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The following are changed Cutscene Text excerpts. These were extracted from another wiki, The Cutting Floor. Many of these changes are text color changes, which cannot be shown on the wiki due to coding issues, so please keep that in mind when reading.

Crash Landing

Demo Final
...Alert! Danger! Louie is missing.

He must have somehow fallen out of his cockpit.

...He is not responding via his communicator, either. He is either flouting protocol...or in danger.

Olimar! You must find Louie before he freezes to death in the cold of this planet!

Alert! Danger! Louie is missing.

He must have somehow fallen out of his cockpit.

...He is not responding via his communicator. He is either flouting protocol...or in danger!

Olimar! You must find Louie before he freezes to death in the cold of this planet!

Along with some minor rewording to get the text to fit, Olimar and Louie's names are now color-coded.

Louie's Link

Demo Final
Attention! Captain Olimar! I have

just now reestablished my communications link with Louie.

Louie! Allow me to assess your condition per our safety protocols. Are you at all injured?

Attention! Captain Olimar! I have

just reestablished my communications link with Louie.

Louie! Allow me to assess your condition, as per our safety protocols. Are you at all injured?

Saving some space by eliminating unneeded words, and fixing some grammar.

Demo Final
Press START/PAUSE to

communicate with me and obtain information about the terrain.

Press START/PAUSE to

contact me and obtain information about the terrain.

Same thing here. Plus, you can't actually talk to the ship. Though that would be pretty great.

Meet Red Pikmin

Demo Final
You can use (C) to issue

objectives to and change the direction of your Pikmin squad.

You can use (C) to issue

objectives to your Pikmin squad and even direct their movement.

Some odd sentence structuring was fixed.

Demo Final
Louie... My sensors have detected

some drool in the corner of  your mouth. Are you all right?

Louie... My sensors have 

detected drool in the corner of  your mouth. Are you all right?

Reformatted to fit in the message box.

Onion Mechanics

Demo Final
The Onion ejected more seeds!

The pellet from that flower must hold nutrients that grow Pikmin.

The Onion ejected more seeds!

The pellet from that flower must hold nutrients that breed Pikmin.

Text is colored to emphasize important points for the confused and lazy.

Demo Final
The Onion is a Pikmin

mother ship!

The Onion is a Pikmin

mother ship!

Here too.

The First Treasure

Demo Final
Perhaps this object is one of the

pieces of treasure that we are searching for!

The only reason we found it here is because this is where you crash-landed. How fortunate.

Perhaps this object is one of the

treasures that we are searching  for!

The only reason we found it here is because this is where you crash-landed. How fortunate!

The Ship sounds more excited about its fortune in the final script.

Day 1 Ends

Demo Final
I took the liberty of naming it

when I appraised it. The name reflects my current "thinking".

I took the liberty of naming it

when I appraised it. The name reflects my current "thinking."

Extremely minor grammar fix.

Day 2 Starts

Demo Final
Good morning! Ready for another

day of working hard for your company, boss, and families?

Good morning, workers! Ready 

for another day of toiling for the profit of your company?

This text is more cynical in the final script.

Damaged Suit

Demo Final
Your spacesuit has sustained

damage! Excessive damage to the suit could be life-threatening.


If you sustain too much damage, I am sorry, but the day's operations will end immediately.


I have no suit-repair facilities, so you must repair your suit yourself at the end of each day.

Your spacesuit power meter is the round gauge on the bottom- left. Pay close attention to it.

Your space suit has sustained

damage! Excessive damage to the suit could be life threatening.


If you sustain too much damage, I'm afraid to say the day's operations will end immediately.

I have no suit-repair facilities, so you must repair your suit yourself at the end of each day.

Your space suit power meter is the round gauge on the bottom- left. Pay close attention to it.

The main change here is altering "spacesuit" to be two words.

The Gate

Demo Final
The Pikmin should be able to

destroy this earthen wall. Tear it down and proceed onward!


Command them as you would in a battle with a hostile creature.

Tilt (C) to drive the group into the wall or throw them onto it. It may take some time to fall.

While they work, you can kick back and relax. Then you'll know what it feels like to be a  corporate executive!

How could Pikmin destroy such a 

massive wall? When massed,  their might is ferocious!


Louie! Did Olimar instruct you on proper Pikmin- commanding protocol?

Apparently not. Olimar! You are failing in your duty as a superior! Allow me to explain...

