Miiverse was an application on both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. It allowed users to share messages and in-game screenshots with each other. The Pikmin series had three communities: Pikmin 3, which is for discussion of the game and the Pikmin Short Movies, the Pikmin 3 Developer Room, where Nintendo developers, specifically Shigeru Miyamoto, discussed updates to both Pikmin 3 and other important events in the Pikmin franchise, and the Hey! Pikmin room, for discussing the same game.
For Pikmin 3, the game only received Miiverse compatibility on the 1.1.0 update. Miiverse as a service shut down on November 7th, 2017.
Pikmin 3, like most other Nintendo games, allowed users to write posts or make drawings on the community, including pausing the gameplay with and creating a post using one of the two screens at the time the game was paused. Besides that, Pikmin 3 also allows players to look around using the Wii U GamePad, by use of the in-game KopPad camera, and by pressing , a picture will be taken. When Miiverse was operational, some seconds after the photo was taken, the Pikmin 3 Miiverse post submission page would open up, with the photograph ready for upload. The player could then set their mood, and add their own text and/or drawing to the submission. Depending on what was focused, the submission would automatically be tagged with one of the following tags:
- People: If the photo focuses on a character, playable or otherwise.
- Pikmin: If the photo focuses on a Pikmin or the Onion.
- Plants: If the photo focuses on a plant or pellet.
- Fruit from PNF-404: If the photo focuses on a fruit.
- Enemy name: If the photo focuses on an enemy, the post will be tagged with its name.
- Scenery: Anything else.
Hey! Pikmin does not have special Miiverse integration, other than the standard community for the game, where users could create text posts or drawings, and could also submit posts with screenshots taken by pausing the game with .
On November 7th, 2014, Miyamoto announced a Pikmin art contest for Art Academy: Sketchpad. The theme for the drawing challenge was titled "Pikmin Spotted!", and users were tasked with drawing Pikmin in different situations. Requirements for entries were as follows:
- Pictures must be drawn using Art Academy: SketchPad, which is available for purchase on Nintendo eShop.
- Pictures must feature characters appearing in the Pikmin series.
- Entries are limited to one original work per person.
Entries were submitted as comments on Miyamoto's posted in the Art Academy: SketchPad community on Miiverse. The challenge ended on December 1st, 2014. On December 16th, the winners were announced. The user under the name くらげ? (lit.: "Jellyfish") won first place, with a drawing of Olimar and Louie being followed by some Pikmin. The Pikmin are carrying an orange behind a windowsill, and Louie is startled by a common house cat.
- Wayback Machine archive of the Pikmin 3 community page
- Wayback Machine archive of the Hey! Pikmin community page
- Wayback Machine archive of the Developer Room community page
- Miyamoto's Miiverse post announcing the art contest on Wayback Machine, published on October 18th, 2017
- Miiverse post announcing the winner and runner-ups on Wayback Machine, published on October 18th, 2017
This article was a featured article from December 2nd, 2017 to February 1st, 2018.