I can’t believe I’m writing this: Pikmin 4 is real, and it’s coming out next year.
Get your hands on it right away – check out the official Pikmin 4 trailer below:
Here’s what Nintendo had to say about Pikmin 4 in a press release following the reveal today:
“First peek at the next game in Pikmin The franchise reveals a quiet park and a Bulborb nap, but it still lacks one key element… Pikmin! Where can they be? More details on this new title for Nintendo Switch will be revealed ahead of its launch in 2023.”
Pikmin is a very special franchise to many, but despite its niche popularity, it never reached the heights of other Nintendo franchises. Total, The franchise has sold over 8 million copies. Pikmin 3 Deluxe on Switch proved the franchise still has some juice (fruit) in it by selling about 2 million units in less than a year – a quarter of the entire series’ sales – and fans speculated this proved to Nintendo that it was time for a proper sequel.
Pikmin 4 was mentioned by manga author Shigeru Miyamoto in 2015 when he told Eurogamer that it is under development and “very close to completion.” Time passed and then Hey! Pikmin, a 2D version of Pikmin, was announced and then released in July 2017. Some speculated that this was the Pikmin 4 that Miyamoto was referring to in 2015 but in June of that year, Miyamoto speak Eurogamer that “it’s in progress”, seems to confirm that he’s not watching Hey! Pikmin is the fourth sequel. Unfortunately, it was the last Nintendo or anyone there to talk about Pikmin 4… until today’s Nintendo Direct!
Nintendo gave us a short and sweet trailer that tells us more about the fascinating world of Pikmin before moving on to the title screen revealing that Pikmin 4 is coming to Switch next year. As for exactly when, that’s still unknown – Nintendo simply stated it was 2023. But hey, it’s better to wonder when, if ever, Pikmin 4 will actually come out!
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