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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @AntHaigh, @GeekDadGamer, Rich Adams and Jo Robertson.


Pikmin 2 is the second in the Pikmin Series, Captain Olimar is joined by his assistant Louie on a mysterious planet. You are collecting treasures consisting of scrap metal, broken toys. You do this by controlling plant-like creatures called Pikmin, directing them to knock down walls, build bridges or collect items and take them back to the ship. As with the first game you can only play during the day and must return to base with all your Pikmin before sunset as any left out will be devoured by nocturnal beasts.

However, unlike the first game where you only had 30 days to complete all the objectives, in Pikmin 2 you have unlimited days. This makes it a lower pressure experience for younger players. Although it still retained it’s strategy core, this was extended by more exploration and collecting.

Pikmin 2 was first released on the Gamecube in 2004 and then later released on the Wii in 2009 with enhanced control using the Wii-Remote.
  • Pikmin (2001) on Gamecube and Wii
  • Pikmin 2 (2004) on Gamecube and Wii
  • Pikmin 3 (2013) on Wii U
  • Hey! Pikmin (2017) on Nintendo 3DS in 2017
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe (2020) on Nintendo Switch

The Wii version of Pikmin offer enhanced controls, some adjusted difficulty with some Pikmin dying less easily. You can also cycle through the different types of Pikmin more easily.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Wii

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Strategy (Adventure, Collecting, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)




Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 22 hours to complete. You can complete the main story in approximately 13 hours, however to collect all the different items and document everything it will extend to 22+ hours.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. 2 player is competitive mode, where you have to capture your opponents fruit like capture the flag. There is also a unlockable cooperative mode where you have to complete a series of challenges that get more difficult. Both of these modes are played split screen.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3+ because features occasional, very mild violence in a comical context.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although there is some strategy and puzzle solving skill required, any aged child can enjoy this with a more experienced player.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


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