The sequel to the iconic creature-wrangling game Pikmin will be making its way to US store shelves…seven years after it was originally released in Japan, according to media reports. Pikmin 2, originally released for the Gamecube, was remade for the Wii a few years ago but it still left American gamers in the dust. Now, Nintendo is finally opening up the door to allow the title to have the fan base it always should have had.
Pikmin 2 was heralded for its continuation and expansion of the addicting gameplay that made the original so unique and refreshing. The Japanese version received critical praise and strong sales, prompting Nintendo to translate it into English and launch it in Europe and Australia. But for reasons that are still unclear, it never came to American shores.
When Nintendo updated the controls and re-released Pikmin and Pikmin 2 for the Wii, many expected it might finally be the time for North America to get the latter game. But alas, only the Wii version of Pikmin was released here even though other regions also got Pikmin 2. Apparently someone at Nintendo woke up and now, seven years after it launched on Gamecube and three years after it was re-released on Wii, Pikmin 2 will finally be hitting the US on the Wii. Reports suggest it will be available in June, meaning it could potentially be an E3 announcement.