By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on May 25, 2021
I'm not sure why or how, but I didn't hear about Miitopia until last week. Lucky for me, a demo was released to celebrate the upcoming launch of the game and the good news is that any progress that you make while playing the demo, will be transferred to the full game if you decide to buy it. I didn't hesitate a moment longer and started playing the demo and eventually the full game!
Before I tell you more about that, first a bit of history about this game, because I discovered that Miitopia is not a completely new game. This RPG was originally released for the 3DS in Japan on December 8, 2016. It was later released in North America and Europe on July 28, 2017. It is a spin-off to the Tomodachi series and the second spin-off after Miitomo. Please keep in mind that I never have played the other titles or the previous released versions of Miitopia, so I can't tell you exactly if and what things have changed. But I can tell you about how awesome I think this game is (blast, did I spoil my conclusion already.? Oh well!)
If you already have created a Mii on your Nintendo console, you can start your adventure nice and fast. If you don't have a Mii, you can create a Mii from scratch or choose one from likeness. Simply select a character from the available Miis on the screen. Now, if you're not 100% satisfied with the premade Mii, you can still adjust things to your liking. The second step in our adventure is to choose a personality type for our Mii. You can choose from seven pre-established personalities: Cautious, Stubborn, Airheaded, Energetic, Kind, Laid-back, and Cool. It's fun to add this bit of additional character to your Mii. If everything is tweaked to your liking, it's time to start the game and enter the world of Miitopia!
In Miitopia, all the Miis are living a peaceful and harmonious life when, without warning, tragedy pops its ugly head around the proverbial corner. A shadow is threatening Miitopia and it's stealing all the faces of the Miis and using these faces to create an army of monsters. Yes, you did read that correctly; the faces stolen from the peace-loving Miis are now the faces of nefarious monsters! Talk about losing face, right? Of course, this incites wide-spread panic. what should we do? Is there no hope left? Well, have no fear, this is where you come in, it's up to you to save Miitopia and to make sure that everyone gets his or her face back!
Your Mii enters the stage. Just wandering around and minding its own business. You will notice a couple of butterflies and one of them suddenly sprouts a pair of eyes on its wings. At first, I thought this would be your sidekick, your guide in the lands of Miitopia. You know, the whimsical character with funny comments that Nintendo often comes up with in their games. Well, I thought wrong! Actually, nothing could be further from the truth, because this is actually the first enemy with a stolen face you come across! My Mii was probably just as flabbergasted as I was and she decided to run away in sheer terror. A bit later, you end up finding a nearby town and via the map that appears you can select it to visit the town.
One of the really cool things in Miitopia is that you can select Miis of your own and let him or her play a character's role in the game. Now, if that's not really your cup of tea, don't worry; Nintendo has of course created a number of characters as well, but how cool is it that? Create a Mii that looks like your brother, husband, mother, kindergarten teacher, boss, or whoever you want and let them take part in your adventure. By the way, you will also choose a Mii to play the Evil entity in this game, so if you just happen to not be really fond of one of the aforementioned people, you know what to do...
After faces start disappearing in the first town you came across, you decide it's time to stop running away and make a stand. It's time to fight back! Your first fight will be a tutorial of how to make the most of the game's turn-based combat and you learn how to use jobs! You see, at start of your adventure, you can choose to be either a Warrior, a Mage, a Cleric, a Thief, a Pop Star or a Chef. Later in the game, more jobs will be added and a little birdy told me that the jobs of Cat and Princess will also be available! Okay, but what do jobs do? Well, jobs determine your role in battle. Some are tailored more towards fighting, while others may be better at healing. Weapons and clothing you can wear are also determined by your job. However, you can fully customize your looks afterwards, so don't worry if you don't like the basic outfit of a certain job. Although I was very tempted to choose the popstar, I chose to play it safe and selected the warrior job, so I can wield massive swords and I will be well-versed in both attack and defense.
As mentioned earlier, the battles in Miitopia are of the turn-based persuasion, and during your turn you can either attack, use a Skill or magic, or eat a snack to replenish HP. Later on, other Miis can be added to your party and within a party it's always good to have a variety of jobs. Another thing to keep an eye on is the relationships between you and the party members. For example, having a snack together will increase your friendship. The more powerful your friendship, the more powerful you become. Yes, it's that simple. Miitopia has an excellent tutorial on this subject and will remind you about the importance of making sure the relationships within your group are really strong. So in this case, a stranger is really just a friend you haven't met yet. It's always handy to have someone with healing powers in your party for example. Now you might suspect that your actual friends and family can join the game, but no such luck; Miitopia is strictly single player only.
Miitopia has so much to offer and the level of possibilities and details is excellent. You can feed your party members and the effect of the food is tied to the likings of each single Mii. After a meal they will let you know if they liked the food or not (or even if it made them sick). This is a fun addition to this cool game. Nintendo really did a great job in giving the player the choice if they want to spend time on Mii creation or that they just want to continue playing and go with the characters that the developers already made. You can also use Amiibos in Miitopia and discover what new extras they will bring to the game. And have I already mentioned that a cute horse will also join the party? No? Well, now I have! And trust me when I say that, even if you didn't know you wanted a horse in your party, you surely do now!
I had an absolute blast while playing Miitopia and think that every Nintendo fan with a Nintendo Switch will definitely fall in love head over heels with this lovely and truly fun game!
May 21, 2021