It looks like the long-awaited Nintendo Switch exclusive may launch sooner than we thought, if the list of retailers is to be believed.
The aforementioned Nintendo Switch game, Pikmin 4has been developing for years. However, My Nintendo News (opens in a new tab) noted the game’s May 23 release date listed by Greek retailer Game Explorers. Considering we saw relatively little Pikmin 4 so far the release date seems a bit earlier than we expected.
A brief look at Pikmin 4 was shown during the Nintendo Direct presentation in September 2022, along with a product developed by Niantic Pikmin Bloom Mobile application. At the time, producer Shigeru Miyamoto gave a slack release window of “2023”.
This retail listing for Pikmin 4 comes hot after February’s Nintendo Direct rumors (thanks, Game ranking (opens in a new tab)), which according to industry insider Jeff Grubb, could happen as soon as this week.
This would of course be in line with Nintendo’s previous Direct output. The Kyoto-based tech giant typically hosts a Nintendo Direct in February. This summary of rumors, if true, points to that Pikmin 4 being a tent game for the next Nintendo Direct presentation.
A grain of salt the size of a Pikmin
Although it is very possible Pikmin 4 slated for launch at the end of May, I’d say it’s not the best time to release the game. That’s because on May 12, arguably the biggest Nintendo Switch game since its launch in 2017 was released; this creature The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Realm.
Come on May 23, a potential release date Pikmin 4I imagine millions of Switch owners will still be too busy exploring the Hyrule skies to roam the infested gardens and dank undergrowth Pikmin 4.
That’s not to say Pikmin is unpopular, as it has maintained a strong cult following since the Gamecube days. However, it is usually overshadowed by Nintendo’s A-team. Your Zelda, your Mario. Hell, even your xenoblades and fire emblems right now.
Even still if Pikmin 4 Following the hits or misses that were supposed to happen on May 23, Nintendo Switch owners will be looking for whatever first-hand support they can get. Zelda and Pikmin aside, we’re eagerly waiting for the post-launch DLC Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Fire emblem engagement AND Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
With Nintendo reportedly skipping E3 along with its competitors Microsoft and Sony, chances are Nintendo doesn’t have much to offer when it comes to its own results for its flagship console; and he could put all his eggs in the Nintendo Switch 2’s basket instead.