The latest Pikmin 4 update adds an actual loading screen bar

Amid other bug fixes

Pikmin 4 continues to be updated with some minor bug fixes (it doesn’t really need much more than that), and the latest patch adds in some of those said fixes; plus a nice little quality-of-life feature in the form of a loading bar.

Yes, a loading bar. Nintendo has now added a “progress bar” to the loading screen, so folks can see just how long it’s taking to transition between stages and the hub. Nintendo reminds folks that transferring the game to the Switch’s internal storage can “shorten” load times.

As for those aforementioned fixes, well, they’re welcome, to say the least! Although I didn’t encounter any of them during my full playthrough, treasures disappearing under specific circumstances is never good.

Interestingly enough, this patch also applies to the demo of Pikmin 4, which is still live.

Pikmin 4 patch version 1.0.2 (Released September 26, 2023) – Full patch notes

  • Bug Fixes (Applied after Reloading Save Data)If you experience any of the following issues, please download this update, then reload your save data from the file-selection screen.
    • Fixed an issue where some treasures would disappear when the player rewound time.
    • Fixed an issue where dialogue would fail to proceed when the player talked to castaways with side missions.
    • Fixed an issue where all characters would disappear from the Rescue Command Post.
    • Fixed an issue where the player would not have enough glow sap needed for treatment. (If the player doesn’t have enough glow sap as a result of this bug, their stock will be replenished with that amount at the end of the day.)
  • Other Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue where the player could significantly increase the number of Pikmin.
    • Fixed an issue where the player’s screen would remain dark after they skipped a cutscene.
    • Fixed an issue where some treasures would stop being transportable. (If the treasure was already in a state where it couldn’t be transported, it’ll return to its original position after three in-game days—then the player will be able to transport it.)
    • Fixed other issues to improve gameplay experience.
  • Regarding Loading Times
    • A progress bar has been added to loading screens so players can see progress on loading times. (For players who’ve purchased the digital version, loading times can be shortened by moving the software data to internal storage.)

Note: A patch with the above content will also be distributed for the Pikmin 4 demo (Ver. 1.0.2).

About The Author
Chris Carter
Managing Editor - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step in January of 2009 blogging on the site. Now, he's staff!
More Stories by Chris Carter