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Is Pikmin 3 a launch window game in Europe?

Release date simply listed as 2013 in Europe

Pikmin 3 will be released in the US and Japan in Spring 2013 but Nintendo's latest release schedule has listed the game for a '2013' release date in Europe and the UK. Does this mean it will miss the launch window?

The Wii U launch window runs from the Wii U UK release date on 30 November until 31 March but while games such as Sing Party and LEGO City Undercover have been listed as Wii U launch window games for Europe, Pikmin 3 hasn't.

A Nintendo spokesperson told us that the company could only confirm that it is coming to Europe in 2013.

In other news, Game and Wario has a launch window 2013 release date while Ninja Gaiden will be released in January 2013.

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  1. SNESgamer Thursday 25th Oct 2012 at 08:33

    There are already quite a few tasty looking games for the launch window so I would expect this one to be pushed back by a couple of months. I'm sure the temptation is there for Nintendo to release all the big games together and say "look at all these great games you can play right now" but then they could be left with a large gap with nothing of note to release. That would not look good to the average consumer, and may very well put them off buying a wii u for a while.

  2. Abe hikura Thursday 25th Oct 2012 at 08:48

    I think pikmins delay comes from them adding an new control scheme allowing you to use the gamepad to controlled the pikmin.
    Miyamoto said that he was listening to player feed back at e3 "many people wanted to controller pikmin with the new controller"

  3. LavaTwilight Thursday 25th Oct 2012 at 10:07

    O well, looks like I won't be buying my WiiU until '2013' then :(

  4. torterratrainer Thursday 25th Oct 2012 at 10:14

    huh that's funny. (inquisitively)
    now we have 3 wii u games that are having their releases changed.

    at least NSMBU is still launching although i would have preffered MH3U

  5. K-tet Thursday 25th Oct 2012 at 10:51

    Nintendo of Europe are looking at the launch window to see what other games being released may challenge Pikmin 3. Us die-hard Nintendo fans absolutely loved Pikmin, but for the general gamer, the first two games just didn't really deliver. They were fun, but there were better games out there, so they're just being mindful on when to release it.

    Remember we have Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launching in March. If they're going to release P3, they might want to do it before then. A February release would make the most sense. If they release P3 just after the release of MH3U, nobody's really going to pick it up. Also, while the Wii U will have a very strong library of games leading up to P3's release, Nintendo don't exactly want to jeopardise their 3DS software sales either. The two go hand-in-hand. Most 3DS owners will own a Wii U, so they've got to pick a clear spot to release their own software without it really impeding on other franchises.

  6. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 25th Oct 2012 at 11:32

    Long as we get it before summer next year,I don't mind.

  7. 3DSRulesO.K Thursday 25th Oct 2012 at 15:50

    I think that Nintendo wants to launch Pikmin 3 after the launch window so that people will pay more attention to it and wont be focussing on other Wii U games, its good that Nintendo wants to make Pikmin a bigger Franchise!

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