PNF-404 is the name the Koppai gave to the planet that appears in Pikmin, Pikmin 2, and Pikmin 3. It is the natural habitat of the Pikmin as well as many other lifeforms, most of them being hostile to captains and the Pikmin alike. Before Pikmin 3, the planet lacked a proper official name and was often referred to as the Planet of the Pikmin or the Pikmin Planet.


Before the games

In an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, he states that PNF-404 is earth in a state where humans are extinct, meaning that the planet was inhabited by humans some times before the events of the games.


In the first Pikmin game, Olimar crash lands on this uncharted planet during his vacation after his ship, the S.S. Dolphin is struck by an asteroid. Due to the planet's atmosphere filled with high quantity of oxygen, which is toxic to Olimar and his people, he must rebuild his ship and escape the planet before his life support system fails. Olimar succeed to leave the planet with a relic from the human society (a bottle cap) for his son.

Pikmin 2

In Pikmin 2, Olimar is forced to returns to the planet by the President of Hocotate Freight with his new companion, Louie, in search of treasure (mosly relic from the human civilization) in order to rescue the very company he works for, Hocotate Freight, from bankruptcy.

Pikmin 3

In Pikmin 3, the inhabitants of Koppai discover the planet and name it PNF-404, Alph, Brittany, and Charlie are sent to the planet in hope of finding fruit to save their planet from starvation.

Geography and life

Since the planet is earth, PNF-404 is a continental world with all sorts of climate and life form, even if the majority of the life-forms shown in the Pikmin games is on the scale of insects, the most known life form being the Pikmin.


This is a list of the enemies found on PNF-404, since enemies from Hey! Pikmin lives on the Unknown Planet they will not be found here.

In other games

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the stage known as "Distant Planet" take place on PNF-404

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

3DS version

In the 3DS version the stage "Distant Planet" is returning from Brawl

Wii U version

In the Wii U version the stage known as "Garden of Hope" is inspired by the Garden of Hope from the Pikmin series which is also a location found on PNF-404


  • Strangely enough, the Geiger Counter from the first Pikmin is constantly in action, implying that there is strong and constant radiation.
  • The planet did not have an official name before Pikmin 3.
  • Despite the fact that no moon is ever seen from the surface, Olimar confirms in one of his voyage logs from the first game that the planet does, in fact, have a "pale white moon". It can be seen in the Pikmin 3 intro.
  • "PNF-404" comes from an internet error code, "Error 404 - Page Not Found".

See also

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