Generally favorable reviews - based on 79 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 79
  2. Negative: 0 out of 79
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  1. Jul 22, 2013
    A great new entry in one of the most unique franchises ever created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo. A must-have Wii U game.
  2. Jul 24, 2013
    It's an adventure to whet your appetite: Its enchanting microcosm doubles as a vitamin shot into a genre which usually boasts soldiers and tanks.
  3. Aug 6, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is quintessential, classic Nintendo, the Nintendo we know and love, the one that makes us buy every console regardless of our doubts and hang-ups. It’s not the killer app the system is begging for, but if you have shelled out for Nintendo’s new console it’s the best exclusive currently available.
  4. Jul 31, 2013
    A major improvement over its predecessors--of which I wasn't the biggest fan. If it could win over a skeptic like me, I imagine that people who loved the first two games will be thrilled by the way this game keeps the series' heart intact but improves on the level design and gameplay.
  5. Jul 31, 2013
    It does exactly what a sequel should do as it retains the roots of an already great game while expanding out into new exciting territory that still feels natural.
  6. Jul 29, 2013
    Pikmin proves that you don't need sex, violence or gimmicks to make an incredible game.
  7. Jul 28, 2013
    Nintendo has woven a very distinctive approach to the strategy genre, and Pikmin 3 a prime candidate for your Wii U collection.
  8. Jul 31, 2013
    The Pikmin series does things that no other games do, and Pikmin 3 does those things better than ever before.
  9. Jul 31, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is a beautiful, highly-polished experience that is a must-own for any strategy fan in possession of a Wii U.
  10. Jul 22, 2013
    Pikmin 3 expands and improves upon the systems that made the original games such a joy to play...While we would have liked to seen the development team make better use of the Wii U's features, Pikmin 3's stunning visuals, fiendish puzzles and incredible boss fights have seen it blossom into another treasured Nintendo franchise.
  11. Jul 22, 2013
    Familiarity is both the worst and best thing about Pikmin 3. Twelve years after the original and nine after the sequel, little has changed – but little really needed to. It may not sell systems on its own, but it’s a fine addition to a sparse software library that brings one of Nintendo’s most vibrantly characterful series into the HD era and, critically, makes convincing use of the GamePad.
  12. Jul 31, 2013
    The controls are caught in a weird, nebulous void between being optimized for the Wii and Wii U, but the expansive miniature landscapes, excellent pacing, and varied Pikmin powers combine to overcome any technical issues or limitations.
  13. Jul 22, 2013
    What's most striking, though, is that Pikmin still feels like strategy seen with fresh eyes - strategy, perhaps, by designers who were unconcerned with labelling, and just let their ideas lead them where they wanted to go.
  14. Jul 30, 2013
    A sterling example for an effective and utterly successful overhaul of a proven and compelling concept, rather than a fundamental shake-up. This might not be a system-seller some people might have hoped for. But those who already own a Wii U can and should look forward to many, many hours perfectly tuned Nintendo entertainment.
  15. Jul 22, 2013
    The first high-definition Pikmin may not be the Wii U savior Nintendo had hoped for, but is nevertheless a funny and entertaining piece of software.
  16. Aug 19, 2013
    From beginning to end, this is an adventure that keeps us stuck and that makes us even more attached to these small plants that lend their name to the game.
  17. Aug 2, 2013
    It may not be the game that Wii U desperately needs right now, but Pikmin 3 is still one of the most interesting and fresh gaming experiences you'll enjoy this Summer.
  18. Jul 23, 2013
    It’s amazing that Nintendo managed to trim a complicated mix of genres such as RTS, Puzzle, Action and Garden Simulation into a welcoming masterpiece – I guess they really must have green thumbs. If you own a Wii U there’s no excuse not to play Pikmin 3.
  19. Jul 30, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is the game that all Wii U owners have been waiting for.
  20. Jul 31, 2013
    Pikmin 3’s control issues are buoyed by solid improvements to the series and easily accessible alternative inputs. It’s adorable, and if you’re a Wii U owner, consider this an essential game.
