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Platform Wii U Publisher Nintendo Developer Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development Release Date 2013-08-04

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Pikmin 3 review: plant a seed

The cerebral enjoyment makes up for Pikmin 3's sometimes messy mechanics These different abilities turn every moment of Pikmin 3 into a small puzzle. There's obvious stuff — i.e. this gate is electrified, so I need to send my yellow Pikmin to destroy it while the others hang back — but even combat encounters against the world's large wildlife are about considering your approach. An enemy that knocks Pikmin off of its back and then breathes fire on them should probably be approached by red Pikmin alone. Since everything is designed around utilizing these abilities, Pikmin 3 provides a constant stream of satisfaction. Even when the answer was clear, watching the results play out was delightful. That cerebral enjoyment helps make up for the sometimes messy mechanics of the...

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Pikmin 3 update adds GamePad control style

An update for Pikmin 3, Nintendo's real-time strategy game for Wii U starring the series' titular flowery creatures, adds the GamePad's stylus as new default control option.  The new control scheme lets you tap directly on the tablet-like controller to switch between characters, toss and otherwise control them. Stylus control also adds new buttons to the GamePad's screen: one for each of Pikmin 3's main characters, Alph, Brittany and Charlie, and one each to call up the Apps menu, Dismiss your followers and a link to your fruit juice. The game's physical controls for calling and moving your characters remain available.  The Pikmin 3 update to version 2.0.0, spotted by Twitter user James Scott, downloaded automatically on our console. We booted the game and were greeted with a message...

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The Christmas tree and pizza of Pikmin 3's eight new DLC stages

A trailer released today for Pikmin 3 shows off the eight new stages released as downloadable content earlier this week. Nintendo revealed the third round of DLC for the critter-based real-time strategy game in mid-November. The $4.99 DLC arrived on the Wii U eShop Dec. 2. Press play above to see the new stages, including the Fortress of Festivity, complete with a Christmas tree and a pizza in a round cardboard box. You can read and watch Polygon's Pikmin 3 review to learn more about the first installment in the series in nearly 10 years.

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Here's what you need to know for Thursday, Nov. 14

PlayStation 4: The Review Next-gen has arrived. The PlayStation 4 is Sony's best console to date in terms of its looks, controller and much more, but its focus on gaming, and only gaming, is seriously hindered by its lack of compelling launch titles. Resogun review: major laser Reviewer Chris Plante calls Resogun a "collision of 1980s shooters, 1990s bullet-hells and 2010s aesthetic. It's as simple or difficult as you want it to be. Sure, it borrows great ideas quite liberally. But Resogun's best idea is smashing them all together into a singular, spectacular laser light show." Knack review: piece by piece Knack might be a short title, with strong core concepts, but it's held back by too much tedium. Deputy reviews editor Phil Kollar says that the game's "moments of payoff come too...

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New Pikmin 3 DLC coming Dec. 2

A third round of downloadable content for Pikmin 3 is coming on Dec. 2, Nintendo's Bill Trinen announced today in a Nintendo Direct presentation. The DLC will costs $4.99 and add eight additional stages to Mission Mode — four Collect Treasure stages and four Battle Enemies stages. In previous rounds of add-on content, new levels were based on stages in Pikmin 3's main Mission and Story modes, with new placements of fruit, traps and enemies. This new round of DLC will include levels that are completely new to the game and feature environments like beaches, the inside of someone's house and a construction site. There is also a  new stage where players can control Olimar, leader of the Pikmin from Pikmin and Pikmin 2. In some levels players will have to scout out Louie, Olimar's...

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Pikmin 3 gets new battle stages DLC today

The second round of Pikmin 3 downloadable content is available today, offering players a pack of new challenges in the Battle Enemies mission type, Nintendo has announced. The pack of four challenges is available via the Wii U eShop for $1.99. Nintendo notes that one stage will be added to players' games for free via an automatic software update. The four new challenges feature locations from Pikmin 3's Story Mode and are packed with enemies for players' hordes of Pikmin to take down. Each stage can be played in single-player or in co-op mode, and all high scores earned in these new challenges will be displayed on global leaderboards sharing rankings from players around the world. To purchase the DLC, players must go to the Pikmin 3 page on the Wii U eShop, select "Downloadable...

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The Legend of Zelda and Pikmin cartoons coming to 3DS

A new collection of short cartoons — including one based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and another based on Pikmin 3 —  will launch on Nintendo Video starting Nov. 1, it was announced today. Nintendo Video is an app for the Nintendo 3DS that allows its users to download music videos, exclusive comedy, animation and other short cartoons to the handheld console. As of Nov. 1, the app will restock with five new short-form videos that will continue through to 2014. Those who have downloaded the app will automatically receive the following new shows on their device: The Legend of Zelda: The Adventures of Link — an original series of comedic shorts staring Link. The shorts are based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD game for the Wii U Pikmin Nature Documentaries —...

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Here's what you need to know for Wednesday, Oct. 2

Nintendo Direct October 2013: Kirby for 3DS, Pikmin 3 DLC, Donkey Kong delay and more Nintendo's Satoru Iwata once again graced our computer screens to deliver the latest in Nintendo news. Pikmin 3 is getting new DLC, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been delayed to February of next year, Kirby is set to make his Nintendo 3DS debut in 2014 as well and new details on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds show Nintendo is serious about making the game mechanics feel fresh. Check out the full StoryStream for all the details. Destiny coming spring 2014, pre-order for public beta Pre-ordering Bungie's Destiny will net buyers access to the beta, set to launch early next year for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game will launch in full in spring 2014. H...

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New Pikmin 3 DLC includes Mission Modes, leaderboards and more

New Pikmin 3 Mission Mode stages are coming to the game as paid DLC today, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced during a Nintendo Direct event today. The first, the Collect Treasure pack, will be released later today in the Nintendo eShop, and a second round will be released at a later date. According to the official Pikmin 3 website, Mission Packs will retail for $1.99. New rankings and global leaderboards are also headed to Pikmin 3 in the game's latest update, which will also bring a free new add-on Mission Mode stage.

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Nintendo bringing The Wonderful 101 panel, 25 games to PAX Prime

PAX Prime attendees will get the chance to play a long list of new and upcoming games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS later this month, including Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, which will be playable by the public for the first time at the show. Nintendo will have a dedicated Pokémon Gaming Lounge set up on the second floor of the Washington State Convention Center where Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be playable. Nintendo will showcase 12 Wii U titles from first-party and third-party developers, including Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Bayonetta 2 and Sonic Lost World. Nintendo 3DS games on display include The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and, for the first time, Retro City Rampage. Wii U game The Wonderful 101 will also...

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EarthBound was the third bestselling Wii U eShop game in the US last month

The recent Virtual Console release of Super NES game EarthBound is, according to Nintendo, off to a great start. In an announcement from Nintendo of America today, the company said the Wii U game was the third bestselling eShop game on Wii U, with only New Super Luigi U and Pikmin 3 besting the SNES re-release in terms of consumer spend. The downloadable release of EarthBound was just one of a few key digital successes for Nintendo in the United States, the company said. Sales of Nintendo 3DS game Animal Crossing: New Leaf have passed 660,000 units in the states, with physical and digital sales combined, with 150,000 of those happening in July. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sales passed the 820,000 mark — again, with digital and physical sales combined — and New Super Mario Bros. U sales...

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  • Wii U
    • Released 08/04/2013
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development
    • Score 8.0
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