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At times, when making a game, development members may commit a mistake. Most of the time, these errors are detected by the quality assurance team, whose job is to play-test the game in search for such mistakes, so that they can be corrected. However, it's possible for some errors to go by undetected, meaning the final game is released with them still in it. For the most part, these aren't enough to affect gameplay or the game's story. In popular culture, they are also known as goofs. In the Pikmin series, there are cases of typos, grammatical errors, glitches, and inconsistencies.
For the sake of completion, debatable mistakes will be included on the article as well. Unless otherwise confirmed, every mistake listed here is speculative, and could in fact be purposefully made by the developers.
- 1 Pikmin
- 2 Pikmin 2
- 3 Pikmin 3
- 4 Cross-game
- 5 Non-canon mistakes
- 6 See also
- 7 References
Carrying path oversights
At points, leftovers from previous versions of a game may make their way into the final product in some form. This generates a minor inconsistency in the game mechanics, locations or objects, given that what's presented is different from what happens in the actual game.
Early enemy reel information
Some of the enemy reel's footage was recorded in an earlier – or at least different – version of Pikmin, and one can tell because several of the objects cannot be found in those locations in the final game. One of the most noteworthy examples would be the Goolix appearing on The Forest Navel, despite never being encountered there during gameplay. In addition, the fact that all names are sorted alphabetically, besides the Swooping Snitchbug's, gives a hint on what the creature's name was intended to be initially – possibly something beginning with "Flying".
Pellet carrying on the instruction manual
On the instruction manual, the page that describes the Onions and pellets contains an image of three Pikmin carrying a 1 pellet. In the actual game, this is not possible – only up to two Pikmin may carry a 1 pellet at the same time. It is, however, possible that this is the result of a reported glitch.
At the south of The Forest Navel, there is a geyser on the platform where the Gravity Jumper can be found. This geyser merely shoots Olimar upward considerably high, and makes him land on the pond at the southwest. Because this does not aid the player in any way, and because there is a detailed path leading up specifically to the geyser, it is possible that this is the leftover of a previous version of the area, where that geyser actually had a purpose.
- On the North American GameCube version's manual, in the page where Captain Olimar describes the game's plot, there is the typo “I then felt a premonition that my short trip would soon be become an epic adventure.”. "Be" is in one line, and "become" is in another, which could explain why this mistake was left undetected.
- On the Q&A section of the manual in the European GameCube version, there is a hint explaining how it is possible to slow down a Spotty Bulborb by holding onto its feet with Pikmin. "Holding" is spelled as "holdung", however; a trivial mistake to make on a QWERTY keyboard, given that the U and the I keys are quite close to one another.
- Andy Becraft was one of the engineers on Nintendo of America's debugging team, and is credited on Pikmin's credits sequence. In the New Play Control! version, however, his name is incorrectly written as "Beaucraft".
- If the player opens an Onion's menu and attempts to take out more Pikmin than the amount in the Onion, the message "There are no blues Pikmin to take out." appears. The correct message, "There are no blue Pikmin to take out.", has been added to the New Play Control version.
Carrying path oversights
- When entering a cave or sublevel in, the first leader to jump will always grunt like Olimar, and the second will always grunt like Louie. This is true regardless of the leaders that are actually on the party and the order at which they jump in, but if the second leader is fallen, only the first leader's grunt will play (still with Olimar's voice).
- The entries for the Ravenous Whiskerpillar and the Volatile Dweevil on the Piklopedia point out that the creatures have an associated Poko value of 1 and 0, respectively. These values provide no useful information to the player, given that Ravenous Whiskerpillars cannot appear underground, and Volatile Dweevils cannot be retrieved to the research pod. It is possible that they could at an earlier point in development, and that this value is a remnant of that time; other moot values, such as the Poko count of a Pellet Posy are displayed as "----", further confusing matters.
- Pikmin carrying an object while under the effects of an ultra-spicy spray will keep carrying the object at the same speed if the spray's boost ends while they're still carrying it.
- When the Justice Alloy is collected, the Hocotate ship claims that getting bitten or stepped on will produce less pain. In reality, all damage suffered is reduced, not just from those two sources.
- In the ship's comment on the collection of the Brute Knuckles, it calls the upgrade that gets unlocked the "Rocket Punch". This was corrected for the New Play Control! remake.
- The game does not distinguish between leaving a cave and starting a new day for the purpose of some cutscenes. So some dialog that makes sense at the start of a new day won't make sense when exiting a cave.
