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Guide: How To Import Miis Into Tomodachi Life Like A Pro

Posted by Damien McFerran

Not all Miis are created equal, so check out this handy guide

With Tomodachi Life's release nearly upon, we thought it would be a good idea to provide some insight into what is perhaps one of the most important elements of the entire game: populating it with Mii characters so that they can come alive and get up to all kinds of mischief within the confines of your 3DS console.

While it's pretty straight forward getting your own Mii into the game, there are multiple options when it comes to expanding your cast of characters — some of which are less obvious than others.

Importing a Mii you've StreetPassed with

One of the quickest and easiest ways of boosting your Tomodachi Life population is by using the Miis of people you've previously StreetPassed with. To do this, you'll need to import the Mii into your 3DS console's Mii Maker application. Go to StreetPass Mii Plaza, and then scroll through your Mii population until you find someone you'd like to import to Tomodachi Life. Press A, and then select the "Mii Maker" option. This will transfer that particular Mii into your Mii Maker application, from which Tomodachi Life can access it.

Open Tomodachi Life, and then go to the Town Hall section of your island. Select "New Mii" and then pick the bottom option, "Transfer from Mii Maker". You will then be presented with a list of all of the Miis stored in your Mii Maker app, and upon selecting one to import you will have fill in various detail — such as the Mii's status (child or grown up), their relationship to your own Mii and the various attributes which decide their personality. It's also a good idea to fill in the birth date info if it isn't already present, otherwise the Mii won't be able to take part in some of the tests featured in the game.

While this method of creating Miis is probably the easiest if you're looking for a large population, it's worth remembering that every Mii created in this way will start almost from scratch, with no happiness level, items, friends, likes or dislikes.

Import a Mii from a QR code

QR codes have been a vital way of sharing Miis for years, and Tomodachi Life allows you to import characters using this method. Go to the Town Hall and selection the QR Code option. Here, you can activate the camera and scan a code to invite another Mii onto your island.

If you're scanning a code which has been generated from within Tomodachi Life itself, it will bring with it some additional information, such as the Mii's name, clothing, room décor, catchphrases, personality traits, voice and information regarding the island they were originally created on. However, elements such as their happiness level, special relationships, likes, dislikes, special items and songs won't be transferred.

Scanning a standard QR code which has been created outside of the game has the same effect as transferring one from your Mii Maker — you'll be starting from scratch and will have to fill in additional information before the Mii can join your population.

Transferring a Mii via a local wireless connection

When you transfer a Mii using a local wireless connection, you get all of the same information you would from a Tomodachi Life QR code, but with an added bonus. The Mii's happiness level is also transferred, as are their likes, dislikes, songs and gift items. However, because their relationships with other Miis are unique to your copy of the game, that information won't be featured.

As you can see, local transfer is by far and away the best method to get Miis into your game, as they retain almost all of the information, experience and items they have accrued elsewhere. Think of it as a reward for seeking out other Tomodachi Life players, rather than just scouring the internet for easy-to-obtain QR codes. The least successful way of importing a Mii is to import them from StreetPass Plaza (via your Mii Maker) or to use the bog-standard QR code, but if the person you wish to import hasn't already gotten the game, then you really have no other choice.

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User Comments (19)

WS200017

#1

WS200017 said:

Great article! Thank you, I want to get the game however I'm interested to know the results of the tomodachi life competition, to win the game.

Do you know @Damo when the winners will be announced? :)

Phantom_R

#2

Phantom_R said:

Question! After creating a Mii, is there any way to go back and change things like their nicknames?

ROBLOGNICK

#3

ROBLOGNICK said:

I think you can do stuff like that in the Town Hall, @Phantom_R.

I'm not sure how StreetPass works in this game. I've not played enough to activate it yet, it would seem.

Jampie

#4

Jampie said:

@Phantom_R Yup. It can be done in the Town Hall, but if you got the Miis from other people, I think they would have to allow copying (?) so that you could edit their nicknames. My friend sent me one that didn't allow copying, so I wasn't able to edit her nickname, but another friend did, so I was able to.

tj3dsXL

#5

tj3dsXL said:

heres some more celeb. Mii's to inspire everyone(and special GOLD BOTTOM/PANTS Mii's) ! Just search for em and scann !!!
http://www.miicharacters.com

**ONE QUESTION::anyone know the specific details as to the first day (actually within 1 hour of release) patch 1.1 Update issue?

slochmoeller

#6

slochmoeller said:

What I really need is a personality build guide. I'm 16 miis in and their personalitys all come out in a smattering along the upper right quadrant and two lower quadrants. I have yet to get anyone in the upper left quadrant. And detailed breakdown of all 16 subtypes and how to build for them would be most appreciated.

tj3dsXL

#7

tj3dsXL said:

Its also easy to use two systems to CONSTANTLY(within 24hour period)feed new Mii's into your "main" unit with the digital game! I've started using my new pink & white 2ds to create and "send-via Mii Creator/ or street pass" certain & new Mii's into my 3dsxl system...that way i can work around the whole copy or copy-protected Mii's!

Nik-Davies

#8

Nik-Davies said:

Tomodachi Life just told me I'm "Bosom Buddies" with Stan Lee.... Game of the Year

ariwl1

#9

ariwl1 said:

I'm already recruiting a horde of fictional and celebrity Miis. Oh the love triangles I will weave!

Findonovan95

#11

Findonovan95 said:

I need this game, lol It looks amazing! XD I'll hopefully be getting it soon as my birthday is approaching.

Porky

#12

Porky said:

Need some QR codes for Sakurai, Myamoto, Reggie and Sawata please.

tj3dsXL

#16

tj3dsXL said:

okay thanx ! so its not that contriversal "relationship-patch" afterall !

Kitsune_Rei

#17

Kitsune_Rei said:

I love the options they give you for transferring in people! They keep it always adjustable too which is awesome. Feel like you don't like a voice you made? Go change it!
I'm also happy they had distributed a bunch of gold-pants Miis over wifi a while back, so I do have a good number of em. Whee legit Reggie and Iwata~! My priority has been RL friends, but I don't have that many so am also adding fictional people that amuse me. Like Snape.

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