Until today, it was possible to download a digital copy of the Nintendo strategy game Pikmin 3 on the Wii U’s aging but still functional digital storefront, aka eShop. But after Nintendo announced yesterday that an updated version of Pikmin 3 would be coming to Switch in October, the website Nintendo Everything noticed the company took Pikmin 3 down from the eShop. You can re-download the copy you already own or buy a physical disc, but you can no longer purchase Pikmin 3 on the eShop because, apparently, there’s a Switch version.
THEREWXNDZ Games verified Pikmin 3 was no longer listed on the eShop, but you can, if you want, still purchase Pikmin 1 and Pikmin 2. A specific search for Pikmin 3 only brings up a Nintendo Direct presentation from 2012, when the Wii U version of Pikmin 3 was announced.
Nintendo presents itself as a fun-loving video game company that is also your friend, but it is, at the end of the day, an entity designed to make money. Nintendo today reported a 428 percent profit surge, because so many people are playing games during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no company more aggressive about taking down ROMs (digital copies of old games). There are few companies happier to sell new copies of games you already own.
Which means, perhaps, an easy explanation for this change! Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Switch, an upgraded version of the game with some new content, will cost $60 when it arrives on October 30. Pikmin 3 on Wii U, still a perfectly playable version of Pikmin 3, costs only $20.