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Pikmin 3 Deluxe – Review Thread

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Game Title: Pikmin 3 Deluxe


  • Nintendo Switch (Oct 30, 2020)


Developer: Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 85 average – 100% recommended – 24 reviews

Critic Reviews

Console CreaturesBobby PashalidisRecommended

Pikmin 3 has this charm to it that makes it hard to put down and the lengthy campaign is incredible and the design choices in play make this one of the smartest games I’ve played recently. If you need a game that wants to challenge you with excellent exploration, tons of strategy and cute creatures; go out and get yourself Pikmin 3 Deluxe!

Critical HitBrad Lang8 / 10

If you need some optimism and pure joy injected into your life, Pikmin 3: Deluxe Edition is for you. A fantastic remaster that adds a healthy chunk of new content to what was already a bulky game, that improves the overall experience.

Cubed3Drew Hurley9 / 10

There's nothing quite like Pikmin, as it perfectly captures the same magic as Miyamoto's other masterpieces. While the Wii U itself was a sales disappointment, it hosted some absolutely wonderful titles that deserved a better home and it has been great to see them finally receive that with Nintendo's initiative to bring them to Switch. Pikmin 3 was already a superb game, and while this release is not a remaster, the extra elements added to Pikmin 3 Deluxe elevate it to something special. While the price point may be exclusionary for some, this is completely worth the asking price, even as a double-dip for those who already have it on Wii U. Perfect for families to play together, for friends to grab a Joy-Con each, or for solo play sessions to track down every badge and master the highest rank.

Daily MirrorJames Ide4 / 5 stars

It's great to see such a different game that revels in its weirdness ported to the Switch, but disappointing that is still full price despite being a game from 2013.

Pikmin 3 is a breath of fresh air, offering simple yet addictive gameplay as you explore a massive, magical world full of surprises. Despite the age of the game, this is defiantly an adventure not to be missed.

DestructoidChris Carter – 9 / 10

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is another re-release that isn't going to blow some people away, but provides another means with which to play a potentially forgotten Wii U classic. For me, it still holds up, and then some.

Enternity.grNikitas KavouklisGreek8 / 10

In the end, Pikmin 3 is a game which focuses on strategy and will provide you with several hours of fun.

EurogamerTom PhillipsRecommended

Like its many buried riches, Nintendo's Pikmin series remains a treasure ready to be rediscovered.

GAMES.CHBenjamin BraunGerman85 / 100

With the Deluxe edition on Nintendo Switch Pikmin 3 remains a wonderfully cute and clever real-time strategy game. On the technically side the WiiU title in the first place could have been more enhanced for the new platform. But if you did not play it so far, the Switch version is best way to catch up on Pikmin 3.

GameSpotKevin Knezevic8 / 10

One of Wii U's earliest gems remains a delight to play on Nintendo Switch.

GameblogThomas PillonFrench8 / 10

As fun and refreshing as it was on the original Wii U, Pikmin 3 Deluxe offers a second chance to a very good strategy game. Despite the loss of a second screen, this Switch port add many extras, like an entire bonus arc with well tied challenges, but also very interesting difficulty modes.

GamesRadar+Rachel Weber4 / 5 stars

Even if it's not brand new, Pikmin 3 Deluxe deserves a place in your Nintendo Switch library.

God is a GeekChris Hyde9 / 10

Pikmin 3 Deluxe has blossomed on Nintendo Switch into the complete package. With excellent coop and bags of content, it's an experience not to be missed

Hobby ConsolasDavid MartinezSpanish88 / 100

7 years after its original release, Pikmin 3 for Nintendo Switch is a great strategy and exploration game, with unique characters and interesting additions (prologue, epilogue and main story multiplayer).

IGNTom Marks9 / 10

Pikmin 3 Deluxe makes an already excellent game even better with some small but enjoyable content additions and a boatload of quality of life improvements.

IGN ItalyMattia RavanelliItalian8 / 10

One unforgettable experience, that unfortunately comes too soon to an end. But still, this is one journey everyone should embark on.

Metro GameCentral8 / 10

After years out of the limelight Pikmin 3 has resprouted, with its mellow take on real-time strategy more enjoyable than ever, especially thanks to the expanded co-op options.

Nintendo LifeChris Scullion8 / 10

Visually, Pikmin 3 Deluxe doesn't push the boat out much further than the original Wii U version did. Where its changes lie are in its revamped control system and the addition of a new Side Stories mode. Neither are necessarily transformative enough to warrant double dipping if you're perfectly happy with your Wii U copy, but if you're one of the vast majority who don't have a Wii U copy, this Switch update is unquestionably the best way to play it.

NintendoWorldReportNeal Ronaghan – 8.5 / 10

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is very close to being the definitive version of a modern classic. Now please, bring me more Pikmin adventures. I would like to visit more areas with these little plant aliens.

The Digital FixStephen Hudson9 / 10

Pikmin 3 Deluxe represents the ultimate version of the title, and even though the experience is over way too quickly, the game is easily one of the Nintendo Switch's best titles, and a must-play for fans, new and old!

The Games MachineDaniele CucchiarelliItalian9.3 / 10

Pikmin 3 is still fresh, engaging and eventually challenging after all these years and we hope that this Deluxe Edition is just the beginning of a new era for this sweet and hard-working little creatures.

TrueGamingنواف النغموشArabic8.5 / 10

This deluxe edition of Pikmin 3 brought up many quality of life improvements that made playing a pikmin even more enjoyable.

TrustedReviewsJade KingUnscored

After playing through the opening hours of this new and improved classic, I'm already smitten with its clever mixture of strategy and resource management. It does a tremendous job of making the genre accessible for a younger audience while seldom taking your intelligence for granted.

TwinfiniteGreysun Morales4 / 5

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is a nice and simple finely-tuned Wii U port that’s perfect for newcomers to jump right into. It’s a charming and enjoyable take on the real-time strategy genre that’s not going to make you bash your head against a wall.

WccftechDave Aubrey8.8 / 10

This is probably the best Pikmin game, and this is undoubtedly the best version of it. It's a bit of a shame that this isn't full-HD like many Wii U ports have been, but the quality of Pikmin 3 Deluxe is unmistakable. An excellent action-strategy adventure that'll tempt you into 100% completion, and probably leave you in tears when you see your Pikmin eaten at the end of a complicated day.


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