- If the player loses all Pikmin of one type inside a cave and goes to the surface, the ship will state that there was a Pikmin extinction "yesterday".
- If on the day the player obtains Purple Pikmin, they leave some Purple Pikmin behind before entering the Emergence Cave again, the ship will explain how the Pikmin have been stored in its hull, but greet the leaders with "Good morning!"
- Olimar's journal on The Key has him describe the Beady Long Legs as a "Pikmin-devouring spider", despite the fact that the Beady Long Legs is one of the few enemies that does not eat Pikmin in any way.
- Louie's notes on some enemies make references to bodies or body parts that Louie couldn't possibly have collected for cooking, due to the fact that they are shown to disappear upon death, in-game. Examples include the Beady Long Legs, which vanishes into dust, and the balloon-like sacs of the Careening Dirigibug, which pop upon defeat.
- Buried Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae cannot be stunned with Purple Pikmin, although the game files specify that the enemy should have the same stun properties as the free-walking counterpart, which can be stunned.
- On the title screen's "Spring" theme, Anode Dweevils can be seen running around the tree trunk. These dweevils have their feelers colored yellow, whereas the ones in game have red feelers.
- On the cutscene that plays when the player clears the debt, the Hocotate ship announces the return to Hocotate and the camera shifts to the sky, where a faint image of The President is seen. This image was likely cropped from an image with a white background, as it becomes clear that the area of the image between the President's curly hair was not cropped out: it remains white.
- If the first Pikmin to drink nectar in a playthrough is a Bulbmin, the cutscene will play, but the sound of a regular Pikmin will be heard, instead of a Bulbmin sound.
- The tenth sublevel in the Cavern of Chaos becomes darker if the player has the Solar System as opposed to lighter. An explanation for it can be found here.
- The texture for the Geographic Projection is flipped horizontally. If one flips the treasure upright, Africa will be to the left of South America, which will be to the left of Europe, contrary to the real world. Whether this is a mistake or not is not known, since it could've been flipped on purpose to represent continents in a familiar manner to most people, considering that the treasure is only ever found upside-down.
- It is possible to tell that the treasures exclusive to the European version of Pikmin 2 received less quality control, as quite a few typos managed to make their way into their English descriptions. This was not intended, as proven by the fact that most of the descriptions in the New Play Control! Pikmin 2 variants have been fixed. A list of these typos can be found on this category.
- Olimar's journal for the Memorable Gyro Block has the word "accidentally" misspelled as "accidently".
- Unlike all other treasures in Pikmin 2, the Empty space container does not to have its name in title case.
- One of the advisories for 2-Player Battle says that the player can hold up to four roulette spins. This is technically correct, but misleading, as the player can actually store five powers – the four queued spins plus the current power on standby.
- In the French version of Olimar's journal for the Five-man Napsack, on the North American Wii port, it says the player must use to lie down instead of . This mistake only exists on this exact version of the journal.
- In New Play Control! Pikmin 2, with the language set to French, the pause menu incorrectly calls the Sphere Chart "Système Solaire", which is the name used for the Solar System. This does not happen in the ship's dialogs.
- The "Results Prior to Repaying Debt" screen on the North American and European GameCube versions says "Results Prior to Repaying Dept". The data files for this menu lack a texture for a lowercase "b" entirely, which hints at the menu data having been generated without the "b" being in the string in the first place, making this a simple typo. The Wii North American re-release has corrected the typo, and the European Wii version of Pikmin 2 says "Results up to Debt Repayment" instead.
A screenshot showing the written mistake "its" on the Open Architecture.
Biological classifications inconsistencies
Biological classification in the Pikmin games matches that of the real world, with the following exceptions:
- The scientific name for the Empress Bulblax (Oculus matriarcha) and the Bulborb Larva (Oculus bambinii) have a different species, even though the latter is offspring of the former and should have the same scientific name.
- Although the Iridescent Flint Beetle, the Iridescent Glint Beetle, and the Doodlebug are in different families, they are listed under the same genus. This is inaccurate to real world taxonomy because family is located above genus on the classification tree, so every member of a genus must share the same family.
The Infernal Vegetable is a treasure in Pikmin 2, and is actually a real world bell pepper. Bell peppers are not vegetables, contrary to what is stated by both Olimar and the ship, but are in fact fruits. They can be considered vegetables for culinary purposes, but are botanically a fruit; this is actually a common misconception.
Carrying and Go Here! path oversights
Check in oversights
In the US version of the game, some conversation scripts attempt to switch the character's icon on the text box, but use an invalid ID, resulting in a different (and wrong) icon being used altogether.
