Pikmin 3 has been removed from the Wii U eShop following the announcement of Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Switch

Out with the old, in with the new!

With the reveal of Pikmin 3 Deluxe, Nintendo has taken the initiative to remove the original Pikmin 3 from the Wii U eShop. This is likely due to the Wii U version's reduced $19.99 price tag, while the upcoming Switch release will cost a full $60. Something similar happened with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, as that game was also removed from the Wii U eShop following the announcement of a Switch port.

Digital codes are still being offered from select retailers, but Nintendo will not continue selling the original Pikmin 3 directly from their store. The webpage is still up, but purchases are no longer available.

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That’s a scummy move honestly. There’s no reason this should be a full priced game in the first place. Either make it cheaper to begin with so people don’t feel jipped by paying 3 times it’s price on Wii U or add enough significant content that it’s worth the extra cost.

That’s a scummy move honestly. There’s no reason this should be a full priced game in the first place. Either make it cheaper to begin with so people don’t feel jipped by paying 3 times it’s price on Wii U or add enough significant content that it’s worth the extra cost.

Wed Aug 05 20 02:15pm
Rating: 1

I agree. What I saw in the trailer didn't look very enhanced... the textures didn't seem to have been improved either. It feels like when they rereleased DK Tropical Freeze as a full-priced game with essentially no improvements.

I mean they added content, quality of life fixes and put all DLC in this port. I can't measure if changing code is less valuable or more than updating visuals which would also require a bit of preproduction to keep the art consistent.

Wed Aug 05 20 02:23pm
Rating: 2

I agree it's not the best move, but it's a 7-year-old game on a system that sold extremely poorly. I can't imagine there are many people who will be directly impacted by this.

And they are selling for $60 for a few reasons: for most Switch users this is a brand new title, they have indeed added stuff that is nice to have in the game (if you consider it worth the price tag or not, it's personal), and they have most likely done the market research to assess how much it would sell at different price tags and decided this is the most lucrative path to pursue.
Hypothetical: Would you rather sell 1 million copies at $60 or 1.2 million at $40?

I’m not going to defend a company charging full price for any port that isn’t drastically reworked. Nobody should. This port doesn’t carry the budget that goes in to making a brand new game and it’s price should absolutely reflect that, regardless of its quality.

If Activision (Activision! One of the greediest companies on earth!) can put out the Crash and Spyro trilogies for $40, games that were remade entirely from the ground up and will have cost far, far more to develop than a straight port; then Nintendo can afford to sell their barebones ports for much less. My concern is not whether Nintendo are getting the best deal out of me. Charging $60 for this port when considering the precedents set by many other publishers really is unreasonable. I understand why Nintendo are pricing it like they are but there’s no way I can agree with it.

I mean, in regards of code it could be vastly reworked given the added content and changing the control systems they had to take advantage of the joycon.

Visuals seems like a thing they don't care as much given that they have strong art direction. I mean it does still look better than the other Pikmin games, so there's that.

I'm not saying I agree. But from a business perspective it makes sense. They help maximise profits.
If Activision thought the Crash Trilogy was worth $60 and people would buy it, you better believe it that's what they would have done.

Nintendo values their games differently. Breath of the Wild came out over 3 years ago. It's still full price and even on sale it's never below $40. Meanwhile, Horizon Zero Dawn, which came out just a few days prior, has been priced $20 for the complete edition for a long while now and you can buy it on sale for $9.99.

The main reason a company exists is to make money, the difference is how they go about it.

Yes, Nintendo operates more like high-end fashion companies when it comes to discounting their products. They don’t “devalue” their products and brands by discounting them much or often.

It’s the same mentality companies like Burberry would rather burn a bunch of unsold clothing rather than discount it.

Wed Aug 05 20 02:29pm
Rating: 1

I could agree with you that it is scummy....if it wasn't sold on a system that flopped in the first place.

It would be less scummy if they just left the Wii U version where it is. It’s not like Switch owners are going to rush out and source a Wii U to get the game. The only thing the Wii U shop removal does is generate bad PR for Nintendo.

Then again, the market decides the price and Nintendo can charge full price for an old game because the market has proven it will sell (see DKCR:TF and it’s additional €10 price on Switch). It’s the same reason Apple can charge a lot more, even on their own subsequent product revisions.

So if you don’t like it, don’t continue feeding the problem.

Wed Aug 05 20 03:59pm
Rating: 1

If it were $30-$40, I think I would get it. But I'd feel dumb paying full price again, as much as I want to replay it. I can just play it again on the WiiU.

Wed Aug 05 20 05:10pm
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I already have the game wit all DLC on Wii U. DLC was literally free of charge on MyNintendo at some point and I got 50% off the 19.99 base game, also through MyNintendo. Soooo... I'm set, no bump to 1080p on Switch (assumed, not saying that will be the case) could make me double dip, especially since gamepad gameplay is a must for this game in particular,

Pikmin 3 wasn't even worth $60 when it was a brand new Wii U game lol, I swear it might've had only half as much content as Pikmin 2, Nintendo was off their rockers charging full price for that

The game's 7 years old at this point and you can buy it Used for less than dirt so I kinda feel like Ninty's mostly hurting themselves doing this.

Nintendo does overprice their overabundance of Wii U ports. NONE of them should be $60 IMO. But at the same time Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 26 million copies and sits at number 1 as the best selling Switch title so of course Nintendo is gonna charge $60 damn near everytime.


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