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This page details one or more prototype versions of Pikmin 2.

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Document the GameCube Interactive Multi-Game Demo Disc Version 17 version. At the very least, that one contains an intact symbol map.
  • Document the June 2004 Gekkan Nintendo version. It was built on 2004/04/06 according to timeStampJP.txt

A playable demo of Pikmin 2 is present on GameCube Interactive Multi-Game Demo Disc Version 18. The build date is a little fuzzy, though two timestamp files place it sometime in June, about two months before the US final was released. The fact that it appears on the same disc as a Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door demo (itself dated June 21, 2004) seems to support this.

Subpages

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Cutscene Text
Starring the Ship, everyone's favorite the ship.
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Piklopedia Entries
Zoological spiels and gourmet meals.
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Space Mail
Mail from space.
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Treasure Hoard Entries
Gabbing about goods.

Treasure Differences

Mostly the same, with the following differences:

  • The Master's Instrument, Decorative Goo, and Flame of Tomorrow use their original Japanese textures.
  • The Silencer is still 666 Pokos, not 670.

Other than that, they're functionally identical to the final American version.

Text Differences

Name Changes

Treasures

A few treasure names were changed in the final American version:

Demo Final
Adults-Only Symbol*/Adults-Only Emblem
Anti-Hiccup Fungus
Boom Log
Chance Cube
Conifer Cone
Cupid's Torpedo
Plain Lid
Potent Pummeler
Professional Noise Maker
Yellow Spice Tyrant*
Hypnotic Platter
Anti-hiccup Fungus
Boom Cone
Chance Totem
Conifer Spire
Cupid's Grenade
Massive Lid
Arboreal Frippery
Professional Noisemaker
Yellow Taste Tyrant

*Treasure acquired screen only.

Of note are the Potent Pummeler and Adults-Only Symbol, whose names were changed completely.

The Potent Pummeler was probably changed to curb the association of the Maple Leaf treasure with a pot leaf (it didn't help), though its description is identical to the final.

The Adults-Only Symbol was also changed, as was its description, likely as a result of censorship. More on that here.

Equipment Names

The Treasure Gauge is known as the Pikpik Radar in the demo text, which is what it's known as in the early English script.

Challenge Mode Names

The Snack Pit is known as the Beverage Hall in the demo script. This is more in line with the early script's name, Messhall of Libations.

Treasure Series Text

The series completion texts fit in three lines in the final. Most of them run longer in the demo text, so they were truncated...which is unfortunate, because they're more interesting in their unabridged form. Additionally, many of the treasure series names were changed.

Succulent Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Simpleton
Series
! This smorgasbord of
flavors plunges you into the
wide and wonderful world of
Hocotate cuisine!
You've collected the Succulent
Series
! Plunge into the juicy
world of alien cuisine!
 
 

Nature's Candy Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Nature's
Candy Series
! Maybe we could
build a booming business selling
avant-garde veggies to modern
day gourmets!
You've collected the Nature's
Candy Series
! Avant-garde
veggies for modern gourmets!
 
 

Xenoflora Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Alien
Veggie Series
! These greens may
not be suitable for a salad,
but we'll sell them to botanists
for their scientific value.
You've collected the Xenoflora
Series
! Botanists will fog their
spectacles over these wonders.
 
 

Gourmet Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Gourmet
Series
! Between these classy
flavors and my sales-speak,
I shall dominate the Hocotate
culinary industry!
You've collected the Gourmet
Series
! These classy flavors will
delight the snootiest gourmand!
 
 

The ship's avarice is missing from the final text.

Sweet Tooth Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Sweet-
Tooth Series
! It may seem
heavenly when you eat them all,
but it won't be blissful when you
visit the dentist.
You've collected the Sweet
Tooth Series
! Heaven on the
tongue, havoc on the tooth!
 
 

Paleontology Series

Demo Final
You've collected the New
Discovery Series
! Regardless of
whether any of these were
actually once alive, we can sell
them to eager biologists.
You've collected the
Paleontology Series! Who knows
what beasts left these behind?
 
 

The Ship is well aware that it's probably ripping people off in the early text.

Ancient Secrets Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Ancient
Secrets Series
! All this old
junk will yank the heartstrings
of Hocotate romantics!
You've collected the Ancient
Secrets Series
! This old junk will
make romantics weep with joy!
 

Cook's Arsenal Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Rebar Alloy
Series
! We can package this
worthless scrap with all-purpose
tools and sell it off wholesale!
You've collected the Cook's
Arsenal Series
! These apparatus
ought to turn a tasty profit!
 

And now the ship knows it's ripping people off.

Tortured Artist Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Artistic
Spirit Series
! My passionate
sales pitch will appeal to
everyone's inner artist.
You've collected the Tortured
Artist Series
! Everyone's inner
artist will crave this set!
 

