Although the radar menu is implemented into the pause menu in Pikmin 2, in Pikmin, it is in its own menu, titled "Olimar's monitor", and it can be opened by pressing / mid-game. This menu contains the actual radar on the right side, with instructions on how to pan and zoom on the top-right corner. On the top-left corner of the screen, there is the name of the current area. Below that, the number of Pikmin in the squad and in the Onions appears, for each type. Below those, the number of total idle Pikmin in the field. Finally, in the bottom-right corner, the number of collected ship parts is written.
By pressing / , the player will be taken to a different page, explaining the controls. This one contains an illustration of a GameCube Controller, or a Wii Remote with a Nunchuk attached. Boxes scattered around the screen explain what each button and stick does. The buttons and sticks on the illustration flash in order, with each one flashing three times.