Surprise! Nintendo have announced that Pikmin 3 Deluxe, a revamped version of the 2013 Wii U release, will be launching on the Nintendo Switch on October 30th, bringing with it an abundance of enhancements including additional co-op modes, new missions, and all previously released DLC.

You can check out the new trailer for the game below:

Pikmin 3 Deluxe isn’t your garden-variety adventure. Command a crew of three explorers and a squad of adorable Pikmin in a quest for survival packed with puzzles to solve and copious critters to battle. After a crash-landing, you’ll explore a variety of lush environments, such as the snow-covered Distant Tundra, the Twilight River and the Garden of Hope, all teeming with wondrous and formidable lifeforms.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe delivers a full suite of additions and enhancements, including the ability to play the whole Story mode in co-op with a friend, new side-story missions which can also be played in co-op, and all the Mission mode DLC stages from the original game’s release. With new difficulty options, lock-on targeting, optional hints and the choice to play at a more relaxed pace, it’s easier than ever to join in on the Pikmin fun, enjoy the game’s beautiful scenery and get a taste of what this vibrant world has to offer. Fun features from the original game also return in Pikmin 3 Deluxe, such as the in-game camera, which allows players to snap photos of the game’s lush environments and curious creatures from a pint-sized perspective.

With a number of Pikmin types to befriend and command, you’ll have a willing team at your disposal to tackle whatever obstacles you face. Different coloured Pikmin offer a variety of helpful abilities and strengths for your missions. For example, Blue Pikmin can breathe underwater, helping you collect items other Pikmin can’t reach, while Winged Pikmin, distinguished by their pink hues and fluttering wings, can fly over terrain such as water and pits. Strategically selecting the right Pikmin for the task at hand, delegating projects and changing between captains can help secure victory.

For seasoned players who are ready to deploy their Pikmin-plucking skills in some new challenges, Pikmin 3 Deluxe adds new side-story missions featuring Olimar and Louie exploring planet PNF-404. And for a bit of friendly Pikmin-flinging fun, there are even head-to-head multiplayer matches available in Bingo Battle.

Nintendo’s first-party line up was looking a little quiet for later in the year, so it’s great to see they’re stacking it up with a release that a lot of gamers might have missed out on the first time around. Olimar’s adventures have certainly proven to be pretty delightful in his previous games, so I’m certainly excited to experience this one for the first time in Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

You can check out a gallery of screenshots down below:

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe is launching on the Nintendo Switch on October 30th 2020. You can find out more on the official website through this link.