Modern Amenities Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Modern
Amenities Series
! We'll lump all
these items together and sell the
science-advancing technology
with the worthless junk.
You've collected the Modern
Amenities Series
! Advanced
technology, or worthless junk?
 
 

The final text is less sinister.

Frigid Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Winter
Nanny Series
! In the frigid winter,
people like to stay indoors.
We'll sell them these fun and
exciting items!
You've collected the Frigid
Series
! Chase away winter
doldrums with this festive set!
 
 

Hyper-Technology Series

Demo Final
You've collected the
Technology Series! These
artifacts may be mysterious,
but they offer the greatest sales
potential with the lowest risk.
You've collected the Hyper-
technology Series
! Everyone
loves a new gadget!
 
 

Industrial Set

Demo Final
You've collected the Spaceship
Repair Kit
! We can prove its
effectiveness by featuring my
hull in flashy advertisements. As
always, my sales pitch will be as
smooth as butter.
You've collected the Industrial
Set
! Heavy-duty tools for a
take-no-prisoners world!
 
 
 

Text rewritten to be less self-centered.

Husband's Tears Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Husband's
Tears Series
! Women cry out with
joy when they see these gems,
but men will just cry when we
sell them to their wives!
You've collected the Husband's
Tears Series
! Women cry with
joy, men just cry at the price.
 
 

Crystallized Emotion Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Crystallized
Thought Series
! I'll call these
stupid stones Crystallized
Thoughts and sell them at
exorbitant prices!
You've collected the Crystallized
Emotion Series
! With a flashy
name, you can sell anything!
 
 

The ship's bamboozling nature was toned down in the final game.

Dream Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Dream
Product Series
! Bitter grown-ups
get wistful when they hear the
word "dreams." My brilliant sales
pitch will reduce them to jelly
and empty their wallets!
You've collected the Dream
Series
! Consumers hear the word
"dream" and open their wallets!
 
 
 

Mystical Energy Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Mystical
Energy Series
! These enigmatic
reactors power this alien planet.
It's easy to dream up brilliant
ad copy when you've got a
compelling product!
You've collected the Mystical
Energy Series
! These enigmatic
reactors power this alien planet.
 
 
 

Identical to the final, except for the last excised sentence.

Massive Receptacle Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Radical
Receptacle Series
! Unorganized
Hocotatians will pay a fortune
for these clutter-cutting
storage containers.
You've collected the Massive
Receptacle Series
! Hocotatians
could practically live in these!
 
 

Survival Series

Demo Final
You got the Survival Series!
These'll sell like Hocotate cakes
to scientists and entrepreneurs
working on dangerous planets.
You got the Survival Series!
These'll sell like Hocotate cakes
to scientists and entrepreneurs!
 

Ancient Ad Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Ancient
Advertising Series
! These
powerfully persuasive logos are
the ultimate attention grabbers.
Maybe we should use one for
Hocotate Freight!
You've collected the Ancient
Ad Series
! These persuasive logos
are amazing attention-grabbers.
 
 
 

The suggestion of a logo for Hocotate Freight is only present in the demo text.

Odd Logo Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Logo
Series
! It's full of strange,
indecipherable symbols.
Should our illustrious company
design one for ourselves?
You've collected the Odd Logo
Series
! Indecipherable symbols
are all the rage these days.
 
 

Another self-promotional idea removed.

Explorer's Friend Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Explorer's
Friend Series
. I've experienced
first-hand the usefulness and
convenience of these
indispensible items. That's why
I'd make the perfect pitch robot!
You've collected the Explorer's
Friend Series
. Everyone has
friends...except for spaceships.
 
 
 

The Ship is so lonely...

Titan Dweevil Series

Demo Final
You've collected the Giant
Insect Monster Series
! It's the
worst monsters from your
nightmares brought to life!
Entomologists and film directors
will buy them by the hull-load!
You got the Titan Dweevil Series!
Entomologists and film directors
will buy them by the hull-load!
 
 

Dropped Equipment Text

Justice Alloy

Demo Final
You've done it! The bird-beast
will trouble you no more!

Processing... How curious.
What's that glowing machine?
 
You've done it! That bird-beast
will trouble you no more!

Processing... How curious.
What's that impressive,
mechanized masterpiece?

Professional Noisemaker

Demo Final
Processing... How curious.
The giant completely vanished!
What in the world was it?

Surface-object scans indicate
the presence of a shiny red
machine. But what is it?
Processing... How curious.
The wraith completely vanished!
But what was it?

Surface-object scans indicate
the presence of a bright red
component!

Repugnant Appendage

Demo Final
That stench must be emanating
from that object.
The stench must be emanating
from that object...

Stellar Orb

Demo Final
The mechanized monstrosity
is no longer functional!