- The unreleased Secret File has Louie mention that he is a crew member of the S.S. Dolphin. This is incorrect, as Louie never boarded the S.S. Dolphin. Instead, he is a member of the Hocotate ship.
- On some of the Secret Files, Olimar looks to his left to find Louie in danger. Physically, it is not possible for Olimar to see Louie on his left from their positions, in some of the videos. A list of these mistakes can be found here.
- In the Secret Files, Olimar says he is on his third trip to PNF-404. Technically speaking, this is Olimar's fourth visit.
- Until Pikmin 3, Louie was always known by that name. In that game, he is still given the name Louie, but when under attack by an enemy in Mission Mode, he refers to himself as "Louis". It is currently not known if Louis is his real name and Louie is a nickname, or if this is the result of a mistranslation or typo.
- At a few times during the course of Pikmin 3, characters may say the expression "now I think of it", when referring to something they have realized. The most common expression is actually "now that I think of it", leaving the existence of this version a mystery. There is no official stance on the fact that "now I think of it" is inept for these situations, so whether this is an alternate, but valid wording, or actually a mistake is up for debate.
- One of Alph's voyage logs in the European version has him mention the Captain's sleeping nightmares. In it, he writes "the Captain cried out "Elizabeth!" several times while his was sleeping." The "his" in the sentence should be a "he".
- On some of the Secret Files, the S.S. Dolphin's name is written as such, but in others, it is written with the European Pikmin 3 spelling, "SS Dolphin".
- When locking-on to an enemy, its name appears in singular. Members of the flitterbie family have their name appear in plural, however. It is unknown if this was intentional, or the result of a mistake.
Hocotate culture inconsistencies
There are some inconsistencies regarding the kind of materials and objects Hocotatians have and do not have on their home planet. At the very least, these constitute as mysteries, given that it is not known how comparable the objects and elements in Hocotate are to their real world counterparts.
- According to Olimar's journal for Child of the Earth, Hocotatians do not know about potatoes. However, Louie's notes for the Emperor Bulblax suggest cooking the beast with potatoes and carrots.
- Olimar's journal on the Lustrous Element states that gold is unknown to Hocotatians. However, it is clear that gold is quite normal to the people of Hocotate, judging from the following facts:
- According to Olimar's description of the Stellar Orb, the technology used for a light bulb is "totally unknown" to the people of Hocotate. This description was exaggerated, given that Hocotatians are familiar to the likes of light bulbs, given the UV Lamp's existence.
Oxygen is known to be poisonous to Hocotatians. There are times, however, where Hocotatians are known to interact with oxygen gas with no adverse effects.
- On Louie's notes, he mentions several plants and vegetables on his cooking recipes, although most of these ingredients need to be cultivated with oxygen. It could, however, be the case that Louie is referring to using the treasures obtained on PNF-404 as the ingredients.
Burrowing Snagret's body
Although several in-game sources claim the Burrowing Snagret's body is lined in scales, the enemy reel entry for the creature states that the creature is actually covered in feathers. This could be referring to the feathers on its head, if not for the fact that it addresses blue feathers specifically.
This article or section features debatable canonical information.
The following mistakes are directly related to the Pikmin franchise, but happen outside of the main Pikmin canon games. In addition to these mistakes, some of the Pikmin series' trophies also have other flaws that are not related to the Pikmin canon. A list of such mistakes can be found here for Brawl and here for Smash 4.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophies
- Captain Olimar's main trophy is about his appearance as a fighter, which is actually a dual trophy for Olimar and Pikmin. The description starts off by calling the duo of Olimar and the Pikmin force "veteran spacefarers". The Pikmin have never traveled through space, meaning this title should only be applied to Olimar.
- The trophy for the Red Bulborb omits Pikmin from the list of relevant games, hence incorrectly claiming that the creature debuted in Pikmin 2. In reality, the only part of the trophy's subject that did debut in Pikmin 2 is solely the name of the creature, "Red Bulborb"; this enemy was known as "Spotty Bulborb" in Pikmin.
- The Careening Dirigibug's trophy states that these enemies have a chance of dropping a dud bomb-rock. However, in the games, no bomb-rocks are ever dud, outside of a rare glitch.
