Published on September 22nd, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning

Pikmin 1+2 For Nintendo Switch Out Now At Retail And My Nintendo Store

Pikmin 1+2 for Nintendo Switch is available now as a physical version at retailers and My Nintendo Store across Australia and New Zealand. These new HD versions of the first two Pikmin games, which were originally released on Nintendo GameCube, are also available on Nintendo eShop individually or in a digital bundle that contains both games. Check out the new Pikmin 1+2 – Physical version, out now! trailer for a glimpse at what’s in store in the games. With Pikmin 4 and Pikmin 3 Deluxe also available, all four main games in the Pikmin series are now playable on Nintendo Switch.

In Pikmin 1, Captain Olimar’s spaceship has crash-landed on an uncharted planet. In order to survive the planet, restore the missing parts of Olimar’s ship and eventually escape, players must enlist the help of tiny plant-like creatures called Pikmin. There are three types of Pikmin, each with its own unique skills: Red Pikmin are immune to fire, Yellow Pikmin can use Bomb Rocks, and Blue Pikmin can breathe under water. Players will need to use the combined strength of the different Pikmin types to overcome obstacles, build bridges, carry ship parts and take down hungry creatures. Time to get to work!

In Pikmin 2, Captain Olimar and his colleague Louie head back to the strange planet on a quest to pay off the debts of their company. With the Pikmin once again here to help, players can split Olimar and Louie into separate squads to cover more ground and achieve goals faster – teamwork makes the dream work! As well as exploring the planet’s surface, players can also now dive underground into challenging caves full of treasure and dangerous bosses. Defeat them to earn special items that Olimar and Louie can use to expand their repertoire of skills. What’s more, two new types of Pikmin make an appearance – the diminutive White Pikmin, who are both poisonous and immune to poison themselves, and the stout Purple Pikmin, who add some heavyweight clout to the Pikmin ranks.

As well as HD graphics, both Pikmin 1 and Pikmin 2 on Nintendo Switch feature all of the enhancements included in the NEW PLAY CONTROL! versions of the games that were released on Wii. Tasks like throwing, separating and swapping between Pikmin, as well as swarming ship parts or enemies, are all easier. Both games also offer optional motion controls using Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, Pikmin 2 includes the original local two-player challenge and battle modes, allowing players to work with or against a friend in special Challenge Arenas. Each player picks their commander of choice, then leads their Pikmin to go for a high score.


Pikmin 1+2 for Nintendo Switch is available now as a physical version at retailers and My Nintendo Store across Australia and New Zealand. In Pikmin 1, players must enlist the help of the plant-like Pikmin to explore an uncharted world and rebuild Captain Olimar’s spaceship. Then, in Pikmin 2, players will return to the strange planet with Olimar’s colleague Louie in tow, once more teaming up with the Pikmin to hunt for precious treasures and defeat dangerous bosses. Both games feature HD graphics and all of the enhancements from the NEW PLAY CONTROL! versions that were released on Wii, with Pikmin 2 also including its original local multiplayer modes.


About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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