Mar 7th, 2013

Pikmin 3 is very close to being released, and Nintendo just dropped 3 new high-res screenshots of the game. Nintendo has said that Pikmin 3 will be released around March/April, but so far we haven’t heard anything specific from the company. Nintendo has been very vague when it comes to release dates for upcoming Wii U games. They have also been very reluctant to announce new games, with the exception of Wind Waker HD. Check out the new Pikmin 3 screenshots below:

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  • GermGerm

    Stop teasing us!

  • Saleh Sbeiti

    When i saw the first picture i thought, “pre-order bonus”

  • Is that Olimar’s Son? LOL

  • Zuxs13

    These look pretty good although I would like to see a bit more detail on the characters.

    • dylanbob121

      meh,they look fine.

  • Toadlord

    These look great, but I think most people would appreciate a release date more. C’mon, Nintendo!

    • Donaalld

      There is no antialiasing in these screen shots. All prior released Pikmin 3 screens / video have antialiasing just fine. Must be beta. Not worried about final graphics. Anticipating release date soon.

      • val berger

        I wouldn’t really expect AA as there are hardly any console games coming with real AA. Which of course is a shame, but still … I just wouldn’t expect it.

        • Donaalld

          Good point on true AA. I mistook the smoothing from Pikmin 3’s liberal use of the depth of field as AA.

          We all know this game will look fantastic via prior gameplay
          videos and screen shots. Not worried at all.

          • val berger

            To be honest, I don’t really think it looks fantastic as it somehow just looks like pikmin 2 in HD with more details, but not like the 1st party game that should really be able to make use of the WiiUs hardware. But maybe that’s only my impression. Still, this game became my #1 Must Have title for the system, so I don’t really care if I’m too much into it’s visuals or not. It certainly looks good enough to be beautiful and in the end, it really looks like an amazing trip into miyamoto’s brainz. I almost forgot how it looked like there, so nice to see an opportunity to return 🙂

          • Ben Kapferer

            I believe work on Pikmin 3 started on the Wii (or maybe even the GameCube!), so that could explain the less-than-impressive visuals.

          • val berger

            Yeah, I think so and as I said, I don’t care too much. it looks good enough for me and actually good enough to look nice. In the End, Pikmin never was about graphics. In the end, it of course would’ve been nice to see a game like pikmin really make use of the WiiU’s hardware , but maybe there’ll be a Pikmin 4 some day 🙂

    • Give us a release date nintendo. Show me your moves!

  • Graphics wise = Its looks good, not mind blowing but simple and effective
    Gameplay = Can’t really tell but from recent gameplay, it looks like an even bigger improvement from the last games.
    Overall = I’ve already pre-ordered this ages ago… so you can tell where I stand there 😀

    • Flamingoathere

      Graphics are ok, I’m a little disappointed in the character models. They don’t look very smooth and have very pixelated edges. Hopefully the developers are still working on it, or it’s just the quality of the screenshots. Either way, the environments look great.

      • These screenshots look like they’re at a lower resolution. The screenshots and video we’ve seen before were much nicer and crisper. We’ll have to wait until the finished product to see, however.

        But I don’t really care. I’m looking forward to the pitch perfect gameplay.

        • Barzh

          They’re not at a lower resolution. They’re at 720p which is the native resolution for this game.

        • Is it possible that they are from IGN? They have a magical ability to release the crappiest screenshot for Nintendo games.

      • Nintedward

        Not being a fanboy , but those screenshots don’t do the game justice. Watch the latest trailer/footage for the game on youtube in HD. The game looks absoloutly stunning.

        Bare in mind the game runs at 60FPS 720p native. Games that have that resoloution and framerate on ps3 and 360 come out looking like Ninja gaiden 3 at best…

        • dylanbob121

          of course,they’re screen shots.It’s not like you look at a picture of Call of Duty 52 and be all like,”WOHHH!!LOOK HOW EPIC DIS GAME IS!!!DA BEST GAME EVVARRR!!!!”no,you dont do that.

          • Captain Falcon

            People say that about an obsolete game engine? Huh.

          • dylanbob121

            thats not my point

          • DK_Hadouken

            Off topic, but I’m up voting you for your awesome Spongebob tag reference.

        • Well I watched the trailer and I’d say you were right because most of the details look better but some textures still look low res but isn’t as bad as these screen shots

      • MyBodyIsReady

        Really? I disagree, I think the character models look better and the environments that are lacking. The textures just look so murky =/

        • dylanbob121

          Lacking?They look beautiful!Look at how the water hitting the surface!

