This game has unused areas.
This game has a prototype article
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Pikmin 2 eschews the survival aspect of the first game in favor of money, money, and money! Olimar and Louie must erase their company's debt by collecting
blatant product placement ancient artifacts and throwing Pikmin at anything that moves. The game was later remade for the Wii.
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- 1 Sub-Pages
- 2 Test Map
- 3 Unused Map Units
- 4 Unused Cinematics
- 5 Unused Graphics
- 5.1 Alternate Title Graphics
- 5.2 Development Graphics
- 5.3 Map Screen Mockup
- 5.4 Perplexing Pool Wire-frame
- 5.5 Piklopedia Dummy Image
- 5.6 Waterwraith Dummy Texture
- 5.7 Weighted Platform Test Model
- 5.8 Unused Roulette Wheel slots
- 5.9 Cave Title Error Icon
- 5.10 Game Over
- 5.11 Area names
- 5.12 Pause Map Fourth Page
- 6 Unseen Objects
- 7 S.S. Dolphin
- 8 Unused Lighting
- 9 Unused Code
- 10 Playable Pikpik Carrots
- 11 Unused Text
- 12 Development Text
- 13 Crash Handler
- 14 Totaka's Song
| Early English Script|
What's a Psychotic Jumper?
| Unused Caves|
These caves were simply too trecherous for our brave captain.
| Unused Floor Layouts|
The walls are shifting.
| Unused & Early Treasures|
Items not even a Dweevil would want.
| Unused Music|
Totaka's leftover goodies!
| Version Differences|
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A fully functional test map can be found on the disc at
/user/Kando/map/newtest. The level can be accessed as its own proper world by following this video, or by swapping the level model and object data with The Perplexing Pool's (
yakushima) on the disc with this RAR file:
|Download Pikmin 2 Newtest Files
File: Pikmin2YakushimaReplace.rar (8 KB) (info)
There's a lighting file and a few others to examine in the folder.
A slightly different version of the test map can be located in
/user/Kando/zukan. This map is identical to the other version, with the exception of the footstep sound test tiles being removed, and the texture map being very, very slightly shifted.
Unused Map Units
|This needs some investigation.|
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: way4_kusachi really IS unused, isn't it?
Caves are made up of randomly laid out map units (located on
/user/Mukki/mapunits/units), specific to each sublevel. These units are unused:
|g02_boot_onyonR||A short cutscene of the Red Onion booting up...but the Red Onion is always active in the final version, meaning there's no use for this cutscene.|
There's a dialogue box triggered, but there's no associated text in the ISO, so it just disappears.
|g1E_boot_onyonY||Similar to the above, but with the Yellow Onion.|
This has the proper text, but no camera values (defaulting to 0,0,0). The Yellow Onion was moved in the video for demonstration purposes.
|g20_boot_onyonB||It's the Blue Onion's turn. This has the right text and the right camera coordinates.|
|g33_camera_demo||A tutorial for the camera controls. It goes on for a while.|
Alternate Title Graphics
Graphics for two development programs are present in
|keyedit.blo Textures||test.blo Textures|
keyedit.blo. Found in
These .blo use the format "scrnblo1" while the rest of Pikmin 2 uses "scrnblo2", meaning these are likely from an early point in development.
- Interestingly, test.blo's graphics are from Mappy, a game developed by Namco.
Map Screen Mockup
An early map screen is stored in
/new_screen/jpn/worldmap.szs, texture name
world_map_info_00. It is very different from the final map screen:
- The top bar is entirely occupied by a Pokos counter. 回収したお宝の金額 translates as "Number of recovered treasures".
- The day graphic was moved to the lower-right, which is occupied by the Treasure Hoard and Piklopedia buttons in the mockup.
- The buttons to access the Piklopedia and Treasure Hoard were changed from Y and X to L and R. The Treasure Hoard is called お宝図鑑, or "Treasure Encylopedia", in the mockup.
- There are four caves with the same name: 最低最悪の洞窟, or "Absolute Worst Cave". This is an early name for the Dream Den, and is referred to as such in the configuration files. The map name is のぞみの大地, or "Land of Hope", the Japanese name for the Wistful Wild.
Perplexing Pool Wire-frame
This is a wire-frame image of the Perplexing Pool found in the Piklopedia. It can be faintly seen decorating the background on the Piklopedia, but only a portion of it is shown. It's also on the file selection menu's files, for whatever reason.
