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Pikmin 3 Deluxe is Coming to Switch!

A new and improved version of the Wii U game is arriving this October.

Aug 09, 2020

Most of the Wii U’s great library of games has made its way onto the Switch. A few games are remaining though, and Pikmin 3 Deluxe sees one more make the jump onto the new console with enhanced features and cooperative gameplay throughout the whole experience!

Pikmin 3 Deluxe Trailer



What is Pikmin?

Pikmin is Nintendo’s unique take on the real-time strategy genre that puts you in the spacesuit of explorers that use the help of an army of friendly plant creatures, the Pikmin, to explore the world, complete puzzles and fight off hostile alien wildlife. The series began way back on the Nintendo GameCube with the first two games, and fans had to wait until the Wii U for a proper third game. Switch fans will soon be able to join in on the fun too!

The original game released in 2001 on the Nintendo GameCube.The original game released in 2001 on the Nintendo GameCube.

What’s New in Pikmin 3 Deluxe?

Like many of the Wii U games that have transitioned from that console to the Switch, the Deluxe version of Pikmin 3 has a lot more to offer this time. The huge world and colorful alien creatures come back, with some added options to ease in new players. First off, if the game’s famous time limit of having to complete all tasks within the around 95 in-game days sounds a bit too tough or stressful, you can adjust the difficulty settings or have the game give you some helpful tips along the way.

Command an army of plant aliens, what other game lets you do that?Command an army of plant aliens, what other game lets you do that?

More importantly, the game has coop play now, so you can split up the exploration duties with a friend to make things easier as well. Each Pikmin type has different abilities, so combining unique combinations of Pikmin with a friend will add a whole new layer to the gameplay. And if you get tired of cooperating there are new competitive modes that pit explorers against each other to keep the game fresh.

What game isn't better when played with a friend?What game isn't better when played with a friend?

Pikmin 3 Deluxe includes all of the original game’s DLC content, so there is even more to do once you complete the game and gather enough food for your home planet. Even though it is a real-time strategy game at heart, there aren’t any other gaming experiences quite like Pikmin. Where most games in the genre see you commanding armies to conquer other players’ bases and win a large conflict, Pikmin places the strategy in simply navigating and surviving an otherworldly environment. The feeling of being a tiny explorer on a planet multiple times your size leads to a ton of fun gameplay scenarios as you try to collect enough fruit to bring back to your ship, and bringing a friend along for the ride can only make the experience more fun. Pikmin 3 Deluxe is arriving on Nintendo Switch on October 30th, 2020.  

Pikmin 3's brave explorers.Pikmin 3's brave explorers.
Share Your Thoughts

What do you think? Are you going to play Pikmin 3 later this year? Let us know below!


By: Noah Friscopp