- The pellet trophy states that pellets can be "harvested from pellet grass and flowers". It is not elaborated what either of these two sources mean, either in Brawl or any Pikmin game, but it can only be assumed the flowers are actually the Pellet Posies. However, there are no grasses that can contain pellets in any Pikmin game. The only grasses that can provide anything similar are nectar weed, which contain raw nectar, not the crystallized pellets. The Japanese name for the Pellet Posies, ペレット草? does translate to "Pellet Grass", but the fact that there's a distinction between the "flowers" and the "grass" indicates it is a mistake nonetheless.
- The Burrowing Snagret's trophy points out that nobody ever saw its tail. However, Olimar's notes on the creature finish with a statement in which Olimar compares the Burrowing Snagret and the Burrowing Snarrow's tails and wing markings, implying Olimar has seen it. To confuse things further, if the boss is killed in Pikmin 3 it pops out of the ground, and it can be seen there that it doesn't even have a tail or wings in the first place, having a foot instead.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U trophies
- The End of Day trophy on the European version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U states that Olimar jumps aboard the S.S. Dolphin. In reality, the spaceship Olimar uses in his Final Smash is the Hocotate ship.
- The Hocotate Bomb is an explosive miniature item shaped like the Hocotate ship. Its trophy description states that it appears in Pikmin and Pikmin 2. Not only does the item itself not appear in any canon Pikmin game, the Hocotate ship also makes its debut in Pikmin 2, being absent from Pikmin altogether.
- The trophy for the Iridescent Flint Beetle in the European version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U advises players to flip the creature onto its back with a Purple Pikmin, and then sending other Pikmin to strike. Although using Purple Pikmin is a good strategy due to their homing properties, the creature will not stay on its back, nor will charging at it with other Pikmin be beneficial. The trophy's tactic is valid for the Anode Beetle, however.
- The Burrowing Snagret's trophy in either region of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U omits Pikmin 2 from the list of games, instead listing Pikmin and Pikmin 3. Although this does not make the list incorrect, it is likely an oversight, given that other subjects that appear in all three games list Pikmin and Pikmin 2 (the first appearances, omitting Pikmin 3 as a result), in addition to the fact that this enemy is more common in Pikmin 2 than in Pikmin 3.
- Again on the Burrowing Snagret's trophy, the description on the US region of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U claims that it belongs to the "avian" family. In reality, the creature belongs to the snavian family.
- The Plasm Wraith's trophy shows a battle on muddy, damp terrain, with some puddles. This is not the terrain used in the Pikmin 3 fight with the boss, but rather the Quaggled Mireclops's fight, where the terrain plays a big role. The Quaggled Mireclops's trophy doesn't have any terrain whatsoever.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there is a sticker based on the Pellet Posy, featuring a red-pellet Pellet Posy. However, its name is "Red Pellet Flower", tying in with a previously noted partial mistake in the pellet trophy (see the Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophies section above).
- “You've done it! That bird-beast will trouble you no more!” – the Hocotate ship in a dialog about the Justice Alloy
Processing... How curious. What's that impressive, mechanized masterpiece?
Brrrzzt! Does not compute! A metal this dense defies the fundamental laws of physics!
And yet...if I use this to rework our president's treasured space suit...
Processing...complete. Fabrication of the Metal Suit Z is now concluded.This suit is extremely durable. Getting gnawed or stepped on will now produce minimal pain.
- “Processing... How strange. This atypical metal object came from inside that bizarre being.” – the Hocotate ship in the collection of the Brute Knuckles
...It appears to be a giant metal hand. Perhaps it is an ancient work of art?
This object seems to replicate a humanoid fist. A glove much like it once lay in my junk hold...
...And here is that very glove! I have just found the missing Rocket Punch[sic] in my junk hold!Tap three times to launch it! One, two, PUNCH!!!
