Nintendo has released a new update for the Mii Plaza on its 3DS system. The update consists of four new games, Mii Force, Flower Town, Warrior’s Way, and Monster Manor. Additionally, you can now spend tickets you earn completing various achievements in these apps to suit your Mii up with new hats and suits.
I’ll admit, I was wondering where I was going to spend my 300 play coins. Find Mii was interesting at first, but it loses the luster fairly quick. Completing puzzles in Puzzle Swap wasn’t any fun either. I was somewhat intrigued by this update, mostly by the idea of Mii Force because I’ve had a lot of fun with the scrolling shooters in the past, and also by Flower Town because I like growing things. Since I was already most of the way there anyway, I decided to take the discount on the remaining two and bought the four-pack bundle for about $15.
Thus far, I’ve only played two of the games. I haven’t been able to download Mii Force yet, which is unfortunate because that is the one I wanted to play most. It gets to anywhere between 0% and 65% complete and then just stops. The other three were hesitant at first, but I was eventually able to download them. I feel like this might be Nintendo’s servers being bogged down by downloaders, but I haven’t seen any other complainers. I’ll just keep trying.
Flower Town plays about how I expected it to. You plant a seed, then people you pass by using StreetPass will water it for you. If enough people water your plant, it blooms, then can be used to make up to 10 seeds (if you’re lucky; my first plant only gave me 4 seeds) for your next plant. The goal is to log 20 different species of a plant and become a “Master Gardener.”
There are a number of other things you can do than grow plants, however. If you have seeds or plants you don’t plan on using/keeping, you can sell them, or give them to people to complete various jobs. Either way, you get paid. What is money used for? You can decorate your garden, or expand it to allow for more plants. I have already bought an expansion since I ran out of room for plants.
This game is probably boring to anyone other than people like me. I enjoy games like Harvest Moon or Rune Factory, but they’re not for everyone. Anyway, moving on…
This one is interesting. The goal of the game is to conquer the 20 nations for no other reason than you want to. Hooray for senseless war! I’m probably going to finish this just for the sake of knowing what the programmer’s make happen after you succeed. It reminds me of the Joker from The Dark Knight: “I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught one.” It also reminds me of this comic.
That aside, the mechanics of the game are a little interesting. You have an army of a size determined by the amount of people you’ve passed using StreetPass, and if you’ve encountered someone since updating the Mii Plaza, you get to add the size of their army as well. When you attack a nation, you allocate your forces into three different types of unit: cavalry, archers, and infantry. The three form a rock-paper-scissors relationship to decide who has an advantage in combat. If you have enough forces, you might be able to allocate them in a way that guarantees you’ll win the required 2 of 3 battles to defeat your enemy.
However, this game is expensive. The built-in games, Puzzle Swap and Find Mii, use 2 play coins to buy a puzzle piece or hire a mercenary. This game uses at least 5 coins to hire a mercenary.
Overall, I wouldn’t say this update was needed, but a nice touch. I was obviously not using any of my play coins before, so now I have something to spend them on. However, there is a problem. Before the update, I had the maximum 300 coins saved up; now, I’ve played only 2 of the 4 games and I’ve used them all up. I can only gain 10 coins per day, so I’m dependent on passing people using StreetPass. Which doesn’t happen.
Since I purchased the 3DS in 2011, I’ve added 46 Miis to my plaza. Some of these were added by Nintendo while updating my system. In two years, I’ve only accumulated enough to form 4 groups of 10 Miis. It takes me 8 days to gather enough play coins to create the same effect I’ve gotten over two years of StreetPass. StreetPass here just isn’t what it is in Japan. It is going to take a long time for me to play through these games, and I’m about 99% sure I’m going to lose interest along the way. Which is why the upcoming StreetPass Relay system is going to be crucial for anyone in the States who is interested in finishing these games.