Gallery: New Pikmin 3 screens released

Wii U sequel dated for Europe

Nintendo has released a selection of new Pikmin 3 screenshots following its latest Nintendo Direct webcast.

On Friday Nintendo announced a July 26 release date for Pikmin 3 in Europe. The highly anticipated sequel has already been given a August 4 release date in North America.

The game was first shown at E3 2012 featuring a new rock Pikmin that can be used to break hard objects. Later Nintendo unveiled a new flying Pikmin type called Winged Pikmin, which fly around following the player and can carry items.

Pikmin creator Shigeru Miyamoto has described the game as a "real-time action management game" that tasks players with controlling a swarm of 100 Pikmin and carrying out various objectives.