Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
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
Release Date: 26/10/2001, updated in 2020
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 offers purchasable level packs:
- Collect Treasure! six new missions.
- Battle Enemies! six missions.
- ChristmasPikmin four levels.
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.
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.
Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio... read more about system accessibility settings.
The following games are like Pikmin 3 Deluxe. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Pikmin 3 Deluxe for younger age ratings.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe is in These Lists
In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Pikmin 3 Deluxe in the following lists:
These games, like Animal Crossing, present an "ambience of bucolic" and a "reassuring mix of the pastoral and the industrial," wrote Simon Parkin recently. They offer an escape to simpler times, that provides meaningful work along with the possibility of also working at friendships.
The games collected in this list each offer the chance to escape and absorb yourself tending to a plot of land and nurturing often surprisingly moving relationships. Whether you are diligently cleaning someone's empty flat as in Sunset, setting up a farm after retiring from your adventures in Littlewood, reconnecting with grown-up children in The Stillness of The Wind, nurturing a musical garden in Mutazione, establishing a coffee shop in Coffee Talk or even eeking out provisions while you care for children in This War Of Mine all these games have something to tend to and people to get to know while you do it.
You could purchase the Motion Plus block and plug it into existing Wii Remote controllers, or purchase updated Wii Remote controllers that included Motion Plus. These newer controllers are indicated by the Motion Plus nomenclature on the bottom. This nuanced motion-controlled continued on to the Wii U in games that used the Wii Remote controls and needed extra fidelity for the player.
Wii U Party minigames, Nintendo Land, Table Tennis and Archery in Wii Sports Resort as well as the exploration and combat in Zelda Skyward Sword each stand out as really good use of this extended Motion Plus controls.
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