Today’s reveal of Pikmin 3 Deluxe was quite exciting, finally giving fans an indication of something on the horizon from Nintendo in 2020. However, the announcement brings a small caveat – the original Pikmin 3 is no longer available digitally on the Wii U eShop. That’s likely due to the initial version carrying a meager $20 price tag in comparison to the upcoming Switch port’s $60 price of admission. The same thing happened when Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze made its way to Switch in 2018 – the $20 Wii U version disappeared, never to be heard from again.
This will hopefully only affect a small number of consumers – those who own a Wii U, hadn’t yet grabbed the spectacular Pikmin 3, and got their interest piqued by today’s announcement of Pikmin 3 Deluxe, but not enough to spend a full $60 on a handful of enhancements. Luckily, you can still find digital codes from a few retailers, or you can just grab the Wii U classic physically.
The $60 price tag for Pikmin 3 Deluxe is suspect to some regardless of the new additions, which include a new set of side-story missions with Olimar and Louie, the ability to play the whole campaign in co-op, and all previous DLC packed in. Hiding away the Wii U version probably won’t do a ton to make the case for sixty bucks.