Pikmin 3 Deluxe announced for Switch, launching on October 30th

One of the last few Wii U exclusives being ported to Switch!

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 5, 2020 – At the far reaches of space lies a mysterious yet oddly familiar alien world … filled with cute creatures, hidden surprises and larger-than-life fun. Clear a landing zone, because the Pikmin 3 Deluxe game is headed to the Nintendo Switch family of systems on Oct. 30. Pikmin 3 originally launched on Wii U, and now it’s making the leap to Nintendo Switch with new content, more options for cooperative play and a range of settings that make it easy for newcomers to jump in. These tiny Pikmin are ready to make your acquaintance in their biggest adventure yet, so take a peek at your Pikmin platoon in the game’s debut trailer.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe isn’t your garden-variety adventure. Command a crew of three explorers and a squad of adorable Pikmin in a quest for survival packed with puzzles to solve and copious critters to battle. After a crash-landing, you’ll explore a variety of lush environments, such as the snow-covered Distant Tundra, the Twilight River and the Garden of Hope, all teeming with wondrous and formidable lifeforms.

“Pikmin 3 Deluxe brings this classic franchise to life on Nintendo Switch, introducing a new audience to its beloved characters and gameplay, while also welcoming back returning players with new challenges,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With Pikmin 3 Deluxe, the Nintendo Switch library of software continues to grow with a variety of games for everyone to discover and enjoy.”

Pikmin 3 Deluxe delivers a full suite of additions and enhancements, including the ability to play the whole Story mode in co-op with a friend, new side-story missions which can also be played in co-op and all the Mission mode DLC stages from the original game’s release. With new difficulty options, lock-on targeting, optional hints and the choice to play at a more relaxed pace, it’s easier than ever to join in on the Pikmin fun, enjoy the game’s beautiful scenery and get a taste of what this vibrant world has to offer. Fun features from the original game also return in Pikmin 3 Deluxe, such as the in-game camera, which allows players to snap photos of the game’s lush environments and curious creatures from a pint-sized perspective.

With a number of Pikmin to befriend and command, you’ll have a willing team at your disposal to tackle whatever obstacles you face. Different colored Pikmin offer a variety of helpful abilities and strengths for your missions. For example, Blue Pikmin can breathe underwater, helping you collect items other Pikmin can’t reach, while Winged Pikmin, distinguished by their pink hues and fluttering wings, can fly over terrain such as water and pits. Strategically selecting the right Pikmin for the task at hand, delegating projects and changing between captains can help secure victory.

For seasoned players who are ready to deploy their Pikmin-plucking skills in some new challenges, Pikmin 3 Deluxe adds new side-story missions featuring Olimar and Louie exploring planet PNF-404. And for a bit of friendly Pikmin-flinging fun, there are even head-to-head multiplayer matches available in Bingo Battle.

Your large team of small Pikmin are ready to join you as you embark on a giant adventure! To learn more information about Pikmin 3 Deluxe, visit https://pikmin3.nintendo.com. Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches in stores, in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and on Nintendo.com on Oct. 30 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. For those who want to begin their planetary exploration on day one, pre-purchase is now available.


Another Wii U port? That's awesome!

But really Nintendo...when will you tease us on the best port? Like you know..Super Mario 3D World?

It baffles me so much that New Super Mario Bros U and Captain Toad got a port yet 3D World hasn't.

Great, one day before my birthday, just similar to Super Mario Odyssey (which was 4 days before).
I'll buy for my own gift again! Very Happy

But this announcement just makes me afraid on what more (or none) we will have between now and Oct. 30th :-/

Indie and second party stuff probably. Those things don't have as much marketing things as the core first party stuff.

Seems odd they announced a game for October instead of the most immediate one.

I bought this for Wii U and still need to beat it on that platform, but I have been too busy on Switch to go back to Wii U lol

Wed Aug 05 20 10:39am
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The new difficulty modes.
Olimar and Louie missions (that could maybe be like Pikmin 2 caves)
And Piklopedia with flavor text of each captain.

It just seems like the Switch version might be the most complete package.

Since while the Wii U version is good. I just didn't find myself compelled to want to replay it. The game felt too easy aside from the final area.

Now that I think about it.... They didn't announce to have put online in the multiplayer1? -_-

Great! Just wish it was a Pikmin Trilogy instead.

What are the first party WiiU titles left? Nintendo Land, Super Mario 3D World, Splatoon, Super Mario Maker, Mario Tennis Ultra Smash and Star Fox Zero. Am I missing other?

