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So... uh... Pikmin 4 is now a thing? (Announced)
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September 07, 2015, 17:22:09

Pikmin 4 is in development and "very close to completion", Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has exclusively confirmed to Eurogamer.

Speaking during an interview held back in July, Nintendo's top designer revealed that work on a fourth major Pikmin game was well underway.

"It's actually very close to completion," Miyamoto said. "Pikmin teams are always working on the next one."

Nintendo then confirmed the news to Eurogamer in a separate statement:

"We can confirm that Pikmin 4 is in development but that is all we can confirm at present."

So this is a nice and pleasant surprise!

What do you think, is this a Wii U game? NX game? Both?!

Whatever system it ends up being for, color me excited.

Converted it to a news article. ~DrFinkelstein

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Posted: 09/07/15, 17:22:09  - Edited by 
 on: 09/07/15, 17:24:49    
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OOoooooooooh yeeeeeah, baby! Pikmin 3 is a masterpiece, so I'm very excited for this! I kind of hope it will be an NX game, just to increase the chances of that platform launching with awesomeness, but at the same time I wouldn't mind having another Wii U instalment if that means I get to play a new Pikmin that much sooner.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 17:26:07
This is glorious. I didn't get into the series until Pikmin 3 but I absolutely loved the experience and I would adore another. 3DS, NX, Wii U, I don't care! A Wii U one would be awesome but I suspect maybe it's an NX thing? If it's close to completion though… I guess we just don't know… too hard to narrow down in my head.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 17:26:20
'Close to completion' might mean that they're only one or two upended teatables away from release.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 17:28:30
I couldn't help but feel that the touch screen control update for Pikmin 3 hints at what to expect from this game. If NX is a hybrid console it could easily implement these controls by making the same game playable on both TVs and handhelds. Or Nintendo could've found a way to piece together a fourth installment on the cheap and are going to release it on Wii U. It's a weird announcement to make, and I am not even sure if it was smart to announce it the way they did.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 17:44:25
This certainly came out of nowhere!

Strange that they didn't show anything at E3. This makes me think that it might be an NX title since if it was coming out on Wii U you'd think they would show something.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 17:47:57
canonj said:
This certainly came out of nowhere!

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 18:10:47
Whoop whoop!

I was thinking only yesterday how it was weird that surge of Pikmin promo happened last year with the 3d shorts so long after #3 released. Seemed like they were busy on the next game.

Last hurrah for the Wii U or GameCube-like launch game for the NX console? I wouldn't like to guess...

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 18:10:47

See you in three years!

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 18:25:03
The fuck?

Completely unexpected. Damn. I never finished 3 but really liked what I played of it.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 18:45:33
I freaking LOVE Pikmin!

Bring on online Bingo Battle!

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 19:10:37
Whoa! This was unexpected, but very cool.

One request: PLEASE MAKE IT FOR NX. Pikmin 3 is great enough to be *the* Pikmin game for Wii U, and Nintendo needs a strong library for next gen if they really want to capture everyone's hearts again. As much as I enjoy the Pikmin series, we don't exactly need two games on the Wii U right now.

I'd buy it either way, of course.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 19:41:49
Very interesting. Pikmin 3 must have done pretty well for them to greenlight a sequel so quickly.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 19:52:26
@Stephen It's also clearly Miyamoto's baby. He gives it way more attention than the raw sales numbers would demand. He even made those Pikmin movies!

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 20:05:14
Awesome, I actually kind of expected this after the ending of Pikmin 3, but I'd since forgotten and then this certainly came out of left field. The fact that he didn't mention Wii U makes me suspect it's probably for NX.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 20:07:25
I so wish I liked Pikmin and could be excited about a new one, the aesthetics are so adorable, but RTS/multi-tasking-under-pressure is just one of those genres I can't enjoy no matter how hard I try.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 20:17:48  - Edited by 
 on: 09/07/15, 20:18:03

Have you tried Pikmin 3? There's really not a lot of pressure. It's enough to keep you moving along but it would be really hard to actually run out of time, I think. And if you did somehow, you could just start the day over.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 20:29:39
@Jargon Yeah I played semi-casually and near the end I had my entire screen full of juice. Would have been very, very tough to run out of juice.

The only exception is maybe early on before you can get a decent stock going but I still never had any trouble.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 22:22:47
@Zero The juice mechanic would have been cool if Nintendo designed a reason to return to levels after getting all of the fruit, like enemy challenges or a set of treasure items like Pikmin 2. Actually, it would be pretty cool if they kept the fruit gathering as a pure survival strategy to give you more play time while also making you search for treasure for money/upgrades. I like the idea of having to get your own food, but making the entire game about that was kind of one dimensional. It would work much better as a part of a greater whole.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 22:27:46

I'm right there with you. I want to love this series sooooo much, but can't. The third one I'd hoped to be better given the time noose being a lot less constricting, but they added extra characters to manage - a classic (and annoying) Rare move. Plus, my biggest hangup, the little guys still die so easily. I'm sure I'll buy this one like I have the others, but I know I'll end up giving up on it. I know, I'm a mess. Still, this is awesome news for fans. Which, oddly enough, I am. A fan of a series I don't play.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 22:39:20
I'm truly both ecstatic and surprised. As I said in my Pikmin 3 review, I felt the game was a masterpiece, but that it seemed to have underperformed. And, for whatever reason, it's never really caught on in the mainstream the way some other Nintendo properties have. But Pikmin 3 is such a good game that I don't personally care if it's a money maker or not. I'm going to be there, day one.

I'd love an online co-op multiplayer mode, above any new features.

Posted by 
 on: 09/07/15, 22:39:49
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