        • bizzy gie

          My buddy is Reggie.

  • CChaplin

    Lol I love the beefy green guy.

  • Laud

    Deadpool confirmed for Wii U.

    • SamuraiShampoo

      That isn’t confirmation. There is no Wii U version listed anywhere else.

    • Captain Falcon

      It wasn’t confirmed in the trailer, but holy hell if it’s coming to the Wii U, I want that shit now.

  • dylanbob121

    I’ll try to get this game,but with all the new games coming,i’ll not be getting it at launch.

    • Grammar Nazi 2000

      The Wii U launched five months ago… unless your talking about the GAME.

      • Grammar Nazi 2000

        Awkward. I spelled something wrong even though my username is Grammar Nazi 2000.

        • dylanbob121

          What is this article about?Now answer.

  • dylanbob121

    who the heck is that on the monitor?

    • One of the playable characters.

    • dylanbob121

      oh…now I feel stupid…

  • It does not look as good as I assumed from other shots. I don’t know now. I want to see something that goes beyond what the 360/PS3 can do.

    • Nintedward

      Need for Speed most wanted U launches this month.

      And Pikmin 3 DOES go beyond what PS3 and 360 can do. The game runs at 60FPS 720p native upscaled to 1080p AND has amazing graphics aswell.

      • Really? All 720P games are 60FPS. The graphics are only amazing for Nintendo.

        • Nintedward

          All 720p games are 60fps ? no.

          All the best tripple A 360 and PS3 games are usualy 720p 30FPS.

          • Where is your evidence on that? HDTV’s are a minimum of 60Hz so it has to work out to 60fps some how.

          • Nintedward

            What ? What does refresh rate have to do with framerate you twonk ? Having a 60HZ refresh rate and a progressive resolution ie 1080p not 1080i just reduces screen flicker so you can see the framerate better.

            You just exposed yourself as knowing nothing about anything.

            AC3 , Uncharted 3 , Gears of war 3 , God of war 3 , Halo 4 , Forza 4 etc etc etc are ALL 720p 30FPS. Pretty much every Tripple A ps3 or 360 game is 720p 30FPS .

            Only a few games on 360 are 60FPS and they usualy suffer in the graphics or resoloution department. CoD for example is 60FPS on 360 and is only 880×720 sub HD resoloution , even less on PS3.
            Ninja gaiden are 60FPS and look like shit as a result.

          • From my understanding of computing and electronics, the refresh rate is the frame rate. When you have the 60Hz HDTV’s, that is 60FPS. The 120Hz HDTV’s allows for math to display 24FPS since you cannot get it out of 60FPS. Even plasmas will be 48Hz to get 24FPS. I am guessing that any 30FPS game is just halving the frame rate (60FPS) in order to run the game better for other features to shine. 60Hz is going to work out to 60Hz regardless.

            I think you are confusing PC standards with HDTV standards. If you hooked up a PC to a 60Hz HDTV, all you will get is 60Hz or 60FPS – not more if you PC can handle it even if it may indicate it in the game. You are still not seeing it which is why the game may move too fast or too slow. Also, you had 60Hz on 1080i HDTV’s from the early 2000’s and those had nothing to do with flickering. Interlacing and low resolution produces flickering. You can have a non-HD progressive picture you know. Old computer monitors were interlaced. You need to think HDTV and not PC.

          • Nintedward

            Wait what ? Dude….. MOST PS3 and 360 games are rendered at 30FPS , the refresh rate of your tv has NOTHING to do with how many frames a game is rendered at. the refresh rate of your tv does affect the way the game is viewed. 1080p 60HZ is ideal for any modern console.

            It’s just common knowledge bro. Gaming PC’s do a lot of games at 60FPS+ , Xbox 360 and ps3 do a lot of games at 30FPS.

            Xbox and ps3 can obviously do 60FPS but only by sacrificing the graphics and resolution of the game.

            CoD for example looks like shit compared to battlefield 3. Because cod is 880×720 @ 60fps and battlefield is 1280×720 @30fps.

            but cod does look smoother and peforms better. Do some research bro.
            Like less than 10% of ps3 and 360 games run at 60FPS.

          • OK. Maybe they were programmed to be 30FPS, but the display cannot display 30FPS, only 60FPS. So the frame rate must be interpolated like 24FPS right?

          • indirect76

            Are you talking about interpolating actual frames in a meaningful way (not just repeating the frame), or are you talking about interpolating pixels when upscaling?