  21. Jul 31, 2013
    With Wii U gamers hungry for software, Pikmin 3 offers an interstellar feast.
  22. Jul 22, 2013
    Fruits take some time to grow, like ideas need some time to sprout. Hence Pikmin 3 shows that patience and planning are not only the key to gardening, but also the secret to cultivating new ways of doing it, in an amusing and artful manner.
  23. Jul 26, 2013
    You really can't go wrong with Pikmin 3. It's a beautiful, addictive and unique little strategy game that will keep you hooked on your couch all the way through the end of this summer.
  24. Aug 14, 2013
    Pikmin 3's release in Japan gave the Wii U a significant sales boost in that territory, and it's easy to see why. A wholesome yet colourful and engaging title, Pikmin 3 has wide appeal, and a great multiplayer mode to boot.
  25. Jul 31, 2013
    Pikmin 3 isn’t the savior of the Wii U, and the lack of online play is a major bummer, but it’s still an overall satisfying experience, and another win for Miyamoto. It’s cute, it’s tactically deep, and if you can find a local friend to play with, it’ll last you a long, long while.
  26. Jul 25, 2013
    Pikmin 3 feels like the next step in the franchise: a perfectly balanced game that’ll easily keep you occupied for fifteen hours with a very satisfying learning curve. Everything is also nicely polished with graphics that’ll suddenly have you produce copious amounts of saliva. Still, a cooperative mode would’ve been nice. Pikmin also don’t follow you as well as they should all the time. These are tiny stains on one of the best Wii U games to date.
  27. Sep 16, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is a cute game with plenty of soul. It takes the concept from the two previous games one step further with the way it combines tactics with roleplaying. In terms of graphics this is probably the most beautiful game the world has ever seen on a Nintendo console.
  28. 80
    There’s little doubt that Pikmin 3 is the best game of the series, and even if we’ve seen most of it in the previous games, they’re so old by now that the experience feels new and fresh again.
  29. Jul 23, 2013
    It doesn't matter if you've played Pikmin before or not. If you have a Wii U, you really need to invest in this wonderful game that really shows the possibilities Wii U has to offer, and also serves as proof that Wii U actually can be a graphical powerhouse in the hands of the right developer.
  30. Games Master UK
    Sep 1, 2013
    A brilliant HD adventure that stops short of delivering a truly definitive Wii U experience. [Oct 2013, p.66]
  31. Jul 23, 2013
    These additional modes are a lot of fun, providing as they do bite-size portions of Pikmin action that you can enjoy with a friend, and definitely give you a reason to keep coming back to the game. But honestly, the campaign has so many nooks and crannies to explore and hidden fruit and data files to find that once you’ve reached the end of the story you’ll want to jump back in straight away.
  32. Aug 28, 2013
    Nintendo, how typical. It gives you a game that looks like a child's play. However, it gets you immediately, and it won't release you until you exploit everything that's hidden inside.
  33. Jul 31, 2013
    There's nothing quite like Pikmin out there, and its delightful combination of survival strategy and unflinching cuteness should entertain you throughout this lengthy adventure.
  34. Jul 22, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is a game about nature, just as it always has been. But on Wii U it’s so believable it often feels like you’re sitting in a real garden, playing with ants and beetles in dappled sunlight. Despite the macabre undertones of the cruelty of nature, the game is charming, funny, and utterly captivating. It is without doubt yet another Miyamoto masterpiece, and one that the Wii U desperately needs.
  35. Jul 31, 2013
    Beautiful environments, persuasively appetizing fruits, and a quirky personality are matched by thoughtful and challenging game design. Nearly a decade since the previous game, there's still nothing quite like Pikmin, and it's fantastic to see new growth finally take root.
  36. Jul 31, 2013
    While Miyamoto and company certainly made us wait quite a bit, I think you’ll agree it was worth it for Pikmin 3. It’s easily one of the best titles on the Wii U, and something that every Nintendo fan should certainly plan to pick up.
  37. Jul 31, 2013
    Pikmin 3 doesn’t mess with what worked in the previous two games, it just polishes and refines the formula into something that stands alongside other modern titles.
