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Over 200,000 Gamers Have Bought StreetPass Mii Plaza DLC

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Paid for with real, not Play, coins

Not too long ago Europe and Japan enjoyed an update to the StreetPass Mii Plaza, which brought a fresh layout and a batch of four new games to choose from. The catch is that these additions come at a price — they're £4.49 / €4.99 each, or there's a Combo pack of all four available for £13.49 / €14.99. We've already considered some of the rights and wrongs of monetising StreetPass, but nevertheless they seem to have been popular, which is sure to frustrate North American gamers awaiting their arrival in the region.

These new games were a topic raised at the recent investor Q & A, with a general consensus being that they're entertaining new additions to the system. When asked about the titles and their similarity, in some respects, to development of mini-game compilations such as Wii Play: Motion, Iwata said the following.

In a way, we have until now been trying to create an environment in users can experience the StreetPass feature, so our objective was to create something that was simple and easy to understand. But we feel that the next step for us to take is to create games that are deeper, and we have actually been working on them for quite some time. You also mentioned “Wii Motion: Play,” a product we released when we first developed Wii Remote Plus. This controller was bundled with the software, and we offered it at a competitive price point. At the time, we had various software developers vie with each other to design products that took advantage of Wii Remote Plus: it was a competition of games. And we put what they created into one package. At the time, Wii was not ready for the kind of model in which one sold add-on content separately (after a software title’s initial release). To add to this, digital distribution was not as active so we decided not to adopt this model at the time.

But we now have the environment where we can do such things, and as we considered what we could do with Nintendo 3DS, we felt that it might be interesting to expand StreetPass Mii Plaza by adopting a similar (competition-style) model that we took in the past, and I’m happy to say that the new StreetPass games are the product of our year-long preparations. As you pointed out, we only started distributing those new games a week ago, but already more than two hundred thousand consumers had purchased at least one out of those four games by last Sunday. We employed no mass-media advertising so we think we are off to a good start. I think that products like these ones will provide new business opportunities for Nintendo in the future. I take it that you are very satisfied with our new games, and we feel that if our consumers determine that the price of a particular game that we offer matches the content that it offers, then there will be more people who try our new propositions.

The statistic of over 200,000 3DS owners buying one or more of these mini-games is fairly impressive considering the low-key launch — as stated, there was no real advertising — and the fact that North America is yet to add sales of its own. These comments also open up the potential for mini-games as small DLC offerings in the future, something that could be a good fit for the likes of Nintendo Land and Wii Party U.

Do you like the idea of games like these being offered as small DLC titles, rather than bundled retail compilations on either 3DS or Wii U? Are you in North America and wondering where the heck your StreetPass update is? Let us know below.

[via nintendo.co.jp]

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User Comments (57)

Zach777

#2

Zach777 said:

Guess how many of those are from the US? If your guess was 0, you're a winner. The fact that this is still not in the US shows the incompetence on Nintendo as a company. Delays, unsupported consoles, weak product releases, unsupported features (AR cards?). The company is having issues...

KongFu

#7

KongFu said:

The new games are really well designed with the street pass feature in mind.

Did anyone notice that there is one empty spot left in the plaza!? Seems that we can look forward to at least one more addition to the street pass game library in the future. Hoooray!!! =)

sinalefa

#8

sinalefa said:

Not sure why this is not in NA yet, and personally I don't care. I don't even play the free ones.

ArkOne77

#10

ArkOne77 said:

And in NA.........wait for it...........wait for it.....(just don't hold your breath) :/

Chris720

#12

Chris720 said:

If EU gets something NA doesn't, they get all enraged. :P

Can't wait to see Operation Plaza in a couple days.

ArkOne77

#15

ArkOne77 said:

@SkywardLink98 EXACTLY!!!

If they don't want to remove region locking, simultaneous release dates for the same software would be a small step forward. Why can't they think a couple steps ahead and plan this stuff while developing the software!?!?!

