Pikmin 3 delayed again

Wii U strategy game now expected August 4; new flying Winged Pikmin revealed.

High-profile upcoming Wii U game Pikmin 3 has been delayed again. Nintendo announced the news today, slating the strategy game to ship August 4 in stores and through the eShop.

Pikmin 3 was originally slated for release during the Wii U launch window (by March 31, 2013), but was later pushed to the April-June quarter.

No rationale for this latest delay was provided.

Noted Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto explained last month that the games he works on tend to get delayed, and this is no different for Pikmin 3.

"And in my mind, there's really two kinds of games: games that get delayed and then there's games that sort of shift [laughs]," he said at the time. "I'm sorry. I know everybody is waiting for it."

Nintendo also today revealed a new Pikmin for the game: the flying Winged Pikmin, which follows players can and can carry items in the air.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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sman3579
sman3579

I just want the game already. I've been waiting for Pikmin 3 since Pikmin 2 came out in 2004! It's been 9 years!

zimerust105
zimerust105

Why are we complaining about it being delayed? IT HAS A CONCRETE RELEASE DATE NOW. JESUS CHRIST

xolivierx
xolivierx

just for fun I was looking at the release dates for games on the WiiU platform...so far all I came across was smurf games and things like that( a few rpg here and there but does anybody expect these titles to be of any real value.) I really had hope for the WiiU but I don't seem to get what Nintendo is focuing on right now. It seems the 3DS is an awesome ''console'' to have at the moment as it is getting great games, with even more great games to come. As for the WiiU, it's as dead as dead. I wanted to get a WiiU, but now, I'll probably never even bother with it. Not until they release the strong franchises, because that's all Nintendo has in their pockets. There is absolutely nothing worth buying on the WiiU for the months to come(yeah you could be naming a few titles, but those titles will also be released on the PS andXbox, meaning there is no point in getting the WiiU at the moment)

Metronoid
Metronoid

WTF is happening around big N? This game was delayed for 3 f...... times !!!! 

Dukkha71
Dukkha71

My two kids at home have been waiting a very long time for this release. They will be very disappointed. The Wii U has been collecting dust the last months when there is nothing new for the kids to play. 

I have always liked Nintendo but I think this will be the last Nintendo console that we are going to buy. Seems like they have a hard time to get the developers to release games for the console.

Nintendo R.I.P.

TooCoolForYou
TooCoolForYou

In the meantime, Nintendo needs to start releasing other games. That would seriously help out the WiiU sales.

angeloti83
angeloti83

mmm nintendo? ..i´ve heard of them somewhere...

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

who cares, Nintendo are out.....

ewjiml
ewjiml

I was stoked to get this during the launch window.  Now I am more stoked about the next PS and Xbox.  Nintendo has turned into a joke. 

Renato1984
Renato1984

Pikmin 3 release + Wii U price drop + decent upcoming software lineup (AAA and indies, at retail and online stores) = one more core gamer (me) in the Wii U owner base.

Epicurus-Reborn
Epicurus-Reborn

I just want nintendo to stop making consoles so I can play pikmin on my xbox.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

yea I bet it's not gonna come out till xmas 

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

They should have delayed console launch to Summer 2013 as well. Giving Nintendo some time to add more RAM to that thing.

xolivierx
xolivierx

Ok I'm really tired about all the hate toward the WiiU. But damn it, it's turning into a joke. A lot of people were saying the system is going(eventually) to get great games like Pikmin, but again it's delayed. How do they figure the system is going to bloom when there are no games...double faceslap

clynch0527
clynch0527

And people say Sony is bad about releases.  I still want to get a WiiU though, its kind of an interesting console to me.  Better that than an XBOX! XD

Flint247
Flint247

Better a game delay than a rushed game.

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

Well I guess I'll have to wait even longer to get the Wii U. Since there is nothing but Lego City Undercover avaliable, and worth getting. 

emgesp
emgesp

LOL, is Wii U even a gaming console? I mean usually game consoles have games. 

BradBurns
BradBurns

@zimerust105 

Many people were led to believe that it would launch with or around the same time as the Wii U. 

It has a concrete release date now, but it is also much further along than was expected. 

It doesn't really bother me since I don't yet own the console, but I can sympathize with those who are a bit disappointed in yet another delay by a company that is well know for, well, delaying games.

Miyamoto must have felt the game wasn't up to his quality standards. He often does this since he dreads releasing sub par,  unfinished, or just plain poor games. Just a thought.


xolivierx
xolivierx

@TooCoolForYou I think they abandoned that sinking ship. The rats are now on board of the 3DS ship.

xolivierx
xolivierx

@Renato1984 yes, but you can foget about AAA and indies...look at the release dates. You will get more AAA titles on the Wii than on the WiiU...and that is saying alot.

