Nintendo’s legendary game developer Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that Pikmin 4 was in development back in 2015, but we’ve not yet seen much of the game or know when it’s coming out.
“I’ve been told not to share anything about this from PR,” Miyamoto told Eurogamer at E3 2017 regarding the status of Pikmin 4, “but I can tell you it is progressing.”
Miyamoto appeased the PR gods by limiting the specifics of the game’s development to his assurance that the game is “actually very close to completion” and that “Pikmin teams are always working on the next one.”
Nintendo confirmed Miyamoto’s assertions in a separate statement by claiming that “Pikmin 4 is in development but that is all we can confirm at present.”
It’s been a few years since Pikmin 3 released for Wii U in 2013. The game received overwhelmingly positive reviews for its innovative use of the Wii U tablet and general advancement of the Pikmin mechanics. By all accounts, Pikmin 3 also sold extremely well with some reports suggesting that it sold over 200,000 units before the end of 2013.
The lack of a Pikmin sequel in all that time seems to speak more to Nintendo’s unique release strategy than it does their faith in the franchise as a whole. Now that the Nintendo Switch is selling extremely well, it seems that Nintendo is a touch more eager to bring back some of their most popular series as well as re-introduce some of the Wii U’s best games to the switch audience.
Here’s everything else we know:
Pikmin 4 Release Date
Pikmin 4 doesn’t have a release date as of yet. The game is coming to the Nintendo Switch.
Pikmin 4 Details
Some suspected that Shigeru Miyamoto had finally lost his mind when he announced that he was working on a strategy game based on his gardening experiences, but it wasn’t long before the quirky little title known as Pikmin became a beloved Nintendo franchise. As popular as the franchise is, though, it has remained suspiciously off the radar since Pikmin 3 released to wide acclaim in 2013. Aside from Miyamoto mentioning that Pikmin 4 was nearing completion in 2015, fans have been left to speculate when, exactly, they will be able to get their hands on this anticipated sequel.
Sadly, Miyamoto’s latest update doesn’t offer much hope that they can expect that day to come anytime soon. In an interview with Game Rant, Miyamoto had this to say on the subject of Pikmin 4:
“We’re working on (Pikmin 4). So, you know, when we’re in development we have to create a list of priorities and it has been hard to kind of fit that into that list, but we’re hopefully starting to see that on the list now.”
While Miyamoto does not explicitly say so during the course of the interview, given that he had previously suggested that the game was nearing completion around this time last year, it certainly does sound like Pikmin 4 has been delayed. Though this may be due to the usual complications that can arise during the development process, the popular theory at the moment is that Pikmin 4 has been shuffled to the side while Nintendo focuses on the release of the Switch as well as their ever-expanding list of new ventures.
Given that Breath of the Wild is shaping up to be the last major Wii U release, it certainly does appear that Pikmin 4 may end up becoming a Switch title. It would be a bit of a shame if that came to pass considering how well the Pikmin games translate to the Wii U controller, but it’s looking like Pikmin fans may be waiting until 2017 to experience more of this franchise’s bizarre adventures.