To do: Verify the icon for each message. Also, it looks as though each character has their own notification sound for when the letter opens. At least the last message with Olimar's wife does. Elaborate.
At the end of every day in Pikmin 2, Captain Olimar receives some mail. These short messages provide context to the story and show what the various minor characters are doing while the leaders are exploring.
The mail that appears for each day is taken from a specified set that depends on how many Pokos the player has collected, and is always received in a set order. Once every message in one set has been shown, the final message in the set is repeated until the requirements for the next are met.
It is possible to view past mail entries by pressing / and / , but only the 20 most recent mails are saved.
In the following lists, items with two lines mean that they are different between the GameCube and Wii versions; the top line corresponds to the GameCube original, and the bottom one to New Play Control! Pikmin 2.
Up to 2999 Pokos
After debt is repaid
|President's wife||Hmmph! Some president you are! I just got back from vacation to find out you're on a treasure hunt! Well, don't bother coming home until you've found every item on your list!|
|Louie's grandmother||Louie, we suddenly stopped hearing from you! Everything OK? If things get tough, you can always come home. I'll stock up on those Pikpik carrots you love!|
|Olimar's wife||Olimar, you've worked so hard! Your special bonus arrived today. This is a first, right? I bought the kids a few things they've been wanting. They were so happy! And so was I...|
|Olimar's son||Oh yeah! Oh yeah! My allowance doubled! And it's all thanks to my papa! After all, he's a great captain! But when in the world will he be able to come home, huh?|
|***SPAM?***||I am so lonely... I want a friend that'll listen to my troubles. I want to meet someone like you. Contact me at http://www.pikmin.com.[notes 1]|
|Louie's grandmother||Louie! Are you eating well? When you were a boy, you were quite skinny, so I made you clean your plate. Be sure to cook suspicious food before eating it!|
|Olimar's daughter||Papa! I'm going to prep school! Mama said that if I don't study hard, I can't become a proper lady. Did I write a nice proper mail? Do tell, Papa!|
|Louie's grandmother||At my age, reminiscing is wonderful. Louie, do you remember the hill behind our house? You hated to play outside, so I made you eat bugs and plants. Ah, memories...|
|***SPAM?***||Do you love BARGAINS? Do you like DESIGNER ITEMS AT CUT-RATE PRICES? Then come save tons of Pokos at... http://www.pikmin.com.[notes 1]|
|Olimar's son||Lately, I've been getting a ton of mail from a strange person selling designer items at cut-rate prices. It sounds like a deal. Should I send them your bonus check?|
|Louie's grandmother||Louie, I sent you some of the preserved bug foods from home. You should share some with your company president. As a kid, bugs loved you so much. Always nibbling...|
|Louie's grandmother||Louie... You've sent absolutely no replies. I'm worried about you. I'd like to come see you, but I'm so old... All I can do is send you preserved bug foods...|
After Louie is found, before all treasures are collected
|Louie's grandmother||Louie, I'm really relieved to know you're safe and sound. I'd heard you'd been eaten by a bug! They sure loved chewing on you as a boy. Guess you haven't changed!|
|Olimar's wife||We received yet another special bonus! I've come to love you all anew! I decided to take the kids to the hot springs. We'll have enough fun for you too, so don't worry!|
|Olimar's son||Papa! Thanks! There were so many cute girls at the hot springs! I was a little nervous, but I got over it. Next time, you totally have to come with us! We'll have so much fun!|
|President's wife||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.|
|***SPAM?***||It slices! It dices! It plays video games! It sends mail! It wraps gifts! It cures snoring! Interested? Check out http://www.nintendo.com.[notes 2]|
|Olimar's daughter||Papa, today I went to see the orchestra to help me become a proper lady. I think it was expensive. Both Mom and Brother slept through it, but not me! Aren't I proper?|