  38. Jul 31, 2013
    It’s a bit disappointing that Pikmin 3 is so similar to its predecessors — especially since it’s been almost a decade since the last time we’ve had a chance to explore this world with our tiny plant friends. The limited innovation, the dissonance between control inputs, and the lack of any online functionality hold Pikmin 3 back from true greatness. Instead, Pikmin 3 will have to settle for being good — and good is just fine.
  39. Aug 14, 2013
    Yes, it's most certainly "just" more of the Pikmin we came to know during the GameCube era, but after nine years on the shelf, coming back to a Pikmin game this solidly designed quickly reminded me why I had such affection for this series in the first place.
  40. Jul 30, 2013
    Considering the lengthy campaign, Pikmin 3 is great value for money. Offering multiple ways to play, it is so incredibly well-designed that it’s hard not to feel impressed with the confidence – and that’s without considering how beautiful it looks in HD, or how wonderful it sounds (the soundtrack is luscious).
  41. Jul 23, 2013
    An enthralling, at times near-classic adventure.
  42. Jul 31, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is the answer to the question “what’s on the Wii U?” It may not be a killer app, but it’s a wholly satisfying title that quite simply can’t be had on any other console. Imaginative, challenging and visually gorgeous, Pikmin 3 has one of the highest fun factors of any game this year.
  43. Hyper Magazine
    Aug 8, 2013
    Surprisingly engaging and addictive, the strategic elements are challenging and it's just so darned irresistibly cute to boot. [Sept 2013, p.72]
  44. Jul 22, 2013
    A delight. There’s nothing else like its gentle combination of exploration, strategy and discovery, and it made me feel both empathy and responsibility for virtual creatures that most games would treat as disposable fodder.
  45. Jul 22, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is the best game in the series, but that's not enough to define it as a masterpiece. Game mechanics are effective and funny, thank to a flawless control system, but the absence of a true online mode and the lack of real new features don't help to differentiate the game from its predecessors. Anyway, this is a game that every Wii U owner should at least try, and the proof that Nintendo still is the master in terms of game design.
  46. Aug 15, 2013
    Who would have thought it has been nearly 10 years since the Last Pikmin game and Nintendo have a real winner on their hands with Pikmin 3 that has not only streamlined the gameplay but seriously improved it. Best of all, the games looks gorgeous in HD and Pikmin have never looked this great! Add in some great single player challenges, multiplayer fun and you’ll be playing this game for a long time.
  47. Jul 25, 2013
    Strategically speaking, Pimin 3 is the strongest part in the series. The levels are tenuously constructed, and blossom into more complex environments slowly but surely. You’ll miss a cooperative mode, and some of the Pikmin trail behind stupidly from time to time, but you will look past these problems because of all the other things it has to offer.
  48. Jul 23, 2013
    Haters can have fun criticizing Nintendo for hours, but the Kyoto firm shows a remarkable knowledge with Pikmin 3. If the graphics, no matter how cute they are, can't hide the technological gap already existing between the Wii U on one hand and the PS4 and Xbox One in the other, the game has nothing to learn in terms of level design or gameplay. Very clever when it's about dividing Pikmins in 3 separate groups, the game shows that the concept is still worthy. We regret, nonetheless, that the GamePad hasn't been able to present itself as absolutely necessary, making Pikmin 3 an evolution rather than a revolution.
  49. Jul 31, 2013
    It's not the most complicated experience, but its cute exterior belies some inner sophistication, even if it is sometimes let down by little troubles.
  50. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 19, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is a greatly balanced, challenging at the right moments, original, adorable, and above all continually entertaining real-time strategy game, making you smile instantly. It's suited for all the gamers of all ages, and for both genders. [Issue#232]
  51. Sep 10, 2013
    Pikmin 3 manages to combine stressful strategy with relaxing environments and cute creatures. The game is a great example of the Wii U:s capability of making improvements to existing gameplay formulas. Pikmin 3 is charming, stressful, cozy and challenging.
