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Pikmin 3 Deluxe

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Enhanced edition of classic Wii U game promotes teamwork.

Game Nintendo Switch 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 5+

The game is so easy.

My five year old beat the game in under an hour when not even trying to beat it fast It gets a 2 star rating for it being to easy just like the first two did
age 12+


It's good

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The original Wii U game is an overlooked classic deserving of a chance to find new players on Nintendo's popular hybrid console. Pikmin 3 Deluxe sensibly preserves much of the original experience, including the captivating story of the three main astronauts as they discover not just the Pikmin, but also traces of a lost civilization and notes left lying around by Captain Olimar, protagonist of the first two Pikmin games, who visited the planet before them. The Pikmin are as adorable as ever (you're bound to feel a wave of sadness whenever you see a ghost rise up from one defeated in combat), and the act of commanding them to do your bidding remains as strangely compelling as ever. Once you get into a groove, assigning multiple groups to different tasks to save time and using their unique abilities to solve clever puzzles within the environment, it can be hard to stop playing. Luckily, the game's authentic day/night cycle encourages us to take regular breaks -- even if many players are bound to immediately dive right back in to play the next day.

As good as the original game was, the new content and features improve the overall experience. Simple improvements, such as the ability to toss Pikmin with improved accuracy and alter difficulty (or access hints) when things get a bit tricky, should serve to make the experience accessible to a wider variety of players. Plus, the ability to play the entire campaign with a friend in co-op lets players get stuff done more quickly as well as enjoy the game in the company of others. Other extras -- especially the fun new side-story missions with Olimar -- provide returning players something fresh to enjoy in addition to replaying the original game. Pikmin 3 Deluxe isn't a replacement for a brand new entry in this quirky little series, but it ought to help introduce a new generation of players to Nintendo's cute space-themed fantasy and prepare them for the (hopefully inevitable) arrival of Pikmin 4.

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