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Is Alph in Pikmin 4? Answered

Does Alph return fo(u)r Pikmin?

Nintendo EPD’s Pikmin 4 is entertaining players across the world, especially given it’s the first in the series to feature a fully customizable main character. While departing from the past in some ways, players have been wondering whether fan favorite protagonist Alph makes a return.

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** Naturally, the below article contains some spoilers, so only read on if you’re content for the presence or absence of Alph to be revealed. **

Who Is Alph in Pikmin?

He’s one of the three explorers who stars in Pikmin 3. His main role is as the engineer of the SS Drake, a ship his grandfather designed.

Alph quickly won fans of the 2013 title over with his generosity and benevolence, frequently performing selfless acts and showing respect to others, like Captain Charlie.

His character model is that of a blue-haired baby in a space suit, ensuring he’s just as adorable as he is friendly.

Does He Return in Pikmin 4?

No, Alph is not in Pikmin 4. He doesn’t return at all in the 2023 title, with Nintendo instead deciding to take the game in new directions, namely by making the protagonist a newly recruited Rescue Corps member.

The Pikmin 3 cast, including Britanny and Charlie, do not return either. It’ll be disappointing for some who loved the game’s predecessor but it’s only natural for the devs to want to take the game in new and interesting directions.

Alph Easter Egg Discovered

While Alph himself does not return, eagled-eyed players have discovered the presence of an Alph-inspired easter egg in Pikmin 4.

Specifically, the character Yorke has been revealed by one Redditor as a relative of Alph’s. We don’t know their exact relation because it’s not specified in game. However, we know he’s either a brother or cousin of Alph because they share a grandfather, the aforementioned Drake.

In Yorke’s character description, he’s described as: “Grandson of the famous Koppai scientist Dr Drake and partner of Don Bergman. He’s talented at rewiring communication devices.”

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