Pikmin 3 targets spring 2013 release

One of Nintendo's most anticipated Wii U titles has received a slightly clearer release target. The company says Pikmin 3 is scheduled for release in spring of 2013, which paired with previous promises of a wide "launch window" lands the game in the month of March.

The latest Iwata Asks confirms the spring 2013 target. Nintendo has previously said it will be a "launch window" game, which the company broadly defines as lasting to the end of the first quarter in 2013. Since that period ends in March, and spring doesn't begin until March, the month looks like a safe bet for the game. We're not sure how literally Nintendo meant "spring," since the season doesn't actually begin until March 20. Nintendo could be using the word as a general guideline, but that at least gives us a more narrow window to expect for the next sentient plant strategy title.