The long-awaited Pikmin 4 is finally coming to Nintendo Switch and will be released sometime in 2023.
Pikmin 4 was announced during the recent Nintendo Direct Stream with a short trailer. While the sneak peek really doesn’t reveal much, series creator Shigeru Miyamoto said that fans would be able to experience the game from a “new perspective”. Interestingly, the trailer already offers a new perspective on the Pikmin – showing them up close and personal for the first time.
“Nintendo Switch has made controlling the game simpler, meaning you can concentrate on the core essence of Pikmin gameplay,” said Miyamoto.
“We call it Dandori in Japanese, or strategically planning, deploying, and commanding the Pikmin.”
That’s not a lot of information for now, but the fact that Pikmin 4 is being released at all is cause for celebration among fans.
Pikmin 4’s 2023 release window means that an entire decade has passed between mainstream releases – a gap only broken by the release of 2017’s Hey! Pikmin title for Nintendo 3DS and Pokémon Go creator Niantic’s 2021 mobile game Pikmin Bloom.
So the announcement was coming along, with Pikmin 4 stuck in development limbo for nearly a decade. The previous mainline entry in the franchise, Pikmin 3, was released for Wii U back in July 2013 before finally coming out again for Nintendo Switch.