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Pikmin 2 for Nintendo Switch First Thoughts

Yesterday, we received a review code for Pikmin 2. After playing it a little bit, here our first thoughts on this port on the Gamecube game.


Pikmin 1 and 2 came out on the Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. Yesterday, we received a review code to check out the second game. How is this port of the Gamecube classic so far?

Well, Pikmin 2 0n the Switch is just a port of the Gamecube game. The visuals look very similar to what they looked like on the Cube. It may be that they are in HD, however the graphics look nowhere as good as the upcoming Pikmin 4. That said, the gameplay is still very good.

I’m playing Pikmin 2 in portable mode on a Switch Lite and the gameplay is very addictive and fun. The controls work very well: calling all your Pikmin to you is as quick as pressing a button and sending out is the same way. In this game, you have two characters and can switch between them with the press of another button. The game gives you a brief tutorial on how things work and then sends you on your way.


You do have a bit of a time limit, you have to get things done before the sun sets but so far, things don’t seem too rushed. If you want to end a day early so that you can save, you can do too. The gameplay loop of getting Pikmin, grabbing items, and then going back into space is pretty good. I’m liking this game more on the Switch than I did on the Gamecube.

While I’m not very impressed by the graphics, I really like Pikmin 2’s gameplay and I’m looking forward to playing more of it. Having Pikmin 1, 2, and 3 on the Switch is definitely a great way to get everyone hyped for Pikmin 4. That game comes out next month too!

We’re have a full review of Pikmin 2 next week. Stay tuned to for that and more on Pikmin 4.

Thank you to Nintendo Canada for providing a review code for this game. Pikmin 1 and 2 are now available for the Nintendo Switch eshop!


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blank Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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