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The Pikmin Franchise

The Pikmin series is a real-time strategy game with a difference. Rather than commanding troops or trucks you are in charge of cute flower-like creatures. You use them to knock down walls, build bridges and attack other creatures and can grow different varieties for specific uses. It's a game from a Nintendo-owned developer which means it's well-funded and they have taken time to polish and finesse each release. It is only available on Nintendo platforms.

Different colour Pikmin have different abilities which are required to solve puzzles by using the correct colours to complete specific tasks. The game is presented like a nature program as you discover flora and fauna. This combines with the folktale narrative to create a compelling and well-written story for all ages.

Originally released on the Nintendo Gamecube in 2001 it was re-released with new play controls on the Nintendo Wii in 2009. The Wii version of Pikmin offers enhanced controls, some adjusted difficulty with some Pikmin dying less easily. You can also cycle through the different types of Pikmin more easily. The later games have introduced new elements, but remain true to the core formula:

  • Pikmin (2001) on Gamecube and Wii
  • Pikmin 2 (2004) on Gamecube and Wii
  • Pikmin 3 (2013) on Wii U
  • Hey! Pikmin (2017) on Nintendo 3DS in 2017
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe (2020) on Nintendo Switch

There have been 5 games in the Pikmin franchise.
The first game was released in 2001 on GameCube, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U and the most recent release was Pikmin 4 in 2023 on Nintendo Switch.

The most popular game in the franchise is Pikmin 3 with 51 likes. The franchise as a whole has 100 likes on the database. Unfortunately, Pikmin 4 is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox X|S or iOS. However, there are other games similar to Pikmin 4 on these platforms that offer an equivalent experience.

DetailsFranchise Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Collecting, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Sequencing, Simulation, Strategy and Traversal
Release dates: 2001 - 2023
Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Developers: @MonolithSoft and @Nintendo


Games in the Pikmin Franchise

Pikmin 4

Release Date: 21/07/2023

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Day and Night

Pikmin 4 is an action strategy game where you direct tiny, plant-like creatures to clean up the world and collect treasure. Different coloured Pikmins have different abilities, with several new types in this fourth game. The challenge is using the right...

Pikmin 3

Release Date: 26/10/2013, updated in 2020

Out Now: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Day and Night

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the latest in a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to...


Release Date: 26/10/2001, updated in 2009

Out Now: GameCube, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Pikmin is a real-time strategy game where the main character Captain Olimar crash lands on an alien planet filled with strange small creatures called Pikmin. You are able to control and use these creatures to knock down walls, build bridges and attack...

Hey! Pikmin

Release Date: 28/07/2017

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS

Components: 2D Side-On

Hey! Pikmin is a spinoff game from the Pikmin series. In this game Captain Olimar crash lands on a planet and needs to find fuel to escape, leading a group of Pikmin through 2D side-scrolling levels collecting the Sparklium. Players enter a level and...

Pikmin 2

Release Date: 08/10/2004, updated in 2009

Out Now: GameCube and Wii

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Pikmin 2 is the second in the Pikmin Series, Captain Olimar is joined by his assistant Louie on a mysterious planet. You are collecting treasures consisting of scrap metal, and broken toys. You do this by controlling plant-like creatures called Pikmin,...

Games Like the Pikmin Franchise

The following games address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to the Pikmin franchise for younger age ratings.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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