Pikmin 3 Review
Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.
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.
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Release Date: 26/10/2013, updated in 2020
Price: 28% off
Platforms: Switch and Wii U
Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy
Players: You can play with 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.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
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.
Pikmin 1,2 and 3 are rated PEGI 3.
While Pikmin 1 and 2 were rated ESRB EVERYONE, Pikmin 3 is rated EVERYONE 10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence. Players sometimes encounter insect-like aliens that attack (e.g., spew fire, electrocute, chomp/stomp/chew the players' Pikmin). Pikmin can attack creatures by slamming or latching on and whacking them with their buds (e.g., flower-like antenna). Occasional boss fights require more prolonged battles with larger creatures.
Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 6+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. 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."
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