Press (A) to grab Pikmin and release to throw them. Call them into a group with (B).

Press (X) to disband the group. Use (C) to issue orders and objectives to the group.

(C) is useful for swarming Pikmin around treasure and enemies, or making them march in a line!

The script for this cutscene in the early text suggests it would have appeared before the gate was destroyed, not after. The early script uses this cutscene to teach the player how to destroy gates, while the final text, at this point, reiterates everything the player learned on Day 1.

Finding the First Cave

Demo Final
Interesting... Warm air is welling

up from the hole in the ground that opens before you. 

What could lie underground? ...What is wrong? You both show expressions of unease.

Interesting... Warm air is welling

up from the hole in the ground before you. 

What could lie underground? ...What is wrong? You both  show expressions of unease.

More rewording and reformatting for space reasons.

First Cave Intro

Demo Final
Intriguing... My heat sensors

indicate that inside this hole it is warmer than out on the surface.

Intriguing... My heat sensors

indicate that this hole's interior  is warmer than on the surface.

The final sentence flows a bit better.

Enemies != Treasure

Demo Final
Krzzzt-zzzt-zrrrk!

How can you possibly consider beasts treasure?!?

Krzzzt-zzzt-zrrrk!

How can you possibly consider this beast a treasure?!?

This was depluralized. Which is not a word, but it should be.

Deeper Into the Cave

Demo Final
This hole appears to be quite

deep. My sensors indicate more complicated terrain ahead.

This hole appears to be quite

deep. My sensors indicate more treacherous terrain ahead.

Slight changed for the ominous.

Violet Candypop Bud

Demo Final
This...appears to be a variety of

candypop bud, but ship logs show no record of a purple one.


Data indicates tossing a Pikmin into a candypop bud will change it into the color of the bud.

But no theories suggest the existence of Pikmin matching the color of this bud.

Perhaps you should experiment by tossing a Pikmin in...

Astounding! A flower blooms

in a cave deep beneath the  snowy landscape!


Clearly it is warmer down here  than above. Look. The Pikmin  are restless...

They look as if they yearn to be tossed into the flower.

The early script pretty much spoils what's about to happen, so it was changed.

Meet Purple Pikmin

Demo Final
Amazing! This is a purple Pikmin!

It has hair...and is quite stocky. It seems very heavy and powerful.

Amazing! A purple Pikmin! It has 

hair...and is quite stocky. It  seems very heavy and strong.

Reworded to fit in the message box.

Demo Final
Transforming Pikmin by tossing

them into flowers is intriguing. Perhaps there are other types...

Transforming Pikmin by tossing

them into flowers? Intriguing... Perhaps there are others...?

Yet another set of minor punctuation changes.

Return to the Surface

Demo Final
You have successfully returned

to the planet's surface! Processing... How interesting.


The clock indicates the same time that it did when you went underground...

A geomagnetic radiation field underground must have warped the space-time continuum.

Even my record of the terrain has been erased.

You have successfully returned

to the planet's surface! Excellent decision making, gentlemen!


We must celebrate your first  successful spelunking expedition!


You've gathered a large amount  of data that needs in-depth  analysis.

I shall send a report back to the president tonight detailing your progress.

The early script gives an explanation as to why time doesn't pass inside caves, and the random generation of the caves. For whatever reason, this was completely removed from the final version.

Day 2 Ends

Demo Final
...What? You still want to work?!?

Unacceptable! You do not realize it, but you both are exhausted!

...What? You still want to work?!

Unacceptable! You may not  realize it, but you are exhausted!

The Ship addresses both Olimar and Louie in the original script, while the final is more ambiguous.

Extinction Averted

Demo Final
Disaster averted! All your Pikmin 

were wiped out yesterday, but their onion just released a seed!

Disaster averted! All your Pikmin 

were wiped out yesterday, but their Onion just released a seed!

Onion is properly capitalized in the final game.

Eating Nectar

Demo Final
It appears to have enhanced

motor skills. What a wondrous nectar that must be.


How intriguing! Like plants, Pikmin mature from leaf, to bud, to flower.

Captain Olimar! You must share the information you have with subordinates like Louie!

It appears to have enhanced

motor skills. What a wondrous nectar!


How intriguing... Like plants, Pikmin mature from leaf, to bud, to flower.

Captain Olimar! You must share the information you have with your subordinate, Louie!

