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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan, Rich Adams and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the latest in a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to destroy obstacles, avoid hazards and fight fauna.

Pikmin games focus on exploring an Earth-like planet and getting back to the spaceship before sunset. Unlike other strategy games where you directly control your troops, Pikmin have their own intelligence and are worked with rather than commanded.

It starts quite simply but soon develops into a considerably nuanced real-time strategy game. Because of its plant and creature aesthetic, it's a great game to introduce this concept to younger players.
  • Pikmin (2001) on Gamecube and Wii
  • Pikmin 2 (2004) on Gamecube and Wii
  • Pikmin 3 (2013) on Wii U
  • Hey! Pikmin (2017) on Nintendo 3DS in 2017
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe (2020) on Nintendo Switch

Pikmin 3 Deluxe adds new co-operative prologue and epilogue stories starring Pikmin and Pikmin 2 heroes Olimar and Louie! The ease of play has been enhanced for younger players with lock-on targeting system, enemy balancing changes, multiple difficulty modes and optional hints.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/10/2013, updated in 2020

Price: 28% off

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Monolith Soft (@MonolithSoft)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 17 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. On Wii U, the Mission mode can be played via split-screen co-op, where you work together to collect treasure and battle enemies. Players will want to communicate and assign different tasks like they do to succeed in games like Overcooked 2.

On the Switch, Pikmin 3 Deluxe, the main story can also be played co-operatively.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

 
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:

 

BenefitsBenefits

This game has helped players develop their Disposition as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:
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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Pikmin 1,2 and 3 are rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. One family told us that, "Pikmin 3 is good for my 6-year-old son and nephew. They both really enjoy it together on the Switch. They just needed a bit of reading."

Our Game Pathways reveal how 6-year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

Pikmin 3 usually costs £19.99 to £49.99. 

Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3 Deluxe

Switch Store Switch £49.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Pikmin 3 offers purchasable level packs:
  • Collect Treasure! six new missions.
  • Battle Enemies! six missions.
  • ChristmasPikmin four levels.

These packs provide 2 additional player character, Captain Olimar and Louie. Olimar will be available automatically at the beginning of the stage, while one enemy has Louie. By defeating the enemy and carrying back Louie to a SPERO, the player can gain access to him.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe includes all the Wii U DLC for free, so you can play against another player in Bingo Battle, or complete unique challenges alone or cooperatively in Mission Mode.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Pikmin 3 Accessibility Report documents 3 accessibility features:
Pikmin 3 Deluxe on Switch offers gyro controls are off by default, but they can be turned on in the options screen that enables you to either:
  • Cursor: Aim with left stick, but use gyro to fine tune where it is.
  • Pointer: Aim with gyro controls.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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