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Pikmin are the name of the tiny half-plant, half-animal creatures that help Captain Olimar after he crash lands on a mysterious planet. With only 30 days of life support, Olimar must take full advantage of the different attributes of the red, blue and yellow Pikmin as they progress from leaf to bud to flower, in order to collect the vital spaceship parts needed to return home. Up to 100 Pikmin can be under Olimar’s control, or assigned in smaller groups to perform different tasks such as building bridges, breaking rocks, pulling weeds, carrying energy pellets back to their home ‘onions’, or fighting one of the many varieties of Pikmin-decimating enemies that live on the planet.

Here on Earth, a full-plant version of the flower Pikmin has sprouted, possibly left behind by Captain Olimar as he continues his galactic adventures! The Nintendo of America press release and an extreme close-up of the flower itself are below.

It’s no secret that the main concept behind Pikmin’s design came forth when Shigeru Miyamoto was gardening in his backyard. Nintendo has taken the idea and run with it. Beginning in 2002, Pikmin fans will be able to grow real-life “Pikmin” flowers.

The flower, a member of the plant genus Sutera, is a whole new breed called Bacopa Cabana. It will officially be named as “The Pikmin Flower.” Inspired by the yellow Pikmin, the flower features five white petals and a yellow center.

“This extraordinary marketing initiative to consumers demonstrates that at the core of Nintendo is creativity,” says Peter Main, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America. “We used a variety of innovative and unusual activities to build anticipation for the Nintendo GameCube. Naming a flower after a video game is just one more way Nintendo is ‘seeding’ creative marketing.”

With the help of Syngenta Seeds, consumers will be able to purchase The Pikmin Flower in April 2002 under the Proven Winners brand, a top-selling line of plants and flowers. It will be available at garden centers across the country in hanging baskets and mixed containers.

Pikmin flower seeds Pikmin are the name of the tiny half-plant, half-animal creatures that help Captain Olimar after he crash lands on a mysterious planet. With only 30 days of life support,

Pikmin flower seeds


Nintendo Redefines “Grass Roots” Marketing for Pikmin Game

REDMOND, Wash. Dec. 11, 2001 – You may not be able to plant a Donkey Kong Daffodil or a Mario Marigold, but soon you can grow a flower named after a brand new Nintendo franchise right in your own backyard.

“The Pikmin Flower” is a real-life white flower with a yellow center that closely resembles the loveable plant-like characters from Nintendo’s newest action-strategy game, Pikmin, only for NINTENDO GAMECUBE. Created by renowned game-designer Shigeru Miyamoto, the developer responsible for such perennial video game favorites as Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong, Pikmin was released on Dec. 3, two weeks after the Nov. 18 launch of NINTENDO GAMECUBE, this year’s gotta-have-it holiday video game system.

A promotion between Nintendo of America and Syngenta Seed’s flower brand, S&G Flowers/USA, the five-petaled “Pikmin Flower,” a member of plant genus Sutera, will be available to gardeners, video game enthusiasts and consumers alike in April 2002.

“This extraordinary marketing initiative to consumers demonstrates that at the core of Nintendo is creativity,” says Peter Main, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America. “We used a variety of innovative and unusual activities to build anticipation for the NINTENDO GAMECUBE. Naming a flower after a video game is just one more way Nintendo is ‘seeding’ creative marketing.”

“As the number one pastime in America, gardening continues to take on broad consumer appeal among people of all ages,” says Keith Cable, S&G Flowers’ vice president, sales and marketing. “With fun products like Pikmin, Nintendo is connecting with consumers outside of the living room.
‘The Pikmin Flower’ truly captures the essence of the Pikmin video game characters.”

Pikmin tells the story of an alien traveler trapped on an unfamiliar garden-like planet in search of the pieces he needs to repair his space ship. Only with the help of the indigenous Pikmin, colorful plant-like creatures that he extracts from the ground, can the spaceman gather all the parts to repair his ship and escape the poisonous atmosphere of this strange planet.

This new flower breed, Bacopa Cabana, will officially be named “The Pikmin Flower.” It will launch to the agricultural market in April 2002, and will be brought to consumers the second half of 2002, under the Proven Winners brand, a top-selling line of plants and flowers. Available at garden centers nationwide, the Pikmin flower will be featured in hanging baskets, and mixed containers.

Nintendo’s marketing efforts go a step forward with The Pikmin Flower.