Nintendo Just Updated Pikmin 3, And It’s Practically a New Game

Remember when reviewers complained that Pikmin 3 did nothing to justify the GamePad, since the Wii Remote & Nunchuk was its most advanced control option? Nintendo just issued a major update to Pikmin 3 – it’s now being billed as Ver. 2.0 – that seems to have been designed specifically for them. Now Pikmin 3 supports full stylus controls. You still control your captains with the analog stick, but you can now tap the screen to aim and throw your Pikmin, giving the GamePad the same precision control available through Wii MotionPlus.

pikmin-3-stylus-exampleYou can check out the stylus interface at left – I’m playing Off-TV, here, so you can get the full effect. I’m controlling the targeting cursor with the stylus. As long as you’re dragging along the screen, you’ll adjust your aim. Tapping the screen causes you to throw the Pikmin (or captain) that’s currently in your queue.

For other actions – like dismissing your group, opening the map menu, or activating a special spray – Nintendo’s added touch-sensitive icons. You’ll toggle Pikmin using the squad icons at the bottom-right, and switch between available captains using their icons at the bottom-left.

So far, I’ve found it takes some getting used to, but adds the unique GamePad-oriented control I think many were looking for at launch (as well as parity with Nintendo Land‘s Pikmin Adventure). It also reiterates that Pikmin can definitely double as both a home console game and a handheld title – hence my comment about it feeling almost like a whole new game.

Given that Nintendo’s about to offer Pikmin 3 as one of the free game downloads to Mario Kart 8 owners – many of whom will be children who are new to the system but experienced at touch-controlled games – this update couldn’t have come at a better time.

  • NOUFozzy

    I was actually going to get Pikmin 3 as the free game with Mario Kart 8, so that’s awesome news for me :) Can’t wait to try the game!

    • http://www.facebook.com/edwin307 Edwin A

      Same here lol

    • Kristina Wright

      So was I, good day for us! :)

      • Chromie

        Someone wanna race me? :D

    • Julian Delarosa

      already had it, actually getting NSMBU for my download title :3

    • Rabbi Bongstien

      Good choice. This game is gorgeous and really fun. Getting WWHD myself.

  • Ronnie Juice Miranda

    Wow! I was hoping this would already in the game when I bought it!

  • Ryan

    Wow, now that’s what I call an update.

  • Joel Abreu

    Well then looks like I’m in for a treat when I get this with Mario Kart.

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoLP--ZrnIe29kqS3h4ZYPw Sheldon George

    Was planning on getting Wii Party U for my free download, as I’ve already beat pikmin 3 but never owned it. This has changed my mind.

  • Lukas Meza

    good, because thats the free game im picking with my mario karto 8 purchase yay!

  • ThePieOfTruth

    OH COME ON!!! i just replayed this last week! I’m not going back to it… ok… maybe i will… i guess ill try to beat my record again.

  • BradSetzer

    It’s a really great game for those who haven’t played yet. I enjoyed it pretty well. imo it deserves at least a 9/10.

  • K2L

    Today I just got this game, along with Assassin’s Creed IV. I’ve been playing with the Pro Controller only so far, but later I’ll try the other controller options.

    I wish Zelda U could have multiple options as well.

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    • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

      You can still use the map. Just hit that “apps” touch button on the screen,

  • Julian Delarosa

    Hmm, wonder if i could beat my first run’s 100% record using this, seems like quite the improvement (33 days for anyone curious)

    • lizalfos

      29 for me ^-^

  • http://www.gengame.net/ Guesty Pooh!

    Awesome news!
    I was actually going to get MH3, but this has really swayed me towards Pikmin 3!
    Decisions, decisions.

    Now if they can do this to a game to enhance the experience then what’s to stop them doing it to future releases.
    They get the game out earlier & then enhance it later with more gamepad options, hmmmmmmm, not to sure if I’m excited or worried.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      PIkmin 3 is more expensive and you can get a good download or 20$ physical copy.

      But you should definetly get Pikmin 3 for the local multiplayer. Its so damn good

  • manganime33

    Good to know they can do that. Make ‘Highlight Reel’ in MK8 not the default option

  • lizalfos

    Just tried it this morning. Fantastic idea, no clue why this wasn’t here when the game was launched. However I have to say I’m not a fan. Overly reliant on L and ZL, the switching between of which is uncomfortable. The controls seem to lose a lot of fluidity and ergonomics, it simply needs more than two buttons. Having to press an on-screen button to dismiss is no good. Maybe it should incorporate the left control stick button?

    Anyway, good on Nintendo for implementing these things at no profit to themselves, for the sake of trying to make the game a better experience for everyone.

    I’ll be getting Wonderful 101 with Mario Kart 8 today.

    • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

      I agree with the left stick button suggestion 100%.

  • Wheresmymonkey

    Awsome, I loved the controls of the nintendoland game and was disappointed when they weren’t in pikmin 3. this makes me want to replay it and then some.

  • Bloody18

    Awesome! I’m still on the final boss so maybe this will help some x3

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  • Matthew Lovenzka

    Now they just need to update this update and add a left-handed mode.

  • Johny

    wow… to add such a thing via the UPDATE.

  • http://rjhorst.blogspot.com/ Reuben Horst

    I just played the game for the first time today due to the Mario Kart promotion, and I wasn’t even aware that the GamePad support had just been added. That’s rather interesting.

  • Benjamin Bradford

    I got new mario bros U because I already owned the other 3 games
    I like it much more than I thought I would