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After escaping from a dangerous planet in the original Pikmin, Captain Olimar has made it home safely but only to discover that his employer, Hocotate Freight, is bankrupt. In order to save the company, Olimar and his assistant Louie now return to the planet where the Pikmin live, a planet closely resembling the Earth. Their goal is to locate and bring back as many treasures as possible, which can then be sold to bring Hocotate Freight out of bankruptcy.

Gameplay is similar to the previous game. You control Olimar or Louie, however you are not able to accomplish much of anything by yourself. To help out, you can command the Pikmin, a plant like creature that lives on this planet. The Pikmin are able to perform a variety of tasks, such as moving obstacles, engaging in battle, and dragging treasures back to your ship. There are several different varieties of Pikmin, each type having specific abilities and characteristics (red Pikmin are immune to fire, blue Pikmin can swim, yellow Pikmin can be thrown far, purple Pikmin are stronger, and white Pikmin are fast and poisonous to foes if eaten by these). You can command up to 100 Pikmin at a time, and will need to take advantage of each type of Pikmin unique abilities in order to recover treasures and get past the many deadly creatures as well as obstacles.

A two-player game mode is also included along with the story mode. In this game mode one player controls red Pikmin, the other controls blue. The goal is to either be the first player to collect four marbles even by stealing them from your opponent.


Pikmin 2 GameCube The monsters come out at night.
Pikmin 2 GameCube Chop Down this Barrier
Pikmin 2 GameCube Retrieve Pikmin from the Onion
Pikmin 2 GameCube Retrieve for more Pikmin

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Pikmin 2 Render


Alternate Titles

  • "皮克敏2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Nouvelle Façon de Jouer ! Pikmin 2" -- French Wii title
  • "New Play Control! Pikmin 2" -- Wii title
  • "ピクミン2" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Takes the first game and adds fun twofold. GameCube Bob the Stickman (299)
Everything the first game had plus more GameCube Da-Flea (33)

Critic Reviews

VGPub GameCube 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Gamer 2.0 GameCube Sep 07, 2007 9.1 out of 10 91
64 Power / big.N / N Games GameCube May, 2004 91 out of 100 91 GameCube Oct 12, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Armchair Empire, The GameCube Oct 25, 2004 9 out of 10 90
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) GameCube Oct 19, 2004 9 out of 10 90
N-Zone GameCube Nov 05, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Cubed3 GameCube Oct 10, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Jeux Vidéo Network Wii May 17, 2009 16 out of 20 80
PlayDevil GameCube Feb 14, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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1001 Video Games

The GameCube version of Pikmin 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • 4Players
    • 2004 – Best Console Strategy Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #3 GameCube Game of the Year
    • 2004 – GameCube Strategy Game of the Year

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