The Pikmin series has always been a fan favorite, but despite great review scores across all three mainline games, the series has never had extremely high sales. As a result, Pikmin 4 has always stayed in proportion as Nintendo weighs up whether the series is worth proceeding with.
Pikmin is a video game series created by Shigeru Miyamoto and published by Nintendo. the genre is a real-time strategy and puzzle developers of the Pikmin series are Nintendo EAD (2001–2013), Nintendo EPD (2020–present), Pikmin first part released on October 26, 2001, and the second part was released in 2004, Pikmin season 3 deluxe released on October 30, 2020. Pikmin all three parts are released on the platforms GameCube, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch.
15 enemies have been present in all 3 main Pikmin games: the Burrowing Snagret, Bulbear, Bulborb, Dwarf Bulbear, Dwarf Bulborb, Female Sheargrub, Fiery Blowhog, Iridescent Flint Beetle, Male Sheargrub, Puffy Blowhog, Swooping Snitchbug, Shearwig, Water Dumple, Yellow Wollywog, and Wogpole.
The series producer, Shigeru Miyamoto, was referred back in 2015 telling that Pikmin 4 was “very close to completion”, guiding fans to believe a new game was coming soon. There is a premise that Miyamoto was connecting to Hey! Pikmin, a takeoff title for the New Nintendo 2DS XL which was initiated back in 2017. When asked two years later about the development of Pikmin 4, Miyamoto admitted with this: “I’ve been told not to share anything about this from PR, but I can tell you it is progressing.”
Since 2017, we haven’t listened to anything about Pikmin 4, though there is a twinkle of hope for fans. Pikmin 3 Deluxe, an enhanced refuge of the Wii U version, attempted on the Nintendo Switch in October. If Pikmin 3 Deluxe negotiates well, this could be an agreeing element on whether Nintendo agrees to create a fourth game in the series.
There’s no news when Nintendo will choose to launch Pikmin 4, though the publisher has kept fans on their toes by declaring openly games unexpectedly. If we look at the release structures of each of the games, this might give us a hint as to when the next Pikmin game could begin.
Pikmin completed as a launch title for the GameCube back in 2001. Three years later, Nintendo released Pikmin 2, which was earned well by critics and governed to sell just over one million copies. The next mainline game in the series wouldn’t come until 2013, nine years after Pikmin 2. Pikmin 3 tended to sell over one million copies despite inaugurating on Nintendo’s worst-selling console.
keeping out any re-releases and the 2DS standalone sequel, we should be due another Pikmin game within the next few years. Interestingly adequate, Pikmin 3 was supposed to be a launch title for the Wii U but ended up being halted. If the rumors of a Nintendo Switch Pro turn out to be true, Nintendo could be saving Pikmin 4 for the launch of the new console.
Fans have believed whether the success of Pikmin 3 Deluxe will specify the destiny of Pikmin 4. If this does come out to be the case, then it looks like things are making a spin for the worse. Pikmin 3 Deluxe’s manual sales numbers in the U.K. are down 18.5% compared to the Wii U version’s opening week sales. This doesn’t inform the whole picture, as digital sales account for a much higher percentage of total sales descriout Pikmin 3’s launch back in 2013.
Nintendo rejects to share the digital sales numbers, so it’s controversial we will find out how much better the game traded on the eShop. The Pikmin series overall has only attained five million sales, so Nintendo wouldn’t be wanting Pikmin 3 Deluxe to top the U.K. charts. That being announced, most people would’ve wished Pikmin 3 Deluxe would sell more than the Wii U version given the installed core of the Nintendo Switch.
The last official message we heard from Nintendo regarding Pikmin 4 was from Miyamoto heretofore in 2017. It’s been three years since Miyamoto declared the development on Pikmin 4 was progressing, yet we haven’t seen or listened to anything so far. There is a possibility Nintendo decided to ditch all progress made to the game to start completely from scratch, similar to Metroid Prime 4. Nintendo runs a tight ship, so we haven’t seen any leaks until now.