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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 Blue Pikmin are useful in water-filled areas.
Pikmin 2 GameCube A purple Pikmin can carry the equivalent of 10 normal Pikmin.
Pikmin 2 GameCube Olimar Returns to Hocotate
Pikmin 2 GameCube White Pikmin flowers are only found in caves.

Promo Images

Pikmin 2 Screenshot
Pikmin 2 Render
Pikmin 2 Screenshot
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 (297)
Everything the first game had plus more GameCube Da-Flea (33)

Critic Reviews

Stuff Magazine / GameCube Sep 09, 2004 10 out of 10 100
GameSpot GameCube Aug 31, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
64 Power / big.N / N Games GameCube May, 2004 91 out of 100 91
Jolt (UK) GameCube Jan 17, 2005 9.1 out of 10 91
1UP GameCube Aug 31, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Darkstation GameCube Oct 03, 2004 9 out of 10 90
N-Europe GameCube Oct 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Gamekult GameCube Sep 16, 2004 8 out of 10 80 Wii Jul 12, 2012 4 out of 5 80
Gamekult Wii Apr 22, 2009 7 out of 10 70


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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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