Pikmin Bloom started rolling out globally on October 27, with Australia and Singapore being the first to get it.
However, rather than every region getting it later that day, it was instead stressed that it would be “coming soon”, and that other areas would eventually receive it over the coming days.
It became available in North America on October 28, but has only just released in Europe today.
Pikmin Bloom announcement
“Let’s go for a walk,” the official Pikmin Bloom Twitter account tweeted this morning. “We’re happy to announce that Pikmin Bloom is now available for download in Europe.”
Pikmin Bloom is similar to Niantic’s global mobile hit Pokémon Go, in that it’s built around the concept of making players go outside and walk.
Although Pikmin are central to the game’s theme, the main aim is to leave a trail of flower petals behind you as you walk, to make the world prettier.
You have a finite amount of petals, which can be topped up by sending Pikmin out to find and bring back fruit. This can then be fed to your Pikmin as nectar, which makes them grow new petals for you to collect.
Players can also take photos on their walk and store them in their Lifelog, which is a diary that stores the number of steps you’ve taken each day.
An announcement trailer (shown in the embed above) shows the concept behind the game and includes a statement from Shigeru Miyamoto.
“For both me and everyone at Niantic, helping this app take shape has been a new experience and lots of fun,” Miyamoto said, adding: “My hope is that everyone will be able to create lasting memories together with Pikmin.”