A follow up to the 2013 Wii U launch title Pikmin 3 (which itself is a followup to the two previous games in the series dating back to the ancient era of the early 2000’s) has not only been announced but is apparently on the cusp of being completed.
During an interview with Eurogamer earlier in the summer, visionary creator of Pikmin (and Mario and Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong and Star Fox…the list goes on) Shigeru Miyamoto said that the game is “actually very close to completion.”
“Pikmin teams are always working on the next one,” he said.
Nintendo was a bit more tight-lipped about the project, merely confirming that it was indeed in development but not announcing anything more than that, including a release date, what new features the game might include, or even what console the game will launch for.
Nintendo is set to reveal details about their new console, the Nintendo NX, sometime next year, and given the fact that Pikmin 3 was a launch title for the Wii U (and the original Pikmin very close to the launch of the Gamecube way back in 2001), some amount of anticipation of it being the same for the NX is understandable.
Pikmin is a strange blend of real time strategy and exploration that puts you in the charge of various tiny space captains as they explore a strange, alien world with gigantic versions of real-world objects. The various captains – Olimar in the first game, Louie in the second game, and the trio of Alph, Brittany, and Charlie in the third – must command a hoard of tiny plant creatures, the titular Pikmin, to collect resources including missing spaceship parts or fruit for daily rations depending on the title. The Pikmin must also be commanded to creatures many times their size in order to progress in the story.
Each iteration of the story introduced various new mechanics including multiplayer and new versions of Pikmin, including the rock-heavy purple Pikmin and flying pink Pikmin.
The game has met with critical acclaim since its creation in 2001, spurring two (and now a third) sequel and entering Olimar and his colorful cast into the annals of Nintendo history along such other icons as Mario, Link and Kirby. References to Pikmin are now found in other series including, most famously, the Smash Brothers games where Olimar appeared for the first time in Smash Brothers Melee as a trophy and was playable in Smash Brothers Brawl. Alph appeared as an alternate costume on the series’ most recent iteration, Super Smash Brothers for the 3DS and Wii U.
Keep your eyes on Only Single Player for more information on Pikmin 4 and sound off in the comments below with your feelings about the announcement and predictions for the future of the series.