Nintendo is launching a demo of Pikmin 3 Deluxe today that will enable players to transform their progress to the complete version when it launches on October 30th. The coming game is an enhanced port of the Wii U’s Pikmin 3 title, which launched in 2013. It’s new in a long line of Wii U ports from Nintendo, in a possible quest to make the console, which many have deemed a failure, obsolete.
The Pikmin franchise is one of Nintendo’s least active series. Since the launch of the first game in 2001, Pikmin has only had three primary series entries and a single handheld spinoff. The series is not without fans certainly, though; players have praised the games for their unique take on strategic gameplay, requiring the player to manage several different types of Pikmin and assigning them to various tasks to maximize productivity and progress.
The upcoming redo of Pikmin 3 might help breathe fresh life into the distinguishing franchise. To enable it in this goal, Nintendo of America recently announced on Twitter that the game would be receiving a free demonstration today on the Switch. Fans who missed the actual game’s tenure on Wii U can download this demo and see how the task of commanding legions of adorable plant creatures suits them.
To sweeten the deal, Nintendo revealed that all progress made in the demo would carry over to the complete game when it launches later this month. Additionally, if fans take part in the demo, they will unlock an Ultra-Spicy difficulty mode, which will likely add a whole new level of challenge to the experience.
This is a pretty generous offer and an excellent way to get fans excited for the port. The original game received favourable reviews from most critics, but it didn’t leave a significant impact on the market. This is likely because of the relative obscurity of the franchise, which a lot of casual Nintendo fans probably only know thanks to Olimar’s appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series, as well as the failure above of the Wii U.
By launching the most recent game on a more famous console, Nintendo has a better chance of broadening the franchise’s horizons. This demonstration will surely help it together.
If nothing else can be told for the Pikmin games, they stand out certainly. While there is no end of platformers to compete with Nintendo’s iconic Mario series and no shortage of action games to channel the adventure of The Legend of Zelda, there are not any various games quite like Pikmin. Whether or not that is for the best is something players can decide for themselves by diving into the demo for Pikmin 3 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch.