Pikmin 3 to crash land in the U.S. August 4th, marks the beginning of major monthly Wii U releases

If you like to explore new planets, battle never-before-seen creatures with an army of little colored leaves that will always do your bidding, and are alright with bawling like a baby when you lose your tiny comrades that are like your children, then you are ready for Pikmin 3, coming to North American Wii Us August 4th.

From the mind of Shigeru Miyamoto, who created Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and basically everything you held dear as a child, Pikmin 3 tells a new tale with fresh explorers Alph, Brittany, and Charlie, as they crash land on a strange planet hoping to collect important fruit for their home world. During their journey of collecting food for the starving masses at home, the gang meet up with the legendary Pikmin, who they lead with some sort of mind control, making them battle the local wildlife and collect fruit for them (LAZY BASTARDS) before the sun goes down each day.

Gamers can look forward to using five different types of Pikmin: the Red Pikmin are immune to fire, hence they are the spawn of Satan; Blue Pikmin can survive in water and not drown; Yellow Pikmin cannot be harmed by electricity, shockingly; the new Rock Pikmin can break stuff and can be thrown at enemies for MASSIVE damage; and the fresh pink Winged Pikmin can fly and carry stuff over obstacles. Players will need to use each craftily in order to solve the game’s puzzles and defeat the massive bosses.

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, had these words to share about the new title, including some great news about new games coming soon:

Pikmin 3 is the first in a string of major Wii U games that will launch between now and the end of the year. The game has something for everyone – from fast-paced action and strategy to engaging multiplayer modes and great replay value.”

For those wondering, Pikmin 3 makes great use of the GamePad controller: it can be used as a map to plot out your movements, and can even be used as a camera to take pictures of Pikmin to post to Miiverse, along with a personalized message (mine would probably be a picture of my group uprooting some Pikmin, saying, “Looks like we got to the root of the problem!”).

Pikmin 3 also features some multiplayer modes: Mission Mode sees up to two players competing for points by collecting treasure and battling enemies, and Bingo Battle sees two players try to get “four in a row” on a bingo card using items like a roulette wheel to score extra Pikmin or screw their opponent over by squishing their Pikmin with rocks. Gamers familiar with Pikmin 2 will get to see their favorite Purple and White Pikmin appear in these two modes.

More info on Pikmin 3 can be found here, and the title will be available to purchase at retail or digitally through the Nintendo eShop.

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