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In a new interview published today, Shigeru Miyamoto commented on the Pikmin series and said he’s wondered why the games haven’t sold more and why people think they’re so difficult. 

For Pikmin 4, it sound like Nintendo wanted to make the game as approachable as possible. The company’s Yuji Kando said the team “prioritized ease of play and experimented with making the controls easy enough for those who aren’t used to playing games.” Camera and AI improvements were a focus as well. Miyamoto added that Nintendo wanted to “retain the depth of gameplay that makes Pikmin so interesting, while providing the functional support to address the challenges around controls.”

Here’s the full interview excerpt:

ElAnalistaDeBits has put together a video comparing Pikmin 3 on Switch to the Wii U original. For a closer look at the two versions, check out the video below.

Pikmin 3 originally launched on Wii U in 2013. The new Switch version, Pikmin 3 Deluxe, releases on October 30.

After Pikmin 3 Deluxe was announced for Switch, the original Pikmin 3 was removed from the Wii U eShop. There’s good news though: the game has returned. You can purchase a digital Wii U copy directly from the Wii U eShop or through Nintendo’s website. It’s also still at the Nintendo Selects price of $19.99.

It’s unclear what exactly is happening with these Wii U removals. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for instance, is currently unavailable (at least at this exact moment) following its Switch release. Super Mario 3D World is still up on the Wii U store despite its Switch announcement yesterday.

Today’s development did at least bring about good news for Pikmin 3. Here’s hoping it remains on the Wii U eShop.

Thanks to Jake and DAMMITLOUIE for the tip.

Source: Wii U eShop


When Nintendo announced Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Switch, you may recall that Nintendo pulled the listing from the Wii U eShop. Something similar has now happened with Pikmin 3.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe was revealed for Switch earlier today, and the original version is no longer available on the Wii U eShop. Searching for the game doesn’t bring up any results. A Pikmin 3 Wii U listing is still up on Nintendo’s website (for now anyway), but there’s no option to buy a digital copy.


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Moving on, Oni Dino critiques a Square-Enix free of Tetsuya Nomura in the Bravely Default II demo. Then, in the news, we cover the announcement of Paper Mario: The Origami King and analyze the trailers to see if we really are getting partners or not. Oni Dino notices something from the Japanese trailer that leans toward yes, and Galen has ideas on expanding the battle system. Afterward, it’s rumor time with Pikmin 3 Deluxe and a handful more of E3-style events. Finally, general industry chat on Microsoft’s monthly “Xbox 20/20” digital event leading up to the Xbox Series X’s launch, Ubisoft redefining “gameplay”, the Unreal Engine 5 reveal, and Ghost of Tsushima’s extended gameplay trailer.

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Nintendo has ported many of its Wii U games over to Switch, but there are still a few titles remaining. Pikmin 3 is one release that we could be getting sooner rather than later.

Venturebeat reports that, aside from Intelligent Systems which just unveiled Paper Mario: The Origami King today, “other Nintendo studios will have games ready for release soon”. The site specifically cites the rumored 3D Mario remasters plus something we haven’t heard of previously: Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

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Nintendo has updated their European My Nintendo reward site with 20% discounts for the newest additions to the Nintendo Select line, which includes Mario Party 10, Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Pikmin 3.

The discount code costs 30 Gold Points, and give you a 20% discount on the title of your choosing which would bring these down from €24.99 or £19.99 to about $20 or £16 each. Also worth noting is that you’ll be getting the 30 Gold Points spent to get the discount back from the purchase of the Nintendo Select title.


Shigeru Miyamoto and Bill Trinen, senior product marketing manager of Nintendo of America, both weighed in on the Wii U games that should be given a second look while speaking with Game Informer.

Miyamoto was up first. His choice? Star Fox Zero.

About Star Fox Zero, Miyamoto had this to say:

“I think personally Star Fox is a really fun game if you sit down a play it. I think, for example, an elementary school kid who plays it without any preconceived notions, I think it would be really fun for them. I think it’s also really, really fun for siblings to play it together.”

Bill Trinen had a different pick. He went with Pikmin 3, which he feels is “the most amazing game on Wii U” and has one of the best new multiplayer mode.

Earlier today, the animated Pikmin shorts were finally shown at the International Tokyo Film Festival. While they haven’t been made available for everyone else to see just yet, we do have a trailer – that can be found below.

Shigeru Miyamoto and Dwango chairman Nobuo Kawakami also held a press conference of sorts later on. Plenty of information was revealed – the shorts will be coming to 3DS, a Pikmin 3 demo is in the works, and lots more. Head past the break for all of the juicy details!

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