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Hocotate Freight (ホコタテ運送?) is a "long-haul, deep-space shipping company" that Captain Olimar works for, based on the planet Hocotate. It's located in a remote countryside somewhere in the southern hemisphere of Hocotate. The President leads the company, and its only known employees are Olimar and Louie. The company also owns two ships, the S.S. Dolphin and the Hocotate ship.
In some pieces of mail, the President's wife claims that she is the real owner of the company, and does all the hard work. Although it seems clear that she works alongside her husband, it is unknown whether she is the real boss or if she is merely writing the letters in a condescending and exaggerated tone.
Hocotate Freight had no known financial difficulties until Louie lost his cargo of golden Pikpik carrots, reportedly to a space bunny, while Olimar was on vacation, forcing Hocotate Freight to sell most of its possessions and take out a huge loan. Hocotate Freight sells Olimar's ship to pay for the debt while he is away, but still leaving them with a debt of 10,100 Pokos to repay.
As soon as Olimar returns from the planet of the Pikmin, he is informed of the situation by the President of Hocotate Freight, and of his ship, the S.S. Dolphin, being sold: it is confiscated as he arrives. In shock, Olimar drops the bottle cap he has been holding, which was meant as a souvenir for his son, rolls to the ground, causing the sensors of an old ship behind the President to go wild. The Hocotate ship proceeds to announce that the bottle cap is worth 100 Pokos, after which the President orders Olimar to go back to the Pikmin planet with Louie to find enough treasure to cover the now 10,000-Poko debt.
With the debt repaid, the Hocotate ship is painted in a gold-colored material, and the President replaces Louie on the adventure to find the remaining treasures. Over time, the company starts turning around thanks to the President's wife, until it eventually opens for business once more when all treasures are collected.
After the events of Pikmin 2, the Hocotate ship is shown to be totaled near the Quaggled Mireclops' arena in Pikmin 3. One of Olimar's notes says that Hocotate Freight has gone into debt once more after a failed business venture.
The Dolphin and the ship at Hocotate Freight.
A closer look at the company's building (and the President).
Texture used for the angel image the Hocotate ship (texture taken from Super Smash Bros. Brawl).
Texture used on Captain Olimar's shoulder in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Names in other languages
|Dutch||Hocotate Transport||Hocotate Transport|
|French (NoE)||Hocatate Fret||Hocotate Freight|
|German||Hocotate Freight||Hocotate Freight|
|Italian||Hocotate Transporti||Hocotate Transports|
|Spanish||Hocotate, S. L.||Hocotate, Limited Society (Sociedad Limitada)|
- ^ “Your notification report was wrong again. How many times do I have to correct you? It's because of behavior like this that I, the REAL boss, have to work so hard.” – The President's wife in a letter
- ^ “Hey, you think you can loaf because I can't see you? The ship has been reporting everything to me! Are you surprised? That machine knows who the real boss is.” – The President's wife in a letter
- ^ “It may interest you to know I've somehow been able to begin turning the company around in your absence. So, you just go on doing what you like for a bit longer, OK?” – The President's wife in a letter
- ^ “All of the treasures on the list have been found! I see you in a new light, honey. Hocotate Freight is open for business once again! Get right back to work tomorrow!” – The President's wife in a letter