Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Switch) review
"The road less traveled by has made all the difference"
I confess that my initial reactions to Pikmin 3 DX were negative. Part of that is due to muscle memory, trying to play the game like it was the original back on the Gamecube. Part of it was my frustration with the format. But part of it was Nintendo babying me. Turns out that when porting the game to the Switch, they decided to rename "Easy" mode to "Normal" (and Normal to Hard, naturally), and nobody told me. So here I was, playing through the game, and wondering why it was so much easier than I remember. So word of advice: if you buy this game and don't want to be babied, play on hard. And that's important advice, because this is still worth playing.
Yes, despite my initial negative impressions, there is still fun to be had here. Pikmin is a single player (or co-op) real-time strategy-esque game with a very Nintendo twist. Rather than a distant, omniscient general, you play as a 2-inch tall alien stranded on a hostile world that just happens to look like ours, but guiding weird little plant-bug-carrot-things called Pikmin to aid you in your quest. The world is filled with wildlife that will eat or smash these Pikmin, but under your guidance you can organize them to slaughter the wildlife instead. Well, organize them or just throw them at your foes, whichever you prefer. Do this, and you can carry their corpses back to your base and use them as food to sprout new Pikmin to add to your army. With five different types of Pikmin, each with different abilities (yellow are immune to electricity and can be thrown higher, pink can fly but are weak, etc), you have to be sure to choose the right Pikmin for the job and to build up an army of each one. Oh, and make sure you herd them all safely back to base by the end of the day, for leaving them behind is a death sentence. Despite it's cutesy exterior, it sure seems kinda dark, doesn't it?
Community review by mariner (July 05, 2021)
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