After three years of Nintendo continuously reconfirming that they were working on a new Pikmin game, they’ve finally announced that we’ll be getting our first look at the title during E3 2012. A
fter admitting that reports of a new Super Mario Bros. Wii U game being revealed at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo were accurate, a Nintendo rep went on to clarify that anyone who’s been anticipating a new Pikmin, ever since it was first announced back at E3 2008, will finally be getting their wish.
During an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Miyamoto assured fans that the new Pikmin game was set to be detailed at E3. A Nintendo rep then reconfirmed the statement in an official response to Kotaku, stating that “In a recent interview, Mr. Miyamoto confirmed that a new Pikmin game will be shown at the E3 Expo in June. He believes that anyone who has played Pikmin games in the past will enjoy playing.”
Development on Pikmin 3 originally began on the Wii, before being moved to Nintendo’s next generation system. While the game has been in quasi-development hell for the better part of three years, fans have been keeping their fingers crossed that the project would eventually see the light of day. Now that it finally is, it’s almost a surreal moment for anyone who’s played (what many consider) one of the most underrated franchises ever made.
Pikmin 3 may very well end up being one of the best games at the impending press conference to show off the actual power of the Wii U. The past two games featured lush environments, an obscene amount of on-screen allies (capping at 100 Pikmin), and absolutely massive enemies; all of which should transfer into the new HD installment rather nicely. It’ll also be able to show gamers just what kind of power they can expect from the Wii U, and will undoubtedly either prove or disprove reports of the Wii U being less powerful than current gen consoles.
Pikmin fans, it’s time to get excited for E3.
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