Hey! Pikmin Launching This July

As we briefly saw in a previous Direct, Pikmin will be transitioning — perhaps briefly — to the 3DS with a new, upcoming side-scrolling 2D platformer that incorporates elements of the series’ staple item-gathering and real-time strategy. Well the game has now, in today’s Nintendo Direct, been officially announced as Hey! Pikmin and will launch on Nintendo’s family of handhelds on July 28.

What’s more a Pikmin amiibo has also been unveiled for release the same day. While its functions have so far not been confirmed, a brief caption seems to indicate that it will allow players to call in additional Pikmin during play. It’s unclear whether Hey! Pikmin factors into the series’ story or is in fact an alternate take on Captain Olimar’s many ventures so far.