Why was Pikmin 3 largely forgotten?

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Poll: Why was Pikmin 3 largely forgotten? (40 votes)

Console games aren't interested in RTS 8%
Too similar to Pikmin 1 and 2 5%
The game just wasn't that good 15%
It wasn't marketed enough by Nintendo 60%
The large gap of time (9 years, i think) 13%

Pikmin 1 and 2 were Gamecube titles that sold over 1 million each and got lots of acclaim. Pikmin 3 on the Wii U got universally positive reviews, but it doesn't get the same praise as Tropical Freeze, Wind Waker HD and Mario 3D World.

Why do you think that is?

#2 Posted by dirtymangle (34 posts) -

Not marketed enough is my bet.

#3 Edited by 93BlackHawk93 (5214 posts) -

The last two options. Possibly the first too.

#4 Edited by Pikminmaniac (8704 posts) -

It's also on a console that isn't selling very well. Hopefully it gets a lot more attention through that Mario Kart 8 promotion.

It's a superb game and definitely the strongest and most complex offering in the franchise. It's more enjoyable if you enjoy working your brain and maximizing your efficiency through multitasking.

It was definitely the best game I played in 2013 which was a very strong year all around.

#5 Posted by AutoPilotOn (8133 posts) -

@Pikminmaniac: other than the party wii game which I have no interest in I have the other games in the promotion. So I for one am getting it based on the promo.

#6 Posted by freedomfreak (38773 posts) -

Because it's on WiiU.

#7 Posted by drekula2 (1898 posts) -

It's also on a console that isn't selling very well.

Yet Tropical Freeze and such got the praise.

#8 Edited by bobbetybob (19126 posts) -

Probably down to the low sales of the console and it being a sort of niche game. I enjoyed it though, it was a solid 8/10 game for me and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone picking up a WiiU.

#9 Posted by Willy105 (24499 posts) -

It's a Nintendo IP that isn't Zelda or Mario.

#10 Edited by drekula2 (1898 posts) -

I think part of it is the fact that it's a cerebral game that is not super-friendly to newcomers, requires stressful multi-tasking and such.

#11 Edited by aroxx_ab (9220 posts) -

Think most even forgot about WiiU, it is a irrelevant platform for developers and most gamers

#12 Edited by lamprey263 (22836 posts) -

Hard for a great game to make waves when nobody owns the system it's on.

Pikmin 3 will probably get more free game downloads through the Mario Kart 8 promotion than it's sold on the Wii U so far.

#13 Edited by speedfreak48t5p (6643 posts) -

It's on a system that has nothing but tumbleweeds to play.

#14 Edited by Dennysinny (246 posts) -

@freedomfreak said:

Because it's on WiiU.

^^ this is correct... because its on wii u only 6.17 million have the console.........

only half of them actually play it and out of that half only half of them play it a lot .....

bad marketing ... the game been came out i didnt even know about it. i want the game though....

wii u is just not good overall

#15 Posted by Shinobishyguy (22382 posts) -

@drekula2: pikmin 3's score average is just as high as TF :/

#16 Posted by PrincessGomez92 (3385 posts) -

Because console games aren't interested in RTS.

#17 Edited by fgjnfgh (2627 posts) -

pikmin was always the underdog nintnedo title. but dont realize that this game is better than or deliver the same quality of gameplay of other nintendo titles. pikmin 3 was the best in the series. visuals were amazing and gameplay was stunning. i like it more than zelda

#18 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (9943 posts) -

Wheres the " its a Niche game" Option ?

#19 Edited by magicalclick (22389 posts) -

Because people are not missing it after they had fun with multiplat Overlord. This type of novelty games only need one or two for experience only, but, it isn't much to expand upon.

#20 Posted by M8ingSeezun (1974 posts) -

Because it looks too kiddy, its too colorful, it's on WiiU

#21 Posted by VendettaRed07 (13998 posts) -

-It was VERYYY Short.

- No online

-Didn't really push any boundaries or do much of anything new.

Still a great game. But There just wasn't enough too it.

#22 Edited by Senor_Kami (8292 posts) -

The series isn't popular and the game came out on a console nobody cares about.

#23 Posted by foxhound_fox (87379 posts) -

Because it's on WiiU.

This is the correct answer.

#24 Posted by drekula2 (1898 posts) -

Wheres the " its a Niche game" Option ?

Pikmin 1 and 2 both sold over a million though.