  52. Jul 31, 2013
    From the microscopic point of view of the Pikmin to the macroscopic space scenario of the astronauts, Pikmin 3 is a wild ride where resource administration is essential to the gameplay. This title was crafted with care, and this is evident in almost every aspect. However, we would have liked to see more experimentation and objective diversity; basically the kind of thing shown in one the last stages, which turned out to be a lot of fun.
  53. Aug 1, 2013
    If you’re a Pikmin fan, pluck the cash from your wallet, hand it to Nintendo, and enjoy the best Pikmin experience around. Just don’t be shocked if you’re left expecting a bit more in the way of story.
  54. Jul 22, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is the best Wii U game at the moment for its deep and accessible gameplay, its variety of situations and the brilliant visuals and sounds.
  55. Jul 22, 2013
    It feels more like a restatement of the original game than a full-blown sequel, but while its effect on the Wii U’s fortunes may be limited the fact remains there’s nothing quite like Pikmin.
  56. Jul 22, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is a great refinement of the original formula and is still a joy to play. But after nine years we expected some more content, and the final stage is really disappointing.
  57. Jul 22, 2013
    Beautifully crafted and filled to the brim with exciting gameplay features, Pikmin 3 is a worthy new instalment in Nintendo's quirky strategy series. The core gameplay mechanics remain true to the GameCube originals, but are further enhanced by the unique features of the Wii U GamePad.
  58. Aug 26, 2013
    Pikmin 3 might not be the game that gets people rushing to buy a Wii U, but it certainly should be.
  59. Jul 22, 2013
    A brilliant game that retains the entertainment of the original Pikmin games but still feels as unique as ever. A Wii U must-play.
  60. Aug 14, 2013
    The system seller Nintendo fans have been waiting for.
  61. Like dormant seeds, this is slow to germinate but, given time, it blossoms, an explosion of scintillating strategy and pheromone-laced fruitiness.
  62. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 7, 2013
    Pikmin 3 combines RTS elements, direct action and light puzzles. The result is a quite endearing scifi-adventure despite some control issues and bland splitscreen multiplayer. There's also no real need to develop special tactics for bosses. [Aug 2013]
  63. Jul 31, 2013
    Even in its third incarnation, Pikmin's sense of discovery outweighs any control annoyances it may have and provides a charming variety that the Wii U has sorely lacked. Being different counts for a lot.
  64. If you’re looking for one of the most unusual and just plain fun games of the summer, you won’t find better.
  65. Aug 6, 2013
    The new flying pikmin are a nifty twist for how they break the level design.
  66. Aug 6, 2013
    Just like other Nintendo’s first-party offerings for Wii U, Pikmin 3 carefully walks the same twice-beaten path. And it is refreshingly stern with the players – colorful vistas and charming characters hide a hardcore game.
  67. Aug 23, 2013
    It's clear that Pikmin 3 was not designed with the GamePad in mind. Even in our review guide, Nintendo recommends playing with the Wii Remote and Nunchuck. Controlling the virtual cursor becomes much easier the Wii Remote, and alleviates many of the camera control issues you may face when playing with just the GamePad or Pro Controller.
  68. Aug 1, 2013
    Clocking in at around 10 hours, Pikmin 3's solo campaign isn't as lengthy or as continuously challenging as those of its predecessors, but the number of excellent enhancements made to a already sound gameplay model indisputably make it the Wii U's best game to date.
  69. Jul 23, 2013
    Nintendo shows the meaning of the so called "Nintendo Difference" in this colourful, lovely and charming experience. Pikmin 3 won't probably be enough to save Wii U, but it's surely a huge leap in the right direction.
  70. Jul 22, 2013
    Denser, deeper and more intricate than its predecessors, it’s a sequel that understands refinement isn’t simply a case of adding more, even if it’s arguably as generous and complete a package as we’ve seen from Nintendo in a while. Yes, it’s a game about multitasking, forward planning and time management, but it’s also a game where you command sentient carrots to headbutt a crawfish to death. Ah, the joy of simple pleasures.
  71. Aug 23, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is the game that should have launched the Wii U. Its combination of calming atmosphere and strategic gameplay create a unique and mesmerising experience while it lasts. While it may be over too soon for some players it still remains by far the best first party game currently available for Nintendo’s latest system.
