Pikmin 3

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Pikmin 3
US boxart.
ESRB rating E 10+
Console Wii U
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
Genre Real-time strategy
Players Single-player (story mode)
1 or 2 players (Mission Mode and Bingo Battle)
2 players (Bingo Battle)
Release date
Japan July 13th, 2013
North America August 4th, 2013
Europe July 26th, 2013
Australia July 27th, 2013
Related games
Predecessor Pikmin 2

Pikmin 3 is the third installment in the Pikmin franchise. It was released on the Wii U console, on July 13th, 2013 in Japan, July 26th, 2013 in Europe, July 27th, 2013 in Australia, and August 4th, 2013 for America.

Elements new to the series include two new Pikmin types, the ability to throw leaders, and control three in parallel, several different control schemes, and a handy information terminal, the KopPad. It is the first original entry in the Pikmin franchise in 9 years, since the original release of Pikmin 2 on the GameCube in 2004.


Warning: the following article or section contains spoilers.


While Pikmin 3 contains many recurring gameplay elements from earlier games in the Pikmin series, it also changes some mechanics and introduces new, complex ones that make it stand out from its predecessors:

  • Pikmin 3 has a day limit, similar to the first game. However, this time limit can be extended based on how many bottles of juice the player has left, which can be restored by collecting fruit. The player can extended their playtime up to 99 days by collecting all of the game's fruit.
  • Pikmin 3 has overhauled the battle mechanics of the series; rather than throwing Pikmin onto the body of a larger enemy, the Pikmin can now be aimed to latch onto specific parts of enemies, which can cause different reactions and different amounts of damage. For example, throwing a Pikmin directly at a Bulborb's eye will cause it to recoil and spit out any snatched Pikmin.
  • Pikmin 3's graphical design is much more detailed and much more natural-looking, thanks to the enhanced resolution the Wii U provides.
  • Pikmin 3 changes the way Pikmin follow the player: rather than marching in an orderly group, they will each move individually and follow the player in a much more realistic swarm. They will also trace the leader's exactly instead of following them in a straight line and risking getting stuck behind corners. However, they will still be thrown accordingly, depending on which Pikmin is in standby.
  • Pikmin 3 removes the group move feature present in the original two games in favor of the lock-on and charge mechanics, where Pikmin all charge towards a target at once.
  • Pikmin 3 has revamped the health system. All enemies (bosses included) retain their damage overnight, and the carcasses of bosses will remain in their arenas for a day after they are defeated. Every boss in the game can be dragged back to base for a 50-seed boost of the selected Pikmin type.
  • Pikmin 3 changes the way the player manages Onions. Unlike in the first two games, all Onions discovered in the game merge with the red Onion at the end of the day to become a single, "Master Onion". Onions also release rings of light in the afternoon to signify safe zones when night comes.
  • Pikmin 3 removes poison as a hazard, as Purple Pikmin and White Pikmin are only present in Mission Mode. Also, electricity has been nerfed and no longer kills Pikmin, instead leaving them on the ground completely immobilized, until they are called back.
  • Pikmin do not go down in maturity level in Pikmin 3, only up.

New Pikmin[edit]

A Rock Pikmin.

The new Pikmin featured in Pikmin 3 have lavender-colored flowers, and are unique in the sense that they are named after their abilities and appearance, rather than their color. Two new Pikmin types are in the game:

Rock Pikmin[edit]

Rock Pikmin take on the form of small polished pebbles, rather than plants. They are immune to attacks involving blunt force, such as crushing or piercing. When thrown, they deal a large amount of damage. They are used to destroy crystalline obstacles.

Winged Pikmin[edit]

A Winged Pikmin.

Winged Pikmin are small, pink Pikmin resembling bees, and are capable of flight. This makes them immune to ground hazards, such as bodies of water, as they will simply fly over them. They are weak in battle.


The game is split into five areas, and caves do not return. Some sections of some areas do take place inside caves, but they're still part of the normal area.




The stylus mode control scheme.

Pikmin 3 features a total of four different control schemes, and two display modes.

The four ways to control are as follows:

  • Wii U GamePad classic: With this control scheme, players use the entire GamePad's buttons to control the game.
  • Wii U GamePad Stylus: In Stylus mode, players use the left side of the GamePad's buttons to control some actions, while the right hand is used to tap on the screen to control Pikmin. This mode was added via a patch rolled out on May 29th, 2014, and is similar to Pikmin Adventure's control scheme.
  • Wii Remote + Nunchuk: This control scheme is nearly identical to the control scheme in the New Play Control! version of Pikmin and Pikmin 2.
  • Wii U Pro Controller: The Pro Controller mimics the GameCube controls as a control method.