#25 Edited by DJ-Lafleur (34128 posts) -

-It's on Wii U

-Not one of Nintendo's most prolific/popular series

-Like many other things Wii U related, it was poorly marketed

Pretty easy to see why the game didn't do so hot.

#26 Edited by LustForSoul (5839 posts) -

That game had marketing beyond E3? Not to mention the console its on, which had the worst marketing.

#27 Edited by drekula2 (1898 posts) -

I'm moreso talking about Nintendo's loyal fans.

Pikmin had lots of directs I think.

#28 Posted by Desmonic (13180 posts) -

WiiU. That's why. If it was on the Wii or 3DS it would have probably been one of the highlights of 2013.

#29 Edited by Lulu_Lulu (9943 posts) -


Still pretty Niche.

Needs to sell atleast a billion units. :p

#30 Edited by drekula2 (1898 posts) -


Still pretty Niche.

Needs to sell atleast a billion units. :p

Seriously though. AAA has changed the industry.

2007 - 1 million units was profitable

2013 - 5 million units is profitable

#31 Edited by Pikminmaniac (8704 posts) -

@drekula2: pikmin 3's score average is just as high as TF :/

Pikmin 3's was significanlty higher actually

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze's Metascore= 83

Pikmin 3's Metascore= 87

#32 Edited by jake44 (1942 posts) -

I've never played a Pikmin game. Was thinking about picking 3 up when the price drops.

#34 Edited by lostrib (33438 posts) -

@zaraxius said:

Because everyone on here downplays the quality of console games in order to continuing sucking the dicks of PC gamers, except for me. Watching all these console gaming losers here (like that one guy who I'm not allowed to even mention anymore since he complained to the moderators) pander to these fucking neckbeards is disgraceful. You're all terrible people.

You seem like a terrible person

#35 Posted by faizan_faizan (7846 posts) -

Because Nintendon't.

#36 Posted by AtariKidX (6202 posts) -

Because it is a WiiU game.WiiU sucks.

#37 Posted by Bigboi500 (29147 posts) -

Never played any Pikmin game before. I'll try Pikmin 3 since it's free.

#38 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (9943 posts) -


Even 100 000 can be profitable, depending on the game ofcourse.... But profits aren't the issue.... A large number of people need to play the game.....

#39 Edited by superbuuman (2621 posts) -

Large gap..should have release it for Wii as original...then of course lack of marketing Wii U. :P

#40 Posted by GunSmith1_basic (9746 posts) -

Because it's on WiiU.

TC, why didn't you put this option? Seriously. It's pretty obvious.

I loved Pikmin and Pikmin 2. I would love to play Pikmin 3 but not enough to buy the system. Maybe someday I guess. It would have been a good launch game maybe.

#41 Posted by ReadingRainbow4 (13132 posts) -
#42 Edited by DocSanchez (1520 posts) -

It's just not that significant. If it was released on a console with a lot more games it would get lost amongst the better ones. Being a Nintendo release does not entitle a game to special praise.

Like people were saying, it was never going to save the wii u, or convince people to buy the failing console. It was going to give a bit of pleasure to the fans but ultimately drop under the radar and be forgotten about.

Every console is full of releases like this. They pad out a good library. I think people expect us to give more weight to Nintendo, even those of us who don't have a great affinity for them.

I'm not saying of course there are no big releases Nintendo make. I've had me issues with the same releases every console for them but we all know what the heavy hitters are. Kart. Smash. Mario. Zelda. Talking about pikmin for months on end before and after release makes people sound incredibly desperate.

#43 Edited by AugustEvans (104 posts) -

Because it's on a shytty console

#44 Edited by trugs26 (5233 posts) -

I dunno. But I can tell you, as Wii U owner, that it is the best game on the Wii U (imo). Though this may change since MK8 just came out yesterday.

#45 Posted by Wild_man_22 (574 posts) -

It's a game about aliens coming to earth and forcing carrot people to do their bidding.

#46 Edited by Lulu_Lulu (9943 posts) -


I though it was about earthlings going to an alien planet and forcing them to do their bidding.

#47 Edited by jg4xchamp (47081 posts) -

Game sucked.

#48 Edited by Gue1 (9440 posts) -

because Nintendo fans only care about Mario and Mario Kart and Pokemon and sometimes about Zelda. But anything else, even Metroid games, sell like shit.

#49 Edited by Lulu_Lulu (9943 posts) -


I fear for Bayonetta 2 :(

#50 Edited by MirkoS77 (7026 posts) -

Don't care. By far my favorite Wii U game.