Menu/Saved game selection
The saved game selection menu allows the player to select which saved game to play on. There are three saved games, and each one can store info on a session, like the current game day, the collected ship parts or treasures, etc. Upon selecting a saved game, the player will continue from where they left off in the respective slot. This means that they are taken to the area selection screen in order to start a new day, unless they quit after entering a cave's sublevel or emerging from one. When the player chooses an empty saved game, they start the story mode from beginning. Because Pikmin 3 only has one saved game, this screen is absent in that game.
This screen is similar between Pikmin and Pikmin 2. There are three large bubbles in the center of the screen, with the day number of the respective saved game inside, just like the day counter on the in-game HUD. On the bottom of the screen, there is some information regarding the highlighted saved game, such as the number of obtained ship parts and number of Pikmin of each type, in Pikmin, and the amount of Pokos, salvaged treasures and play time, as well as the cave and sub-level, if any, in Pikmin 2. On this screen, the player can press / to copy the currently highlighted saved game onto another one, or / to erase it.
In New Play Control! Pikmin, the player can press and to change the day they will play on, allowing them to retry from a specific day, provided the highlighted saved game is in day 2 or beyond. In Pikmin 2 for the GameCube, the number of treasures at the bottom of the screen appears as the currently collected total, followed by a slash and the total of treasures in the game – 201 (but only after the debt has been repaid).
In Pikmin and Pikmin 2, each save is referred to as "Ship's Log", but in the former, there is also a message on this screen that refers to them as "Data Files" ("Choose a Data File"), and an option on the pause menu that refers to the concept as a "save". Finally, in Pikmin 3, the saved games are not given a term at all. Because of the lack of consensus and the existence of data files as items in Pikmin 3, this menu is hence referred to as the "saved game selection" menu.
Each orb in Pikmin 2 has some colored mist inside. Each color represents something about the respective saved game slot, but it is currently unknown what.