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The Pikmin series takes place over several planets. Some of these planets have gameplay take place on them, while others have important roles in the story. Space travel between planets is a major part of the story of the series. All planets where alien explorers come from have names that reference Nintendo's history or places relevant to Nintendo.

Planets used for gameplay[edit]

These planets are where gameplay takes place.

PNF-404[edit]

PNF-404, as seen in Pikmin 3 Deluxe's area selection menu after an area is selected and before the Drake's screen disappears.
PNF-404, as seen in Pikmin 3's world map.
Main article: PNF-404.

PNF-404 is the main planet of the Pikmin series. It is the setting of Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3, and Pikmin 4 and also appears in the Super Smash Bros. series. It is heavily implied that this planet is actually Earth in the future.

Hey! Pikmin planet[edit]

Sector 3 on the world map.
A view of part of the Hey! Pikmin planet from the sector selection menu.
Main article: Hey! Pikmin planet.

Hey! Pikmin takes place on a separate planet to the main series, very similar to PNF-404, but with a different continental layout and different creatures. Its official name is unknown.

Planets in the story[edit]

These planets are never visited in gameplay, but are mentioned in various cutscenes and dialog. Excluding Hocotate and Koppai, they are listed in the order of the ID Card section in Pikmin 4.

Hocotate[edit]

Planet Hocotate, as seen in Pikmin 2's opening cutscene.
Hocotate as seen in the opening cutscene of Pikmin 2
Main article: Hocotate.

Hocotate first appeared in Pikmin, and is the first planet other than PNF-404 introduced to the series and has appeared in every game since to varying degrees. Its biggest appearance is in Pikmin 2, where the opening cutscene showed the planet to have two rings around it and an orange coloration, with two moons. The surface of the planet is also shown in this cutscene, where it is depicted as an arid and sandy environment. The planet's name comes from the address of Nintendo's headquarters at Hokotate-cho in Kyoto.

The following characters are from Hocotate:

Koppai[edit]

Koppai, as depicted in the Japanese Pikmin Direct.
Koppai as seen in the opening cutscene of Pikmin 3
Main article: Koppai.

Koppai first appeared in Pikmin 3 where it is shown in the opening cutscene with one moon, however, the image used to depict Koppai in this shot is actually a slightly edited version of 'The Blue Marble', a NASA photograph of Earth.[1] Although its surface is never shown, Alph makes comparisons to Tropical Wilds and Twilight River. Its gravity is described as being 10x that of PNF-404 and its oxygen concentration is roughly one third of PNF-404's. The planet's name comes from Nintendo's original name, "Nintendo Koppai".

The following characters are from Koppai:

Karut[edit]

Karut is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name comes from Karuta playing cards, a product Nintendo used to produce.[2]

The following characters are from Karut:

Giya[edit]

Giya is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, being some sort of colonized planet. The first captain of the Rescue Corps, Aral Shepherd, witnessed the colony's reaching of the planet's surface, and according to Paniya Shepherd, Giyans have began to migrate into space. Collin mentions that the colony has walls of some kind that he engaged in cleaning while attending university, and Erma Shepherd mentions a park nearby to the Rescue Corps' headquarters. Its name comes from the location of Nintendo's original headquarters at Kagiya-cho in Kyoto.[2]

The following characters are from Giya:

Ohri[edit]

Ohri is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name likely comes from Oike street in Kyoto.[2]

The following characters are from Ohri:

Nijo[edit]

Nijo is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name likely comes from Nijo street in Kyoto.[2]

The following characters are from Nijo:

Siguray[edit]

Siguray is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, and is described as having a scorching desert and abundant natural sunlight. Its wildlife includes water-dwelling newts.[3] Its name comes from the Shigureden museum in Kyoto, which Nintendo was heavily involved in the construction of.[2]

The following characters are from Siguray:

Sozor[edit]

Sozor is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name likely comes from the name of the musical theme created for Mario's 35th anniversary, "Souzou" by Gen Hoshino.[2]

The following characters are from Sozor:

Moyama[edit]

Moyama is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name comes from the Momoyama area of Kyoto.[2]

The following characters are from Moyama:

Flukuey[edit]

