Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch: Everything you need to know

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Back in 2013, Pikmin 3 released on Nintendo's Wii U console. As you can infer from the name, it was the third game in the series. Now, seven years later, a deluxe version of the game is getting released on the Nintendo Switch. It's basically a survival game where you try to collect fruit from an alien planet and control small creatures called Pikmin to achieve your goals.

Whether you are already a fan of the Pikmin series and are excited about the upcoming release or are new to the franchise and hope this becomes one of the best Nintendo Switch games in your collection, we've got you covered. Here's everything you need to know about Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe Story

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The people inhabiting the planet Koppai have almost entirely drained it of its resources. As a last-ditch effort, they sent out spaceships to explore various worlds to find one that can provide food for Koppai's inhabitants. Through their endeavors, a planet that they name PNF-404 is identified as a possible candidate worth exploring.

Koppai's leaders send a spaceship crewed by Charlie, Alph, and Brittany hundreds of thousands of light-years away to reach PNF-404. However, the ship crashes when attempting to initiate the landing sequence, and the three explorers get separated from each other.

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After crash-landing on this unfamiliar planet, the explorers discover that the planet is occupied by different types of Pikmin. These creatures not only gravitate to the explorers and follow them around, but also can be used to accomplish various tasks.

Now it's up to you to utilize the Pikmin you find so you can unite the explorers, gather different types of fruit seeds, and get the parts necessary to fix your ship.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe Gameplay

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe operates under a day limit mechanic. It's too dangerous to go exploring at night, so you have to collect as many helpful items as you can in the sunlight between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The amount of days you can explore is dependent on how many bottles of fruit juice you have. You can have a max of up to 99 days if you have the fruit juice necessary.

Each day is spent exploring the planet, gathering resources, and fighting foes. As you explore, you'll discover different Pikmin, which you can get to follow you. You can hurl Pikmin at enemies to defeat them, control the Pikmin in such a way to solve puzzles and unblock areas, or can use Pikmin to carry food back home.

When the day draws to a close, you need to lead your Pikmin back to their onions so they can sleep and get yourself safely aboard your vessel.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe Types of Pikmin

Pikmin have three stages characterized by whether they have a leaf, a bud, or a flower growing from their heads. The further along they are in their maturity cycle, the stronger their specific abilities are. There are seven types of Pikmin in Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

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Red PikminA small red creature with a pointy nose.○ Fireproof○ Strong attack○ Easiest to manage
Yellow PikminA small yellow creature with pointy ears.○ Shockproof○ Lightweight○ Goes higher when thrown
Blue PikminA small blue creature with a mouth and gills.○ Waterproof○ Saves drowning Pikmin
Purple PikminA bulkier purple creature found beneath the planet's surface that has wires growing from its head.○ 10 x strength○ Dense body○ Moves slowly
White PikminA small white creature with red eyes also found beneath the planet's surface.○ Super fast○ Poisonous to consume○ Detects burried things
Winged PikminA pink creature with insect-like wings and blue eyes.○ Immune to ground-based attacks unless knocked over○ Hovers over obstacles and water
Rock PikminRock-shaped creatures with a thicker density.○ Cannot be crushed or skewered○ Does the most damage○ Cannot cling to foes

Pikmin 3 Deluxe Is there anything new in the Deluxe version?

Pikmin 3 Deluxe 2 Player

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Yes, the Pikmin 3 Deluxe offers new side-story missions that center around Olimar and Louie. Plus, players can run through Story mode and all of the DLC stages from the original game with a buddy. Additionally, players can compete against each other with Bingo Battles and online leaderboards for Mission mode.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe Are there different endings?

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In the Wii U version, there were three different endings that you could unlock. These endings hinged on how many fruits you managed to collect during the course of the game — the more types of fruit you gathered, the happier the ending.

It's likely that these different endings will also be part of the Deluxe version of the game coming to Nintendo Switch. Who knows, perhaps even more endings have been added with the Deluxe version. We'll update if we learn more.

Can I play Pikmin 3 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch Lite?

Yes, Pikmin 3 Deluxe can be played on both the original Nintendo Switch or the handheld-only Nintendo Switch Lite. However, it's possible some functions will be different depending on which gaming system you're using.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe When will it release?

Pikmin 3 Deluxe releases on Nintendo Switch on October 30, 2020. It's currently available for pre-order.

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That's everything you need to know about Pikmin 3 Deluxe coming to Nintendo Switch this fall. The game is mainly about utilizing a group of creatures with various abilities to gather food and attempt to fix your spaceship.

You'll have to see how well you can survive once the game actually releases.

Updated October 6, 2020: Added information about whether or not the game works on Nintendo Switch Lite.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.