Olimar wishes he had more than one subordinate.

Using Spicy Spray

Demo Final
Astounding! The Pikmin's heads

are glowing, and they seem extremely agitated.

Astounding! The heads of the

Pikmin are glowing, and they seem extremely agitated.

Reworded to fit in the message box.

95 Pikmin

Demo Final
...But I currently observe only 95

on the surface. Could there be wild Pikmin somewhere?

...But I currently observe only 

95 on the surface. Could there  be wild Pikmin somewhere?

Message box limits are tricky.

Intro - White Flower Garden

Demo Final
Astounding! My metal detectors

are reacting violently. What could be down below?

Astounding! My metal detectors

are reacting violently.  What could be down below?

This is a formatting change.

Demo Final
The exploration pod will drop its

treasure to make room to carry you, Louie, and the Pikmin above.

The exploration pod will drop its

loot to make room to carry you,  Louie, and the Pikmin to safety.

Slight rewording. Loot is a cool word.

Ivory Candypop Bud

Demo Final
What an interesting development:

the Pikmin look as if they long to be tossed into the flower...

What an interesting development:

the Pikmin look as if they long to be tossed into the flower...

Identical text, but it's colored to give the player a bit of an extra push.

White Pikmin Eaten

Demo Final
Intriguing. The creature displayed

symptoms of severe poisoning upon consuming the white Pikmin.

Intriguing! The creature showed 

symptoms of poisoning after  consuming the white Pikmin.

Rewording + punctuation changes.

Burgeoning Spiderwort Mold

Demo Final
This place was once green and

lush. This odd growth seems to be the cause of all the withering.

What is this? A strange,

moldlike botanical entity has  spread across the ground here.

Interesting. I am detecting other plant life suffocating beneath it.

Intro - Citadel of Spiders

Demo Final
Krzzt! My sensors are giving out

foreboding signals. These signals could very well mean...

...that this hole is filled with wretched, nasty bugs. Dangerous, life-threatening bugs.

Krzzt! My sensors are giving out

foreboding signals. These  signals could very well mean...

...that this hole is filled with wretched, nasty bugs! Vicious, program-terminating bugs!

Changing "life-threatening" to "program-terminating" changes the ship's message from concern for the captains to cowardly self-interest. Also, it's a pun.

Yellow Pikmin Spotted

Demo Final
It would be most helpful if they

remember you, as did the red ones. Yes, most helpful.

It would be most helpful if they

remember you, like the red ones did. Yes, most helpful.

This got polished.

Meet Yellow Pikmin

Demo Final
The yellow Pikmin have climbed

down the tree and approached! They are staring in this direction.

The yellow Pikmin have climbed

down the tree and are staring in this direction!

Reworded to (wait for it) fit in the message box.

Intro - Glutton's Kitchen

Demo Final
...Interesting. My odor detectors

are reacting... The scent wafts from the hole before you.

Interesting! My odor detectors

are reacting... A strong scent  wafts from that hole!

The ship's text was made less ponderous.

Meet Blue Pikmin

Demo Final
These are surely blue Pikmin!

Like the other types, they appear to be staring directly at you.

They must be blue Pikmin! 

Like the other types, they look to you for direction.

Reworded to make sense.

Intro - Frontier Cavern

Demo Final
Yet another cave discovered!

Venturing to the farthest reaches has rewarded you!

Yet another cave discovered!

Venturing to the farthest reaches has proven rewarding!

Intro - Subterranean Complex

Demo Final
Interesting... My metal detectors

are reacting quite violently!

I can only conclude that there may be some sort of machine below, but that seems illogical.

Interesting... My metal detectors

are reacting violently!

I can only conclude that there may be some sort of machine below, but that seems illogical...

This game loves ellipses...

Intro - Bulblax Kingdom

Demo Final
What could be happening in the

depths of the earth?

What force is at work in the

depths of the planet?

Intro - Snagret Hole

Demo Final
Intriguing! My audio sensors are

picking up a high-pitched wail.

Intriguing! My acoustic sensors 

are picking up a high-pitched  wail.

Acoustic sounds better than audio.

Intro - Shower Room

Demo Final
A strange rock sits in the water.

Sensors indicate this piece of matter blocks a cavern entrance.


Perhaps something sits in wait beneath. I shall attempt a stone reading to predict what is below!