RupeeClock

#16

RupeeClock said:

I have to tell ya, I really love the new plaza games, all four of them.
Squad is a surprisingly solid shooter, I'm still trying to beat the arcade mode which is all 15 stages with only so many mistakes allowed.
Garden is surprisingly fun just trying to grow flowers, it's the most passive experience.
Battle actually picks up pretty quickly once you get past the third nation, from here on out you get better options for securing a victory or growing your platoon, but it's still a very heavy playcoin guzzler.
Mansion feels like the true successor to Streetpass Quest, I love exploring the mansion, collecting loot and battling the monsters.

Chris720

#17

Chris720 said:

@SkywardLink98 I was being sarcastic, but EU usually has to wait for releases that NA has had for months, or in some cases, never recieve it at all. :P

ArkOne77

#18

ArkOne77 said:

I wouldn't mind seeing a little game play footage of these 4 new games. Does anyone have a link or two showing them?

Actually....I went hunting on Youtube......here is a link if you want to see what these games look like:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktkxAxEx4YA

Spoony_Tech

#19

Spoony_Tech said:

@Chris720 That sounds like a good idea! ;-)

I still say they used Europe and Japan as test subjects for this. If it had failed then no need to bring it out here. I say another month and we get it but I can wait. What we really need now is the ability to get more then 10 play coins a day!

Phantom_R

#20

Phantom_R said:

Makes you wonder... when you see an eShop game with 100 ratings, how many times has it actually been downloaded?

SanderEvers

#21

SanderEvers said:

@KongFu You got that one wrong. That's for the arrow to the left to go to the entrance which is only visible if you have a new streetpass hit while running the software.

Ofcourse they can just add a new row with icons if they ever release new games for it.

Chris720

#22

Chris720 said:

@Tech Maybe, but why not release it in all countries at the same time? What makes EU and Japan so special that we get it first?

Newtwo

#24

Newtwo said:

I would like to know, are these games worth spending €15? I don't get many streetpass hits, but I use play coins.

Bazly

#25

Bazly said:

Not gonna lie, I would happily join those 200000 - I get plenty of street passes but have gotten a bit bored with the two built in games. GIMME MORE! :D

Gustoff

#26

Gustoff said:

If Nintendo sticks to the current price for this DLC, how much does that translate to in NA dollars? Is it something like $19.99? Specifically for the combo pack is my question for...

Spoony_Tech

#27

Spoony_Tech said:

@Chris720 Well Japan is obvious but its no secret that Nintendo as of late is trying to boost their popularity in Europe. This just might be a small step but who knows where they will go next. Some times eurpoe get stuff first other times we do. I do think when it comes to testing stuff out they rather use the smallest markets first before the bigger ones. Don't forget there was a problem with the first update it came with. I'm sure they didn't want that happening worldwide!

Aqueous

#28

Aqueous said:

Still waiting. Should be able to finally have the eshop cash ready this weekend, haven't rushed do to the lack of Streetpass games.

thesilverbrick

#29

thesilverbrick said:

I finally completed all the current StreetPass puzzles and I have all the hats from Find Mii 2, so I would gladly pay for some new StreetPass games to re-energize my tagging experience. Release them in North America, please!

Luffymcduck

#31

Luffymcduck said:

I was actually quite satisfied with the purchase of all four titles. Since I got all the hats more than a year ago and don´t care about puzzle pieces, I´ve finally had a reason to start using streetpass again.

Windy

#32

Windy said:

I would rather see Dragon Quest X get a north American release. But, Just like Nintendo Does they will release these at the right time. Hold out till the bitter end. Just when you think its not coming here it comes.

Chris720

#33

Chris720 said:

@Tech Well Japan is their biggest market compared to everywhere else, so it can't be that... can it?

EU has mainly been a PS and Microsoft fan base, so I can see why they want to try to put their name out there a little more.

@SkywardLink98 There are plenty of games that never got moved over to the EU and only stayed in NA.

bouncer0304

#34

bouncer0304 said:

I'm really enjoying them at the moment. Even if you don't have many streetpasses you can use play coins. Most are two play coins except for the battle game where you buy 100 soldiers for 10 playcoins.

hydeks

#35

hydeks said:

So I'm getting that this is not in NA? Kinda figured, I can't find it anywhere! I hope they bring it over soon, Find Mii is great but getting old already.

