Pikmin backstory theory.

#1Da_doppenPosted 11/20/2012 9:42:00 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5uiGJdT1mk

What do you think happened to Earth between today and the events of Pikmin?
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#2shadowreaper7Posted 11/20/2012 10:39:12 AM
Da_doppen posted...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5uiGJdT1mk

What do you think happened to Earth between today and the events of Pikmin?


We're still around, we terraform it in Pikmin 2
Judging by locations in pikmin, they're far less modernised and are a far more rural subset than in later pikmin 2, regardless of pikmin 2 having the same areas. It may be that pikmin is where only a few people know of the location (or none at all), where as pikmin 2 people appear to have move to the area, and have begun putting in pipe work, planting flowers and pots, building bird boxes etc. etc.

Either way, if we have somehow gone extint, some creatures have learnt the refined art of tiling.
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#3Da_doppen(Topic Creator)Posted 11/20/2012 10:45:31 AM
From: shadowreaper7 | #002
We're still around, we terraform it in Pikmin 2
Judging by locations in pikmin, they're far less modernised and are a far more rural subset than in later pikmin 2, regardless of pikmin 2 having the same areas. It may be that pikmin is where only a few people know of the location (or none at all), where as pikmin 2 people appear to have move to the area, and have begun putting in pipe work, planting flowers and pots, building bird boxes etc. etc.

Either way, if we have somehow gone extint, some creatures have learnt the refined art of tiling.

That's a good point, although I'd just blame it on chance and game design. Olimar talks about tremors changing the landscape in one of his logs, it's possible they just uncovered the remains of a few houses or something. Note that most of the tile-like and mechanical areas are deep underground. And game-design-wise, it's just fun to create varied landscapes I guess.

But still, it would be fun to come into contact with a human in Pikmin, maybe an area where a few people walk around and you have to navigate it without getting stomped on.
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#4Da_doppen(Topic Creator)Posted 11/20/2012 12:52:57 PM
Here's the wall of text I wrote on which the video is based:

I think we can all agree that the Pikmin planet is Earth. However, most lifeforms are completely alien to what wee can see today. Most are insects, but there's also a few reptiles, and even robotic amalgamations like the Gatling Groink and the Man-at-legs. We also see some aquatic enemies, which haven't gone through such extensive mutation (At least not that affected physical appearance), like the Hermit Crawmad and the different Spotted Jellyfloats.

My theory is basically this: A nuclear war destroyed almost all life on the planet, and even messed up it's axis. We're talking about weapons that are a lot more devastating than what we have today. The only animal life that survived were a few insects and some smaller reptiles, a lot of the plantlife was eradicated as well. The messed up axis sped up the planets rotation, making the days go by faster, and the war also caused an imbalance in the atmosphere (or something like that), making the seasons change sporadically and completely unrelated to geographical position.

This, in addition to mutations caused by the nuclear fallout, caused evolution to go into overdrive. The remaining plants started growing very rapidly, aided by animals like the Mamuta and Swooping Snitchbug, who seemingly have evolved to help the planet recover. Some forms of plantlife even evolved to a point where a few species were more comparable to animals than plants. Other than that, plants were more resistant to the radiation than the animals, and hasn't changed nearly as much.

The animals live short, explosive lives. They stay fairly small physically to be able to keep up with the evolution speed of rivalling species (Most animals seem to be no bigger than around 30-40 cm, while most are in the 0,5-10 cm range), developing dangerous skills to protect themselves from predators. Some even bounded with metallic components left by humanity for added protection. The Pikmin seem to be one of the most successful lifeforms, with many other lifeforms forming symbiotic relationships with them, like the candypop buds, and even the onions. Before they had the help of the onions, they probably grew from the ground like normal plants.

The way I see it, Pikmin takes place thousands of years after the supposed war. The planet has pretty much recovered, the new ecosystems having adapted to the radiation and sporadic season changes. The hocotatians seem to not be bothered by the radiation at all, since Louie has no problem with eating the Common Glowcap even though it contains radioactive materials on the verge of critical mass. It's clear their physiology is completely different from ours, since oxygen is poisonous to them. So it's possible they have an extremely high resistance for radiation.

When Olimar first encountered the Pikmin, he was being very dominant, forcing the pikmin to help him while also helping them coordinate and flourish, as well as battling their main rival in the ecosystem, the grub-dogs. This, combined with the fact that he didn't pose a threat, made the Pikmin accept him as a lifeform which wanted to engage in a symbiotic relationship with them, like so many others.

My guess is that the trip between Hocotate and earth takes a week or two, which would explain the drastical change between Pikmin 1 and 2.

That's basically it. I think it answers most of the questions of Pikmin without leaving too many plotholes. Most of those can probably be explained through retconning and game mechanics. There are some enemy types worth mentioning though.
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#5Da_doppen(Topic Creator)Posted 11/20/2012 12:53:04 PM
The Blowhogs seem to be the only enemy type related to mammals in the games. They probably evolved from small rodents that survived the war. The Withering Blowhog in particular is confusing, since it wilters flowers instead of aiding them. They probably just developed this skill in response to the strength of the Pikmin in the ecosystem.

The Snagrets may simply be birds that devolved back into a reptilian state to avoid the radiation.

The Mamuta might have been created by man, more specifically by people who predicted the devastating result of the war, and created a lifeform that would help to restore the planet to it's former glory after it was over. They might also have been sent by aliens, for the same reasons.

The Waterwraith can be, well, anything. The simplest explanation would be that it's simply the next evolutionary stage of the Goolix. It might also actually be a Wraith, a physical form created by human lives lost in the war. It might even be a toy gone wild! This one is just too weird to explain.

The Smoky Progg might be some kind of corrupted lifeform, completely destroyed by the radiation, spreading pollution everywhere. It might even try to purposely return the planet to it's former, ruined state, which is why they target the Pikmin, them being an important part of the ecosystem.
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