Miyamoto Wishes Pikmin 3 Could Have Been A Wii U Launch Game

It's been a rough few months for folks who bought the Wii U right at launch. Almost none of the third-party games that came out alongside Nintendo's new home console set the world on fire, and the first-party offerings made by Nintendo didn't deliver a lightning-bolt success like Wii Sports. It's no wonder that Shigeru Miyamoto wishes that Pikmin 3 had been ready to debut along with the System.

In a recent interview with Time Magazine's website, the guy who made Mario wishes that the little plant creatures in Nintendo's colourful strategy series could have been out back in November:

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.

It's been a very slim January and February for Wii U owners, which makes events like the Rayman Legends delay all the more painful. Even though Nintendo has been candid about the bumpiness of its new system launch, it's still pretty rare to see its chief creative architect talk so frankly about what could have gone differently.

Miyamoto: I Couldn't Have Imagined Where We've Ended Up [Time]


    Take all the time you need to make it awesome.

    Man I love Pikmin.

    Whilst I agree that there is nothing to play (since beating Zombie-U), success aside, Nintendo Land is way better than Wii Sports ever was.
    Pikmin 3 better be absolutely amazing >:(

    I LOVE the wiiU, but the lack of games at this point is killing me! I cant count the amount of times I have walked into a shop hoping somehow I missed a game I actually want.

    I know it will get a LOT better, just a painful few months

    The question is: Through the years, have we been Fans of Nintendo or Myamoto? The sure thing is that something has changed and I came to wonder if what we are seing now is actually the reality of a Nintendo without a Myamoto. The chicken bringing the golden eggs is about to retire and the truth is about to come out! and The truth is that there is no Nintendo without a Myamoto. For that reason Nintendo is bound to die with him. I think we should better do one last celebration for the BIG N and our dear beloved Myamoto and accept the fact that
    THIS IS THE END. Like a lot of you I have been hoping and waiting and imagining the next great games for the last 5-7 years but somehow I knew It was never gonna come, why? well simply because the one behing all of this is slowly moving away from it all. The Wii and now the wii u are mostly Myamoto idea and plans that have been put together by Nintendo hoping to squeeze the last juice out of him. and even though you can feel the Myamoto input, evertyhing Nintendo now feels half baked. Lets face It, Myamoto is Nintendo and no more Myamoto means no more Nintendo its that simple.

    Last edited 13/03/13 7:06 pm

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