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Pikmin 3 would have been released closer to launch ideally - Miyamoto

'We're still learning about Wii U,' says legendary developer

The Pikmin 3 release date is set for spring-summer, but Shigeru Miyamoto has admitted that he would have liked the new strategy game to have been released closer to the Wii U launch.

Speaking with Time, Miyamoto said that Nintendo's Wii U launch strategy was similar to that of Wii as the company released one familiar game and a new title.

"If you look back at the launch of Wii, we were able to prepare a game like Wii Sports, which at the time was clearly a new game, and launch that alongside a Zelda game. With the Wii U, we took a similar approach by launching Nintendo Land as well as a Mario game - though we're working on Zelda for Wii U, that's going to take us a little big longer.

"From my perspective, I think ideally it would have been nice if we'd been able to release Pikmin 3 closer to launch, but the Wii U - though it shares the Wii name - is obviously a brand new system, with new chips and graphical capabilities. It can do a lot more, and in the process of developing a lot of the features and functionality, the resources required to best utilise those features drew on some of the same resources that might have been spent developing games, thus we weren't able to bring quite as robust a lineup initially."

Miyamoto hinted that Wii U has yet to reach its full potential. "We still have new things to learn about how to leverage the features and functionalities of Wii U in ways that create fun and interesting new ways to play, including new gameplay systems. As we become even more familiar with the hardware, we'll be able to do more from a software standpoint. That's an area we're currently devoting resources to."

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  1. KH81314 Monday 11th Mar 2013 at 10:26

    Would love to have Pikmin 3 right now but I'm willing to wait.

  2. jaco_p Monday 11th Mar 2013 at 14:30

    A delayed game is eventually good, a rushed game is forever bad. Or something like that

  3. samus_killer Monday 11th Mar 2013 at 14:39

    I thought Pikmin 3 was supposed to be released years ago anyway.

    A few more months I can handle.

  4. liveswired Monday 11th Mar 2013 at 17:43

    If they gave the Wii U some graphical power to start with maybe it wouldn't take so much time.

    I'm sure the biggest challenge Nintendo designers are facing is not only the lack of power but how to make sure their games look at least as good as the best on PS3

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