The Pikmin series is a video game series owned by Nintendo that focuses on using Pikmin to perform various tasks, such as carrying objects and fighting enemies. It consists of 3 main games, 3 re-releases, 2 spin-off games, and various other media.
Main games and spin-offs
Three short movies have been made by Nintendo about the Pikmin series, but their canon is debatable. The Nintendo Land attraction called Pikmin Adventure is about the Pikmin franchise, but does not belong to the Pikmin canon.
Reception and sales
The main three games have been scored well by critics. Pikmin 2 scores generally higher than Pikmin (e.g. scores of 90 and 89 on review aggregator Metacritic, respectively). Pikmin 3 scores were closer to those of Pikmin 2. Hey! Pikmin received average reviews, with criticism aimed at its simplistic puzzles. The total number of sales for the series is approximately 5.93 million as of March 2021, with the best-selling game in the series being Pikmin 3 Deluxe.
In other games
Elements from the series also play parts in a number of other Nintendo games, most notably Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, in which Olimar is a playable character, as well as two Pikmin stages – Distant Planet and Garden of Hope. There are also multiple soundtracks and trophies.
Pikmin have made cameo appearances in games like WarioWare: Smooth Moves and the Nintendo DSi/3DS software transfer animation, while Pikmin-themed items have appeared in Nintendogs and the Animal Crossing series.