Acclaimed games designer Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed that Pikmin 3 will support off-TV support on the Wii U GamePad.
Whilst becoming a saving grace when other members of your household may want to use the TV, Miyamoto also revealed that the controller opened up news input methods including making use of the in-built gyro sensor.
“With regard to Pikmin 3 for Wii U, I don’t want to be misconceived, but the biggest draw of this game is the higher-resolution images through the high-definition graphics,” Miyamoto discussed with investors. “You can even see Pikmin’s gestures with the graphics.
“We are not going to put asymmetric gameplay in a game if it is unnecessary. In this game, you can see the entire map on Wii U GamePad. The two screens of the TV and Wii U GamePad will let you see what you are doing at any time during your gameplay, which alone is a great evolution for a strategy game.
“As a side note, you can play this game only with Wii U GamePad. If it is hard to imagine what it will be like, maybe you can recall the visuals of the original Pikmin for Nintendo GameCube and imagine how you can play it with the smaller but more detailed screen in your hands.
“The two control sticks of Wii U GamePad will let you play this game more comfortably and, with a TV screen, the gyro sensor inside Wii Remote Plus will further help your gameplay. Wii U GamePad will give you style variations of playing this game and playing only with Wii U GamePad might be a good experience for you. I hope you will like this game.”