The high scores menu contains some records and statistics for runs of the main story mode. Generally, the faster and more efficient the player is, the higher they score in the tables.
In Pikmin, the top half of the screen contains records for the story mode, while the bottom half contains records for Challenge Mode. In the story mode section, there are four columns, one for the ship parts gathered, one for the days it took to complete, one for the final number of surviving Pikmin, and one for the total of lost Pikmin. There are 5 rows, each one dedicated for a place in the high score table. The Challenge Mode section contains columns for each area, and rows for each of the five top places.
In Pikmin 2, the left side of the screen contains a scrollable list with the categories. The right side contains the top three values for that category, separated into two types: the value when the debt was repaid ("Grand Total") and the value for when all treasures were collected ("Treasures"). Any missing values are filled with "-----" or "--:--". The pictures used for the categories have a stylized simple look. The following categories exist:
A different high score screen also appears after the ending cutscene in Pikmin 2. This screen has a black background and a blue table. It still contains a scrollable list with the categories, but the records are also inside the list. Atop the best 3 scores is the player's score for that category. If this score enters the table, it gets highlighted in yellow on the individual score, and purple on the table. To the right of the screen, 8 pairs of icons appear, indicating the categories represented in each page of the list. The pictures used for this screen are full 3D renders, as opposed to the previously mentioned simplistically-styled images.
Pikmin 3 provides high scores for Story Mode, and also every Mission Mode stage in both singleplayer and multiplayer. The high scores come in 2 forms, accessed by separate buttons in the lower right of the day selection menu, the final results menu, and the mission results menu. (The Mission Mode menu only displays the "Rankings" button, and displays the single best score for solo and co-op on the right side of the screen.)
The first form is called "Top 5", and contains the player's best 5 completions of the game or stage. Listed for Story Mode runs are the number of fruits collected, the number of days taken, the time in the day that the final boss was defeated (measured from 06:00 to 18:00), and the number of surviving Pikmin at the end. Listed for Mission Mode runs is the final score. If the list is viewed from a results menu, the player's most recent result will be highlighted.
The second form is called "Rankings", and this compares the player's best run to the best runs of other players around the world, with data obtained from Spotpass on the Wii U and Nintendo Switch Online on the Nintendo Switch. The data is shown in a graph, and there are 2 available: one showing the amount of fruit taken back (ranging from 0 to 65, with the full 66 not shown), and one showing the number of days needed to take home all fruit (ranging from 10 to 99 in descending order). If the graph is viewed from a results menu, the player's most recent result will be shown in addition to their best result.
In Pikmin 3 Deluxe
This menu is mostly unchanged in Pikmin 3 Deluxe, but there are some changes. There are three "Top 5" lists in Story mode, separated by difficulty. The graphs in the "Rankings" section are also divided by difficulty, and the "Fruit collected" section includes the full 66 fruits as the rightmost number on the graph.