Despite all of the footage, screenshots and announcements we’ve seen regarding the upcoming Wii U strategy sequel Pikmin 3, we have not heard a thing about series protagonist Captain Olimar or partner Louie. This is because it seems Olly and Lou have been replaced by a new captain and assistants for this latest instalment.
The latest Nintendo Direct footage reveals new characters Alph, Brittany and the new captain, Charlie. With their home planet facing a “doomsday” crisis, the crew set out on a mission to gather food. Due to an accident while travelling through space, the explorers find themselves crashing into the land of Pikmin. The little critters assist the trio in bringing fruit to their spaceship.
Using the GamePad (or the “KopPad” as it is known within the game), players are able to view the overall map and grasp what each character and Pikmin are up to. Alternative control methods are also supported: GamePad in conjunction with the TV, Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk combo or GamePad only in off-TV mode.
The European release date for Pikmin 3 was also revealed to be July 26. The game will release exclusively on Wii U.