The Nintendo Switch version of Pikmin 3 delivers nearly identical performance to the original game that appeared for Wii U. According to a new video from VG Tech, Pikmin 3 Deluxe runs in dock mode at 720p at 30 frames per second, the same resolution and frame rate as the 2013 Wii U version. In handheld mode, the resolution drops to 576p, slightly higher than the 480p screen of the Wii U GamePad.
The analysis is based on the demo released in the eShop last week, and while performance may be better in the final version, it is unlikely to cause major differences. Other Wii U games brought to Nintendo Switch have significantly improved performance. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Hyrule Warriors and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze all run in higher resolutions.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe doesn’t seem to be making huge progress in terms of performance, but the game also introduces co-op support and new content. Most importantly, Deluxe adds new prologue and epilogue story missions with protagonists Olimar and Louie, the ability to play the entire campaign in co-op on the same console, as well as inter-player multiplayer battles in the form of Bingo Battle.
The game also added the Piklopedia, which contains information about creatures that players encounter during their adventures. In addition, players can collect badges by completing certain tasks. Furthermore, the Switch version introduces new levels of difficulty, optional hints and the choice to play at a more relaxed pace. Pikmin 3 Deluxe also includes all DLC levels of Mission mode on Wii U.
Pikmin 3 will be released for the Switch on October 30th and is now available for pre-order at Bol.com for € 56.99.