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Hey! Pikmin is being developed by Arzest

Posted on April 18, 2017 by (@OnePunchMaz) in 3DS, News

A quick update on Hey! Pikmin: we now know that the 2D Pikmin spin-off game is being developed by Arzest. Nintendo themselves have not released that information yet – we know that because the game recently received an age rating in Australia (G – General, suitable for everyone) and Arzest was listed as the developer.

Arzest have previously worked on Yoshi’s New Island and the 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


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  • R.Z.

    And there goes the hope that the game will end up being any good.

    Too bad, though at least it is now sure that this isn’t the famous “almost ready” Pikmin game that Miyamoto has been working on.

    • AquaBat

      Explain to me why this is a bad thing

      • R.Z.

        Arzest (Artoon by extension) has yet to not botch a game.
        I was overreacting a bit, but there are very little chances the game will be anything above average given their track record.

        • AquaBat

          Mario and Sonic in Rio seemed fine to me
          I haven’t played their other games on other consoles so I wouldn’t be able to judge

          They’re also basically the same company as Artoon, by the way

          • R.Z.

            Yoshi’s Island DS is actually one of the reasons why I’m so weary of them, though it’s not the worst offender.

      • Fandangle

        They’re the developers of every single god awful DS and 3DS Yoshi game outside of Yarn Yoshi.

        What they make is incredibly bland and incredibly ugly.

  • Colocho_gt

    So that means Pikmin 4 is actually Pikmin and not this

    • Guilherme Torres


      in other news, the sky is blue

  • AquaBat

    Time to jump on the “Yoshi’s New Island was a horrible abomination because these reviewers said so” bandwagon again
    The worst you could accuse that game of being was not innovative enough, honestly, the gameplay itself was perfectly fine for the most part
    But no it’s evil because I heard the arrangement of The Yoshi Clan and it caused demons to arise from my bedsprings and bring endless torment to my bloodline

    For the record, Arzest is composed of a few key developers who worked on Yoshi’s Island DS and nobody seems to bring that up
    Yep, Artoon is the predecessor of Arzest, who knew
    The group also contains developers of the Panzer Dragoon series
    Artoon in general was mostly comprised of former Sega staff and that reflected onto Arzest as well
    By the way, the President is the original character designer of Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr. Eggman
    Just thought I’d bring that up if we’re going to judge them by their previous achievements

    • JasonBall

      Thank you.

    • Fandangle

      I could accuse the game of being bland and simple. It’s mediocre in every respect where the first Yoshi’s island game was fantastic and incredibly original. Yoshi’s New Island was just an ugly cakewalk and a reminder that nintendo doesn’t know how to handle it’s IPs anymore.

      The only thing that your list of “exceptional employees” tells me is that there is more than likely a lot of nepotism between them and nintendo.

    • Actually going to be honest the level design, bosses and music is what really killed that game for me. The former being the bigger problem. That game was dumbed down to an insulting degree and didn’t have too much variety in how you traverse the game, even the huge egg was very specific where it worked.

      As for this, I’m definitely in the wait and see. But… acclaimed designers working on a game doesn’t really mean anything to me either at this point, I remember Sonic Boom. Regardless I think the game will be decent at worst.

  • JasonBall

    Gamexplain was right, way back on September 1st. I wonder where they heard that and we didn’t?

  • awng781

    This was rumored back when the game was announced last September. Hard to believe people thought this was Pikmin 4.