Each Nintendo IP seems to have its charm, with some being more appealing than others. One series that has stood out to me, but isn’t as prominent in their catalog, is Pikmin. There’s just something about exploring a familiar environment through the perspective of adorable creatures that stole my heart.
Now, it’s been seven years since the release of Pikmin 3, with very little news about the future of the series. Though I’ve been holding out hope, it began to feel like I may never see my little flower buddies again outside of Smash Bros. As Nintendo continues to dip into the best games on the Wii U and re-release them on the Switch, Pikmin 3 Deluxe is here with a few new modes for good measure.
With Pikmin 3 Deluxe being released at full price, however, is it actually worth picking up a game I already played extensively less than a decade ago? Based on the demo alone, absolutely.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe follows Alph, Brittany, and Charlie, three explorers from the planet Koppai. Koppai has almost exhausted itself of its natural food source, meaning they must travel to distant planets in search of sustenance to keep their people alive.
After crash-landing on the planet PNF-404, the crew is separated, and their ship is damaged. With their personal food supplies running low, the three must repair their ship and find enough food and seeds to keep their people alive (with the help of the adorable Pikmin, of course).
This isn’t my first time playing Pikmin 3, but I can recall how much I enjoyed the vibrant world and hectic systems on the Wii U. I wouldn’t say that it stands out so prominently all these years later, but Pikmin 3 Deluxe still holds up graphically. The Switch version runs at a consistent frame rate, and I never ran into any technical problems in my time with the demo.
The Pikmin series has always had a nice balance of frantic gameplay and time-management systems as you rush to find as much food and resources each day before the sun sets. The Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo takes players through the game’s first boss fight, which should roughly take about 3 in-game days. Each of these days was just as much fun as I remember, and I can’t wait to hop into the rest of the game when the full version releases.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe is, for the most part, the same game everyone remembers from the Wii U, with the full release receiving some additions and improvements, a few of which I was able to try out in the demo. Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the first game in the series that you can play the entire game in split-screen co-op, which makes the game absolutely perfect for couch co-op nights with significant others, friends, and family.
Returning from Pikmin 2 is the Piklopedia, an encyclopedia with entries on all of the creatures you encounter during the adventure. Each of the game’s five playable characters will have their own entries in the Piklopedia, meaning there will be tons of laughs to be found here for fans.
Add in some new missions and challenges, a greater Ultra Spicey difficulty, and a medal system, and Nintendo has me totally on board for this new adventure. The best thing about the demo is that all of your progress carries over to the full release.
If you’ve never played a Pikmin game before, this demo is the perfect opportunity to try out the series. However, by the time you’re inevitably hooked, the demo ends, but you don’t have to wait long for its full release on Nintendo Switch on October 30.
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