Off-TV Play[edit]

The game allows for off-TV play, as most Wii U games do. It can be toggled at almost all times during the game by pressing WiiU Minus.png. With it off, players see the action on their television, and use the GamePad as the KopPad, as well as the main controller, if they so choose. With this configuration, the KopPad will display the radar app, which updates in real time. With Off-TV Play on, the action is presented on the GamePad's screen while the TV screen merely points the player to the GamePad. To access the KopPad, players need to press a specific button.

With Off-TV Play on, the Wii Remote must be aimed at the GamePad instead of the TV's sensor bar. While panning the radar on the KopPad, the player can see an overhead view of the area on the TV screen, which is only possible with Off-TV Play disabled.

Mission Mode and Bingo Battle[edit]

The Wii U GamePad as the map screen.

In Pikmin 3, the Challenge Mode, now called Mission Mode, features three modes to play: Collect treasure!, Battle enemies!, and Defeat bosses! Each challenge is 5 to 15 minutes long and provides the player with a set number of starting Pikmin.

Bingo Battle mode is the Pikmin 3 equivalent to 2-Player Battle from Pikmin 2. In this mode, two players, who play as Alph and Olimar, are each given a bingo card filled with enemies, fruit, and marbles. The players must strategically find ways to not only collect the items needed to make a bingo, but also to ensure their opponent cannot win.

Miiverse support[edit]

The Miiverse icon for Pikmin 3.

Like all Wii U software, Pikmin 3 has a community for Nintendo Network users to make posts about the game. All users can make posts, even those who don't own the game.

Using the KopPad, it is possible to take highly-detailed pictures from the perspective of a leader, using the Wii U GamePad. Players can then share their pictures over Nintendo's Miiverse service, on the Pikmin 3 community.

Demo version[edit]

A demo for Pikmin 3 was released following the release of the Pikmin Short Movies, as a way for new fans to try out the series. In the demo, the player can play up until they defeat the Armored Mawdad in Story mode, at which point the game will prompt the player to buy the full version. The first five stages of Collect treasure! in Mission Mode are also available. Battle enemies! remains inaccessible, and downloadable content cannot be purchased. In Defeat bosses!, only the Armored Mawdad can be challenged. Bingo Battle is not available in the demo. Save data can be transferred over from the demo to the full game.

Downloadable content[edit]

Nintendo has so far offered three downloadable content packs, all for either Battle enemies! or Collect treasure!. 2 of the packs are available for £1.79 / $1.99 / €1.99, and add four stages to Mission Mode. The first offered remixes of previous Mission Mode stages, while the second one offered stages based on locations from Story Mode. One map per DLC pack is free to download.

The third pack of DLC, and possibly the last, was released during the holiday season. It costs £4.79 / $4.99 / €4.99. It features stages that are (mostly) not in nature, but rather based on objects made by man. For example, an abandoned construction site, a living room decorated for Christmas, and a factory. One stage, Forgotten Cove, is actually a reskin of The Forest Navel, most likely due to the fact that it did not appear as part of another stage in Pikmin 2. The Fortress of Festivity stage is available for free upon updating the game.

Version history[edit]


Easter eggs and secrets[edit]

Prototype information[edit]


Why Wii U? booklet[edit]

"Pikmin 3 is a fully reimagined, mass-action strategy title from the critically acclaimed Pikmin series. Players will discover a beautiful world filled with strange creatures and take command of a swarm of ant-like Pikmin trying to survive. The world is densely packed with treasures and enemies, which make the game much more action focused and fills it with layers of potential strategies and paths, adding greater replayability to the challenge modes."

Case blurb[edit]

"Explore an alien worlds with the help of your Pikmin army!"

"Take command of three tiny explorers and a legion of tenacious Pikmin in a fight for survival. Your loyal swarm of Pikmin will battle enemies, build pathways, and collect food to save your depleted home planet."




  • Originally, the "3" in the game's logo was originally lavender, much like the color of the flowers seen on the Winged and Rock Pikmin. However, in January 2013, the logo was changed to have orange flowers compose the "3", much like the Pikmin's flowers when under the effect of the ultra-spicy spray.
  • Unlike other Pikmin games, defeating the final boss of Pikmin 3 immediately triggers the end of the game, without having to carry back any object.
  • This is the only game in the Pikmin series that does not contain any scientific notes on new flora and fauna.
  • The fastest the game can be 100% completed in is 10 days.

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