The options menu allows the player to control some of the game's options. These normally have minimal impact on the gameplay, and as such, are merely changed according to the player's preferences. Pikmin 3 and its remake do not have a dedicated options menu, and instead have options set in the pause menu.
In Pikmin 2, the options menu is accessed from the main menu, and contains the following options:
Quitting this menu via / does not save the chosen options. The last item on the menu must be accessed in order for that to happen.
In Hey! Pikmin, the options menu is accessed from the area selection menu, and contains 3 options. The first is called "Music", and has a slider for changing the volume of music on a scale from 0 to 3. The second is called "Sound", and has an identical slider for changing the volume of sound effects. The third is called "SpotPass", and can be toggled on and off. Turning it on will cause a pop-up to appear saying "Would you like to share your gameplay information with Nintendo?" with the options being "Yes" and "No". The top screen explains that "You may choose to share information about your gameplay with Nintendo in order to help us develop future products and services." The menu is controlled with the touchscreen, and at the bottom is a button to return to the area selection menu.