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E3 2013 Guest Article: Pikmin 3 Impressions

June 17th, 2013 by Crowbar 1 Comment

Now I was briefly able to get my hands on Pikmin 3 during E3 this year and i have to say it was rather nostalgic. Surprisingly the gameplay still feels the same without feeling dated and old.

I will admit though that the Wii U game pad has a very steep learning curve when it comes to Pikmin 3 but using the wiimote and nunchuck feels natural for anyone who doesn’t want to spend the time learning to use the gamepad.

Here is a snippet of the Nintendo release for Pikmin 3

“Pikmin 3 is a fully reimagined, mass-action strategy title from the critically acclaimed Pikmin series. Players will discover a beautiful world filled with strange creatures and take command of a swarm of ant-like Pikmin trying to survive. The world is densely packed with treasures and enemies, which makes the game much more action focused and fills it with layers of potential strategies and paths, adding greater replayability to challenge modes.”

Pikmin 3 features all of the Pikmin types from previous games as well as an all new Rock Pikmin.

One interesting thing is whether you use the gamepad or the wiimote the screen on the gamepad works as an overhead map that allows you to view and move the on map on the game as well. This will allow you to decide how you want to approach each level before you start.

The only thing new this year compared to last year was the introduction on the multiplayer Bingo Party which as its name suggests, players will have to complete their bingo card by collecting objects they find in the environment, first player to complete a line just like in bingo wins.

Below is the embed code for the Nintendo Youtube video demo of Bingo Party.


This was the Pikmin 3 impression written by Jason Whearley from Broken Analog. He attended E3 under FTN acting as a photographer. 

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Crowbar is an angry young man, but he knows his games. We all have our passions and his come alive when his digital self is hammering baddies, solving puzzles or flying. He also has a penchant for dressing like giant penguins, but we promised him we wouldn't mention it.

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