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Shigeru Miyamoto Helping To Create A Pikmin Cartoon Series

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Nintendo’s senior managing director and legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that he is helping spearhead a cartoon series built upon the loveable Pikmin series. Miyamoto says that the Pikmin based cartoons will be launched before Pikmin 3‘s release this Spring/Summer, and will possibly appear on Nintendo Video. If the cartoons prove to be popular then Miyamoto has suggested that they may begin selling them. The video that was showcased was created by Miyamoto with the help of an external animation studio. Here’s some details.

“We were working on several Pikmin CG animated videos and wanted more people to be able to see them,” he said. “I had gone to a movie theater and saw the videos telling people to turn off their cell phones and thought we could create a Pikmin version of that, but instead decided to do the 3D glasses video.”

“I didn’t want to license our characters out to someone else to create films,” he said. “Instead, since I used to draw four-panel comics when I was younger, I thought it would be fun to bring a four-panel comic approach to creating video content, so we started work on these Pikmin videos.”

“We didn’t have a good opportunity to announce that we were doing this, so while we were working on the movies we also created the Pikmin video that opened our E3 presentation last year.”

“When Olimar first discovered the Pikmin he named them based on the PikPik brand carrots in his home world, so he clearly loves carrots,” Miyamoto said. “I thought it would be fun to have a scenario where it seems like he is going to eat the Pikmin. So it’s kind of dark, but he doesn’t eat them.”

“We really just want to take advantage of the Pikmin characters,” he said. “We have started selling Shaun the Sheep videos, so we’re continuing to look at ways to expand the eShop offerings. Nintendo 3DS is great for viewing 3D video content so we wanted to look at ways to expand that offering.”

50 comments

  1. Dude, thats pretty cool.

    Also, summer?! Ugh :/ this is the problem you need to fix Nintendo, get your games out pronto…

      1. Sonic 06 wasn’t rushed because the people wanted it so badly. It was rushed because Sega, or Sonic Team rather, was incredibly lazy.

      2. again rush, in fact why the ps3 ver suck when it was a years later?

      3. they were not lazy you dumbass they lost a lot of developers at that time, honesty do some research lazy ass

  2. I guess the seriesr will be compares whit the smurfs. Also kid icarus 3ds classic is 150 coins now!

  3. This is very much appreciated and will market the real game a bit more before it releases…

  4. Everyone says summer but I saw that is said SPRING/summer. This means May, which is the transition from SPRING to SUMMER. Jesus people, c’mon, how do you MISS this?

      1. I added in Spring. The game is due to be released in Japan in the Spring. The North American and European dates are just Q2. Hopefully we will get a solid date during the next Wii U Nintendo Direct :-)

      2. I think that at the beginning of April, after MH3U and LC:U release, Nintendo will make another Nintendo Direct giving release dates for the second wave of games (Wii Fit, Game and Wario, Wonderful 101, and Pikmin 3)

  5. I seriously can’t wait much longer for Pikmin 3 , it was THE main game that I was excited about when the Wiiu was properly shown off at e3 2012.
    I am excited for Lego city , but I just hope it doesn’t dissapoint. MHU will be awesome but its nothing new that is trully exciting. NSMWU looks amazing and I am glad I waited for it to come out on wiiu :)

  6. I hope the shorts don’t ruin the characters of pikmin. I kind of like having pikmin just having little personality because I thought of them as ants when I first played the game on GC. In pikmin 1, Olimar’s logs consisted of observations of the animals and were usually based around the natural world and pseudo-science(ex: pikmin=plant/animal). What I’m saying is I hope they don’t make the pikmin cartoony and bouncy and start naming individuals. If they just made shorts on the captains to build character & backstory or make parodies of animal documentaries for the pikmin wildlife that would be interesting.IMO

  7. We need more nintendo animes and cartoons. Pikmin cartoon with cg, metroid and zelda both anime style, and pre mario 64 for anime, and games afterwards for cg

    1. Although I NEVER watch Nintendo videos on my 3DS because every time I do, it’s something really stupid that makes me wonder why I even bothered. Like that annoying dinosaur show or that other thing showing how to make or build something. What’s that got to do with Nintendo?

      1. I like Dinosaur Office! and the Bear Shark show! and they had some Kid Icarus cartoons that were pretty good. I think they are fun little cartoon snippets. :)

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