          • indirect76

            Oh Jesus Christ, refresh rate is not the same thing as frame rate. A 30fps game on a 60Hz monitor means the frame is shown twice. Is that so hard to understand?

            Also, LCD/LED TVs are advertised with 120 or 240 refresh rate because of the ghosting issues you get with LCD/LEDs. The higher the refresh the less these ghosting issues come up. It’s got nothing to to with video fluidity.

            And are you seriously suggesting that TVs interpolate pixels between frames?

          • When a 30fps video on a 60Hz TV is shown twice, what does that add up to? I thought that you knew something for a minute. Ghosting issues were a part of it, but being able to display 24fps Blu-ray is the other part of it. As far as interpolation goes on HDTV’s of course the interpolate frames – look it up. Consoles are made for TV’s first.

    • DK_Hadouken

      I could’ve sworn other screenshots looked better. I’m guessing these aren’t final…? We’ll see.

    • bizzy gie

      Don’t forget the Wii U has a MUCH stronger GPU than your Xbox 360.

      • …We know this… Sigh… Although I would argue that it is NEWER rather than stronger!

        • bizzy gie

          The Wii U has a 550GHz GPGPU compared to the Xbox 360’s 500GHz GPU. The Wii U has BETTER graphics than the Xbox 360. Period.

          • That helps, but there is more to it than that you know. Too bad Nintendo is too scared to release the specs!

          • bizzy gie

            WTF?! Are you mental? I’m not continuing this conversation. There’s no helping you. You’re hopeless.

          • You are mental for not just losing gracefully.

          • bizzy gie

            Scared to release the specs? If so, then why does EVERYONE know the Wii U comes with a 550GHz GPGPU and a 1.24GHz multi-core CPU. Or the GamePad’s resolution? Or the latency between the Wii U and GamePad?

            It appears YOU don’t know how to lose gracefully and will continue to BS until the day you die no matter how RIDICULOUS since you have absolutely NOTHING going on in your life and NOTHING better to do.

            That’s why you have an Xbox. You (er excuse me: your MOMMY) bought it because Bill Gates, creator of Microsoft (makers of Xbox), created the internet: your ONLY significance on this terrestrial ball.

          • That’s because others had to crack the console just to get that! Now tell me the details of the GPU if they released specs.

          • bizzy gie

            It would be the exact same thing.

          • You don’t know what you are talking about and you are just talking out of your ass. The speed of the GPU is not the specs. Now I see why you guys keep acting like the Wii U is so powerful! You don’t even know the basics because you only know consoles and console people don’t know video cards.

          • bizzy gie

            So let me get this straight. The Wii U has been opened up and its specifications have been seen and identified. However, if Nintendo released the specifications, they would somehow be different? And I don’t know what I’m talking about? Right.

          • Name the detailed specs, not just GPU/CPU speed or how many there are. What can it do? Copy and past.

          • bizzy gie

            WTF? What do you mean “what can it do”? Explain what you’re asking for.

          • ps4rules

            stfu ur just mad and jealous that the ps4 is better

          • bizzy gie

            Yes, because that’s what we’re talking about. You suck at trolling. Try harder.

          • If you don’t know what I mean, then you have no place to argue with me about specs. I knew you did not know a thing.

          • bizzy gie

            You weren’t clear on what you meant by “detailed specs”. You should have listed categories or anything. Just saying “detailed specs” is too general and could be said about ANY piece of technology. You name the “detailed specs” since you know you’re talking about. If your reply to this comment is anything but, that confirms that you’re an ignorant child who’s mad because his mommy wouldn’t buy him a Wii U.

          • You must be the child because YOU are the one who made the claim that the specs are out here and people know what it can do. I am waiting for you to provide detailed SPECS, not chip speeds. You can’t because they are not out there and you don’t even know what specs are.

          • bizzy gie

            Idiot. You’re being too broad. What do you mean? List CATEGORIES OR FREAKING NAMES! Do you mean audio specs (A/V-Multi
            Analog stereo
            HDMI), connectivity specs (Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 4 × USB 2.0), display (Composite video
            RGB SCART
            480i, 576i
            YPBPR (component video and D-Terminal)
            480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
            480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
            Wii U GamePad
            FWVGA), CPU (Tri-Core IBM PowerPC), GPU (550 MHz AMD Radeon). Be specific. Just saying “detailed specs” makes you a fool. You need to explain what you’re talking about you brain dead Xbot. Tell me. If these aren’t specs, then what are?

          • Those are not specs, those are connectivity features. I guess I will have to help you. Aside from a 550Mhz GPU, how many shaders are on it? Is it 10-bit? What is the memory bandwidth?

