The title screen is the main menu of a Pikmin game, and acts as a hub for most other menus. From it, the player can continue to the main story mode, continue to an alternative game mode, or open various other menus. This menu is presented upon booting up the game, but after some other minor screens. If the player does not press anything on the title screen, they will be taken to the attraction mode cutscenes in the first two games or the opening cutscene in Pikmin 3.
The screen fades in to some tree's leaves passing by the camera. As the camera goes down, it eventually stops near the ground, where the flowers of some Pikmin can be seen, spelling out the game's name. The words "PRESS START" ("PRESS " in New Play Control! Pikmin) then appear below that, and, in the bottom, the copyright information.
After pressing the requested button (although also works in the GameCube version), a menu with three options appears: "Start", "Options", and "Challenge Mode", with the last one only being there if Challenge Mode has been unlocked. The first option takes the player to the saved game selection screen, the second one to the options screen, and the third one to the Challenge Mode screen.
The screen fades in to show the camera moving down a tree's trunk, with some enemies roaming around it. When it gets to ground level, it stops, showing some white-flowered Pikmin spelling out "PIKMIN" with their leaves, and to the right, some pink-flowered Pikmin spelling out "2". At this point, "PRESS START" (or "PRESS ", in New Play Control! Pikmin 2) appears below the Pikmin, and in the bottom of the screen, the copyright information.
After pressing the button (although can also be pressed in the GameCube version), a menu with the following options appears:
This screen comes in four seasons, picked at random each time:
There are a few Easter eggs in this screen, activated by pressing some buttons. The Pikmin also behave according to a group of algorithms called Boids, which simulate how birds flock together in real life.
The screen fades in to show a detailed portion of PNF-404, on a forest-like location. A tree trunk can be seen in the distance, and a river takes most of the attention of the scene. Occasionally, Pikmin of varying types are seen moving about in the distance. The game's logo gradually fades in, and the message "PRESS / " appears. After any of those buttons are pressed or the touchscreen is tapped, the three menu bubbles appear. On the bottom left, there is a small copyright message, and on the bottom right, the version number.
The "Story" button leads to the day selection screen, the "Mission" button to the Mission Mode screen, and the "Bingo Battle" button to the Bingo Battle screen. The "Mission" button will have an eShop icon coming out of it if there is downloadable content available, regardless of it being purchased already or not.
Interestingly, the terrain shown on the title screen bears a striking resemblance to the Awakening Wood's west corridor. The trunk stump seen on the title screen, as well as the surrounding area closer to the screen, matches with the small open space where the Geographic Projection can be found. The river path further beyond on the title screen matches all the way with the path south of the treasure in the Awakening Wood. Finally, at the end of the path, there is a curved tree. This is almost exactly the same tree with the Snagret Hole. This can be best seen using a model editor for both pieces of terrain, since the water and perspective don't allow one to see the connection very clearly.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
The menu is slightly different in Pikmin 3 Deluxe. The logo is expanded to contain the word "Deluxe", and and must first be pressed to advance.
All previous Menu options return, with an added "Side Stories" button in between "Mission" and "Bingo Battle". This one will bring the player to the Side Stories menu. Before unlocking it in the Story Mode, this option will be inaccessible, as indicated by a lock icon. Once unlocked, a green bubble reading "Recommended" will appear.
In the demo, a fifth button appears called "Nintendo eShop". This one is distinctly bright orange and has a shopping bag icon beside it. It simply redirects to the Pikmin 3 Deluxe listing on the eShop. The "Recommended" bubble appears over "Story" at all times in this demo, as most of the content takes place within this option.