Pikmin 3 Deluxe Announced, “Relaxed Pace” Mode, Hints, and Difficulty Modes Available at Launch

Ben Bayliss2 minute read

If you used to own Pikmin 3 on the Nintendo Wii U system then you’ll be pleased to know that Pikmin 3 Deluxe is heading to the Nintendo Switch later this year. That’s not all, Nintendo has also introduced a range of settings it says “makes it easier for newcomers.” But really, they’re nifty accessibility features!

Nintendo doesn’t seem to be holding back on the announcement of these features either. The press release talks proudly about them, and they’re clearly indicated on the official website. Pikmin 3 Deluxe will launch with new difficulty options so players can play at a level that’s comfortable for them. There’s going to be the ability for lock-on targeting, and players will be able to enable optional hints. There’s also said to be an option to allow a “more relaxed pace” so players can play and learn their way.

It’s not detailed what the relaxed pace mode is called, so I’m officially calling it “Relaxed Pace Mode” until an official term is revealed. Additionally, a Piklopedia has been added, essentially this acts as an in-game encyclopedia, detailing everything you want to know about creatures you’ve encountered. There are also badges to collect for achieving certain tasks in the game.

Watch Pikmin 3 Deluxe – Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch on YouTube

Players will be able to put the above features into play as they take control of 3 explorers who also have a squad of Pikmin characters. There are puzzles to solve puzzles as well as being able to explore the world around them. In addition, the game has a “full suite of additions and enhancements” with some of those being the features detailed above, but also the following.

The whole story and new side-story missions can be played in singleplayer and also co-op this time round. There’s also going to be an option to play through all of the mission mode DLC stages from the original game as it was on the Wii U.

The official website is now live and the trailer you can find above shows off the gameplay in action showing a mixture of puzzles and combat in which players will need to use their Pikmin’s skills.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe will be launching this year on October 30 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

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Ben is the one in charge of keeping the content cogs at Can I Play That? turning. Deafness means that he has a focus on discussing captions, but with experience in consultancy and advocacy, he covers what bases he can. Having written about accessibility in video games at DualShockers, GamesRadar+, GamesIndustry.biz, Wireframe, and more he continues his advocacy at CIPT. He was actually awarded a Good Games Writing award for an article he wrote here! He enjoys a range of games, but anything that’s open-world and with a photo mode will probably be his cup of tea. You can get in touch with him at: ben@caniplaythat.com

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