Nintendo has released a brand new batch of Pikmin 3 screenshots from yesterday’s Nintendo Direct event. Pikmin 3 is scheduled for release in March 2013 exclusively on the Wii U. Earlier this month, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto said that Pikmin 3 would be more like Pikmin 1 in terms of gameplay. Fore more on Pikmin 3, check out some gameplay footage. local_offer Nintendo pikmin 3 wii u stars Further Reading A photo of Nintendo’s first office in 1 Nintendo loses patent appeal, ordered to pay Megan Allen beutiful Jeffery02 Wow! As a Nintendo fan I usually don’t care for graphics as much as gameplay and story, but I have to admit that this is one beautiful game! I can’t wait to play it! DragonSilths Theres a difference between “Graphics” and “Art Style” Graphics generally refer to 480p, 720, 1080p and being realistic looking. At least nowadays in gaming. Nintendo and its fans have never really cared for that. Art Style on the other hand is what Nintendo and their fans like. Cell Shading in Windwaker is a prime example. Jeffery02 Yeah, but in this case it seems Nintendo is putting a lot of quality into both “Graphics” and “Art Style”. I was specifically talking about graphics in this case though. I loved Skyward Sword’s art style, and it made the game look great despite HD graphics. Pikmin 3 on the other hand looks all but real. 🙂 As long as the gameplay and experience don’t suffer from the extra work on graphics, then I’m happy. RyuNoHadouken looks very pretty 🙂 bizzy gie What’s the appeal of this game? Th3PANO a revolutionary new RTS system back when they released it on the gamecube. it was totally new. indirect76 I suppose you have never played a Pikmin game then… Dominic Coradazzi Pikmin 3 can’t come fast enough!! Roman Strode Can’t anyone notice that the ground texture looks like it’s been taken from a nintendo 64 game? I hope nintendo can sort this out because it looks dreadful in this state. On the other hand the enemies, flowers and plants seem to be very highly detailed and look really good. Overall looking forward to this being released me idk………..i like it this way ConCity Soldier I don’t think they care to make the ground textures better. It is an art style graphic game. They aren’t going for a photo realistic ground, though that giant rock looks photo realistic. They are going for beautiful art style graphics. I agree that the ground could be a bit better though. But it doesn’t hinder the game at all, and the characters look awesome. indirect76 No one is saying that it needs to be photo realistic. But when you compare the ground at that angle, to the rest of the beautiful graphics, it stands out. It takes you out of the Pikmin universe. I love Pikmin. For me it’s all about the gameplay, but that does not mean I can’t complain about lazy graphics. The Wii U is supposed to be an 8th generation console. We should not see graphical artifacts from the gamecube days, escpeically when the game was pushed back from launch and supposedly been worked on since. Rob Lucci I didn’t know people bought games to look at the ground. Roman Strode No obviously not. Are you stupid! People will see the whole scene and if something rather important is bad it will prominently stand out. Rob Lucci No need for the insult.We are all adults (hopefully) lets act like it. indirect76 People buy games to look at the WHOLE game. Rob Lucci Well you may buy games to look at them but I buy them to play them. indirect76 OK, I suppose that makes you a true gamer. The fact is, video games are mostly a visual medium (hence the ‘video’ in ‘video games’). I agree, gameplay is more important than graphics or even art direction, but to dismiss the graphics entirely as not meaning anything would be rediculous. Look, Nintendo were the ones who released the screen shots. How are we supposed to react. Should we comment on the gameplay of the still shots? They were released mainly to impress us with fancy graphics and beautiful art design. This is eveident by the fact that there is little gameplay featured in the images. They are all of non-gameplay posed models. So when they do this, and parts of it don’t impress, I’m going to say something about it. Rob Lucci It’s ok to question a game’s graphic when the whole game looks bad,but the guy I first originally posted to was comparing this game’s ground graphic to a N64 game it’s not that serious. indirect76 I agree, that was probably an exaggeration. Honestly, the ground doesn’t bother me as much as the eyes on image #9. We shouldn’t be seeing ANY polygon edges at this point. Polygon processing has not been a bottleneck for more than 10 years, plus the Wii U is supposed to be able to do tesselation. W T F? Elem187 i think people should wait for the game to be released before they start knocking screenshots for a game thats still in beta. indirect76 I don’t understand this. What are we supposed to comment on? If we should not be knocking the game, should we also hold back any comments of praise? Should this comment section be empty? Also, given that the game was all but finished at launch, and delayed to prevent a spring time release drought, I would say that these shots fairly represent what the end product will look like. It’s not like programmers monkey around with the graphics engine at the end of a development cycle either. indirect76 I’m with you. Looks like bad anisotropic filtering. It’s really bad in image #4. Also, in image #9, why are we seeing polygon edges on the eyes? When are they going to start using tesselation? The hardware should be able to do it. Billy_Perry Don’t worry man, the reason it looks bad is because they are zoomed in loads, its a close up shot. It won’t look like that in the actual game, I bet if you zoomed into BF3 textures it would look like this, and that game is stunning. Don’t worry, It isn’t that bad. 🙂 peace – Link Its a filter effect for screen shot mode, objects looked at at an angle will appear more blurry as opposed to objects looked straight on. The rock in the 6th picture is a great example of that. Linskarmo The creatures look fantastic! Matthew Ponthier Oh. My. God. Bravyoura I don’t understand why people are moaning about the ground textures, considering their could be hundreds of pikmin on screen all running at 1080p 60fps I’m surprised it looks as good as it does. Looks alot better than Wonderful 101 anyway:^) indirect76 Because the Wii U is supposed to be an 8th generation system. Also, I highly doubt it will run at 1080p. It will likely be another 720p game at 60fps (which is fine by me).