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Source: The Cutting Room Floor.


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.

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, most of the treasure series names were changed (the only ones that didn't were "Space Love" and "Blast from the Past").

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.

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