Kicking off the February Nintendo Direct Showcase in style, we have just received an extended look at Pikmin 4 and a release date of 21st July 2023.
The new trailer showcased a few more things that we can expect to see from the sequel including Ice Pikmin and a particularly good-boy-looking pup who will be helping you out on your quests.
"Meet Pikmin, small, plantlike creatures you can grow, pluck, command, and overpower your enemies with! These curious helpers come in different types—fire is no sweat for Red Pikmin and the brand-new Ice Pikmin can freeze enemies and the environment. Use your Pikmin’s miniature might (and a bit of strategy) to explore this mysterious planet.
"You get a dog, too! Oatchi (pronounced oat-chee), resident good boy and dependable partner, can help with things like smashing obstacles and carrying Pikmin throughout your adventure. With the miniscule Pikmin and a capable canine in tow, no challenge is too big!"
Are you excited to play Pikmin 4 later this year? It's certainly been a long time coming! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
It looks so good! I can't wait! Been waiting a decade for this!
WHERE'S PIKMIN 5!?
Hecks yea, can't wait. Now can we please get a full hd remake or upgrade of the first two Pikmin games for switch?
THE PUPMIN IS ADORABLE AAAAAAAAAAAAA
This looks good enough for a sequel. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
So is anyone gonna talk about that bulborb with the red eyes at the end or is it just me?
This game looks so cute and gorgeous as it should! Hopefully this will help finally get me into the series. The creatures’ eyes turning red at night definitely implies there’s something shady going on. July will be a good month between this and Disney Illusion Island.
@HotGoomba Too Soon. Too Soon.
I have to admit this looks good, hopefully worth the wait..
@Ryu_Niiyama It's never too soon.
Pikmin dog needs to be a meme and an amiibo.
I was buying it day 1 anyway but it does look like they added some stuff. Ice Pikmin are cool too. Pun wasn’t intended but here we are.🤷🏻♂️
I like what they were doing with the camera, really helps show the huge feeling of the world despite the garden setting. Don't know how I feel about the characters yet, but I am interested on the new mechanics, and seems closer to Pikmin 2 than 1 or 3, so definitely excited.
That dog is already my new favourite Nintendo character.
I want a plushie so bad
Just get rid of timer mechanics , nintendo !
It's a sign of how awesome this Direct was when I genuinely forgot about PIKMIN 4 being a thing that was shown XD
This looks incredible though! The setting is really unique, Ice Pikmin are adorable and the new perspective/mechanics seem to really shake things up, genuinely considering grabbing this one!
Also I can't be the only who thought of Poochy when seeing this guy right?
I'm a bit interested in this game, but I heard that Pikmin games have some sort of time limit. You run out of oxygen, or something like that, and you only have a few hours to finish the game. If that is the case, I'm skipping the game. If there is something I hate in video games, then it is pressure.
@RareFan only the first one was like that.
Somewhere, there's a blue monster muppet crying into a pillow out of happiness...
I'm looking forward to this one, as a huge Pikmin fan since the original's launch. The return of Purple and White Pikmin makes me happy, as their exclusion in Pikmin 3 was so sad. Ice Pikmin is also cool.
Same bosses pass, Ice pikmin and the dog or the ramp to run up (no bridges but still it's nice to have ways to get across water at least, no underwater with ice or blue pikmin or yellow/red/whatever else with special items or something, but caves are enough of a return I guess) gave me the features I wanted when thinking about it before the direct happened so guess I got what I wanted just differently presented then I thought. I'm excited.
@HotGoomba Pikmin 4 were announced as a Wii U game almost 9 years ago.
Would make more sense that Pikmin 6 came in 2023.
So this is the game running on an actual Switch right? The visuals are still looking amazing! I mean, image quality is not on the same level as the previous trailer (which likely ran on something else), some screen-space shadows are absent, texture quality is varied... but this is probably the best-looking first party title on the console. Definitely a hint of things to come.
I really want this to be the Pikmin that I finally get into. The first one was my first console game, and I've still never gotten over the trauma of seeing my little vegetable friends die as a five-year-old. Just have to figure out a way to visualize them as disposable cannon fodder rather than adorable mascots.
I can't get over how cute that dog looking thing is. The visuals of this game look great
I can’t wait! Such a huge fan of Pikmin, this will be day one for me.
@Browny excluded? I was under the impression each pikmin game added pikmin you find but never removed any. That is truly sad if what you said is true.
Soooo are rock Pikmin not in this game then? Not that they are any much heavier than sumo probly. I don't remember their differences.
Pikmin 3 removed Purple and White Pikmin from the main campaign. I think they were in some side content (IIRC?) but in the main campaign, you got the pink and rock Pikmin instead.
From the promotional material for this one, I see all the types including the new ice, so I'm hoping ALL types are included in the main scenario.
@Browny thx for that. I forgot about pink. It would be great to have them all in Pikmin 4. Idk why, but I couldn't get into Pikmin 3 as much as I loved 2.
Pre-ordered, along with about a half-dozen other games from this Direct. If this year ends up being the Switch's swan song, at least it's going out on a high note.
Pikmin dog, yay!
@RareFan lol, you should actually look into it. The first game had a real time limit, but 2 and 3 didn't. There is a day cycle that is technically a timer, but only for what you can get done in a day. Without it the game wouldn't be good and it would lose a lot of appeal. But there is no time limit in the sense of "if I don't do X before the time runs out, I lose." Thankfully. It's more like less laid back Animal crossing with real goals.
Not sure how I feel about the dog, but obviously I'll hold my judgment until I can play it. I'm glad purple and white Pikmin are back. Hopefully 4 can capture some of the magic from 2, because to me that's peak Pikmin. 3 was kind of eh for me.
@neonpizza I think they said "from the Pikmin's perspective", i.e. close to the ground, not as in first person.
@RareFan I don't like time limits in games either, but in Pikmin it makes sense. And it adds to the experience. I wouldn't want it without it. They are quite lenient though, but they all have a time limit for every day, and 1 and 3 also had a day limit, but I never lost because of that. You get plenty of time, way more than you need to.
@Browny I doubt it. 8+ is just too many. Pikmin 3 did the right thing by focusing on 5. So I would like to see the same. Keep the others for side content.
So. No 2-player cooperative?
Had a blast playing through Pikmin 3 with my wife, and was hoping we would get to do the same with Pikmin 4.
The game looks really neat though, but will have to wait and be a later purchase if it's not 2-player.
I would like a sequel to Hey Pikmin!
I suspected we'd get a trailer for Pikmin 4 (love what we've seen of it, especially Ice Pikmin and Oatchi, and I'm quite curious about that Bulborb getting red eyes), but certainly didn't see such a relatively early release date coming, what a nice surprise!
@Travisemo007 As @Browny said, in Pikmin 3 Purple and White Pikmin weren't in the main campaign, only in Mission Mode and Bingo Battle.
@RareFan What @Octane said, although I'd like to add that the day limit in 3 is so lenient that it's almost as if it weren't there.
Outside Nintendo curating the experience too heavily, why restrict it? It's a real time strategy game. Let the player be the one to judge what kinds of Pikmin are needed in the field for any given scenario.
But I suppose time will tell. The boxart shows all Pikmin types with the exception of Rock, which is sad for Rock Pikmin to be fair. But they were always the less cool Purple anyway.
I can't believe it took me this long to notice that every part has the corresponding amount of main characters. XD
@Browny They are on the extended artwork. The picture is cropped for the box art.
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