The wire-frame is based on the Piklopedia/Treasure Hoard version of the Perplexing Pool, where the starting area is noticeably different. But even then, it looks like it depicts an even earlier version of the Perplexing Pool. The Shower Room section is missing, and so is the pipe sticking out of the floor nearby, and there seems to be geometry for land and islands to the south and southeast of the landing site, which are missing from the in-game Piklopedia model. They're likely remnants from The Distant Spring in Pikmin.
Piklopedia Dummy Image
Waterwraith Dummy Texture
A dummy texture present in the Waterwraith's model file. Because the Waterwraith's main look is created with frame buffer shaders, this underlying texture is never normally seen, and may have been present to warn the modeler that the shader is missing.
This texture is also used in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, where it presumably had the same purpose.
Weighted Platform Test Model
Found in two locations,
\user\Kando\objects\downfloor_back\backup\downfloor.arc- A test model for the weighted platforms exist, along with three animation files; "down.bck", "on.bck", and "wait.bck" (stationairy).
Unused Roulette Wheel slots
When you collect a cherry in 2-Player Battle, you get to use one power. These 3 textures are found alongside the possible powerup textures. It seems like they would drop the corresponding enemies on the opponent's army, but they might have been removed for being too cheap. These can be found in
/user/Kando/vstex/arc.szs, and there's also a duplicate of
teki_otakara.bti (the Dweevil one) under the name
Cave Title Error Icon
An error icon to be shown on a cave's loading screen. If the current font does not support a certain character, it gets replaced with this. This can be seen, for instance, by running a Japanese game and using a code to force the use of the early English text. The icon's text translates to "error", as you'd expect. Found in
Data for a game over screen exists in-game, in
/new_screen/<any language>/res_gameover.szs. Most of the graphics within are the same as in other screens, but two of the textures are the words "GAME OVER" (one of them is just an alpha channel of sorts). This texture is present in all versions of the game, and in the
res_gameover.szs of all region folders inside
When an area is loading, you're shown the area's name and behind it, you have some graphic being distorted in a flame-in-the-wind effect. You also get this on the "Today's Report" title at the end of a day. You'd expect the graphics behind the text to be exactly the same as the text itself, but since you can't really understand what it says, the developers took the lazy route and used vastly different graphics.
"Valley of Repose". This is the texture used on the Valley of Repose's loading screen, which is fair enough, but also on the Today's Report title.
"今日の成績". This translates to "Today's Results". This is the texture used on the Awakening Wood's loading screen. To note is that in Japan, the Today's Report screen actually shows the title "今日の報告" ("Today's Report").
"Challenge Cave". Not only is this name not seen anywhere else in the game, but its font is also a bit different in that it has a border. This is the texture used on the Perplexing Pool and Wistful Wild's loading screens.
Pause Map Fourth Page
An unused fourth page of the pause menu is still fully implemented in the game, and can be re-enabled with a simple flag change. It depicts the controls, and while similar to the screen in Pikmin 1, it includes how to use to sprays and other new features. It seems to have been scrapped before the other 3 menus got their final design, considering its simpler appearance. The text was all emptied out, however, so this screenshot is only assuming what the text may have been.
Cockpit TV Screen
If you look at the President's cockpit in the golden version of the Hocotate ship, you'll see a nice sofa and a TV. The TV's screen is actually animated, but because of the way the game renders transparency (and because of the angle of the television), you can't see this in-game. By using a free camera mode to place the camera inside of the cockpit's glass, and aiming at the television screen, you can see the animation: the screen pulsates between a dull gray and a strong cyan color.
Awakening Wood Triangle
A single rogue one-sided untextured triangle is floating under the dirty plate in both the normal and Piklopedia version of the Awakening Wood.
/user/Kando/ufo/ufo.arc is a model for the S.S. Dolphin from Pikmin labelled
ufo.bmd. This model comes with an animation
ufo.bck, showing parts on the ship moving.
All lighting files can be found in
Probably used for the Hole of Beasts at some point in development. (Jyoou means "Queen".)
"Sirohana" translates as "white flower", so it's a safe bet that these files were once intended for the White Flower Garden.
These lighting files use an earlier format than the others, so the only way to get these to work right is to import the RGB and light settings into a different file. It's possible that these settings were meant for Olimar and Louie, who would light the caves with their tracking beacons. Or they could just be test files.
- Despite not being able to enter it until day 2 at the earliest, if you're inside the Emergence Cave on day 1, the pause menu will have the "Give Up and Escape" option grayed out and unusable for unknown reasons.