- “The other day, I accidently[sic] threw away my son's favorite toy. He wouldn't stop crying! Some things that seem unimportant to adults are treasures to kids. When I was a boy, I'm sure I felt the same way about my favorite things. Now, my family is my treasure.” – Olimar's journal in the Memorable Gyro Block
- “Louis here... Waaah!” – Louie in European version of Mission Mode while under attack
- “Today, buried in a deep hole, I found a vegetable that I'd never seen before. This dark-dwelling vegetable stores all of its nutritious energy in its roots. The ship named it Child of the Earth, and I think it's fitting.” – Captain Olimar in Olimar's journal for the Child of the Earth
- “To prep the tongue for cooking, marinate in olive oil and chop into cubes. Stir in a pot with carrots, potatoes, and chives, cover, and simmer over low heat for several hours. Accompany this mouthwatering, rustic stew with a hearty roll.” – Louie in Louie's notes for the Emperor Bulblax
- “This rare, alien metal doesn't exist on Hocotate. When I gaze at it, I'm gripped with an overpowering sense of greed. On Hocotate, there is a valuable metal with a stunning sheen that has a similar effect. Perhaps this alluring metal is responsible for many of this planet's woes.” – Captain Olimar in Olimar's journal for the Lustrous Element
- “The technology behind this impressive gadget is totally unknown to my people... It appears to replicate the intense solar beams of the sun. Space exploration has given me a ghostly pallor. Maybe I'll use this orb to catch a few rays...” – Captain Olimar in Olimar's journal for the Stellar Orb
- “To make matters worse, my atmospheric sensors indicate this planet's environment contains high levels of poisonous oxygen.” – Captain Olimar in a monologue
- “This large, subterranean life-form suddenly erupts from underground to feast on nearby Pikmin. Its body is covered in slick scales, which render Pikmin attacks ineffective. Surely, it has a weak point somewhere...” – Captain Olimar in Olimar's voyage log for the Burrowing Snagret
- “Slice the serpentine torso into thin medallions, skewer on a metal rod with Hocotate onions, and barbecue over an open flame.” – Louie in Louie's notes for the Burrowing Snagret
- “The bluish hue of its feathers distinguishes it from the burrowing snarrow.” – Captain Olimar in the enemy reel entry for the Burrowing Snagret
- “Veteran spacefarers in the employ of Hocotate Freight. After crash-landing on an enigmatic planet, Olimar met the mysterious beings known as Pikmin. He enlisted their aid to find his spaceship parts and help him escape. Once home, he found his employer on the verge of bankruptcy. He was sent back to the Pikmin world with his partner, Louie, to repay the company debt.” – trophy description for Pikmin & Olimar in Brawl
- “A creature whose Japanese name translates as "spotted crimson bug-eye." These bulky nocturnal animals have white-and-red-flecked rumps that resemble strawberries. Red bulborbs sleep in the day and wake in the evening to feed on small animals. Several colors of bulborb subspecies have been discovered—their classification is a hot subject for scholars.” – trophy description for the Red Bulborb in Brawl
- “A dangerous, offensive-minded creature. It uses balloons to keep it afloat as it flies through the air and drops bomb-rocks on ground-bound prey. These bomb-rocks sometimes turn out to be duds, but since the slightest stimulus can set these things off, the ultimate care should be taken with them.” – trophy description for the Careening Dirigibug in Brawl
- “Items that contain concentrated essence of the Pikmin's home world. This essence is the keystone to all life on the planet. Harvested from pellet grass or flowers, Pikmin can take pellets back to Onions to produce more Pikmin. If the Onion and the pellet are the same color, it produces more Pikmin. The number on the top of a pellet tells how many Pikmin must carry it.” – trophy description for the pellet in Brawl
- “A member of the snavian family with a birdlike head and a snakelike neck and body. An underground dweller, the snagret makes sudden strikes aboveground to capture surface-dwelling prey. It uses its beak to scoop up daily nutrition and can snatch up three Pikmin at once—a relatively small amount made deadly by its strike speed. No one has ever seen its tail.” – trophy description for the Burrowing Snagret in Brawl
- “On the planet of the Pikmin, the native creatures get quite violent come nightfall, so Olimar retreats to orbit every evening. That's how his Final Smash works, too: Olimar takes off in his trusty Dolphin[sic], then in come the beasties to take care of the other fighters. When Olimar returns, make sure he touches down, er...safely!” – trophy description for the End of Day Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- “With the outward appearance of a Hocotate Freight ship, this is actually a bomb in disguise! Arm it by throwing it on the ground, and give it a nudge if you're impatient. It'll fly up into the sky, returning a short time later and exploding. Force your foes into the landing zone!” – trophy description for the Hocotate Bomb in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- “These rare bugs from the Pikmin series have a unique and delicious flavour. (That's what Louie says, anyway.) They also hold on to some valuable items, which might explain why they run away as soon as you find them. To make things easier, throw a Purple Pikmin at one to flip it onto its back, then send the rest of your squad to attack.” – trophy description for the Iridescent Flint Beetle in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- “A foot-long bird doesn't sound all that large, but when you're the size of a Pikmin, a foot is massive! This member of the avian[sic] family will emerge from underground, hunting for Pikmin, its favorite snack. Act fast—or this bird of prey will prey on your poor Pikmin!” – trophy description for the Burrowing Snagret in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
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