Pikmin 3 Deluxe Bingo Battle Mode Debuted During Treehouse Live Event
Battle Bingo is making a return in Pikmin 3: Deluxe, with all the rock-throwing you'd expect
Today’s deep dive into Pikmin 3 Deluxe during Nintendo’s Treehouse Live event showed off all the new content coming in the game’s Switch version. While changes to Pikmin 3‘s single-player were scant, we did get the return of one of the game’s multiplayer modes: Bingo Battle, and it ain’t your grandma’s bingo.
Bingo Battle has the same basic rules as bingo – you want to line up four items on your board in a row. The difference is, instead of numbers you’ve got to collect different creatures, fruits and objects from around the game world.
The gameplay we saw today was a simple two-player match, although it got much more intense than Bingo usually does. Today’s Treehouse Live players were throwing Pikmin left and right, trying to make a row out of the objects they needed. While this game mode was featured in both Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3, this is the first time we’ve seen Bingo Battle played on the Switch.
Of course, it wouldn’t be fun if one player couldn’t get in the other’s way. You’ll be able to throw your own Pikmin at your enemies, launching an attack that can leave an opponent’s Pikmin distracted. You can even throw your Pikmin at another player’s character, throwing off their control.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a roulette wheel filled with different surprises to spring on enemy players. We didn’t get a great look at all the ways you can ruin someone’s game of Bingo on the roulette, but we did see one called “triple rocks,” a pretty self-explanatory attack. Three giant rocks fall on your enemy, launching them into disarray while you’re free to collect whatever you need.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe is releasing on October 30 and will come with all the content from the game’s original release, DLC and all. A demo for the game will be available on the Nintendo eShop later tonight.