An insect and a machine forming
a symbiotic relationship?
Lifeforms here are beyond odd!
That mechanized monstrosity
is no longer functional!

An insect and a machine forming
a symbiotic relationship?
Life-forms here are beyond odd!

Acquired Equipment Text

Anti-Electrifier

Demo Final
A spacesuit made from this
wonder-alloy would insulate the
wearer from electric shocks.
A space suit made from this
wonder alloy would insulate the
wearer from electric shocks.

Mega Tweeter

Demo Final
This shape is well suited for the
emission and amplification of
sound waves. A moment, please...
This shape is well suited for the
emission and amplification of
sound waves. A moment, please.

Metal Suit Z

Demo Final
And yet...if I use this to rework
our president's treasured
spacesuit...
And yet...if I use this to rework
our president's treasured
space suit...

Napsack

Demo Final
This material looks comfortable.
I will use it to patch the
president's favorite sleeping bag.
This material looks comfortable.
I will use it to patch the
boss's favorite sleeping bag.

Changed to fit all the text in the message box.

Rocket Fist

Demo Final
This object seems to replicate a
humanoid fist. A spacesuit glove
much like it once lay in my hold...
This object seems to replicate a
humanoid fist. A glove much like
it once lay in my junk hold...

Rush Boots

Demo Final
This object contains pockets of
air under its surface. It is perfect
for the boots I am making.
This object has pockets of air
under its surface. It is perfect
for the boots I am making.

Scorch Guard

Demo Final
This material has perplexing
properties. I will try fusing it
with this spare spacesuit.
This material has perplexing
properties. I will try fusing it
with this spare space suit.

The Key

Demo Final
This object seems familiar. I shall
combine it with the president's
parallel-dimension controller.
This object seems familiar. I will
combine it with the president's
parallel-dimension controller.
Demo Final
"The Challenge Mode can now be
accessed from the title screen."
"Challenge Mode can now be
accessed from the title screen."

Menu Text

This text is used in menus, so it's the last section.

File Select

Demo Final
Debt Funds

Since "debt" wouldn't make sense once the debt's been paid, this was changed.

World Map

Demo Final
Remaining Debt: Grand Total:

Same change as above.

Cave Entrance

Demo Final
Treasures Left: Treasures

With the way the game tracks treasures, the demo's label doesn't really make sense.

Cave Exit Prompt

Demo Final
Do you still want to
return to the surface?
Do you still
want to return to the surface?

Ye olde formatting.

Game Completion

Demo Final
Remaining Debt:
Remaining Treasure:
Grand Total:
Treasures:

Hey, it's those two changes. Again.

2-Player Mode

Demo Final
Fiery Blowhog
drops on opponent.

Withering Blowhog
drops on opponent.
Blowhog drops
on opponent.

Blowhog drops
on opponent.

These two lines were corrected for space and accuracy: either a Fiery or Watery Blowhog can drop, so the first line is incorrect anyway.

Demo Final
Get four yellow marbles! Get 4 yellow marbles!

Words to numerals. This is only the case with the 1P text - the 2P text is identical to the final, numbers and all.

Challenge Mode

Demo Final
White flowers indicate cleared areas.
Pink flowers show all Pikmin escaped.
White flowers indicate cleared areas,
and Pink show all Pikmin escaped.

Two sentences become one with the magic of commas.

Options

Demo Final
This game is compatible
with 60Hz mode.
This game is compatible
with 60 Hz mode.

Hz is no longer squished with the number of hertz.

Demo Final
If your television does not
display correctly in 60Hz
mode, please select 50Hz
mode.
60Hz mode
50Hz mode
If your television does not
display correctly in 60 Hz
mode, please select 50 Hz
mode.
60 Hz mode
50 Hz mode

Further separation.

Demo Final
Progressive mode
offers the best
graphical presentation.
 

This line was completely omitted from the final game.

Memory Card Screen

Demo Final
The Memory Card in Slot A is
damaged and cannot be used.
The Memory Card in Slot A
cannot be used.

Changed so people don't get confused that their Memory Card is physically damaged.

Demo Final
There is not enough available
space on the Memory Card in
Slot A. Pikmin 2 requires
1 File and 27 Blocks to save.
Please manage Memory Card data
on the Memory Card Screen,
or insert a different Memory Card.
There is not enough available
space on the Memory Card in
Slot A. Pikmin 2 requires
1 File and 27 Blocks to save.
Please manage Memory Card data
on the Memory Card Screen, or
insert the original Memory Card.

"Different Memory Card" changes to "original Memory Card" for, uh, technical reasons.

Demo Final
You cannot save current game
progress. Continue without
saving?
Data cannot be saved, so current
progress will be lost. Continue to
the Memory Card Screen anyway?

Edited for accuracy.