- If you're able to reach day 2 without unlocking any entry in the Piklopedia or Treasure Hoard (achievable only through glitches, such as the day 1 extinction glitch), the game will show constant static on the monitor and write dashes in all fields.
Game::Egg::Obj::genItem(), there is logic to override an egg's random content picking with a specific fixed outcome. All eggs in the final game will have random contents.
- Also in
Game::Egg::Obj::genItem(), there is logic for eggs to spawn random 1 pellets and to spawn random 5 pellets. These will be produced if the egg content ID variable ends up as 0 and 1, respectively.
- Also in
Game::EnemyBase::onKill(), there is logic to decide what petrification blobs to spawn based on one of the creature's attributes. If the value is
3, the creature will spawn 3 blobs, with a 90% chance of nectar. However, no object in the game has this value set to
- There is an unused flag in the game related to an E3 Demo in all versions, but there's currently only an Action Replay code for the Japanese version.
Turning the code on will replace all menu options with "Main Game" ( starts the "demo" ) and 2-Player Challenge Mode ( crashes Dolphin ). All Pikmin colors are near their respective Onions/Ship, caves cannot be entered, the BGM is broken, and the HUD is gone.
- Enemies and objects have a setting that multiplies the duration of their petrification. This setting isn't given any use, however, as all enemies and objects have this set to 1.0.
- Unmarked Spectralids have 200 HP (as much as a Dwarf Red Bulborb), and Honeywisps have a ridiculous 99999 HP, but both values are moot since these enemies die in one hit.
- There are 7 behaviors for the objects that fall from cave ceilings, 2 of which are not used:
$3(makes the object only fall if a leader is nearby; Pikmin are ignored) and
$0(not supported; triggers a cave object generation failsafe that ends up transforming it into a normal Common Glowcap).
- Some cave sublevels have the "skybox" property set to the value
vrbox(Dream Den 8; Hot House 1 and 2; Collector's Room 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7), and two have it set to
f010(Green Hole 1 and 2). Both of these values are invalid, so the game defaults to having no skybox.
- In addition,
/user/Kando/map/vrbox/also contains a
meck.szsfile, but it only contains an empty folder named
- In addition,
- Pikmin has an unused feature where the longer you hold a Pikmin for, the higher its throw will be. However, the starting values and the "fully charged" values are the same, so the feature has no gameplay impact. In Pikmin 2, these parameters return, and are equally set to the same values between the normal and full-charge parameters, but the feature itself is missing.
- All sublevels of the Submerged Castle are set to play the song
new_01_0.cnd(the theme from Hole of Heroes 6), but the game is hardcoded to play the Submerged Castle's theme on them all, instead.
- There are waypoints for carrying objects out of the cave unit for the Titan Dweevil's arena, but Pikmin are never seen carrying objects out of the room in-game.
- Gas pipes have logic to turn on and off, like fire geysers, but their "off" state is set to last for 0 seconds. Additionally, the "on" state does have a unique value of 3 seconds, which is even different from the fire geyser's 2 seconds, despite being pointless.
- The Beady Long Legs normally drops nothing upon death if it doesn't have a treasure, but it was actually programmed to spawn 25 Unmarked Spectralids. The code to make them fails because the Spectralids are not accounted for in the table for what enemies allocate other enemies.
- Unmarked Spectralids have code to use a random scale between a min and max value, yet both the min and max are set to 1.0.
- Like Pikmin, this game was originally planned to show treasures on the radar map. It was scrapped relatively late, as it still remains fully functional in the final game and can be re-enabled. It uses a yellow tinted Rubber Ugly icon for normal treasures, and a red tinted one for explorer kit items.
Unused Purple Pikmin Data
Enemies and some other objects have properties that control how much damage a Purple Pikmin stomp causes (default is 50), their stun chance (default is 30%), and stun duration (default is 5 seconds). For various reasons, some of these values are unused:
- Honeywisps, Cannon Beetle rocks, and rubble have the damage setting set to 10, despite handling taking damage differently.
- Honeywisps, Cannon Beetle rocks, eggs and bomb-rocks also have a 10-second stun, but Honeywisps don't get stunned and the rest aren't enemies.
- Honeywisps, Cannon Beetle rocks, rubble, and the Waterwraith's rollers have a 5% stun chance, but paradoxically can't be stunned.
