- Aug 25, 2020
Nintendo has announced that Pikmin 3 Deluxe will be released on Switch on October 30, 2020 for $59.99 USD. Pikmin 3 was originally released on the Wii U in 2013, and the deluxe version adds co-op for the whole story mode and new side-story missions that can also be played with a friend. Furthermore, all the Mission mode DLC stages from the original Pikmin 3 will be included. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/08/05/pikmin-3-deluxe-announcement-trailer"] The side-story missions see Olimar and Louie exploring planet PNF-404, and Pikmin 3 Deluxe will also have a head-to-head multiplayer mode in Bingo Battle. There will also be a new Piklopedia feature that allows you to collect information on creatures and earn in-game badges by meeting certain conditions. New difficulty options have been added to this version, as well as lock-on targeting, optional hints, and the choice to "play at a more relaxed pace." In our review of Pikmin 3, we said it "is a delight. There’s nothing else like its gentle combination of exploration, strategy and discovery, and it made me feel both empathy and responsibility for virtual creatures that most games would treat as disposable fodder." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2013/07/22/pikmin-3-video-review"] Pikmin 3 Deluxe was announced in a similar fashion to Paper Mario: The Origami King, in a Tweet as opposed to a part of a Nintendo Direct. It's been a while since the last full Nintendo Direct, and while we know such big games as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4 are on their way, there is a lack of known release dates for the Switch. There have been reports of Nintendo planning a 35th anniversary celebration for Mario by re-releasing such games as Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Sunshine. However, we have yet to hear anything official from Nintendo. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=pikmin-3-deluxe-screenshots&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected]. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.