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E3 2012: Pikmin 3 trailer

Did you know that it’s been eight years since Nintendo last made a Pikmin game? Other than an appearance on Super Smash Brothers Brawl, the little guy and his army of Pikmin never got a shot on the Wii. 

That’ s all changing with the Wii U. Pikmin 3 will probably be a launch title for the Wii U when the console launches this coming fall, but Nintendo didn’t confirm or deny this.

Pikmin 3 continues the RTS elements of the previous titles with the player directing a horde of Pikmin to build, destroy and kill. Red, Yellow, and Blue pikmin are making a return with a couple of new ones including Rock and Magenta. The second game allowed players to control two leaders, but number three will let gamers direct up to four. 

The Wii U GamePad screen will act as a map, and should let you follow some of the action without even glancing at the game on TV.