String of Major Monthly Releases for Wii U Kicks off with Pikmin 3

  String of Major Monthly Releases for Wii U Kicks off with Pikmin 3

   The Long-Awaited Sequel Touches Down with New Pikmin Types, Gorgeous HD
           Graphics and a Variety of Single- and Multiplayer Modes

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REDMOND, Wash. -- August 1, 2013

The sense of discovery from exploring a beautiful alien planet. The
exhilaration of battling an imaginative array of strange creatures. The
heartache of losing some of your devoted Pikmin to a hostile world. The
satisfaction of leading an army of loyal Pikmin to victory. These are some of
the feelings experienced when playing Pikmin 3, launching in stores and in the
Nintendo eShop on Aug. 4, exclusively for the Wii U console. From the mind of
Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of iconic series like Super Mario Bros., The
Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong, Pikmin is back … and the intergalactic
adventure of a lifetime is about to begin.

Pikmin 3 tells the story of three space explorers – Alph, Brittany and Charlie
– who crash land on an alien planet and must collect fruit for their starving
home planet. To accomplish their goal of collecting fruit, the explorers must
gather and lead an army of different Pikmin creatures, battle the local
wildlife and work to solve puzzles, all before the sun goes down at the end of
each day.

There are five types of Pikmin, and each has a unique ability: Red Pikmin are
immune to fire, Blue Pikmin can survive in water and Yellow Pikmin can
withstand electricity. New Pikmin types appearing for the first time include
Rock Pikmin, large Pikmin that can break objects and inflict more damage when
thrown; and Winged Pikmin, a pink variety that can fly and carry items above
certain obstacles. Players must strategically use the different Pikmin types
to solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and fight in boss battles.

“Pikmin 3 is the first in a string of major Wii U games that will launch
between now and the end of the year,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of
America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The game has
something for everyone – from fast-paced action and strategy to engaging
multiplayer modes and great replay value.”

Pikmin 3 offers several unique uses for the Wii U GamePad controller. In game
play, the GamePad can be used as a map of the game world, allowing players to
see a top-down view of the action and reference various data points, helping
them to plot out their movements. The GamePad can also be used to take
pictures at the eye level of Pikmin in a new, first-person camera mode. This
perspective is a great way to get a true view of what the explorers and Pikmin
see. Once snapped, the pictures taken in this mode can be posted to Miiverse
with an accompanying personalized message, allowing players with broadband
Internet access a chance to share their adventure with friends.

While the main Story Mode offers players hours of game play, Pikmin 3 also
features additional single-player and multiplayer modes to enjoy. In Mission
Mode, one or two players are tasked with earning the most points in select
levels by gathering treasure, defeating enemies and battling towering bosses.
In the frenetic Bingo Battle, two players compete in arenas, collecting items
to achieve “four in a row” on an on-screen bingo card. To help turn the tide
of battle and add a fun twist to the proceedings, players can even gather
cherries to earn spins on a personal roulette wheel to activate bonuses like
extra Pikmin and rocks that fall on their opponent’s forces. White Pikmin and
Purple Pikmin from Pikmin 2 both appear exclusively in Mission Mode and Bingo

For more information about Pikmin 3, visit

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the
content their children can access. For more information about this and other
features, visit

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