Hey! Pikmin Lift-Off Trailer Reveals its Mechanics

by Dylan Siegler

The game Hey! Pikmin comes out on July 28 for the New 3DS and has some differences from other games in the franchise. For one thing, Olimar walks on a 2D plane in this game, as opposed to the 3D planes in other games. Today (June 30), a new trailer for the game, called the “Lift-Off” trailer, revealed some more new mechanics the game introduces.

Like previous games, differently-colored Pikmin can be used for different things. In this game, Red Pikmin are fire-resistant, Blue ones swim better than others and Yellow ones are both resistant to electricity and lighter in weight, so Olimar can throw them farther and higher. Additionally, there are two new Pikmin added to this game. Winged ones can pick Olimar up and fly him around while Rock ones can smash through strong obstacles.

The goal of this game is for Olimar to collect as much Sparklium as possible to help repair his ship. Sparklium is found in various man-made objects that don’t belong in the Pikmin world. For example, Sparklium can be found in batteries, cameras and even NES cartridges. This game will also support amiibos. When an amiibo is used, that amiibo will appear in the game as a statue and contains a lot of Sparklium. Also, a new Pikmin amiibo will have two features: 1. it will make a random amiibo statue appear in the game, and 2. it can be used to call for backup in tough situations. This new amiibo comes out the same day as the game.

- This article was updated on March 8th, 2018

About The Author

Dylan Siegler has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Redlands. He has copy edited novels and short stories and is the editor of nearly all marketing materials for RoKo Marketing. In addition to his professional work, Dylan is also working on several of his own projects. Some of these projects include a novel that satirizes the very nature of novel writing as an art and a short film that parodies buddy cop movies. His short story “Day 3658,” a look into a future ten years into a zombie apocalypse, is being published in September of 2017 in Microcosm Publishing’s compilation Bikes in Space IV: Biketopia. His political satire "The Devil's Advocates" is currently available for free (the link to this story can be found on his Facebook page).