In what is likely today's biggest announcement, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto not only confirmed that Pikmin 4 is in the works but also that it is "very close to completion." Miyamoto's comments come by way of an interview that Eurogamer conducted with the executive back in July.
The news is somewhat surprising, given that the previous entry in the series didn't seem to light the world on fire, sales-wise. Pikmin 3 debuted in August 2013, though it was originally planned to be a launch title for Wii U before being delayed.
Miyamoto also mentioned in the interview that "Pikmin teams are always working on the next one" — an interesting addendum given that there was a nine year gap between Pikmin 2 and 3. This adds some interesting context to that time period, which we could infer to mean that Pikmin 3 was in development hell for nearly a decade before it finally released.
Pikmin 3 was initially announced at a developer roundtable at E3 2008, and — though it was at one point prototyped for the 3DS — it eventually was planned for Wii before the development team finally settled on the Wii U as its platform due to the console's greater power and HD capabilities.
Interestingly enough, no platform was announced for Pikmin 4, though if it's close to completion, it's likely to release on Wii U. However, it's also possible that it could either be an NX game or see a dual release on both consoles if the latter is in fact released at some point next year.
For now, we'll have to wait for more info on the game, which could possibly come during an upcoming Nintendo Direct or — more likely — next year at E3 2016.
What are your thoughts on Pikmin 4 being in development?