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1. Posted: Sun 27th Mar 2011 22:52 BST
I'm writing this mini "review" of Street Pass Mii Plaza because it's my favourite "game" of all the built in 3DS software and I got my first "genuine" hit on this today. Plus, I haven't seen much other info about this elsewhere on this site.
I suspect Mii Plaza could be easily overlooked in the excitement of owning a 3DS. The icon looks like the Mii channel icon on the Wii and the name of it suggests that it might just be a way of viewing all your Mii characters together in one place (as you do on the Wii), but it's not that at all. It's a game. Actually, it's 2 games. And they are great fun.
You have to have at least one Mii created when you first start this up, but you can use any Mii, it doesn't have to be the primary one that is used for your friend list. You can configure a few personal details (cats or dogs, aspirations, things you like) and a personal greeting. You also set your favourite game. Now you are ready to prepare the two mini-games.
The first one is pretty simple, you are randomly given 1 panel out of 15 from a randomly selected picture. That's it. In the second one, you are the king/queen of the land and are captured and imprisoned. Again, that is it. To play the game, you close your 3DS whilst leaving it switched on (and wireless enabled) and go outside.
As you "meet" other people who have done the same, their Miis are copied into your game and they queue up to greet you. The next time you load up Mii Plaza, they march up to you one by one and you exchange greetings. After the 2nd time of "meeting" the same person, you can set a custom greeting for them, which is nice for me as both my wife and son now have 3DS systems so we can leave each other little textual presents. Any new Miis are added to your plaza and you can view their little public profile cards at any time.
Now the fun begins. You load up the mini-games again - fortunately you don't have to choose to allocate each Mii to a particular game, they can help you out in both. In the puzzle pieces "game" you can choose to take any one of the tiles that they have that you don't have. You don't remove them from their systems, you just get a copy of them and they get to do the same from your collection. Sadly, sometimes you'll have all the same pieces they have, in which case you get nothing.
The Quest game is where the real fun is, though. Basically it's an RPG. The Miis have a number of rooms to go through before they rescue you with tougher enemies (ghosts) to beat in each room. To fight the ghosts, each Mii gets the change to cast a spell or fight. If they cast a spell, they then immediately get exhausted an leave. If they fight, they'll attempt 3 hits and if they don't defeat the ghost they then get scared off.
As with so many things made by Nintendo, this appears to be a simple little mini-game, but it turns out to be a lot deeper than you'd expect. Depending on the colour of the Mii, they get different magical abilities so strategies immediately come in to play. You are better off building up a stock of "heroes" before going in to battle as some magic boosts the power of the heroes waiting to attack, some freezes the ghosts allowing the other heroes to plow through them etc.
After clearing some of the ghosts out you find treasure chests which give you hats that you can put on your Mii so that when they greet other people they can see you showing off your treasures.
I'd expect that the thing going through most peoples minds at this point is "well, this might work in Japan, but where I live there's no chance of ever getting any exchanges". I pretty much expected that, but first of all, there's nothing stopping you getting hits from people you know. I get 2 or 3 a day from my wife and son (I think after a hit there is a cooling off time during which it won't register the same person again) and as mentioned at the start of the article, I got a hit with a stranger today out shopping (funnily enough, my wife didn't get the same hit even though she was right next to me at the time!). Also, in case you need/want help with these, you can use your play coins (2 at a time) to buy puzzle pieces or to hire "adventurers" for the Quest game. If you say you prefer cats, your hired mercenaries are cats...
The last thing I am going to say in my epic post is that this is probably the cutest thing I've ever seen. I don't know what it is about it, but it is incredibly cute. I'm really worried that most people won't even realise this exists with the AR games and Face Raiders to distract them, but this is by far the best piece of built-in software in my opinion. It is your duty to activate these games if you haven't already!
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2. Posted: Mon 28th Mar 2011 00:07 BST
I agree with you that it's a great idea and one that really encourages people to make use of Streetpass. Good review.
Only problem I'm having at the moment is....nobody seems to be using Streetpass where I live! I've had my 3DS since Thursday and despite carrying it around with me in sleep mode wherever I go and walking a fair distance (the distance in between my house and my parents is 2500 steps, apparently ) past a lot of people and houses, I've gotten precisely...0 hits
I know it's set up and working properly because my nephew's got a 3DS as well and when he came around to my parents house earlier whilst I was there, I got a Streetpass hit from him immediately. Nobody else around me seems to want to join in yet though
Hope I get some more hits when I visit different places next week, as it'll take ages to hire enough heroes to get through Streetpass Quest otherwise...it's 2 coins per Hero and you can only earn a maximum of 10 per day
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3. Posted: Mon 28th Mar 2011 00:15 BST
Didn't know about this lolThanks for the review! Can't wait to try it out when I get mine.
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Edited on Mon 28th March, 2011 @ 01:21 by Simmer_E
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4. Posted: Mon 28th Mar 2011 00:42 BST
Yes its really great fun !!!but whats tantalizing is the 10 coin cap per day As for now streetpass will take much time to really roll , especially with getting to crowded places ... so my only source of getting heroes is by coins.
