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Pikmin 2 (2004) 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, directing them to knock down walls, build bridges or collect items and take them back to the ship. As with the first game you can only play during the day and must return to base with all your Pikmin before sunset as any left out will be devoured by nocturnal beasts.

However, unlike the first game where you only had 30 days to complete all the objectives, in Pikmin 2 you have unlimited days. This makes it a lower-pressure experience for younger players. Although it still retained its strategy core, this was extended by more exploration and collecting.

Pikmin 2 was first released on the Gamecube in 2004 and then later released on the Wii in 2009 with enhanced control using the Wii Remote.
  • 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

The Wii version of Pikmin offer enhanced controls, some adjusted difficulty with some Pikmin dying less easily. You can also cycle through the different types of Pikmin more easily.

Our examiner, Anthony Haigh, first checked Pikmin 2 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Strategy game with Adventure, Collecting, Puzzle and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. 2 player is competitive mode, where you have to capture your opponent's fruit like capture the flag. There is also an unlockable cooperative mode where you have to complete a series of challenges that get more difficult. Both of these modes are played split screen.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 22 hours to complete. You can complete the main story in approximately 13 hours, however, to collect all the different items and document everything it will extend to 22+ hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3 for occasional very mild violence in a comical or abstract context. The game features very mild violence, which is either directed at cartoon-like human-like characters or fantasy characters. Combat is very simple in nature and does not feature realistic reactions. Enemy creatures are fought by throwing Pikmin at them, which then start slapping the creature until it disappears. Pikmin can also be defeated, which results in coloured ghosts floating upwards as they disappear. The game has a colourful, child-friendly setting which makes any violence less disturbing.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. There are fewer time limits here than in the first Pikmin game. This means it's good for slightly younger players to start.


You can only play this on older systems (GameCube and Nintendo Wii) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: GameCube and Wii

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Strategy (Adventure, Collecting, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 5 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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