Just as creases in a palm can be read, so can creases on a stone. They speak of the rock's past...

...Astounding! Results indicate that an enticing encounter awaits you below!

A large rock sits in a reservoir

of water. May I interject here?


I have been observing the two of you working together. You have been cooperating well.

Yet, to face the dangers ahead, you must be free of the shackles of a boss-worker relationship!

Learn to use (X) to separate and (Y) to change leaders.

If you can master teamwork, you can overcome any  impediment!

The Ship's amazing rock reading dialogue was replaced with the game telling the player about game controls again for some reason.

Intro - Submerged Castle

Demo Final
Interesting! Deeper sections of

this crevice seem to be submerged in liquid...

Sadly, I am a delicate piece of machinery that cannot touch water. You two must go alone.

Interesting! Deeper sections of

this hole seem to be submerged  in liquid...

Sadly, I am a delicate piece of machinery that is sensitive to water. You two must go alone.

Waterwraith Appears

Demo Final
What is this?!? I can see it

with my optical receptors, but my sensors do not react to it at all!

What is this?!? I can see it

with my optical receptors, but my sensors cannot detect it!

Message fitting rejiggery.

Meet Bulbmin

Demo Final
The confused Bulborb has

fallen in with the Pikmin. They appear to coexist peacefully.

Strange...this Bulborb has a leaf sprouting from its spine, much like the leaf on a Pikmin's head...

The confused bulborb has

fallen in with the Pikmin. They appear to coexist peacefully.

Strange...this bulborb has a leaf sprouting from its spine, much like the leaf on a Pikmin's head.

Because bulborb is a species, it was decapitalized, which is also not a word but should be.

Return to The Planet

Demo Final
Mr. President! You've arrived! This

planet is so laden with treasure, it is like a dream come true.


>We shall make Hocotate freight the shining, golden king of deep-space, long-haul freight!

Then everyone will be gaudily covered in gold, like me! ...No. I am unique. And beautiful. Yes...

Mr. President! You've arrived! 

My scans indicate this planet is  still heavily laden with treasure.


We shall make Hocotate Freight the golden, indisputable king of deep-space, long-haul freight!

Then everyone will be gaudily clad in gold, like me! ...No. I am unique. And beautiful. Yes.

Intro - Cavern of Chaos

Demo Final
... Well, if you still wish to enter,

keep wits and courage in check, and just focus on surviving.

Well, if you still wish to enter, 

keep your daring in check and just focus on surviving.

The early script doesn't seem to know what "keep in check" means.

Intro - Dream Den

Demo Final
Perhaps you will find Louie in

here! ...And yet, my CPU is edgy. Surely ludicrous dangers await.


It is the bottom of the bottom of the deepest, darkest, most foul, sinister, horribly vile depths.

Do you still wish to enter? Of course you do. It is that courage that is our true treasure.

Perhaps you will find Louie in 

here! ...And yet, my CPU is on  edge. Ludicrous dangers await!


Beasts lurk at the bottom of the deepest, darkest, most foul, sinister, horribly vile pit.

Do you still wish to enter? Of course you do. Courage is  our true treasure!

More rewriting to improve how the text reads.

Louie is Found

Demo Final
Is that Louie?!? Mr. President!

I have located Louie buried in a vast mound of treasure!

Is that Louie?!? Mr. President!

I have located Louie resting on a vast mound of treasure!

Corrected in the final script, since Louie isn't actually buried in the treasure.

Demo Final
We may still be in time. Quickly!

To Louie's aid!

There may yet be time. 

Quickly! To Louie's aid!

Standard space-saving change.

Louie Rescued

Demo Final
...

Is your life fading? ...

No! He appears only to have fainted! He is always running into trouble and fainting.

...

Are your life functions fading? ...

No! He appears only to have fainted! He is always running into trouble...

Very slight censorship and tightening.

Demo Final
We will have to keep him in the

cargo hold with the treasure.

We will have to keep him in the

cargo hold with the treasure hoard.

And again.

Challenge Mode Intro

Demo Final
Try to earn as many points as

you can to earn fortune and glory as a treasure hunter.

Earn as many points as you can 

to achieve fame, fortune,  and glory!

Challenge Mode - Next Floor

Demo Final
A hole that continues deeper

underground has opened! On to the next treasures!

A hole that continues deeper

underground has opened! Journey deeper for more treasures!

Aesthetic rewording? Yep.

 

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