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Options menu

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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.

Pikmin[edit]

The options menu in Pikmin.

In Pikmin, the options menu belongs to the same screen as the main menu. It has the following items:

  • Sound: Enters another menu with the following options:
    • Stereo/Mono: Allows the player to switch between stereo and mono sound. This option is missing in New Play Control! Pikmin.
    • Music Volume: Allows the player to set the volume at which the music plays.
    • SFX Volume: Allows the player to set the volume at which the sound effects play.
  • Language: This menu is only present in the European version of the GameCube game, and it opens another menu, which allows the player to choose English, French ("Français"), German ("Deutsch"), Spanish ("Español") or Italian ("Italiano"). When this menu is exited, the player is taken back to the title screen menu.
  • Rumble: Only present in the GameCube releases, this menu opens another one, with the options "ON" and "OFF". This is used to enable or disable the controller's rumbling for when, amongst other things, the leader is hit. This is absent in New Play Control! Pikmin.
  • High Scores: Takes the player to the high scores menu.
  • Message (メツセージ?): This option is only present in the Japanese version. It toggles between hiragana and katakana text and kanji text, in order to help younger readers. This is a common feature in Japanese Nintendo games.

Pikmin 2[edit]

The options menu in Pikmin 2.

In Pikmin 2, the options menu is accessed from the main menu, and contains the following options:

  • Language: Only present in the European version of the GameCube game, this menu item shows 5 flags, one for each available language's country. In order: English (British flag), Italian (Italian flag), French (French flag), Spanish (Spanish flag) and German (German flag).
  • Rumble feature: This item contains two buttons, "On" and "Off". This enables or disables the controller rumble for when, for instance, the leader is hit. This is absent in New Play Control! Pikmin 2.
  • Sound: This allows the player to change the sound settings between "Mono", "Stereo" and "Surround". This option does not exist in New Play Control! Pikmin 2.
  • Music: Allows the player to set the music's volume.
  • Sound Effects: Allows the player to set the sound effects' volume.
  • Deflicker: Allows the player to enable the graphics deflicker. When enabled, the graphics look softer, and when disabled, they look sharper. When this option is highlighted, an image of Pikmin carrying a red pellet appears, to help show the player how the graphics look with and without the deflicker.
  • Save Settings: When this option is picked with GCN A.png / Wiimote A.png, the settings are saved, and the menu is left.
  • Phonetic Serif (せリフのふりがな?): Only present in the Japanese version, this option allows players to enable or disable the hirigana and katakana that appears above kanji symbols in the game dialog to help younger players read the text with less difficulty. This feature is often provided in Japanese Nintendo games.

Quitting this menu via GCN B.png / Wiimote B.png does not save the chosen options. The last item on the menu must be accessed in order for that to happen.

Hey! Pikmin[edit]

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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.

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