Watch Nintendo Direct Japan in full: Pikmin 3, Game & Wario, Google Maps

Plus Panorama and NSMBU on YouTube

Nintendo has just wrapped up a Japanese Nintendo Direct event which, although light on new announcements, did yield new footage of Pikmin 3, an interesting Google Maps application and a first look at Game & Wario.


The Wii U launches across Japan on Sunday, so company president Satoru Iwata spent the majority of the stream highlighting third-party offerings such as Assassin's Creed 3, Batman: Arkham City and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

This was followed by the announcement of a dedicated New Super Mario Bros. U YouTube channel with hint and trick videos, a trailer for the Wii U version of Dragon Quest X, details on Nintendo TVii, confirmation that Panorama View will be released next year, and an extensive look at the Google Maps app.

Those hoping for a Pikmin 3 release date will no doubt be disappointed with the vague 2013 window Iwata reiterated, but on the plus side there's a decent chunk of new gameplay footage. Watch the whole thing below.

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Nintendo will be holding an North America and European event at 5pm today. Keep your eyes on CVG for full coverage.