Nintendo have announced Pikmin 3 Deluxe will be coming to Nintendo Switch on 30th October. It’s the latest in a long, long line of Switch ports of the company’s Wii U games, augmenting it with DLC and additional features.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe amps up the game’s co-op in particular, with the ability to play the whole Story mode in co-op, the addition of new side-story missions (which can also be played in co-op), and the Deluxe release bundling all the Mission mode DLC from the Wii U version. Oh, and there’s head-to-head multiplayer in Bingo Battle.
There’s also new difficulty options, lock-on targeting, optional hints and a more relaxed difficulty mode for those who’d rather things weren’t quite so frantic.
Pikmin is a cult classic series, with the intrepid interstellar adventures of lead character Olimar always leading to him crash-landing and needing to enlist the help the colourful little Pikmin to help him get his ship back together.
We reviewed Pikmin 3 all the way back in 2013, with Al saying:
Pikmin 3 is unlikely to change the fate of the Wii U and the current direction the platform holder is taking, despite being a hugely enjoyable game. It’s deep enough to keep you hooked, although there’s not quite enough meat on the bones to warrant a second look. For fans of the earlier two games this can be considered an essential continuation of the series and one that definitely deserves a place on your shelf; for anyone new to the series, they might – wrongly – leave wondering what the fuss was all about.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe will be out with a full game price tag of $60, but in a somewhat cheeky move, Nintendo have delisted the original Wii U version of the game from the eShop store. That was priced at $20, obviously undercutting the price of the Switch release, and Nintendo have seen fit (just as they did with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze) to remove the option. To be fair though… if you wanted Pikmin 3 on Wii U, you’d probably already have it by now, or would be able to grab a physical copy second hand.
Source: press release, Nintendo Everything