Nintendo is working on a number of original animated shorts based on thePikmin franchise.
Designed to be viewed on
, the shorts will be released before the launch of
Pikmin 3
and will either be given away or sold through the eShop."We really just want to take advantage of the Pikmin characters," Shigeru Miyamoto, who's overseeing the creation of the cartoons, toldPolygon."We have started selling Shaun the Sheep videos, so we're continuing to look at ways to expand the eShop offerings. Nintendo 3DS is great for viewing 3D video content so we wanted to look at ways to expand that offering."The first short will show Captain Olimar eating what looks like a Pikmin, but turns out to be carrots."When Olimar first discovered the Pikmin he named them based on the PikPik brand carrots in his home world, so he clearly loves carrots," Miyamoto said. "I thought it would be fun to have a scenario where it seems like he is going to eat the Pikmin. So it's kind of dark, but he doesn't eat them."Nintendo confirmed a Pikmin 3 delay last December. The highly anticipated strategy game had been due to launch during the first calendar quarter of 2013, but will now release in the April to June window.