Generally favorable reviews - based on 79 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 79
  2. Negative: 0 out of 79
  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. 90
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Jul 31, 2013
    The Pikmin series does things that no other games do, and Pikmin 3 does those things better than ever before.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Jul 30, 2013
    Pikmin 3 is the game that all Wii U owners have been waiting for.
  19. 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.
  20. Jul 31, 2013
    With Wii U gamers hungry for software, Pikmin 3 offers an interstellar feast.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Sep 1, 2013
    A brilliant HD adventure that stops short of delivering a truly definitive Wii U experience. [Oct 2013, p.66]
  30. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 497 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 123
  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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