Compared to Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda and even Metroid, the Pikmin series was never a resounding success, but that didn’t stop Nintendo from developing new parts. And we are happy, because the Pikmin series is full of humor, charm and originality. During the September 2022 Direct, Nintendo finally unveiled the following entry, aptly titled Pikmin 4.
This announcement comes nearly a decade after the previous entry, and while we don’t know much about it, we’re excited that it’s happening.
Here’s what you need to know about Pikmin 4.
Pikmin 4 will be out sometime in 2023. Nintendo hasn’t given us an exact date, but given how busy the first quarter of 2023 is, we expect this game to be released in the summer or later.
Pikmin is a first-party Nintendo franchise, so don’t expect to play the new installment on PlayStation, Xbox, or other platforms. For now, Pikmin 4 is planned for Nintendo Switch, but it could also come to whatever the company’s next console is – similar to the way Pikmin 3 launched on the Wii U and later came to the Nintendo Switch.
The Pikmin 4 reveal trailer was short and didn’t give us much information beyond a general look at the art and some of the environments. But we do know that the colorful images will return this time, just like its predecessors.
Pikmin’s gameplay combines real-time strategy and puzzle elements, often with a time-based mechanism that requires you to collect resources before the sun goes down. There is often a large stage to explore, with plenty of deadly creatures to battle, along with collectibles and fruits to consume. In it, you control one of the space travelers who can control the Pikmin around the stage. The phases of the game are often varied and take place on different planets in the galaxy.
Each Pikmin has a different functionality, such as the Rock Pikmin, which can be thrown at walls or structures to break them easily. You use this Pikmin to traverse the levels, which eventually leads to a boss fight. There’s nothing like Pikmin as it combines strategy, time management and clever puzzle aspects in an effective way, giving it an original identity.
We don’t know much about Pikmin 4, but Nintendo has confirmed that you can play from the perspective of the Pikmin, which is a first for the series. Other Pikmin games have a three-quarter isometric view, so you can see a lot on the screen at once. It’s unclear if this new perspective will be its own mode or if you can change it, so we’ll have to wait and see what Nintendo plans.
Pikmin 4 isn’t available for pre-order yet, but Nintendo will likely allow customers to purchase early as it gets closer to release, probably in 2023. We’ll update this post when pre-orders go live (we’ve got our fingers too crossed for a nice new special edition).