It's been nine years since the release of the last Pikmin game. And while it's still weeks away from a Western release, Pikmin 3 was released in Japan this past Saturday. But what exactly is Pikmin 3 like hands-on? You can count on Kotaku East to give you a sneak peek.

Check out the video above to see some normal gameplay, puzzle gameplay, and even a boss battle—all with commentary from yours truly.

Pikmin 3 was released for the Nintendo Wii U in Japan on July 13, 2013. It will be released in North America on August 4, 2013. Stay tuned to Kotaku East for our import preview later this week.

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