Saturday experience: bought the AR games shop out, Look at Streetpass plaza and thought hmm lets try this ... used my last 2 coins for a hero in "save the crown" -> went ingame my heroish level 2 cathero got straight scared away by the FIRST ghost !So today im trying my second go on this. Ah and i got a double puzzle piece at first try lol . Any tips on the RPG part ?
5. Posted: Mon 28th Mar 2011 23:34 BST
@Simmer - Only games you've played as it shows the icon. I'm assuming it reads data from your Activity Log.
Any tips on the RPG part ?cheers
Yes! Magic wears off when you leave the room, so don't use it unless you have more heroes going into battle behind the magic user. (Don't forget the magic user always quits after casting a spell)Level 1 heroes can't hurt armoured ghosts.If a ghost has a shield, you need Mii wearing the same colour as the shield to break it (with his sword).Light blue Miis cast freezing spells which then allow the Miis behind to keep attacking without getting scared off (because the ghosts can't attack).Purple Miis cast poison, which isn't blocked by shields or armour, but you need more Miis behind to really get the best out of this spell as it only does 1 damage per turn.The main tip, really, is to build up a good stock of heroes waiting to go into battle if you want to make good progress in a session (so build up some play coins and spend them all at once).
6. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 00:20 BST
ok thanks DiggerDan !
Nicely done that you could experiment so much on the plaza. Are you having many Streetpass events ? Sounds fun for sure.Trying this out then, hum so a bit of gathering heroes hehe
7. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 00:23 BST
holy i knew this would gonna be great but i havent found anyone yet via streetpass so i didnt bother it again. but it is cool that you can exchange your coins to heros and puzzlepieces in the games.
oh i hope that other developers will use this in their next games too. such a cool idea. nintendo is the king. no doubt
Edited on Tue 29th March, 2011 @ 10:00 by theblackdragon
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8. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 00:59 BST
I agree that Street Pass Mii Plaza is quite exciting. In order to earn coins you've got do some walking and I actually turned on my 3DS, folded it over and did a circuit of 67 steps around my father's art building here on the Talladega campus here in Alabama today so I could earn a few coins with which I could hire some mercenary cats! With Adventure Time being one of my favorites the quirky RPG in Street Pass Mii Plaza is quite epic.
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9. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 09:57 BST
I can't believe how much I enjoyed seeing that green light glowing. I forgot that I could even use the StreetPass guy with fighting the ghost and gaining puzzle pieces. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2PTJ-50D4s&feature=mfu_in...
Edited on Tue 29th March, 2011 @ 09:58 by NintenMOE
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10. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 11:16 BST
Wow, I never knew about that... I just thought it's this plaza where Miis would crowd and loll about/procrastinate. That's actually pretty neat; thanks for the info.
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11. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 11:24 BST
I love the Streepass Mii Plaza too but I've not encountered any hits yet. I'm going to start taking my 3DS to campus with me and to places like Walmart and other department stores where I know there will be a lot of people. It's an amazing feature that I hope to get to utilize.
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12. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 14:04 BST
Been taking my ds everywhere in sleep mode just to get more people to trade with. So far only one colleage at work and the 3DS showing at work *where I added a mii myself ) I want more people to walk around with their dang 3DS.
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13. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 15:26 BST
Excited to report that my first day of taking the 3DS to school, I did actually get a spotpass hit. Totally didn't expect it either since I live in rural Tennessee, but it just goes to show that this feature is actually something 3DS-owners are interested in everywhere, not just big cities.
14. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 15:33 BST
I'm doing pretty well so far with 17 hits, including a few multiples to level up the characters. I think it's a great feature, I really do. Lots of fun.
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15. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 15:34 BST
I want to complete the Mario Galaxy 2 puzzle :x
16. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 15:47 BST
Oh and I meant StreetPass earlier. Duh.
17. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 16:00 BST
You can sometimes get a dog when you hire help. I like the dogs better.
I saw two people playing their 3DS's today, and didn't get a hit from either of them! What's up with that?
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18. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 17:22 BST
damn i have been to a bigger city this day. walked over 5000 steps but still no streetpass-hits
but i guess the time will come. i mean the ds sold so well, it is only a matter of time when every second kid here will have a 3DS xD
19. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 20:08 BST
Do you know who the other person was? Could you tell?
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20. Posted: Tue 29th Mar 2011 23:52 BST
You can sometimes get a dog when you hire help. I like the dogs better.I saw two people playing their 3DS's today, and didn't get a hit from either of them! What's up with that?
hey TJ92 which hero u get from coins depends what u choose in your profileif you like cats u get cat-heroif you like dogs u get dog-hero
and i think mii heroes are much more powerful because they can level up . (ding .... yay i got LEVEL !)can u confirm this DiggerDan ?i only got animal heroes ...