Wii U is the perfect system for Pikmin. They were the words of Shigeru Miyamoto when he confirmed that Pikmin 3 Wii U is on the way. Judging by your Pikmin 3 ideas, he's not wrong.
We had one idea for Pikmin 3. Make it a Wii U launch game! Considering the original was launched in Europe in 2002, what better way to mark the series ten-year anniversary than to release Pikmin 3 when Wii U is released in the UK before Christmas. As for gameplay ideas, it's over to you.
Currently we have five different Pikmin colours - Red, Yellow, Blue, Purple and White - plus Bulbmin. For those who haven't played either Pikmin game, you can use the skills of the different coloured Pikmin to help Captain Olimar achieve his task, be it collecting parts of his broken spaceship (Pikmin) or scavenge for treasure (Pikmin 2).
Red Pikmin are strong and fire resistant but Purple Pikmin are the strongest in the series. White Pikmin can detect items that are underground and are immune to poison, Yellow Pikmin can wield bomb rocks in the original and are resistant to electricity in the sequel while blue Pikmin can survive underwater. As for Bulbmin, they can only be used in caves and are immune to fire, water, electricity and poison. They're quite weak though.
However, some of you want more Pikmin. ONM reader Annabel Overton suggested Balloon Pikmin. "You have to blow them up where their leaf is and then you could let them go so they could hit high levers or knock flying enemies down."
Meanwhile GeneralJokename suggested "A green Pikmin that can pluck Pikmin automatically for you!"
Yet Daz_Dragon wants to go one step further. He wants to be "able to control other species."
Finally, NEO.BAHAMUT wants more Pikmin. Not in terms of types but more on screen at the same time. "100 on screen at the same time is great but I still think there should be more. Maybe 1,000 maximum for ultimate Pikmin madness!"
That would be madness. We like the idea of new types of Pikmin though, just to shake things up a bit. The balloon Pikmin sounds good.
Wii U Camera and AR
CyberGW has a great idea for the new Wii U controller. "You could use the Wii U camera to take photographs of certain objects like tin cans which you could then use to build stuff in the game."
Switzerninmaster has a similar idea. He wants "a way of putting objects in your house into the game. Maybe I want to find my yo-yo or something in Pikmin 3.. Or even better, take the controller away from the TV and play Pikmin Augmented Reality-style."
Considering there are Pikmin 3DS AR cards, this doesn't sound impossible. We'd also like it if you could move the controller around for 360 view of the environment as seem in the recent Wii U demo. Talking of environments...
Minimobi wants new Pikmin planets and has come up with a great idea for a "Pikmin farm where you could save your Pikmin." If there were lots of different types of Pikmin, this could add a whole new strategy element as you could decide which Pikmin to take out of the farm. Maybe you could even grow new Pikmin there. This is beginning to sound a bit Pokemon....