Nintendo Land can't be ported to Switch, would lose a lot in translation.

Super Mario 3D World is coming, if the rumours are true (they have been quite accurate so far).

Splatoon and Super Mario Maker are much alike their sequels and will not see a release.

Mario Tennis Ultra Smash was fun but very light on content. Mario Tennis Aces felt like a more complete package.

Star Fox Zero would also lose in translation. They could expand on it or maybe make a brand new one or maybe Star Fox 64 HD. Would love to see more Star Fox.

Wed Aug 05 20 10:57am
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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Game & Wario are the only ones left that come to mind for me. Kirby could work but it would have to be a portable-only game and the multiplayer mode would have to go as a result unless it requires two Switches I guess. Probably unlikely to see a port. Game & Wario wouldn't work since the main reason to play it are the two-screen games that make it a companion to Nintendo Land.

You are correct. I forgot those 2. Unlikely to see release on Switch. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse was great, though I still prefer Canvas Curse for DS. Played a lot of Game & Wario, but a traditional Wario Ware is better.

Fatal Frame V, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Zelda TP and TWW HD, and Yoshi's Woolly World.

You also have smaller digital stuff like Dr. Luigi, the Mario Vs Donkey Kong games, NES Remix 1 & 2, Pushmo from the eshop. These small title could also be a great way to bolster NSO if they don't want to sell them individually, especially NES Remix!

Oh yes, you're missing one of the greatest games ever: Xenoblade Chronicles X!

Not a Pikmin fan tbh. Glad we got a new 1st party announcement salty its a port, a port of a franchise idc about, and the fact that its releasing on October 30th damn near 3 months from now which tells me Nintendo has nothing for Switch before then.

I thought the same: no releases between Paper Mario and Pikmin 3. Super Mario's 35th anniversary is on September 13th though. Are we getting a special release then, in November or never at all?

Nintendo, I beg you...please remaster The Last Story. That game was missed by too many people and it would do great with Switch's extra power. Somebody make it happen.

Wed Aug 05 20 11:18am
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I think it's safe to say the list of possible Wii U port is shrinking for a title or two...
I've listed below, and counted for only 7 possible possibilities.

1st party retail exclusive Wii U games not yet ported:

- Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (forget about it)
- Devil's Third (does it count?)
- Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water (maybe? ok. Possibility 1, but not really a 1st party, right?!)
- Game & Wario (impossible)
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (hand held only without stylus? no...)
- Mario Party 10 (we've got the it's sequel)
- Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (we've got the it's sequel?)
- NES Remix (Switch online membership, kinda, so no)
- Nintendo Land (impossible)
- Paper Mario: Color Splash (not happening, but I'll call it Possibility 2 anyway)
- Pokémon Rumble U (err... Possibility 3)
- Sing Party (let's sing?)
- Splatoon (we've got the it's sequel)
- Star Fox Zero / Guard (Possibility 4, ok...)
- Super Mario 3D World (YES Possibility 5)
- Super Mario Maker (we've got the it's sequel)
- Wii Sports Club (I've called you to this list because I miss your father to play with my father, you are NOT an exclusive, buuuut... Possibility 6)
- Wii Fit U (fit your adventures with a ring, ths time, please, and you are not really exclusive anyway)
- Wii Party U (switch over to another title)
- Xenoblade Chronicles X (if people really buy XC, Possibility 7, but developer almost already declined the chance of this happening)

I do wonder, does this make the Wii U games rarer for the second hand market? Or does it cheapen them?

Also in regards to some games like Captain Toad or Mario Maker the gamepad feels a bit more natural than a traditional controller.

Wed Aug 05 20 12:41pm
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As a Pikmin fan, I’m excited for the deluxe version. This will give Pikmin 3 the audience it deserves. Nintendo gave the GameCube titles Pikmin 1 and 2 the “New Play Control” re-releases on Wii (and digitally on Wii U) that allowed for more accurate aiming with the Wii Remote. I’m interested to see if the Joy-Con controls will be similar.

While the story mode in Pikmin 3 is fun, the multiplayer is where the game shines. Bingo Battle is a TON of fun! I can’t tell you the number of hours I poured into Pikmin 3 just playing the multiplayer modes. While Bingo Battle is a fun competitive way to play, the Collect Enemies and Collect Treasure missions are really fun to play in co-op. My wife and I had a blast trying to get high scores and then comparing them to the rest of the world at the end of the round.

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