Pikmin 3 for Switch Sprouts Up in Surprise Announcement

Nintendo shadow dropped Pikmin 3's release date on Nintendo Switch, and it's not that far away.

In what’s becoming a new trend for Nintendo, the Big N dropped a surprise Pikmin 3 Deluxe announcement trailer on Twitter today. Pikmin 3 is heading to Switch on October 30, bringing along all existing DLC and a bevy of other new features.

Pikmin 3 Switch adds the option to play through the entire story mode in co op mode, so you don’t have to go it alone if you don’t want to. There’s a new set of difficulty options and a new lock-on feature to make targeting easier. That’s on top of the DLC missions from the original Wii U Pikmin 3 release, multiplayer matches, and new side missions starring Louis and Olimar from the first two Pikmin games.

Pikmin 3 very much follows in its predecessors’ footsteps, except you have three space adventurers to control instead of one or two.

You’ve ended up on a strange planet and need to gather fruit, which translates to building up an army of adorable and oh-so-fragile Pikmin to do all the work for you. Pikmin 3 adds two new Pikmin types to shake up the formula: Pink Pikmin that fly and Rock Pikmin that smash things.

Nick Chavez, Nintendo’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, said:

Pikmin 3 Deluxe brings this classic franchise to life on Nintendo Switch, introducing a new audience to its beloved characters and gameplay, while also welcoming back returning players with new challenges.

It’s not Pikmin 4, assuming that’s still happening. But it is a chance for what’s widely regarded as one of the Wii U’s underrated classics to get a second chance of life.

Like Nintendo’s other second chances for Wii U games, Pikmin 3 Switch will sell for the usual retail price of $59.99. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pikmin 3 news as it develops.

[Source: Nintendo of America]


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 Aug. 5th 2020

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