Flukuey is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, and is described as having steep rocky mountains with stunning views. Its name comes from the Fukuine area in Kyoto, the site of a previous Nintendo headquarters.[2]

The following characters are from Flukuey:

Enohay[edit]

Enohay is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name comes from the abbreviation for Nintendo of America, "NoA".[2]

The following characters are from Enohay:

Mihama[edit]

Mihama is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name may come from the Nintendo Mihama Dormitory.[2]

The following characters are from Mihama:

Ooji[edit]

Ooji is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, and is described as having a lush jungle and relaxing environment. Its name comes from Uji, a city south of Kyoto.[2]

The following characters are from Ooji:

Ogura[edit]

Ogura is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name comes from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu series of classical Japanese poems, which were featured in the Shigureden museum.[2]

The following characters are from Ogura:

Conohan[edit]

Conohan is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name probably comes from Konohana, a hanafuda set once produced by Nintendo.[2]

The following characters are from Conohan:

Ocobo[edit]

Ocobo is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, and is described as being perpetually stormy, only have one day of clear sky every year. It has been completely flooded over by its rains resulting in its continents all being submerged, so its population lives on artificially made islands instead. Its name comes from the Okubo area in Kyoto.[2]

The following characters are from Ocobo:

Tagwa[edit]

Tagwa is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4. Not much is known about it, but it is suggested that the planet has run out of drinkable water. Its name may come from the Udagawa river in Kyoto.[2]

The following characters are from Tagwa:

Enohee[edit]

Enohee is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name comes from the abbreviation for Nintendo of Europe, "NoE".[2]

The following characters are from Enohee:

Neechki[edit]

Neechki is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name likely comes from Nishiki street in Kyoto.[2]

The following characters are from Neechki:

Koodgio[edit]

Koodgio is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name likely comes from Kujo street in Kyoto.[2]

The following characters are from Koodgio:

Maxima[edit]

Maxima is a planet introduced in Pikmin 4, however nothing is known about it currently. Its name comes from the Makishima area in Kyoto.[2]

The following characters are from Maxima:

Minor planets[edit]

SPEROs searching other planets for edible food for Koppai.
Many different planets seen in Pikmin 3's opening scene, with Koppai in the center.

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There are a few planets in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3 that aren't mentioned and are only seen in each game's opening scene, which both show shots of space. They are purely aesthetic, and don't appear or are mentioned anywhere else in the games or series. In Pikmin 3, lots of these planets are nearly identical, but there are still distinguishable "types".

Pikmin 2[edit]

Yellow planet[edit]

This planet is large, yellow, and has three moons. Hocotate Freight is shown to have delivered supplies to it. The moons are colored green, orange, and blue.

Pikmin 3[edit]

Spherical planets[edit]

Most of these planets are perfectly rounded, pearly spheres, resembling the gas giants Uranus and Neptune. Others, seen in the Drake's takeoff scene seem to have a more rocky texture. None of these planets have moons.

Asteroid planets[edit]

These planets are rigid and rocky, and might as well be asteroids. This may suggest that they are quite small, as small planets in real life often develop strange shapes because of a lack of gravity.

Pikmin 4[edit]

Icebound planets[edit]

Captain Olimar mentions "a few icebound planets" that he visited while delivering cargo in his notes for the Ice Sword, which based on his apt description of the planets being "icebound", are probably completely covered in ice. Since Olimar mentions he had visited these planets while delivering cargo, it is likely that most of these are colonized and have life. Although unconfirmed, it is possible that these "icebound" planets actually correspond to some planet names revealed in Pikmin 4.

Names in other languages[edit]

Karut

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese カルタ星?
Karuta Hoshi
Planet Karuta
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
(traditional)
卡魯塔星
Kǎ lǔ tǎ xīng
-
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
卡鲁塔星
Kǎ lǔ tǎ xīng
-
Flag of France French Karout -
Flag of South Korea Korean 카루타 행성
Karuta Haengseong
Planet Karuta
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Karut -

Giya

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese カギヤ星?
Kagiya Hoshi
Planet Kagiya
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
(traditional)
卡基亞星
Kǎ jī yà xīng
-
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
卡基亚星
Kǎ jī yà xīng
-
Flag of France French Ghiya -
Flag of South Korea Korean 카기야 행성
Kagiya Haengseong
Planet Kagiya
Flag of Spain Spanish Giya -
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Giya -

