IGN Video - Pikmin 3 Vs. Pikmin 3 Deluxe graphics comparison

The beloved Pikmin 3 has arrived on Nintendo Switch and with it some new Deluxe features. Checkout how the original 2013 stacks up against the 2020 release.

Yes, You Can Play Pikmin 3 (or Pikmin 3 Deluxe) First

With Pikmin 3 Deluxe coming out at the end of the month, many consumers are confused as to whether or not context from the first second Pikmin games are necessary in order to understand the plot and gameplay of the third game. Fortunately, Arlo has created a video that explains that new fans of the series can easily start with Pikmin 3.

Pikmin 3 short movies now available on Nintendo's social media channels

The Pikmin 3 short movies that were previously viewable for Wii U owners are now available on Nintendo's social media channels.

The Night Juicer

Treasure in a Bottle

Occupational Hazards

Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo gameplay, framerate analysis, and Wii U comparison footage

Up close and personal with Pikmin

The Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo is now out on the Switch eShop, and people have been diving in to check it out. In this post, you can find videos that just show off gameplay, check out the framerate, and offer comparisons to the Wii U original to see if the visuals have been tweaked at all.

Pikmin 3 has been relisted on the Wii U eShop, available again for $19.99

The original Pikmin 3 is back for sale!

The removal of Pikmin 3 from the Wii U eShop caused a bit of controversy back when Pikmin 3 Deluxe was announced for Switch in early August. Due to the large price difference between the versions, it didn't seem very consumer-friendly of Nintendo to completely delist the original $19.99 priced game on Wii U, forcing you to pay $59.99 for the Switch port.

Luckily, it seems the original Pikmin 3 is back for sale on the Wii U eShop in North America, Europe, and Japan. Available again for the "Nintendo Select" sale price of $19.99, it's unknown why the game was removed in the first place, or if it will be removed again closer to the launch of Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

DelistedGames reports that the listing may have actually returned in late August, seemingly unnoticed previously.

Thanks to DAMMITLOUIE for the heads-up!

Pikmin 3's "Scaly Custard" had quite a different name in Japan

Well...it's definitely a good fit!

As is tradition in Pikmin games, everyday items from our world are given completely different names, as the main characters in each game have never seen these items before. That includes batteries, coins, and in the case of Pikmin 3, an avocado.

Back in Pikmin 3 on the Wii U, the avocado is given the name 'Scaly Custard,' as it describes the skin and insides of an avocado. That localized name is extremely different from what Japanese audiences saw. In the Japanese version of the game, the avocado is called a 'Crocodile Scrotum!'

I think it's pretty safe to say that Pikmin 3 Deluxe is going to retain the 'Scaly Custard' name for it's localization!

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.

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.

Don't believe the leaks! eShop wishlist exploit allows you to view Wii U and 3DS games on Switch

No, Super Mario 3D World is not coming to Switch... at least not yet!

An interesting exploit has been discovered by Twitter user @JarylGaren (photo and info courtesy of him) which allows you to view 3DS and Wii U games on the Switch eShop. Simply adding a game to your wishlist via Nintendo's official website will allow you to view any game listing directly on the Switch's digital store, regardless of the platform. While some titles fail to load any images, certain ones like Super Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3, and Paper Mario Color Splash have a fully functional eShop page.

This has lead to some folks sharing photos as an act to create rumors. While the photos themselves are actually real, there is no actual evidence or official announcement that any of these games will be coming to Switch. At least not yet!

Switch ports of Pikmin 3 and Super Mario 3D World have been discussed for quite some time now, with some potentially legitimate rumors being shared by VGC and VentureBeat. Hopefully Nintendo has something official to share soon!

The official website for Pikmin 3 has disappeared

Couldn't have picked a better time

There have been rumors swirling about Pikmin 3 getting a port from Wii U to Switch, and today we get a bit more fuel for the rumor fire. The official website for Pikmin 3 has up and vanished. If you try to visit the site today, you'll get redirected to the Nintendo.com listing for Pikmin 3.

Why did the official site disappear after all these years? It seems a little too coincidental that the site was yanked now while all the rumors of a port are flying about. Let's hope this does indeed point to a port of Pikmin 3 to Switch. More Pikmin is never a bad thing!


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