As far as rumoured Nintendo projects go, Pikmin 4 is certainly a unique one, because it's only ever been revealed by Shigeru Miyamoto. We've never had a trailer, screenshots or gameplay footage, just his sole confirmation that it's happening back in 2015.
Needless to say, it still hasn't emerged and there's been some confusion surrounding Pikmin 4's status. We're not expecting it to emerge during the Nintendo Direct presentation, but if it does, here's everything we know so far.
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After releasing on the Wii U in 2013, Pikmin 3 joined many former first-party exclusives in being ported to Nintendo Switch. Offering a new co-op mode and expanded content, it also left people wondering about Pikmin 4's fate.
Pikmin 4 was first announced during an interview with Eurogamer in 2015, Miyamoto confirmed that it was "actually very close to completion". Then in 2016, we got reassurances that the game was being worked on but months later 3DS spin-off entry Hey! Pikmin was announced, though we were later told these are separate projects.
Cut to 2017, and Miyamoto once again spoke to Eurogamer. Joking about Pikmin 4's status, he stated that "I've been told not to share anything about this from PR, but I can tell you it is progressing."
Since that time though, we've had no further announcements about this project. While it could've been cancelled or a change of direction may have occurred, it's left many wondering just what happened.
When Does Nintendo Direct Start?
That airs on September 23rd, 2021, starting at 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm BST / Midnight CEST. You can watch it below.