Pikmin 3 Deluxe Brings New Enhancements, Story, and DLC to Switch This Year
Nintendo sure has been into surprise announcements lately, haven't they? Ever since the coronavirus pandemic happened which went on to cancel huge industry events like E3, the company has taken to the idea of sudden announcements with no buildup or fanfare. This was how Paper Mario: The Origami King was announced, and it's how this latest announcement came about: Pikmin 3 Deluxe. Announced by way of all their social media platforms several days ago, Nintendo revealed a newer, better version of the Pikmin 3 we all knew and loved made exclusively for Switch. Better yet is what the announcement could mean for the future.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe is aiming to be the definitive version of Pikmin 3, the 2013 Wii U game that marked another entry into Shigeru Miyamoto's hit real-time strategy series. Deluxe isn't just a simple Switch port of the original game, as some Wii U ports lately have been. Rather, Nintendo's adding in a bunch of new content this time around to keep the game fresh and exciting. First and foremost, there are some new gameplay tweaks to account for the switch to Switch, including new lock-on targeting, new difficulty modes, hints, and the ability to play the whole story in co-op with a friend. On the story side of things, Nintendo has added in new story missions that have you playing from the perspective of Olimar and Louie. Supposedly these missions will reveal their side of the story. In addition to this, Pikmin 2's Piklopedia feature will be added, giving all sorts of fun info on the enemies you encounter.
All of this has led to fans clamoring and hoping for news on a potential Pikmin 4. The ending of Pikmin 3 was pretty open-ended, and fans have been wanting a continuation ever since, especially since the Switch came out. It would only make sense, especially since every one of Nintendo's other major series have received their new entries onto the Switch these past few years. While it's hard to say when Nintendo might reveal a Pikmin 4, we do know that they have been working on it. The only mention of it comes from brief talks with Miyamoto himself, who has confirmed it's still a thing. With the addition of new story content in Deluxe, this desire for Pikmin 4 will likely only get stronger. So far, the Pikmin series has three main entries, with two being on the Nintendo GameCube and the third on Wii U (though the first two games did receive motion-control Wii ports).
Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on October 30th exclusively for Nintendo Switch. In addition to all of the above-mentioned features the game's coming with, Deluxe will also come right out of the gate with all of Pikmin 3's DLC. It got a few over its time on the Wii U, mostly consisting of challenge packs and add-ons for the ever-popular challenge mode in the game. Nintendo confirmed the final price of Deluxe as a whopping $59.99 (which makes some sense; despite being an older game, Deluxe has enough new stuff to make up for it). Pikmin 3 follows the journey of three aliens who find themselves stranded on the mysterious planet PNF-404. The three captains must work together with the planet's powerful little Pikmin species to survive each day and eventually find a way to blast off once and for all. You can check out the trailer for Pikmin 3 Deluxe below.