|***SPAM?***||Would you like to find the new you? If you're thinking about changing jobs, let Hocotate Whiz do the work for you! See http://www.nintendo.com![notes 2]|
|President's wife||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.|
|Olimar's daughter||Mama is being mean. Every day I go to school. I want to be a great lady. But I'm so, so tired... Brother is always crying. Growing up isn't any fun at all...|
|Olimar's son||Papa! Hurry up and come home! Mama is so nuts! Every day, she orders me to study, study, study! She’s even thinking about sending our dog, Bulbie, to the circus! Help!|
|President's wife||Hey, just how long are you planning on staying on that planet? Men! All they do is chase empty dreams! It's pure, unadulterated nonsense! Nonsense, I tell you!|
|President's wife||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?|
|Olimar's wife||Hey, hon! I'm on a solo vacation right now. Beach by day, theater at night. Ahhh, life is grand! And don't worry, the kids are in school every night until 10! Wheeeeee!|
|Olimar's son||Papa!!! This is awful! Mama threw away all of my games! Seems like every time money comes in, she gets meaner! I want the old Mama back...|
|Olimar's daughter||Hey, Papa. I do nothing but study. I hate it. Please come home soon.|
After all treasures are collected
|Olimar's wife||I think I may have messed up, darling... I lost a small fortune buying lottery tickets. It was all a nightmare. I'm afraid we're going to have to live lean for awhile.|
|Olimar's son||Hey, Papa! I'm so happy! Mama's back to normal! I'm not sure what the reason is... Love, maybe? Anyway, hurry up and come home, and don't forget to bring souvenirs!|
|Olimar's daughter||Daddy, Mama has changed again. She's become nice like she used to be. She said it's OK if I don't study. Is it really OK if I don't become a perfect, proper lady? Really?|
|President's wife||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!|
|Louie's grandmother||Louie, I heard that you completed your task! Congratulations! My little Louie has become an extraordinary man! How about visiting your dad? I've got bug juice!|
|***SPAM?***||Hocotate E-Mag #255. Not just songs; songs of love! Rock out to Pikpik's greatest hits and get sappy! http://www.pikmin.com[notes 1]|
|Olimar's son||Dad, today I'm writing on behalf of Bulbie. Mom and I completely forgot to feed him. He got skinny, but he's been eating a lot of Pikpik carrots, so he'll be OK.|
|Olimar's daughter||Dad! Our dog, Bulbie, has been acting like a pig! He ate all of our carrots! Have you really seen creatures on that planet that look just like Bulbie?!?|
|Olimar's wife||I love you!!! Don't keep me waiting any longer! Please come home! I've made a ton of your favorite soup, and it's here waiting for you! P.S. Bring souvenirs!|
To do: Check the NPC! remakes.
- This URL is http://www.pikmin.com on the US version of the GameCube game, http://pikmin2.nintendo.co.uk on the European version (GameCube and New Play Control!), and http://nintendo.jp/p/ on the Japanese version.
- This URL is http://www.nintendo.com on the US version of the GameCube game, http://pikmin2.nintendo.co.uk on the European version, and http://nintendo.jp/p/ on the Japanese version.
- In the GameCube version, the player is able to hold down or in order to automatically flip through the mails, but in the New Play Control! version, this is no longer possible; the player must press or each time.
- One of the spammer's mails mentions an "E-Mag #255". 255 is the maximum value an unsigned byte can hold, and as a result of its relevance in game development, this number appears commonly in Nintendo game scripts, along with 256, for the same reason.
- At the end of the day, if the player opens that day's e-mail, then goes back to the Pikmin stats menu, and returns to the e-mail, its window will rise up from the bottom of the screen, squashing the sender's icon on the way up.
- “Compared to the standard bonding epoxy, this item is two times... four times... No, even more! This metal fastener is 256 times more powerful! In time, it will fix everything in position!” – Hocotate ship in sales pitch for the Repair Juggernaut
- “In this mind-bending realm, my attacks are 256 times more potent!” – Dimentio in Dimension D