New Play Control! Pikmin 2
New Play Control! Pikmin 2 is a re-release of Pikmin 2 for the Wii, as part of the New Play Control! range of video games. It was released in Japan, Europe, and Australia in 2009, and in North America in 2012, and features a number of changes to the original game, mainly in its controls.
Unlike the first game's Wii version, the box art for every region is the same as for the GameCube releases, within a New Play Control! border; the cover, however, may be turned over and replaced to show the full size cover. In North America, it was released as part of Nintendo Selects, so it has a different border to releases in other places.
Quite a few of the differences were also implemented in the enhanced port of the first game, New Play Control! Pikmin. One unintended change is the inability to bypass the auto-save that happens whenever a new sublevel is entered: because the Wii lacks memory cards, one cannot remove the memory card to stop the game from saving there.
Graphics and sounds
On December 15th, 2016, this game was made available as an eShop download for the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe. It only became available on the North American eShop on March 30th of the year after. Finally, it became available for Japan's Virtual Console eShop on June 20th, 2017. The Japanese version of the game is only available in Japanese, while the American version is available in English, American Spanish, and Canadian French, and the European version of the game is available in English, European French, German, Italian, and European Spanish.
The first version of this port was released in Japan, and uses Japanese text. Later, the game got released in Europe and Oceania, in a different version, that uses European-language scripts. Finally, the game also got released in North America, in a version that uses only English text. Besides languages, each of these versions have some miscellaneous differences, with the most important one being the list of treasures. Most of the treasures are the exact same, but a few got changed to better fit each region's culture.
It is worth noting that since this is a port of the GameCube original, titled simply Pikmin 2, that that release can be considered a different version. A list of differences between the GameCube and the Wii versions can be found in the changes section.
Names in other languages