Nintendo announced a new partnership with Niantic: after Pokémon GO, the two partners want to create a new mobile game using another adorable and popular little creature invented by the Japanese firm. Get ready to host the Pikmin app.

You must surely know and appreciate, like us, the Pikmins: these adorable little creatures invented by the great Shigeru Miyamoto. This news will delight you: Nintendo and Niantic are extending their partnership and preparing a new mobile game in virtual reality. After Pokémon GO, make room on your phone to host the Pikmin app!

It was the founder of the American company John Hanke who revealed this new collaboration. In a statement, Niantic explains that while we continue to expand our gaming offering, teaming up with Nintendo was a natural step. We look forward to shaping the future of augmented reality together, bringing Nintendo’s beloved characters to life for mobile gamers around the world.”

The wait should be short: the global release of the Pikmin app (whose name is not yet known) is scheduled for 2021.

Few details have been revealed, but Pikmin should operate on the same model as Pokémon GO: «gameplay activities designed to encourage walking and make it more enjoyable», reads the statement.

Shigeru Miyamoto said he was very excited about this project: Niantic’s augmented reality technology allows us to experience a world where the Pikmin would secretly live around us. (…) Our mission is to offer people a new experience, different from traditional games. We hope that Pikmin and this app will become a partner in your life.”

In view of these first elements, and since walking and freedom to go out seem to be so important for this game, we can assume that the application will not go out until a drastic improvement of the overall health situation. It’s a bit hard to walk around and play when you’re confined, and both companies certainly want to wait for better living conditions to launch their app.

Pikmin is not the only title that Nintendo and Niantic plan to work on together. Other games and apps are expected to be released soon, but we don’t know any more yet. We hope to discover very quickly all the surprises that these two companies have in store for us.

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