Mission Mode menu
Mission type selection screen
This menu is shown upon selecting Mission Mode from the title screen, and shows 3 main buttons, corresponding to the 3 types of mission: Collect Treasure!, Battle Enemies!, and Defeat Bosses!. (If no boss has been defeated in Story Mode, the Defeat Bosses! button will not appear.) These buttons are large circles, colored yellow, green, and blue respectively. Inside the circles are various items representing each mode, and these are picked randomly. The Collect Treasure! button shows 3 main items, along with 3 individual nuggets around these items. The item in the top of the button is either a Sunseed Berry or a Golden Sunseed. The item in the lower left is eiher an Insect Condo or a pile of Nuggets. The item in the lower right is either a Cupid's Grenade or a Golden Grenade. All items rotate rapidly. The Battle Enemies! button shows 3 animated enemies in a triangle, with the enemies chosen from specific arrangements, which are:
In addition to these buttons, there are also 3 other buttons, 2 of which are in the original Pikmin 3 only. One in the upper left corner takes the player to the Nintendo eShop to purchase downloadable content, one in the lower left corner takes the player back to the title screen, and one in the lower right corner lets the player switch between solo and co-op (and is the only one of the 3 in Pikmin 3 Deluxe). There is also text at the top of the screen, with the title being "Mission" and the subtitle being "Which type of mission will you play?"
Stage selection screen
This menu allows the player to select a stage to play on. The content of the menu is different depending on the type of mission selected in the previous menu, but the functionality is still the same. All the stages are shown as rounded squares in a grid.
There are 15 squares in the Collect Treasure! and Battle Enemies! menus, arranged in a rectangle 5 squares wide by 3 squares high. In the original Pikmin 3, missions that are yet to be unlocked or bought still appear, but cannot be selected, and before updates adding DLC were released, only the 5 or 10 stages in Collect Treasure! and Battle Enemies! currently available were shown. In Pikmin 3 Deluxe, only 10 stages in Collect Treasure! and Battle Enemies! are shown initially, and only the first 5 are playable initially, unless the demo has been completed, which unlocked stages 6-10. After getting any medal on stages 1-5, stages 6-10 are unlocked, and after getting any medal on all 10 stages, stages 11-15 are unlocked. The top left corner of each square displays the highest medal the player has received in both solo and co-op for each stage. In the Defeat Bosses! menu, since there are only 6 stages, they are arranged in a single row, and the medal icons also appear. Initially, 5 boxes are shown, and as the player defeats each boss for the first time, the mission for the boss will become selectable. Upon defeating the final boss, the 6th box will be added. In Pikmin 3 Deluxe, an additional large rectangular box appears below the level boxes, containing the mission name and the time limit for the currently highlighted stage. The corner buttons from the previous menu are still present in this menu, along with the title, which says the name of the mission type, and a subtitle which says "Select a stage."
Mission information screen
Upon selecting a mission, this screen will appear. It is unique for each mission, but contains the same general layout for each one. On the left side will be the stage name, a video montage of scenes from the stage, and icons for the highest medal the player has received in solo and co-op. The right side contains a table with the stage's number, its time limit, the types of Pikmin and Candypop Buds available, and the exact high score in solo and co-op. This high score reads "0" if the stage was never beaten, except in the European version of the Wii U release of Pikmin 3, where it reads "Empty". The lower area of the screen contains a button to start the mission in the center, a button to return to the previous menu in the left (in the original Pikmin 3 only), a button to view information about each Pikmin type in the left (in Pikmin 3 Deluxe only), a button to switch between solo and co-op in the right, and a button to view global rankings for the stage above the player selection button (in the original Pikmin 3 only).
If the player enters a mission that features a type of Pikmin they have not yet seen in story mode, a brief dialog will show up explaining how that Pikmin type works. This dialog counts as an introduction, so it will not show up for this Pikmin type again.