Pikmin 3 Adds Enhanced GamePad Support One Year After Release

You can now throw Pikmin around using your stylus like in Nintendo Land.

Almost a year after it was released on Wii U, Pikmin 3 has been updated to introduce a new stylus-based control scheme that puts the system's GamePad touchscreen to use.

The update, noticed by a pair of Twitter users (via Nintendo Everything), reportedly makes the new control scheme the default option when not using a Wii remote and nunchuk. It allows players to throw Pikmin by tapping the touchscreen, similar to the control setup used in Nintendo Land's Pikmin-themed minigame, Pikmin Adventure. Prior to this update, the GamePad's touchscreen had been used only for things like manipulating the map.

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Many players, including GameSpot's reviewer, found using a Wii remote and nunchuk preferable to the more traditional controls offered by using the GamePad or Pro Controller's analog sticks and buttons. Pikmin Adventure's controls made good use of the GamePad, so this setup should be a welcome addition here, particularly for those getting their hands on the game for the first time through Mario Kart 8's free game promotion.

Nintendo doesn't have the most extensive track record for updating its games, especially this long after release. Oftentimes, updates for its games are released only to fix serious bugs, like those found in Pokemon X/Y and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Do you plan on checking out this new control scheme, or are you satisfied with one of the existing options? Let us know in the comments below.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
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16 comments
ekolite
ekolite

Ahh now newcomers won't know the real challenge of a few of those boss fights on default controls.  If I had to do it over again I would switch to the new ones just for those moments though.

matthova
matthova

I quickly tried it out, then switched back to default lol

ethan_taylor99
ethan_taylor99

If they wanted to introduce wii game-pad feautures, they really should of introduced it when it came out, not a year later!

kate_jones
kate_jones

Still can't decide between this or monster hunter for my free game.

varmintx
varmintx

Just in time for the free redemption with MK8.

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

"One year after release" ...Was that part really needed? .. I think it is good that they care about their games enough to do this.. 

Rakou
Rakou

YES! A definite reason to buy the Wii U now, <sarcasm>

Bowser05
Bowser05

That's cool. I was personally happy with the normal Gamepad controls, but I'll give this a try.

dinb
dinb

Better late than never

golemoy
golemoy

@ethan_taylor99 better late then never, it seems N realized importance of the gamepad just recently

maybe they will add some use to DKCTF later on

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

@kate_jones I couldn't get into monster hunter. It worth checking out the demo first. Pikmin 3 is great though. One of my fav wiiU games.

14monkey
14monkey

@kate_jones monster hunter you can put 300 hours into that game and still not have everything XD

ekolite
ekolite

@kate_jones That's a tough one.  I have both.  Both are very good.  Monster Hunter has very good free online play.  Pikmin 3 is a much more quick play-through, but something about that game still makes me think it's a tie.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

That was not an insult ... defuq is wrong with you?