High Definition Pikmin 3 Will Debut at E3 This Year for Wii U

April 17th, 2012 at 11:32 am

Nintendo has confirmed that famed video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto’s pet project Pikmin 3 will debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

Nintendo issued a statement overnight following the confirmation that a brand new, high definition Super Mario game will be shown for the first time at E3 this year. Last year, Miyamoto cheekily announced Pikmin 3 was in development at a behind-closed-doors media meeting.

The game was originally in development for Nintendo 3DS, however once Miyamoto saw the beautiful graphical capability of the high definition Wii U, he ordered that development be moved over to the new platform.

The game will also make use of the Wii U’s revolutionary new touchscreen controller, which also features dual analogue circle-pads, motion sensing technology, rumble, four “trigger” buttons, front-facing video cameras, stereo speakers and a microphone.

“In a recent interview, Mr. Miyamoto confirmed that a new Pikmin game will be shown at the E3 Expo in June.” Nintendo said in a statement. “He believes that anyone who has played Pikmin games in the past will enjoy playing.”

For those who don’t know, Pikmin is a action/real time strategy game that requires players to plant and grow hundreds of little creatures called “Pikmin”. These creatures spring to life and players can control them to do various tasks like gathering objects, building bridges and defeating enemies.

The first game in the series appeared on Nintendo GameCube back in 2001. A second game, Pikmin 2 also launched on GameCube in 2004, and both games were converted to Wii as part of Nintendo’s “New Play Control” series of remakes.

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