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Pikmin 4: Will We Ever See The Sequel?

Nintendo released the original "Pikmin" for the GameCube back in 2001 to praise from critics and a positive response from gamers. Its cute art style, adorable creatures, and mix of real-time strategy gameplay won it a place in the hearts of fans and on lists of the best video games of all time. Since then, the series has seen two sequels which also received a warm reception, an AR mobile game from the developer of "Pokemon Go," and even branched onto Nintendo's handheld 3DS with "Hey! Pikmin."

Despite the franchise's continued success and the passionate fanbase it has developed, it's been almost a decade since the last true sequel was released. While fans may recall recently seeing a "Pikmin" title advertised or on store shelves, this was 2013's "Pikmin 3" rereleased for Switch as "Pikmin 3 Deluxe" in 2020. As of now, there has still been no official word of a "Pikmin 4."

As the silence continues to drag on, many have begun to wonder if "Pikmin 4" will ever come out. While we can't know for sure until something comes down from Nintendo, there has been speculation and some clues to follow.

Fans don't know when to expect Pikmin 4

There may not have been any news for some time, but the game is still officially in the works. During a 2016 interview with GameRant, "Pikmin" creator Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that "Pikmin 4" was currently in development. However, he noted that other projects were taking priority at the time. Since then, Miyamoto has been involved in the development of Super Nintendo World — which is officially coming stateside at some point in the future.

Given how busy Nintendo and Miyamoto have been, it's not surprising that "Pikmin 4" fans have gone so long without an update. That said, there hasn't been any official word from Nintendo since the interview, so fans still don't know where "Pikmin 4" is on Nintendo's priority list.

With no other word from Nintendo or Miyamoto, onlookers can only speculate. Both PocketTactics and Game Rant suspected that Nintendo could save the game for the anticipated Switch Pro, but President Shuntaro Furukawa recently crushed fans' hopes for a Switch Pro or Switch 2 anytime soon. So, all fans can do now is wait for the next time Nintendo brings up "Pikmin 4," and hope it's good news.