Nintendo’s Miiverse is perhaps the Wii U’s greatest achievement. An online space for console gamers to talk, share tips, and post screenshots, it also hosts some incredible artists working within the black-and-white messaging confines of the 6.2-inch GamePad touch screen.
The release of Nintendo’s real-time action-strategy game Pikmin 3 this summer has inspired some stunning work by a number of these contributors.
The gallery below features 18 of the most impressive Pikmin-related creations on Miiverse right now. Expect space travelers, ravenous creatures, extreme cuteness, and a couple of special guests. All of the pictures remain untitled due to the nature of the Miiverse messaging system, but we’ve added some short descriptors.
Alph, Brittany, and Charlie (lamune04)
Meet the ABC gang. New Pikmin protagonists Alph, Brittany, and Charlie look primed and ready for action.
Alph and Pikmin investigating (sigme_y)
Prolific Miiverse artist sigme_y shows Alph and his Pikmin companions collecting some interesting tech.
Pikmin explosion (sigme_y)
Another piece by sigme_y that brings a powerful pop art styling to the Pikmin universe.
You left us to die (Kwakpriest)
Who hasn't felt the pang of guilt as stray Pikmin are abandoned come nightfall? Kwakpriest gives voice to these lost souls.
Pink Pikmin in the rain (teck2425)
This is one of only two pictures that teck2425 has posted on Miiverse, but it beautifully captures a peaceful and somewhat sad moment in the rain on planet PNF-404.
Wow. Pikmin creator Shigeru Miyamoto has been re-created as a Koppaite space traveler by Miiverse artist g-wood.
Pikmin 3 Pikachu crossover (g-wood)
Who better to fill that last place in the line than the electric-type Pokemon Pikachu? I'm not sure that Brittany has noticed the intrusion.
Ship botanist Brittany is given a softer than usual interpretation by Miiverse artist kinama.
Dark Pikmin (sintann)
Sintann's art lends a dark edge to the game, exposing its true nature as survival horror.
Alph, Brittany, and Charlie (sintann)
Sintann's GamePad skills impress once again with this portrait of Alph, Brittany, and Charlie.
Bulborb attack (matsurika)
Without a thought for his own safety, Alph prepares to launch a Pikmin into the jaws of a wild Bulborb. A true hero.
Brittany in the juice store (pepachu)
Brittany in the heart of the SS Drake, contemplating the state of juice reserves.
Bulborbs are a popular muse for GamePad artists. Small wonder when their simple, rounded features can convey such a sense of menace.
Pikmin sprite art (Michi_145)
A beautifully simple 8-bit pixel art reimagining of Pikmin by michi_145.
Strawberry flower (CharmanderRulz)
This psychedelic take on the Pikmin world represents three hours of GamePad crafting by artist CharmaderRulz.
Talking fruit (Soranino)
Soranino knows what Pikmin talk about in those rare downtimes. Their overeagerness to collect and carry has often proven to be their downfall, unfortunately.
Alph plucking Pikmin (Tanooki-Joe)
It's no wonder plucking a Pikmin from the ground looks such an effort for ship engineer Alph. He's only about an inch high.
The Captain (yarionna)
Ship captain Charlie is captured in a heroic pose by yarionna.
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All gallery images via Miiverse