            Here is an example of GPU specs (real card):

            GPU Engine Specs::

            1344CUDA Cores

            915Base Clock (MHz)

            980Boost Clock (MHz)

            102.5Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)

            Memory Specs:

            6.0 GbpsMemory Clock

            2048 MBStandard Memory Config

            GDDR5Memory Interface

            192-bit GDDR5Memory Interface Width

            144.2Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)

            Feature Support:


            PCI Express 3.01Bus Support

            YesCertified for Windows 7

            3D Vision, 3D Vision Surround, CUDA, DirectX 11, PhysX, SLI, TXAA, FXAA, Adaptive VSync, GPU BoostSupported Technologies2

            3-waySLI Options3

            Yes3D Vision Ready

            Display Support:

            4 displaysMulti Monitor

            4096x2160Maximum Digital Resolution4

            2048x1536Maximum VGA Resolution



            One Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPortStandard Display Connectors

            InternalAudio Input for HDMI

            Standard Graphics Card Dimensions:

            4.376 inches Length

            9.5 inchesHeight


            Thermal and Power Specs:

            97 CMaximum GPU Tempurature (in C)

            150 WMaximum Graphics Card Power (W)

            450 WMinimum System Power Requirement (W)6

            Two 6-pinSupplementary Power Connectors

            3D Vision Ready:

            Yes 3D Blu-Ray

            Yes3D Gaming
            Yes3D Photos

            See, these are the kinds of specs that we can get a good idea of what the Wii U can and cannot do. Detailed specs also show us it’s limits. I expect detailed specs from Sony and MS. Nintendo has not given us detailed specs since the Gamecube. We know why they did not give us specs on the Wii, because it was an overclocked GC. Specs on the Wii U must be absent because they knew that Sony and MS were coming out with new systems and they did not want to look small, or not much better than the current systems.

          • bizzy gie

            “Yes 3D Blu-Ray

            Yes3D Gaming

            Yes3D Photos”? What’s the “YES” for? What website did you copy and paste that from?

          • That’s irrelevant. The point was to show what detailed specs are. That was from a Nvidia video card detailed spec.

          • bizzy gie

            Actually it is. PC specs and console specs are quite different in many areas. Since you BROADLY stated detailed specs for a console, I expected you to explain what the detailed specs for a console was.

  • Man this still looks like an uprezed Wii game. What was the delay for Nintendo?

  • dylanbob121

    Over all the things I previously stated,this game actually looks like a ton of fun!The graphics look good,the pikmin look great and off-screen play?count me in!I just hope theres online multiplayer and voice chat.I never played a pikmin game and this one looks like the perfect time to start.But in the meantime I’ll be catching some crooks in Lego City!And slicing some gigantic beast in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate!BRING ON DA GAMES!!!!!WOOOOOOOOOO

  • dylanbob121

    Not to be a troll or anything,but I have to say that this game looks like it lacks in exitment.

  • Sneferie

    The jaggies kinda took me by surprise. The game looked much better than this in previous shots. Like this one: see how round and smooth the Pikmin’s heads are?

    Maybe these are screens from the Gamepad screen?

  • Only a few are true gamers

    This game look so much fun

  • bizzy gie

    Ha! First pic looks like a GamePad.

  • fjonkan12

    Still kind of worried about those textures on the ground and on the rocks and such. How hard could it be to make, for example, fluffy grass instead of a texture thats supposed to lool like grass?

  • WiiLuigi

    Retro Olimar Wii U Gamepad!!!!!!

  • Zombie_Andrew

    I wonder if NFC technology is being implemented – thus the delay?

  • ps4rules

    lol r dis 4 real? look at ps4 grapihcs its bettter opps nintendo catching up agian when will they learn?
    EDIT: yalls are just mad because shintendo cant make good games

  • Sdudyoy

    Graphics? It’s Pikmin why do we need graphics? Anyway the graphics should not matter to fans of the original game’s, I still enjoy the original game’s despite the fact the graphics are dated (They still look great to me! mainly because the Wii u is my first HD console), and if Pikmin 3 is half the game the original Pikmin game’s where than it will be a great game, Well in my opinion that is.

    • dylanbob121

      yep,btw i’m typing this on my wii u!

    • Ben Kapferer

      Wasn’t one of the draws of the original Pikmin was that the graphics were beautiful for the game’s time?

      • Sdudyoy

        Not to me, I never cared for graphics, But I could see how it would affect other people’s opinion’s.