In today's Nintendo Direct, a release timeframe of Q2 2013 was revealed for Pikmin 3. During the broadcast, viewers got a look at the in-progress version of the latest entry of the strategy action franchise.

The sequences showed Captain Olimar and a troop of Pikmin wandering through lush garden environments, battling with a giant crab enemy. From there, nocturnal levels were shown where fiery threats and bioluminescent creatures showed off atmospheric lighting.