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Pikmin 3 adds new stylus control option

Get the game for free with Mario Kart 8.

Pikmin 3 has been updated to allow for Stylus-based controls.

This is the new default control scheme upon booting up the cutesy critter-herding adventure. As spotted by Twitter user James Scott (via NintendoEverything), when launching Pikmin 3 you'll now receive a message saying, "GamePad control style has been set to [Stylus]. You can switch back to the original controls via the menu."

This update comes just in time for today's Mario Kart 8 promotion wherein registering the new racer with Nintendo allows players to download a free game of their choice. Select titles include Pikmin 3, as well as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, New Super Mario Bros. U, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, Sonic Lost World, Nintendo Land, Wii Party U and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Chris Donlan loved the third iteration of the Pikmin series upon its release last summer. "Nintendo has transformed a genre traditionally concerned with large-scale warfare into a knee-high epic built of scavenging and babysitting," he wrote in his glowing Pikmin 3 review.