Anything the Wii U can do, it seems the Switch is determined to go one better. Today, let’s review Pikmin 3 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch.

Along with a host of brilliant, innovative new releases since this superb little machine that is the Switch came into our lives four years ago, Nintendo has been busy making sure all its Wii U crown jewels migrate across bigger and better than ever.

And Pikmin 3 Deluxe is no exception.

This is an enhanced version that boasts a new prologue and epilogue featuring Captain Olimar and Louie, as well as multiple difficulty modes, co-op play in story mode, reintroduction of the Piklopedia from Pikmin 2 and, of course, all the DLC from the Wii U version.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe review: Colour me Pikmin

For those new to the franchise, you control a captain who commands a horde of up to 100 plant-like creatures called Pikmin – think Lemmings meets Captain Toad. You use their unique abilities to explore the world, take down enemies, solve puzzles and collect treasure. 

You must direct your Pikmin to accomplish tasks such as building bridges, destroying barriers, collecting spoils and defeating enemies. Your Pikmin come in colours that signify their strengths, weaknesses and abilities.

For example, Red Pikmin are immune to fire and can fight harder, Yellow Pikmin are immune to electricity and can be thrown farther, and Blue Pikmin are immune to water.

Send in the Red Pikmin, captain

Pikmin – like other Wii U and Nintendo classics – seems the perfect fit for Switch. Gamers of the 1980s and 1990s will get that nostalgic buzz associated with Lemmings when using your Pikmins’ abilities to explore and solve puzzles.

Co-op mode

Story mode is better than ever now you can take it on with a friend in co-op mode in Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

 

But it’s the overall improvements and tweaks that make this game more enjoyable and accessible than ever.

As with many Switch titles, a lack of online strength limits the multiplayer options at your disposal. And more could have been added by way of extra missions.

But make no mistake, Pikmin 3 Deluxe takes an already fabulous game and makes it even better. It feels like it will finally get to show just how good it is thanks to Switch.

Send in the heavies

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is clever, intuitive, fun and charming in a way Nintendo has monopolised since the dawn of console gaming.

The crowning achievement, in my opinion, is the decision to boost the Wii U’s Gamepad screen with Switch-friendly controls.

Even if you owned Pikmin 3 on the Wii U, there’s plenty here to justify adding it to your Switch collection. In fact, it won’t be complete without it.

Rating: 8.5/10

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