Ohri

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese オーイ星?
Ōi Hoshi
Planet Ohri
Flag of France French Ohri -
Flag of South Korea Korean 오오이 행성
Ooi Haengseong
Planet Ōi
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Ohri -

Nijo

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ニジョウ星?
Nijō Hoshi
Planet Nijo
Flag of France French Nijo -
Flag of South Korea Korean 니조 행성
Nijo Haengseong
Planet Nijō

Siguray

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese シグレ星?
Shigure Hoshi
Planet Siguray
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
(traditional)
士古列星
Shì gǔ liè xīng
-
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
士古列星
Shì gǔ liè xīng
-
Flag of France French Siguray -
Flag of South Korea Korean 시구레 행성
Sigure Haengseong
Planet Shigure
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Siguray -

Sozor

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ソーゾー星?
Sōzō Hoshi
Planet Sozor
Flag of France French Sozor -
Flag of South Korea Korean 소조 행성
Sojo Haengseong
Planet Sōzō
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Sozor -

Moyama

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese モモヤマ星?
Momoyama Hoshi
Planet Momoyama
Flag of France French Moyama -
Flag of South Korea Korean 모모야마 행성
Momoyama Haengseong
Planet Momoyama

Flukuey

Language Name Meaning
Flag of France French Flukuey -
Flag of South Korea Korean 후쿠이네 행성
Hukuine Haengseong
Planet Fukuine

Enohay

Language Name Meaning
Flag of France French Enohay -
Flag of South Korea Korean 노아 행성
Noa Haengseong
Planet NoA

Mihama

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ミハマ星?
Mihama Hoshi
Planet Mihama
Flag of France French Mihama -
Flag of South Korea Korean 미하마 행성
Mihama Haengseong
Planet Mihama

Ooji

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ウジ星?
Uji Hoshi
Planet Ooji
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
(traditional)
烏吉星
Wūjí xīng
-
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
乌吉星
Wūjí xīng
-
Flag of France French Ouji -
Flag of South Korea Korean 우지 행성
Uji Haengseong
Planet Uji
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Uji -

Ogura

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese オグラ星?
Ogura Hoshi
Planet Ogura
Flag of France French Ogura -
Flag of South Korea Korean 오구라 행성
Ogura Haengseong
Planet Ogura

Conohan

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese コノハナ星?
Konohana Hoshi
Planet Conohana
Flag of France French Conohan -
Flag of South Korea Korean 코노하나 행성
Konohana Haengseong
Planet Konohana

Ocobo

Language Name Meaning
Flag of France French Ocobo -
Flag of South Korea Korean 오쿠보 행성
Okubo Haengseong
Planet Ōkubo

Tagwa

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ウダガワ星?
Udagawa Hoshi
Planet Udagawa
Flag of France French Tagwa -
Flag of South Korea Korean 우다가와 행성
Udagawa Haengseong
Planet Udagawa

Enohee

Language Name Meaning
Flag of France French Enohee -
Flag of South Korea Korean 노에 행성
Noe Haengseong
Planet NoE

Neechki

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ニシキ星?
Nishiki Hoshi
Planet Nishiki
Flag of France French Nichki -
Flag of South Korea Korean 니시키 행성
Nishiki Haengseong
Planet Nishiki

Koodgio

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese クジョウ星?
Kujō Hoshi
Planet Kujō
Flag of France French Koudjio -
Flag of South Korea Korean 쿠조 행성
Kujo Haengseong
Planet Kujō

Maxima

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese マキシマ星?
Makishima Hoshi
Planet Makishima
Flag of France French Maxima -
Flag of South Korea Korean 마키시마 행성
Makishima Haengseong
Planet Makishima

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube video showing the similarity between Koppai and The Blue Marble, published on May 10th, 2022, retrieved on May 10th, 2022
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Planet names and their inspirations - r/Pikmin on Reddit
  3. ^ The iridescent pattern reminds of a water-dwelling newt found on my home planet.Schnauz in his Treasure Catalog notes for the Newtolite Shell

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