, he has cemented himself as one of the most influential figures in all of gaming. So even though it appears that most of the projects he's involved in lately are rooted in established Nintendo franchises, he still finds opportunities to flex his creativity.

In an interview with GameSpot, the Nintendo EAD manager discusses his happiness in addition to the upcoming games lineup. He's quite candid in some of his responses, especially concerning the Pikmin 3's use of Wii U functions: "When I create a game, I don't necessarily always try to approach it from the idea of leveraging every feature or every ability of that new piece of hardware. In the case of Pikmin in particular, the approach that we took was really less of an approach of how can we [...] take advantage of what the Wii U is doing, per se, and instead how can we take what was that Pikmin experience and really make it a deeper experience for players."

That right there ought to be drilled into the heads of any developer hoping to work on Nintendo hardware. Miyamoto himself says you shouldn't feel forced to use every little gadget or doodad available to you, rather only using them to enhance an already conceived gameplay idea. You'd think that would be common knowledge by now.

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5:00 AM on 02.05.2013

Nintendo on Animal Crossing success, Pikmin 3 Off-TV Play

For those of you that haven't been keeping track, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the most successful game in Japan right now. It's closing in on three million sold across both digital and physical sales in Japan alone, and it's...

Jonathan Holmes