Nintendo announces Pikmin 3 Deluxe, which is not a new Pikmin game

Last month I wrote about how we don’t know much about Nintendo’s holiday plans. Well, it’s August now and I’m getting a little nervous. The gaming giant did little to quell my fears of a quiet November when it announced that Pikmin 3 Deluxe would launch this October 30 on the Switch.

I should have picked this one up on the Wii U. Pikmin and Pikmin 2 are both unique and fun experiences that are strangely stressful and exhilarating. I’m still triggered by memories of my little soldiers getting gobbled up by giant bird-like creatures that can burrow underground. The series is challenging, inventive, and just plain weird. I’ve heard Pikmin 3 is great as well.

The Pikmin franchise has nothing to with why I have an issue with Nintendo’s announcement. My only issue is that this isn’t a new game and that there’s still no major release planned for November or December. The Pokemon Crown Tundra DLC should be great; I expect it to be bigger and better than the Isle of Armor round that came out in the spring. Still, it’s not a full game.

Maybe Metroid Prime 4 and the Breath of the Wild sequel had development delayed by COVID-19. Maybe there’s still a secret project under wraps. Maybe Nintendo will bring Fall Guys or Call of Duty or Madden 21 to the Switch so that I don’t have to debate getting a PlayStation.

Probably not. The good news is that the Switch and its software are still selling like hotcakes and I still have a hefty backlog to play through. Maybe once baseball season is over I’ll have time to finally finish Breath of the Wild or Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

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