Wii U owners may have been a little disappointed that they’d have to wait for Pikmin 3’s launch later this year, but delaying its release may have been a great choice for Nintendo to make. As revealed by Satoru Iwata, Pikmin 3 will now have multiple control variations to suit almost everyone’s way to play, among the new features found within the gameplay itself.
Announced in their latest “Nintendo Direct” video, Nintendo will be giving Pikmin 3 a few extra control schemes for players to choose from. Instead of only being able to use the GamePad, they’ll be able to pick from a decent range of control options, including the classic Remote Plus. These are the following choices:
- Wii U GamePad in conjunction with TV
- Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk
- Wii U GamePad for off-TV play
- Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck w/ GamePad (Gamepad will act as a secondary screen to your TV set)
Secondly, we have extra news on the playable characters in Pikmin 3. Unfortunately, the main protagonist of the series, Captain Olimar will not be appearing in this game. Instead, we’re introduced to three new characters (from left to right): Alph, Captain Charlie, and Brittany. Using them separately to carry out multiple tasks across the map, each character will host their own group of Pikmin under their command. The objective of the game is for these three to collect various fruits and use their seeds in order to save their home planet of Koppai from starvation.
Finally, we are happy to hear that Pikmin 3 will be released on the Wii U this August 4th! Please be sure to check out the latest Nintendo Direct below (skip to 20:10) for a closer look at Pikmin 3: