Pikmin 3 Deluxe Review

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 4 days ago.

Author: Andy Robertson, @JonahMonaghan and Rich Adams.


Pikmin is 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.


Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @MonolithSoft


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


You can try this game in a free demo. 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Pikmin 1,2 and 3 is 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.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio... read more about system accessibility settings.

OverviewThe Pikmin Series

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is part of the Pikmin series of games:

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe (This game)

PEGI Rating 3+ for Pikmin 3 DeluxeESRB Rating EVERYONE 10+ for Pikmin 3 Deluxe

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