StreetPass Mii Plaza (3DS) review
"A mixed bag of games for stalkers and hackers... "
When Nintendo created the 3DS, they included an interesting feature called Streetpass Ė when your 3DS comes into close proximity with another 3DS, data is shared. Some games use this to provide additional features ranging from decent to useless. Streetpass Plaza is the main hub of Streetpass. Here, you can keep track of everyone you meet, and participate in two free games.
Itís grown a lot over the years. Nintendo has updated this thing a few times. Now, you can complete a map of the world based on people youíve encountered, or a list of accomplishments for the Streetpass games (as well as a jukebox so you can listen to this lovely collection of elevator music on the go!)
Some of these updates are free, but many of them are released as paid DLC. Some of it is worth it, some of it is not. It depends on how many different hats and costumes and speech bubble backgrounds you want for your Mii character so they can look cool when saying hello to other Miiís you meet. One paid feature lets you collect everyoneís birthdays with prizes given out for completing certain objectives, like one hundred unique birthdays or completing a month and so on.
The main point of Streetpass Plaza is the mini games. The games are all designed to make use of the people you meet. You can use ten people at once, and that tends to be the best way to play. In the early days of Streetpass, I actually had to take my 3DS outside of the house and go to a shopping centre (and one time, a pop culture convention) to get my hits. But even though I live in Sydney, I might get 4-6 hits going out on a good day, and none if it was a bad day. Progress through these games could be excruciatingly slow. If youíre in an area where you barely get any hits at all, none of these games are worth the time and money. You can use the play coins to achieve most of the same results, but itís a slow grind (and walk) to do it this way.
Even with a lot of hits, some of them still arenít worth it. These mini games are a mixed bag. As much as I hate describing something as a mixed bag, this seems the best way to describe them. Iím not entirely sure what a mixed bag means, but in my mind, it means the collection of varied mini games I am about to describe to you. So, letís do a list! The first two are free, the rest are all paid DLC.
Note, US and PAL titles for these games are often different, so Iím going to be nice and include both.
Community review by jerec (February 16, 2017)
On very rare occasions, Jerec finds a game that inspires him to write stuff about. The rest of the time he just hangs around being sarcastic.
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