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Pikmin 3 (2013) Deluxe is the latest in 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 cooperative prologue and epilogue stories starring Pikmin and Pikmin 2 heroes Olimar and Louie! The ease of play has been enhanced for younger players with a lock-on targeting system, enemy balancing changes, multiple difficulty modes and optional hints.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Pikmin 3 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Strategy game with Collecting, Fighting, Puzzle and Simulation elements. You can play with 1 to 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 cooperatively.

 
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DurationDuration

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

BenefitsBenefits

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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Pikmin 1,2 and 3 are rated PEGI 3.

In the US, ESRB state: 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.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. One family told us that, "Pikmin 3 is good for my 6-year-old son and nephew. They both really enjoy it together on the Switch. They just needed a bit of reading." You're given twice or three times the fruit you require to finish the game, and you can always go back to another stage and make Pikmin if you're really reckless.

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CostsCosts

Pikmin 3 usually costs £49.99.
 
You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe

Switch Store Switch £49.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: 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 characters, 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. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: Switch and Wii U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Strategy (Collecting, Fighting, Puzzle and Simulation)

Accessibility: 3 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Day and Night

Developer: Monolith Soft (@MonolithSoft)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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