Pikmin 4 is the long-awaited next installment in the popular Pikmin franchise. Along with a release date, we also have a bunch of info about the game as well as some flashy trailers and gameplay footage.
It’s hard to believe that it’s close to 10 years since the release of Pikmin 3 for the Nintendo Wii U. So it’s fair to say that fans of the real-time strategy and army management game have been starving for a new entry.
This was followed by a Pokemon Go-style mobile game – Pikmin Bloom – created by PoGo developers Niantic. However, this entry didn’t satiate the hunger of die-hard fans and garnered a similar reaction to Hey! Pikmin for the Nintendo 3DS.
Worries and fears have finally been allayed as Pikmin 4 marks the return to home consoles as intended with a fresh take on gameplay, updated graphics, and new characters commanding the inhabitants of the franchise’s strange worlds.
Pikmin 4: Release date
Pikmin 4 has an official release date: The cutesy puzzle game will be available to buy on Nintendo Switch from July 21, 2023.
The projected 2023 release period for the game was updated during February’s Nintendo Direct show, as not only was more footage shown to potential buyers but the full release date was unveiled too.
Pikmin 4: Gameplay & story
Outside of a few still frames of Bulborbs sleeping and Pikmin being tossed, the first trailer didn’t reveal much about Pikmin 4. However, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto shed some light on what players can expect from the new entry.
First, he stated that players would be playing with the camera angle close to the ground, similar to the perspective of the Pikmin. “Nintendo Switch has made controlling the game simpler,” Miyamoto stated. “Meaning you can further concentrate on the core essence of Pikmin gameplay.”
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He referred to this style of play as “Dandori” or strategically planning, deploying, and commanding your Pikmin army.
Since then, the footage from February’s Nintendo Direct presentation has given fans an insight into what to expect with lots more puzzles, teamwork-based problems, and new characters and abilities.
Pikmin 4: Trailers
Pikmin 4 first came to light at the September 13, 2022, Nintendo Direct event, and fans of the franchise were finally allowed to get excited thanks to the reveal trailer.
Something more substantial was needed to keep fans ticking over, and that’s exactly what they got in the form of the 3-minute release date trailer in 2023.
So, there you have it, everything we currently know about Pikmin 4. Make sure you check out our other upcoming game release hubs below:
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