Pikmin 3 Deluxe is an enhanced port of the 2013 Wii U game Pikmin 3 for the Nintendo Switch. The game was announced on August 5, 2020 and was released on October 30, 2020. This edition includes all the DLCs and new features such as new missions featuring Olimar and Louie, as well as a brand new co-op mode.
On a planet named Koppai, its people have a food shortage as they are bad at planning. They send out probes called SPEROS to find a planet that has edible matter. One spero comes back with reports of a planet rich in fruit which they name PNF-404, which is actually the planet that the Pikmin and other creatures inhabit. (This planet also looks incredibly similar to Planet Earth, which can also be said about the other Pikmin games.) They send Alph, Brittany and Captain Charlie to investigate, however while landing an accident happened which caused the 3 Koppains to fall to the planet below.
Charlie wakes up in Distant Tundra and finds the Yellow Pikmin. He and the Yellow Pikmin go in to a cave and gets captured by the Vehemoth Phosbat. Alph awakes in a pool of water and finds Red Pikmin and rescues their Onion. He finds the S.S. Drake (The spaceship that the three Koppains used to navigate space,) and contacts Brittany who is revealed to be fine (and gluttonous). Alph rescues Brittany and some Rock Pikmin with their Onion which fuses with the Red Onion. Tracing a signal to a cave the crew fight and kill the Armored Mawdad which, upon defeat, spits out an old phone which Alph uses to boost Drakes communication system/GPS.
On the way to Distant Tundra, the Drake hits a rock, which causes Brittany to fall in a cave. Brittany finds Yellow Pikmin and uses them to escape the cave where she reunites with Alph. Later, they fight the Vehemoth Phosbat which, after being defeated, spits out Charlie. Charlie finds out that Captain Olimar has their Cosmic Drive Key (which the three Koppains need in order to get back to Koppai,) which fell out in the accident. After some time, Alph gets a transmission from Louie, which they mistake for Olimar. They rescue the unconscious Louie and take him back to the Drake.
The next day however, Louie runs off with all the crew's food supplies, which the player would have accumulated for a long time, and the crew give chase. After defeating a giant tree monster, the crew find Louie, (knocked out again) and Louie tells the crew that the tree monster was responsibly for the wreckage of the Hocotate Ship. After finding Olimar's location, the crew head there and find Olimar and a strange liquid-like gold biological lifeform, which the crew defeats in an epic final battle. Olimar apologises for all the trouble had caused and gives them the Cosmic Drive Key. Charlie offers Olimar a ride home which Olimar accepts. The game ends with the crew heading to both Hocotate and Koppai having ended the food shortage.
This version of the game contains all of the paid DLCs released for the original game. A new co-op mode. New features such as the return of the Piklopedia and new difficulty modes. It was also announced that new missions featuring Olimar and Louie would be added.
The game was announced by Nintendo via a trailer released on August 8th, 2020. The original trailer contained the October 30th release date and additional information on the new content was provided alongside it.
As of December 31, 2020, Pikmin 3 Deluxe had sold 1.94 million units. This makes Pikmin 3 Deluxe the best-selling single release entry in the entire Pikmin series. As of 18 January 2021, the Nintendo Switch version sold 513,000 physical copies in Japan becoming the best-selling Pikmin game in Japan. As of the end of March 2021, Pikmin 3 Deluxe has sold over 2.04 million units. This makes Pikmin 3 Deluxe the first entry in the Pikmin series to sell over 2 million units in a single release. It is also the first one to sell over 3 million units when combining all releases.
- This is Nintendo's only game released in 2020 to be rated E10+.