Renato1984
Renato1984

@Trickymaster It has double the RAM of  current consoles, and is much more modern overall. Do you have any doubt that Nintendo will be able to release a few gorgeous HD masterpieces on the system? If 3rd parties get onboard with more than just crappy ports, it would be even better.

kbzon312
kbzon312

@xolivierx Well, the PS3 did just about the same and they're not in a bad of a spot in this times, is it?

The_Beanster
The_Beanster

@clynch0527 Right now the Wii U and the next Xbox have the exact same number of good games released

slayer1090
slayer1090

@emgesp No, it's a multimedia device, gaming consoles are things like the SNES, Genesis, N64, Turbo Graphx 16, etc.

clynch0527
clynch0527

@kbzon312 @xolivierx Actually, very rarely, if any of the games published by Sony get pushed back.  Pikmin is published and developed by Nintendo.  Yes, some games on the PS3 get pushed back, but that's not Sony's fault, that's the third party publishers and developers.  Same goes for Xbox, the titles they publish, usually release on time,  Same goes for the ones developed by Microsoft Studios.  Nintendo however, they are notorious for this.  The guy even admits his games get delayed.  It's not necessarily a bad thing, as it does give more time for polishing the game.  Just don't do it with nearly every title or don't give a release date until you're 100% sure it's ready.

clynch0527
clynch0527

@RiKanKiDD @clynch0527 you fan boys are cancer, just don't go away.  At least I gave Nintendo some credit.  They are after all a better company than Microsoft.  Not saying much I know, since the sperm factory in my ball sack is a better company than Microsoft.  But you have to admit, Nintendo is bad about about its release.  Twilight Princess, Star Fox for the Wii.  Hell, even Smash Bros on the Wii got pushed back.  They hardly EVER release a title when they say they will.  I'm not putting them down, but it just annoys me when you little fan boys want to think that Nintendo is the best company ever.  They are not by any means.  Just because they have been around for a long time, doesn't make them the best.  Atari has been around a lot longer than them, but that doesn't make them that great.  Actually, they filed bankruptcy because they couldn't keep up.  The Jaguar, a failed attempt at competing with the Gensis and SNES.  The only thing keeping Nintendo going, is in fact, the NDS.  If they don't look out, they will be following in the footsteps of Atari.  Which by the way, one of the biggest reasons why the Jaguar failed, was limited exclusive/first party games, and limited third party support.  The only really good games that nintendo really has ever had, are Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Pokemon.  Those three games keep them going.  There are other games like Metroid and Starfox, good, but not so much here lately.  Anyways, point is, Nintendo is bad about its release dates.  Pikmin 3 was SUPPOSED to be a launch title, but got pushed back, again.  All I'm saying is, things like this suck because people are a fan of your company for specific reason, and pushing back good titles constantly, is not good for the image you are trying to keep.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@WolfGrey 

I already killed the bastard with my Rimeblade :P My mistake with the Bow Gun was that I didn't bring enough Fire shots, plus it didn't have rapid fire. 

The two monsters I have left to slay before completing the low rank quests are the Diablos and that flying saber-tooth tiger looking monster. At least I have an ice weapon and fire weapon for those monsters.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

 @abHS4L88 @WolfGrey 

I sometimes play better drunk.

But ya for Duremboros you want a bowgun with ability to use fire shots. I suggest making the Rathling Gun that has rapid fire Fire shots. Also aim for his humps, once broken he takes a lot of damage there. Use the rapid fire when it's broken to maximize the damage.

Should be much easier then. Use pitfall traps if your having issues getting his humps. You can trade for them from the argosy captain or make them by combining net with trap tool. To get net you combine spider webs with ivy.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@WolfGrey 

Oh gosh, don't worry, I'll always be in top form (since I don't drink, haha). 50 minute hunts? X_X Lol, when I did the quest to get Kayamba, I failed because my freaking Bow Gun wasn't strong enough to defeat the monster within the 50 minute time frame T_T

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

 @abHS4L88 @WolfGrey 

Ya with hunts taking up to 50 minutes, you easily kill time.

Especially with a group of buddies. Sometimes drunk. Fear my drunken bowgunning.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@WolfGrey  

Experiencing that first hand, now I know I was right to avoid Tri when I did (otherwise many other games would've been ignored during that time, haha). 

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

 @abHS4L88 @Rovelius @Nintyfan95 
Monster Hunter is heavily addictive and a major time sink.