Nintendo’s customizable Miis have been popular since their introduction on the Wii. When the 3DS was released, they came along for the ride in Mii plaza with the ability to interact with other Miis through StreetPass. This feature picks up other nearby 3DS systems that are set to allow StreetPasses. It allowed players to not only meet other people’s Miis, but the chance to collect puzzle pieces to complete pictures and play a RPG style game called “Find Mii.” Expanding on their Mii world, Nintendo has released four new games that can be purchased for the 3DS on the Nintendo eShop. They can be purchased either in a four pack or individually.
- Mii Force
The first game is an intergalactic shooter that takes the players on a quest across the “StreetPass Galaxy” to defeat the Gold Bone Gang. By “recruiting” other Miis through StreetPass (or hiring troops with play coins), players can build a team to shoot out space ships and take back stolen gems. An interesting note about this game is that the color teammates wear determines their attack style. For example, red shirts have fire weapons and orange shirts have laser weapons.
- Flower Town
More laid back, Flower Town puts players’ Miis in a gardening town with the intent to become a Master Gardener. Guest Miis from StreetPass (or called guests using play coins) come to visit and help water plants. In addition, the interaction of their plants helps the player’s to develop new breeds of seeds to plant. Players can also shop for accessories for beautifying and expanding their garden.
- Warrior’s Way
Strategy is the key to Warrior’s Way, where the player’s Mii is a Monarch in a divided kingdom. The goal is to gather an army to unite the kingdom under the player’s rule – and the only way to gather an army is through StreetPass (or hiring mercenaries with play coins). When other Mii’s visit they will be one of the two - a general with an army that automatically joins the player (if they have not downloaded Warrior’s Way) or another Monarch with whom players must battle if they wish to steal some troops for their own. Though once in a while, a visiting Monarch will be gracious enough to donate some of their troops if greeted peacefully. The amount of troops in a general’s army depends on how many other Miis are in that particular player’s plaza. Battling is essentially a rock, paper, scissors game, where troops need to be divided carefully to ensure victory against the opposing forces.
- Monster Manor
The last new title turns the player’s Mii into an investigator exploring a massive haunted house in a Ghostbusters fashion. Most of the rooms are invisible, however, and rely on the player to collect map pieces from StreetPass Miis (or hired investigators with play coins) to reveal them and their creepy occupants. Different paranormal weapons can be found to dispatch ghosts and monsters along the way as players search for the stairs to continue their climb and solve the mystery. Other Miis whose players have also downloaded the game can team up with yours to aid in the RPG type battles against the manor’s spooky occupants.
Overall, Nintendo has done a great job in expanding the role of their Miis, and in turn more reasons for their players to continue StreetPassing.