  72. Jul 31, 2013
    The ending may not be the best thing ever, but it can't tarnish the incredible enjoyment you'll get out of Pikmin 3. This is probably the best game yet on Wii U.
  73. Aug 4, 2013
    Pikmin 3 would be something of a rare gem in any console’s library, never mind the fledgling Wii U’s.
  74. Aug 19, 2013
    Sure, this ‘puzzle’ may sound really basic, but it exists to help familiarize you with the game’s mechanics, and rest assured, complexity and challenge soon go up several notches.
  75. Jul 22, 2013
    We miss some kind of multiplayer, co-op mode, but apart from that there are no big issues we can complain about. It keeps evolving, and it's as good, addictive and fun as we remember it.
  76. Jul 22, 2013
    Perhaps only a tighter control scheme could improve Pikmin 3 (although you can switch to Wiimote for more precision) as the infrequent boss battles can prove trickier than they need to, especially when your army is under duress. Nevertheless, this is a sumptuous, intelligent, witty and oddly cruel piece of work from a company that has no equal.
  77. Aug 5, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is a solid sequel. It improves on the mechanics of the previous games and includes a good amount of enjoyable content.
  78. Jul 27, 2013
    Call them your slaves, minions, little kids or whatever. Pikmin are there to help you. Together you will explore a beautiful game. The best Wii U title to get, its got a huge x-factor.
  79. Aug 6, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is a fantastic game that oozes with charm. The levels are short enough that they scream “just one more day”. It also helps that game play is so tight, and the design feels so good. While it may not be my most anticipated franchise from the Nintendo stables, I cannot help but fall in love with the quirky Koppites and their quest for food. Pikmin 3 is one of the best reasons to own a Wii U so far.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 711 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 711
  1. Aug 4, 2013
    Really good game. It is certainly the best game on the wii u since its release. This game should also increase the popularity of the wii uReally good game. It is certainly the best game on the wii u since its release. This game should also increase the popularity of the wii u among consumers. Full Review »
  2. Aug 4, 2013
    You can immediately tell from the get-go Nintendo had some passion making this game. The smooth game play is noticed right away. All of aYou can immediately tell from the get-go Nintendo had some passion making this game. The smooth game play is noticed right away. All of a sudden, you begin to notice all the layers to the game which provide an in-depth experience that is very unique and satisfying. One needs to experience Pikmin3 first hand to really understand. I've been unsatisfied with many new game purchases over the last 5 years, not with this one. Well worth the purchase! Oh, and it has great graphics. Thanks Nintendo. Full Review »
  3. Aug 6, 2013
    Ok so the controls in this game aren't a problem but it is starting to look like even Nintendo themselves are struggling to think of any funOk so the controls in this game aren't a problem but it is starting to look like even Nintendo themselves are struggling to think of any fun or practical uses for the Wii U gamepad. With this being a RTS I opted for old Wii remote and nun-chuck controls as they basically act like a mouse. The gamepad sat in it's cradle being used only as a map (and not a very useful one). Nintendo have created a needlessly convoluted control scheme which turns your T.V. and gamepad into a giant DS. The problem with that is it's not compact like a handheld console and actually takes quite a bit of getting used to looking at one screen then another when your trying to get immersed in a game.

    Like I say though the controls aren't really a problem, what is a problem is the mission structure and lack of depth to the campaign mode. Levels are small, Nintendo's solution is to impose short time limits by dividing your exploration up into days. Before you've had a chance to really do anything the day ends and your forced to watch the same cut scene and read the same dialogue at the end of every day. Very soon a feeling of repetition ensues. That feeling of repetition soon ended though with the game being just 11 hours long and having no real replay-ability.

    That's just the story mode though. Thankfully Pikmin 3 also has a challenge mode that is much more engaging. Trying to beat your high score on a challenge or boss fight feels more rewarding and satisfying. Uploading your score also means you can see how well your doing compared to other players. Graphics, music and presentation are all excellent as you'd expect. Pikmin 3 is a good game, not great not essential. Even on a console with no games.
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