- Waterwraiths and their rollers could be stunned for a staggering 60 seconds...but the Waterwraith's stun chance is 0% and the rollers aren't technically enemies, so they can't be stunned.
- Empress Bulblaxes could be stunned for 10 seconds despite having a 0% stun chance.
- Mitites, Toady Bloysters, Ranging Bloysters, Men-at-Legs, Beady Long Legs, Volatile Dweevils, Titan Dweevils and Raging Long Legs have a 0% stun chance, but still have a stun time of 5.
- Fire geysers, gas pipes, and electrical wires have a stun time of 5, but a chance of 0%, and wouldn't be stunnable regardless since they aren't considered enemies.
Unused Corpse Values
The following enemies leave corpses and are only found in caves, leaving these seed values unused.
|Giant Breadbug||4 Seeds|
|Anode Dweevil||5 Seeds|
|Antenna Beetle||5 Seeds|
|Caustic Dweevil||5 Seeds|
|Fiery Dweevil||5 Seeds|
|Munge Dweevil||5 Seeds|
|Bumbling Snitchbug||8 Seeds|
|Pileated Snagret||25 Seeds|
|Ranging Bloyster||25 Seeds|
|Emperor Bulblax||30 Seeds|
|Empress Bulblax||30 Seeds|
|Segmented Crawbster||30 Seeds|
Ignored Cave Settings
Finish the list.
Some cave configurations contain cave units and objects that can never be picked.
- Emergence Cave, sublevel 1
- The list of cave units includes corridors, crossways and dead ends, even though the sublevel only ever contains 2 circular rooms facing one another.
- Dream Den, sublevel 8
- 2 Fiddleheads are meant to spawn, but the room used in this sublevel cannot spawn plants.
- Dream Den, sublevel 14
- The list of cave units includes pipe corridors, pipe crossways, and a pipe dead end, even though the sublevel is just the main room and a concrete dead end.
- As mentioned above, the Waterwraith has a dummy texture.
- In the game's files, all sublevels of the Submerged Castle contain a
BlackMan_fue_pulloutobject. This is the Waterwraith (BlackMan) holding the Professional Noisemaker (pullout). This is likely just due to it being copy-pasted on all floors, but something of note is that if Purple Pikmin are forced onto sublevels 1-4 and the player defeats the Waterwraith on those floors, it will drop the Professional Noisemaker. Odder still is that the treasure radar won't acknowledge it, and will still deactivate it if every other treasure is collected before it.
- All cave sublevels have a timer setting that makes the creature spawn when it reaches 0, if applicable. This timer is normally set to 0 everywhere except for Bully Den (60) and the Submerged Castle (300, Sublevels 1-4). Submerged Castle's final sublevel also has it set to 15 seconds, but it can't spawn until you trigger its appearance manually, leaving it unused.
- Every animation file for the Waterwraith has the name "Kagebōzu" (or "shadow monk") in it, suggesting that this was the original Japanese name. It is called "Amebōzu" (or "rain monk") in the final game.
- The image files used in the high scores screen at the end of the game (
/new_screen/cmn/result_final_image.szs/result_final_image/timg/) are called
best5_<number>. The final game only keeps track of the top 3 scores for any category, which means that the limit got changed from 5 to 3 at one point.
- The Fiery Bulblax has an icon in the Piklopedia that is 80px wide, despite the fact that it is listed as a regular enemy (standard size 40px) and not a boss enemy (standard size 80px). This suggests that, early in development, the Fiery Bulblax was intended to be a boss enemy. This is further supported by its name: the name 'Bulblax' is typically given only to boss enemies.
Playable Pikpik Carrots
The Challenge Mode caves have data for the starting number of Pikmin, with a 6th unseen one for Bulbmin. There's also a number for a 7th type, and by giving yourself Pikmin of this type, you'll be given Pikpik carrots. They aren't very animated articulation-wise, and they float a bit above ground. Their stems always have a leaf on top, even if a bud, flower, or spicy glow overlaps it; it also glows green when idle, like Bulbmin. They act, react, and sound like any other non-Bulbmin Pikmin, and have no special attributes or defenses. Finally, on the HUD, their "standby Pikmin" icon doesn't exist, and they get skipped over when calculating the closest Pikmin.
The developers likely made the carrots a Pikmin type in order to reuse code in the Piklopedia (where you can throw pikpik carrots at the enemy in each entry.) Making them count as Pikmin would let the enemy AIs use their regular behavior to hunt and eat the carrots, rather than requiring additional logic.
