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Pikmin 4 Switch

The fourth installment of the Pikmin series created by the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto. Players control small groups of tiny charming aliens lost on an alien planet.

Strategy | science fiction | logical elements | for 2 people | co-op | splitscreen | Nintendo exclusive titles

Pikmin 4 Release Date Switch

21July2023

21July2023

Nintendo eShop

developer: Nintendo publisher: Nintendo

English language game language: English

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Pikmin 4 is the fourth installment in a series of strategy-puzzle games about tiny, charming creatures called Pikmin, developed for the Nintendo Switch. The series was created by Nintendo and the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, also known for such franchises as Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda. The first installment came out in 2001 on the GameCube, quickly gaining fans and prompting the creators to keep expanding the series.

Plot

The game's customizable protagonist is a small alien, having arrived on a mysterious planet to save Captain Olimar and the Rescue Corps members stranded there. The character lands within lush vegetation and starts trying to free the unfortunate castaways. On their mission, they make use of the Pikmin - adorable plant-like creatures of various types and colors.

Mechanics

The game revolves around exploration, fighting enemies and collecting items. Players traverse the area while leading a group of fearless Pikmin at their services. They come in several different colors, each color meaning different abilities. The fourth installment features returning Red, Blue and Yellow Pikmin, as well as the new Ice Pikmin, used to freeze enemies and the environment. There are also other types, such as the hardy Rock Pikmin, the poisonous White Pikmin and the heavy Purple Pikmin.

The player can only lead a limited number of Pikmin at once. It is up to them how they'll use their abilities and numbers. Pikmin can be used to overcome and remove obstacles and fight enemies, but they can very easily perish in combat.

The game introduces a new playable character - a dog companion Oatchi. Thanks to his size and strength, he can break heavy objets and be very helpful when crossing water.

Technical aspects

Pikmin 4 features 3D visuals, mixing realistic in-game locations with stylized, goofy alien designs. The game also features character customization, letting us choose our character's body type, skin color, eye shape and other features. The soundtrack is charming and atmospheric.

Last updated on 21 November 2023

Game mode: single / multiplayer   Multiplayer mode:  

User score: 2.3 / 10 based on 33 votes.

Pre-release expectations: 7.7 / 10 based on 38 votes.

PEGI rating Pikmin 4

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.
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