Pikmin 4: An Introduction to the Time Rewind Feature
One could liken Nintendo’s latest addition to Pikmin 4 as turning back the hands of time, quite literally. Pikmin fans might be in for a turbulent ride of emotions, as Nintendo, in its latest incarnation, has chosen to integrate the rewind time feature, which is well-documented in other games. We’re talking about a game franchise where you’re constantly embroiled in a battle against the clock to gather spaceship components with the aid of technicolour Pikmin. So this appears to be headed for a major evolution within the series.
Tracing back to 2001, the first ever Pikmin title set the pace by introducing time limitations, thus injecting a sense of urgency in rescuing Captain Olimar from a hostile planet. This novel concept was introduced to the GameCube platform, making it a staple of the franchise. Nintendo, via its eShop, has made Pikmin and Pikmin 2 available to the new generation of players who missed out on the GameCube era. Now, they have the opportunity to immerse themselves in these classics on the Nintendo Switch. But with the impending release of Pikmin 4, curious eyebrows are being raised about a noticeable alteration.
Gaming news outlet, Go Nintendo, stands amongst the early birds who’ve had a first-hand experience of Pikmin 4, way ahead of its July release and demo launch. Based on their account, Pikmin 4 is set to come with a time rewind feature, enabling players to instantly rectify their missteps. This could pave the way to achieving greater efficiency within the game’s day/night cycle. This rewind feature could be seen as a godsend to those who dread the thought of backtracking to an older save to mend minor slip-ups.
Night Exploration in Pikmin 4: Brave the Dark with Glow Pikmin
A noteworthy aspect of Pikmin 4’s rewind function is its unrestricted usage. Regardless of whether it’s dawn or dusk, players can lean on it as much as they please, potentially easing the nerves of those with a clock-watching phobia. Pikmin 4 deviates from its predecessors by throwing open the doors of exploration in the night, and only the bold who dare to traverse the darkness will encounter the exclusive Glow Pikmin.
As it stands, given that the full title and it’s playable demo are yet to see the light of day, it’s uncertain whether more lurking dangers will make this rewind feature an absolute necessity.
The rewind feature is by no means a novel concept in the Nintendo universe, having been a staple in the Nintendo Switch Online’s retro games collection. Yet, as most fresh releases from Nintendo don’t incorporate this rewind feature like Pikmin 4, it could potentially pave the way for the adoption of this mechanic in upcoming Nintendo titles.
Ready your Nintendo Switch, as Pikmin 4 is all set for lift-off on the 21st of July.
Source – GoNintendo
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