The Miiverse was a social network created by Nintendo based on the avatars born with the arrival of the Wii. Developed later on Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, the Miiverse then practically disappeared with the Nintendo Switch. They set the creation of Mii’s aside by relegating them to simple profile images for users. The Kyoto house tried to ride the wave with Miitopia. This was a very special turn-based JRPG that has Mii as its protagonists. They originally released the title in 2017 on Nintendo 3DS. Now, we finally have a remastered version. So, backpack on your shoulder, the adventure begins. Here is my Miitopia review on Nintendo Switch!
The world of Miitopia is colorful and cheerful, full of populous and fun-filled towns. That is, until the evil Dark Lord, a classic villain with no real purpose, starts stealing people’s faces to create monsters. It will be the task of your improvised party to save the faces of the inhabitants by defeating the monsters and put an end to his evil plans. The feeble narrative premise carries you forward throughout the duration of the title.
Yes, the experience is definitely fun from many points of view, although it is probably suitable for a younger audience. The focal point of Miitopia is certainly the excellent degree of customization that Nintendo added thanks to the Mii editor. Take note that you will not only be able to shape your heroes, but also the most important NPCs.
Obviously, in case you are a person lacking in imagination, the game will allow you to use the default faces. You can also make use of other players’ faces by taking advantage of the online features. Compared to the Nintendo 3DS version of Miitopia, in this remastered version on the Nintendo Switch, the editor is really full of details. You can modify loads of things, adjust, move, and change the colors to your liking.
MAYBE TOO REPETITIVE
The high degree of customization reflects deeply into the gameplay. There is a wide choice of classes to assign to your heroes and equipment. You can even change the colors of all the armor that you buy for your characters. The developers added an additional in-game editor in this version that will allow you to add tricks, wigs, and more to your Mii’s.
This really makes the creation possibilities practically endless. From this side, Miitopia turns out to be deep and accurate. However, from the mere gameplay point of view, it may not be at best. Basically, you will face a job-based turn-based JRPG. Take note that in Miitopia, you can only control the actions of your protagonist.
This leaves the team completely at the mercy of Artificial Intelligence. Not that there is anything wrong in doing so, don’t get me wrong. I will admit, it behaves quite well in almost all situations. The lack of possibility of creating a real team strategy, however, makes all the clashes all too similar. At the end of the day, it all feels very repetitive!
Unfortunately, it will not be possible to explore the various areas of the map. You will have to limit yourself to watching your characters run from left to right and help them in the choice of crossroads and in the clashes. In this game, boredom takes over very quickly. To be intellectually honest, Miitopia is not addressing YOU. The game aims at that segment of the public not accustomed to the genre and tries to be an entry level JRPG.
This should bring the less experienced closer to what is actually a vast and complex world. However, they were unsuccessful here! At the end of each portion of the map, the Miis will go to rest in an Inn. This will practically be the central hub of all the collateral activities to the fighting. Here your protagonists will obviously be able to rest to recover their energy.
They can also refresh themselves by eating, increase their basic statistics, and take advantage of the game coupons to take part in the Chinese roulette. Learn gift card statistics on this website for discounts. It will also be possible, by placing two Miis in the same room, to increase the friendship between two party members. Take note that this will unlock new team skills that will prove to be very useful in battle. But be careful! Mii’s are fickle beings. They can fight over the dumbest things.
YOUR NEW FRIEND
Mii’s can leave the inn to go for an appointment at the karaoke, in the library, or at the cinema. Here, you can also use the coins got during your adventures to send the fighter on duty to buy a new weapon or armor. In fact, there are no shops or merchants inside Miitopia. This will be the only way to improve your equipment. Simple, very simple, but ultimately effective! Among the other additions of this remastered version, you will find the Horse.
This is a horse that you can turn into a unicorn! I mean, who does not like a unicorn? Your new friend, who is also fully customizable, will allow you to take advantage of additional skills in combat. This is especially if you decide to let one of your characters sleep in the stable to increase affinity. Take note that this is another mechanic that makes fighting even easier, although you can create really cute horses in the process.
TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC
Obviously, the developers improved the technical and artistic sector, thanks to the undeniable leap forward of the hardware. Miitopia is really pretty to look at. This is thanks to the very detailed Mii models and the game world that knows how to alternate the color palette very well. This results in a setting that never feels repetitive. However, do not expect aesthetic and graphic masterpieces. We are still talking about the remastered version of a Nintendo 3DS game that definitely suffers from its not very noble origin. I also found myself faced with the occasional frame rate drops, but nothing too serious or game breaking!
Do you want to try Nintendo’s Miitopia? What do you think of my Miitopia review on Nintendo Switch? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below. Are you interested in more games? Check out our reviews for Hood: Outlaws & Legends, Maid of Sker, Returnal, Oddworld: Soulstorm, Lost Words: Beyond the Page, Demon Skin, and Cannon Brawl.
Miitopia is definitely a casual offering, but that doesn't necessarily have to be a flaw. The simplicity of the mechanics and the premises of the plot certainly will not make a great impression on the most experienced gamers. However, if you leave the repetitiveness aside, Miitopia will give you a few tens of hours of fun!
- Expanded and rich in content
- Artistically pleasing
- Lots of possibilities and things to do
- Too slow
- Too simple
- Technically it is what it is