Nintendo Co. this week said it will release Pikmin 3 to the Wii U at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

Basic controls use the Wii Remote and Nunchuck. Users can use motion to target enemies. The Wii U GamePad will provide a user map and place Pikmin from the touchscreen.

The final game will include new Rock Pikmin and a new Challenge Mode.

The graphics engine looked solid at 30 frames-per-second with individual Pikmin movement and physics-based water effects in high-definition.

The Wii U will be released in 2012.

The Wii U GamePad allows users to transfer gameplay to the controller screen, or use the added screen to relay menu items.

It includes a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen that allows users to transfer gameplay to the controller screen, or use the added screen to relay menu items.

Additionally features include Wii U controller web browsing and video call chat.

The hardware will be fully backwards compatible with the Wii.

Finally, the hardware will include a social component called Miiverse to allow users to chat and view the status of other players.

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