The game plays as a role-playing video game with life simulation elements, starting with standard character classes such as warriors and mages, but more classes such as cats and flowers are unlocked as the game advances. Playable characters are created by use of Mii avatars, with them having certain personality traits that influence their role in combat. Similar to Tomodachi Life, Miis and their relationships out of combat with each other affect the game, such as Miis not getting along with one another making combat more difficult. The game also supports Nintendo's line of Amiibo figures, which allow players to use unique cosmetics on their Miis. Miitopia supports the ability to import any Miis and their trait settings from Tomodachi Life, as well as from a player's friend list.
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The game begins with the player's main protagonist, a Mii of the player's choice, arriving in Greenhorne Town, which is soon attacked by the main antagonist, the Dark Lord, who wields the ability to steal faces from Mii and use them to control monsters that ravage the land. The protagonist is then given magical abilities by a guardian spirit, and sent on a journey to stop the Dark Lord. Along their journey, the player is provided with three more Mii companions, meets the Great Sage, and reach Greenhorne castle, continuing the quest after the Dark Lord steals the faces of both the King and the Princess. After they're saved, the team proceeds to enter the neighboring kingdom of Neksdor, only to be attacked by the Dark Lord, who steals the protagonist's companions and strips them of their powers. After the guardian provides the hero with new powers, they head out again through Neksdor, meeting three new companions and meets the Genie of the Lamp. After saving the Genie of the Lamp's face after it was stolen by the Dark Lord, the hero and their companions continue to the Realm of the Fey, where the Dark Lord attacks again, stealing the hero's companions and their powers again, prompting the guardian to provide new powers. The hero is then tasked with saving the three Fab Fairies of the Realm, who then provide the hero and their third team the way to the Dark Lord's castle in Karkaton. Upon arriving in Karkaton, the Dark Lord attacks again, stealing the new companions, but failing to steal the hero's powers this time. The hero is then tasked with saving all of their friends, with some help from the Great Sage along the way.
The hero and their group of nine friends then fight the Dark Lord, and upon defeating them, the heroes discover that the Dark Lord was in fact a common Mii possessed by the Dark Curse, a small blue wisp. While the hero is distracted, the Dark Curse attempts to possess them, until the Great Sage intervened and became possessed instead, becoming the Darker Lord. The hero and their team are then tasked with tracking the Darker Lord through the lands of Powdered Peaks, Peculia and Nimbus, before reaching the Darker Lord's Domain in The Sky Scraper, fighting all previous bosses along the way with assistance from the Ex-Dark Lord. Upon reaching the pinnacle of The Sky Scraper, the heroes are forced to go on without the Ex-Dark Lord to the Otherworld for the final showdown against the Darker Lord. Upon reaching the Darker Lord, they evolve into a stronger state, forcing the hero and their team to split up, with three members each fighting the two hands of the Darker Lord. After this, however, the Darker Lord steals the faces of these six heroes, evolving again into the Darkest Lord, forcing the hero and their last three companions to fight the Darkest Lord in his final form. After the Darkest Lord is defeated, the Great Sage is freed, trapping the Dark Curse, and explaining the history of the Dark Curse to the hero: it was once a normal human, rejected due to having a boring face, which they then rid themselves of, fading away into a soul of hatred, malice and evil, which became the Dark Curse. The hero is then given an opportunity to either destroy the Dark Curse or provide them with a new face and body. If the hero provides the Dark Curse with a new life, the Great Sage takes the Curse and travels with them to have them atone for their mistakes while the hero and their companions are praised for saving Miitopia from evil.
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