KnightRider666

#36

KnightRider666 said:

@Windy: "Just when you think its not coming here it comes."

That's what she said, lol. In all seriousness though, I'm upset we still don't have this in NA. I bet we don't see it until the fall.

MeWario

#38

MeWario said:

Could you review them Nintendo Life? Please :) They sound pointless but I have no idea if they are or if the games are fun!

GamerZack7

#39

GamerZack7 said:

@KongFu: I noticed that too. My guess is either Nintendo had a fifth game lined up but canned it; or Nintendo is working on another game, perhaps even a free one.

@OldMan-Tech: I agree. I sometimes walk in excess of 10,000 steps when I go out, so I should be earning as many as 100 Play Coins for my effort!

SkywardLink98

#40

SkywardLink98 said:

@Chris720 I know, I was just pointing out that people in EU complain just as much as those in the US, and that the US doesn't always take priority.

skjia

#41

skjia said:

@SkywardLink98 @Chris720 EU gets Pikmin 3 next week and we still have to wait over a month. :( And I would get the StreetPass dlc in a heartbeat.

But I think US often gets things a while before Europe. Could be worse though. We could be in Australia...

Edit: My bad. Japan is next week. But EU still gets it before us lol

Shambo

#42

Shambo said:

@SkywardLink98 true. I'm from Europe and, well,... I want it all. But Nintendo so far did a pretty lousy job getting games released worldwide...

Like... Where's Scribblenauts Unlimited? Don't make me make a Duke Nukem Forever-like joke... But the next one is coming and looks like... even... BETTER!

Jollykarp

#43

Jollykarp said:

Probably won't get it. I don't get enough streetpasses to make a purchase worthwhile :(

playing multiplayer games by yourself with play coins is really sad.

LavaTwilight

#45

LavaTwilight said:

I would recommend these games to anyone. If you can't get the streetpass hits at least go for the haunted house one, that will require playcoins but won't feel as laborious as a result! Otherwise if you go to these streetpass meetups or you pick up a few from time to time I would definitely recommend them!

Tsuchinoko

#47

Tsuchinoko said:

Just to add, in Japan they're 500 yen, so its about the same price then, if not a little cheaper in Japan, by current conversion rates.

Tsuchinoko

#48

Tsuchinoko said:

@Kongfu The update feature is still shown in the main hub, so I'm guessing there will be future updates, either for aesthetics or for new games.

Although this it happening a lot with other programs on the 3DS, at least here in Japan. The manga program (どこでも本屋さん) and the music program (レコチョク) both have a permanent update button in their menus, just like the new updated Mii Hiroba/Plaza

steriaca

#49

steriaca said:

Defently, when I have the $ (about $14.99 or $13.99 US?) I will defently want to buy all the new games for the Plazza. I am already enjoying Find Mii and Find Mii 2. So I am looking forward to enjoying the other games, as soon as I can aford them.

Cheep Games + Fun Games = Happy Gamer.

Johnny12

#52

Johnny12 said:

Why pay with real money? On a video game. Pay with play coins we suffer to have a 3DS,Then pay with real money thats bad!!

Marioman64

#53

Marioman64 said:

I want to be one of those people! I want all of them! Come to USA, hey Nintendolife staff, can you get a petition going that everyone can send to them to get this stuff over here? Pleeeeease?

ErnisDy

#55

ErnisDy said:

@OldMan-Tech You can. Just change the date in your system settings, and you can get 10 coins more for walking.
But I would like to see new ways of getting coins. For example games could have all kinds of achievements, and for completing it you get coins to spend. Would be nice, but unfortunately nintendo is 10 years behind with online services and I don't think they will implement something like that :/

Spoony_Tech

#56

Spoony_Tech said:

@ErnisDy that is cheating and I play animal crossing and that would really screw things up so no thanks. What I would like to see however is a way to collect coins after the 1000 steps. Something like 2 coins for each 1000 more or even one as at least its something to work towards. I do some times get 10000 steps and would like to see some kind of a return on those!

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