Located within the English messages file message\mesRes_eng\pikmin2.bmg is a handful of unused messages.
This message was moved (ID 1005) Blank (ID 1006)
Test Area (ID 8394) Test Area (ID 8394_01) Test Area (ID 8394_02) Test Area (ID 8394_03)
Filler Log Entries
This text is stored with the Piklopedia and Treasure Log template text.
Stretches its neck to look for prey. When it finds Pikmin, it gobbles them up instead of chasing them.
A hard, shiny rock. Highly valuable. Makes an excellent gift.
Test Message 9995 Test Message 9996 AquickbrownFoxJumpsoverthelazy Under Construction (ID9999)
Treasure Log Alerts
These messages were seen in early versions of the game on the treasure collection screen.
It's been added to your Treasure Log!
You can't log this treasure until you reach the surface.
This message hints that at one point, Olimar was meant to be alone, as the day would end immediately should a single leader lose all his health.
Your space suit has sustained damage! Excessive damage to the suit could be life-threatening. If you sustain too much damage, I'm afraid to say the day's operations will end immediately. I have no suit-repair facilities, so you must repair your suit yourself at the end of each day. Your space suit power meter is the round gauge on the bottom-left. Pay close attention to it.
Text for the unused Onion cutscenes.
The yellow Onion has awakened! You should pluck the seeds it released as soon as they sprout! The blue Onion has awakened! Pluck the seeds it released as soon as they sprout!
Text for the camera cutscene.
What are your thoughts, Captain Olimar? Has this planet changed since your first visit? I am certain discoveries you missed before await detection by your more-experienced eyes. I would suggest you appraise your surroundings carefully. For safety's sake, I shall review camera controls with you. First, to face forward, press L. To rotate the camera, slightly depress L and move the camera with Analog Stick. Next, if you want to zoom the camera, press R. Press R repeatedly to scroll through the three levels of zoom. Finally, to adjust camera angles, press Z, which is above R. Press Z repeatedly to switch between the two different angles. That is my entire explanation. Olimar, you look bored. Louie... You look confused. If you fail to learn these basic skills, you will never survive in the cutthroat corporate world.
The European version of the game has 5 languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, and German. There is also an empty subfolder in
hol, likely a remnant of a Dutch translation. There is also a file in
msgRes_hol.szs which only has the progressive scan and 50/60Hz mode screens translated. It also had the "AquickbrownFoxJumpsoverthelazy" test string from the English version.
Hidden in the ISO, along with some standard error messages, are these odd strings:
damedayo!(Don't do that!)
MOC = Mouse on Cars!
go to hell!
If the game crashes, you can input a button sequence to make a crash handler show up: A, B, X, R, L, D-pad left, D-pad down, D-pad up, D-pad right, Z. You should input it slowly to make sure you get it.
Since the game itself is frozen due to the crash, the handler will draw directly into the framebuffer, which makes the entire thing slow and choppy. When it opens, it starts auto-scrolling line by line, and when it reaches the bottom, the player can take control. D-pad up and D-pad down scroll up and down, A goes to the end, and B goes to the start.
The first few lines contain some information about what went wrong. The rest of the report consists of information about the type of error, and the state of some important addresses. Because the map file included in the game files has been overwritten with garbage at some point during development, most of the address decoding simply returns "no information".
The following Gecko codes also make the error handler show up right away without any button sequence.
$Automatically Show Pikmin 2 Exception Handler [UnclePunch] 0442219c 60000000
$Automatically Show Pikmin 2 Exception Handler [UnclePunch] 04422440 60000000
Document the unused save question (check Ralf's Disable Autosaves AR code).
Totaka's song appears in two different places in this game:
|Waiting on the Treasures Salvaged screen,
directly after completing that cave for the first time
|Waiting while the cave transition music is playing,|
after preventing it from ending automatically
(by removing your memory card so that the game
isn't able to autosave)
|(this video is clipped to play it immediately)||(wait until 3:45)|
Of note is that the memory card version can also play in the unused save question screen, since it plays the same song.
The Pikmin series
|GameCube||Pikmin (Prototype) • Pikmin 2 (Prototype)|
|Wii||New Play Control! Pikmin • New Play Control! Pikmin 2|
|Wii U||Pikmin 3 (Prototype)|
|Nintendo 3DS||Hey! Pikmin|
|Nintendo Switch||Pikmin 3 Deluxe|