Meet the Troops in New Pikmin 3 Deluxe Trailer

Nintendo's latest Pikmin 3 Deluxe trailer dives into what Pikmin are and how they're key to survival.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe releases on October 30 for Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo of America has some help for anyone confused about what a Pikmin actually is. It's like P. Allen Smith, but for Pikmin.

Pikmin are adorable little veggie-like creatures that sprout from seeds planted by their Onion spaceships (yes, they look like berries and are called Onions). Once Pikmin grow, they're beholden to their progenitor. They'll follow whoever propagated them into the jaws of death, literally, and it's a good idea not to let that happen.

That's because Pikmin help Alpha, Brittany, and Charlie out in a number of ways. They unblock paths, carry important objects back to the spaceship, swarm deadly enemies, and have abilities unique to their species.

As the video Nintendo released shows, pink Pikmin can fly. That makes them handy for taking out airborne menaces or snagging items that would otherwise be out of reach. Rock Pikmin use their heft to bust down sturdy walls quickly, and they can't be squashed. 

The three returning red, blue, and yellow types are resistant to fire, water, and electricity respectively. So it's best to have as many Pikmin in a team as possible, not just because moving heavy objects is tough for just one or two of the lil' critters.

Fortunately, environments have little numbered and colored pellets Pikmin can take back to their Onions to sprout more of themselves. They can also harvest the remains of their enemies to grow even more Pikmin.

When they aren't building bridges and scavenging the corpses of their foes, Pikmin like to chill out and enjoy the scenery. Pikmin 3 Deluxe offers a photo mode so players can capture them in these natural settings.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe brings the main game plus new chapters and multiplayer features to Nintendo Switch on October 30. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pikmin news as it lands.

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Oct. 5th 2020

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