Miitopia

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Miitopia
Miitopia 3DS.jpg
Developer(s)Nintendo EPD
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Director(s)Yuichiro Ito
Producer(s)Kouichi Kawamoto
Designer(s)Kazuhiro Yoshikawa
Naoya Yamamoto
Programmer(s)Takaomi Ueno
Artist(s)Kyohei Seki
Composer(s)Toshiyuki Sudo
Shinji Ushiroda
Yumi Takahashi
Megumi Inoue
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
ReleaseNintendo 3DS
  • JP: December 8, 2016
  • WW: July 28, 2017
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: May 21, 2021
Genre(s)Role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player

Miitopia[a] is a role-playing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. The game was released in Japan in December 2016, and worldwide in July 2017.[1][2] A remaster is scheduled for release for the Nintendo Switch on May 21, 2021.

Gameplay[edit]

The game is 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, as well as actual horses in the Nintendo Switch remaster, are unlocked as the game advances.[3] Playable characters are created with Mii avatars, with them having certain personality traits that influence their role in combat.[3] 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.[3] The game also supports Nintendo's line of Amiibo figures, which allow players to use unique cosmetics on their Miis.[3] Miitopia supports the ability to import Miis and their trait settings from Tomodachi Life, as well as from a player's friend list.

Plot[edit]

The game begins with the 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 Miis and use them to control peaceful creatures, turning the creatures into monsters. The protagonist chooses a character class, either Warrior, Thief, Cleric, Pop Star, Mage or Chef, and is sent on a journey to stop the Dark Lord. Along their journey, the player creates more companions, meets the Great Sage, and reaches Greenhorne castle, continuing the quest after the Dark Lord steals the faces of the King and the Princess. Afterwards, the team enters the kingdom of Neksdor, only to be attacked by the Dark Lord, who steals the protagonist's companions and renders the protagonist without a class. After the guardian provides the hero with new powers, they head out through Neksdor, meeting three new companions and the Genie of the Lamp. The team continues to the Realm of the Fey, where the Dark Lord attacks again, stealing the hero's companions and their character class again, prompting the guardian to provide a new group of character classes. The hero is tasked with saving the three Fab Fairies of the Realm, who provide the team the way to the Dark Lord's castle in Karkaton. Upon arrival, the Dark Lord attacks again, stealing the new companions, but failing to steal the hero's powers. The hero is tasked with saving all of their friends, with some help from the Great Sage.

The team fights the Dark Lord, and upon defeating them, the heroes discover that the Dark Lord was a common Mii possessed by a small blue wisp known as the Dark Curse. Enraged, the Dark Curse tries to possess the player's Mii, until the Great Sage intervenes and becomes possessed instead, becoming the Darker Lord. The hero and their team track down the Darker Lord through the lands of Powdered Peaks, Peculia and Nimbus, before reaching the Darker Lord's Domain in The Sky Scraper, fighting previous bosses along the way. Upon reaching the top of The Sky Scraper, the heroes go on without the Ex-Dark Lord to the Otherworld for the final showdown against the Darker Lord. The hero and their team are prompted to split up to fight the Darker Lord, with three members each fighting the two hands, and four fighting the body. After this, however, the Darker Lord steals the faces of six heroes, evolving into the Darkest Lord for the fight with the last four members. After the Darkest Lord is defeated, the Great Sage is free. They Sage traps the Dark Curse, and explains its history to the hero: it was once a normal Mii, rejected due to having a boring face, which they then decide to get rid of, and they fade away into a soul of hatred, malice and evil, which became the Dark Curse. The hero is 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 team is praised for saving Miitopia. Following the credits, the player unlocks two post-game areas, Galados Isle and New Lumos.

Reception[edit]

Miitopia received mixed reviews from critics but received generally favourable reviews from users, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[4] By February 2017, it had sold over 168,000 copies in Japan.[17] Famitsu awarded it a total score of 31/40.[6]

Legacy[edit]

Two music tracks from Miitopia appear in the crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.[18]

On February 17, 2021, a Nintendo Switch port for the game was announced during a Nintendo Direct.[19][20] It adds new customization options and a companion horse which the player can befriend.[19] It is scheduled to be released on May 21, 2021.[19][20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ ミートピア (Mītopia) in Japanese

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pereira, Chris. "Nintendo's New Miitopia 3DS Game Unveiled, and It's Coming to Japan Really Soon". GameSpot. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Frank, Allegra (November 2, 2016). "Even Miis get to be RPG heroes, thanks to Miitopia". Polygon. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Sato. "Miitopia, The Tomodachi Life-Style 3DS RPG, Actually Has A Lot More To It Than Expected". Siliconera. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Miitopia for 3DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  5. ^ CJ Andriessen (July 27, 2017). "Review: Miitopia". Destructoid. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Romano, Sal (November 29, 2016). "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1461". Gematsu. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Jeff Cork (July 28, 2017). "Miitopia Miis Face A Long, Quirky Journey". Game Informer. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  8. ^ Jonathan Leack (July 27, 2017). "Miitopia Review – You and Your Friends on a Forgettable Adventure". Game Revolution. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  9. ^ Heidi Kemps (July 29, 2017). "Miitopia Review". GameSpot. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  10. ^ Morgan Sleeper (July 27, 2017). "Miitopia Review (3DS) RPMii Maker". Nintendo Life. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  11. ^ Bryan Rose (July 27, 2017). "Miitopia (3DS) Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  12. ^ Jon Mundy (July 31, 2017). "Miitopia review - Nintendo makes the JRPG personal". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  13. ^ Allegra Frank (July 27, 2017). "Miitopia review". Polygon. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  14. ^ Sam Wachter (November 18, 2018). "Miitopia - Review". RPGamer. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  15. ^ Matthew Collins, Andy Robertson (July 31, 2017). "Games reviews roundup: Miitopia; Pyre; That's You!". The Guardian. Retrieved August 16, 2020.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  16. ^ Caty McCarthy (July 31, 2017). "Miitopia Review: Tomodachi Lite". USgamer. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  17. ^ Sato (February 15, 2017). "This Week In Sales: A Week For Everyone With Dragon Quest Monsters, Nioh, And Neptunia". Siliconera. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  18. ^ "Mii (universe)". SmashWiki. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  19. ^ a b c Doolan, Liam (February 18, 2021). "The 3DS Game Miitopia Is Coming To Nintendo Switch This May". Nintendo Life. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  20. ^ a b Lee, Julia (February 17, 2021). "Nintendo's Mii-powered RPG Miitopia is coming to Switch". Polygon. Retrieved February 18, 2021.

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