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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.
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:
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:
- 6-year-old: Loving Small Creatures
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
- 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.
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.
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