Series fans were utterly thrilled when Nintendo announced Pikmin 3 Deluxe out of the blue, and the fact that it’s releasing on Oct. 30 means there isn’t even a long wait for it. However, fans were left feeling a little confused and dismayed when the original Wii U version of Pikmin 3 was quietly removed from the Wii U eShop. Fortunately, in another twist of fate, the game has now returned to the Wii U eShop as if it had never left, listed at $19.99.
Nintendo’s rationale for removing and/or adding titles to the eShop is hard to pin down. One might argue that Pikmin 3 was temporarily removed on Wii U so as to remove product confusion among consumers, and perhaps Nintendo believes that consumers understand the difference now. However, the wrinkle there is that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was removed from the Wii U eShop when the game received a Nintendo Switch port, and it has apparently never returned since. Meanwhile, Super Mario 3D World is still available digitally on Wii U, even though an upgraded Switch version was announced yesterday and is even available to preorder.
Basically, trying to understand Nintendo’s business practices is a fool’s errand. Let’s just be happy that Pikmin 3 is readily accessible to anyone who wants it.