The Miis are again. Storming the Dark Lord’s fortress in Miitopia are a shiny and cheery solid of characters of your personal making. From Sonic the Hedgehog to Mario, Luigi, Darth Vader and Mr. Pringles, they’re all right here able to ship a rambunctious RPG journey. But how does the Switch remaster fare over the unique 3DS recreation? Well, they do say the grass is at all times greener on the opposite facet.

Four years have handed since we penned our unique Miitopia evaluate for the Nintendo 3DS. In the grand scheme of life, 4 years is miniscule. But this yr has felt so lengthy. At this level, we’re all burnt out, drained, fed up. No one is feeling refreshed. That is until you’re a Mii, in fact. A whiff of hen curry or sauteed mushrooms, funky costume, new head gear or weapon and they’re all set. Rock and roll, you say? Great. Hold my beer whereas I get my moshing wig for a ‘new look’. Oh, wait a minute. Did you need to go on an ‘outing’ as a substitute? No worries. I’ll get my jacket and we will go to the cinema or eat indoors at a café. Woefully, we’re residing our greatest Mii lives proper now, on Miitopia, with a Dark Lord respiratory down our necks. Is this jealousy effervescent up inside?

Jealousy apart, the remastered model of Miitopia has made some glorious enhancements. From modifications to its consumer interface to together with a travelling horse companion, there may be now a bit of extra substance to the title. Gone are the sport’s downright irritating questionnaires on booting. Now, they’re changed with letters from Miitopia’s residents that enclose recreation tickets. The upgraded graphics are wanting crisp and clear, because of developer Grezzo (The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening), and miis can now pair up for fabulous outings to boost their relationship rapidly. In reality, the sport simply feels slicker, quicker and extra polished – resulting from these further options – than its predecessor.

Speaking of slick modifications, the revamped mii maker that includes wigs and make-up is probably the perfect aesthetic enchancment within the recreation. Having already taken the web by storm, Miitopia’s wigs and make-up characteristic has gifted Switch gamers with a formidable avatar creator software. The stage of depth it brings allows mii makers to create a like-for-like of main popular culture characters throughout all sorts of media, the humanities and leisure. In reality, we borrowed a few characters for our personal journey – specifically Sonic, Mario and Luigi – from a few mii creator superstars. Here, as a substitute of QR codes, creators can now share their Access Key Code, the place you’ll be able to obtain a choice of miis from their very own character plaza. It’s splendidly inclusive, enjoyable and stays as widespread because it was again within the early days of the Wii.

While the addition of wigs and make-up are glorious options, there stays a number of drawbacks to Miitopia. Sadly, the touchscreen options that have been current on the 3DS’ decrease touchscreen have been eliminated. It’s an actual disgrace that Grezzo was unable to copy this on the Switch touchscreen, although maybe that may have required extra legwork within the recreation’s coding. Outside of the UI modifications and added extras although, Miitopia – as an journey RPG – stays unchanged. So, when you have been a fan of the unique storyline, unique Mii interactions, job lessons, equivalent mini video games and extra, you’ll be fairly at residence right here.

In our preliminary evaluate, we commented on how the sport lacked technique resulting from its auto-battle mechanic and have become more and more repetitive over the course of the primary 30+ hour storyline. Unfortunately, not a lot has modified on this entrance. The horse, although, does create extra pleasure in battles when you’ll be able to choose it. It has a number of offensive assaults, together with a mounted assault, a fire-breathing snort and a few enjoyable ‘horseplay’ antics that very relying in your job, in addition to passive talents when your characters are within the protected spot. Yet apart from including to the sport’s cutesy attraction and offering you a quicker strategy to annihilate enemies, it doesn’t supply gamers the change of tempo that’s required to maintain battles partaking.

Herein lies Miitopia’s inherent flaw, its gameplay is indistinguishable from the 3DS model. No new hidden routes, easter eggs or chests with shocking enemies. In reality, we performed the identical route in Peculia on each the 3DS and Switch to check this principle. Other than the horse shaving a number of seconds off, which is fully randomised and uncontrollable by the participant, each battle and each interplay between Miis (sure, even the journey sequence) was equivalent.

Given how a lot care was positioned on the sport’s aesthetic options, was there a cause its core gameplay was left unchanged? Some new talents or persona quirks wouldn’t have gone amiss, quests within the Traveller’s Hub may have been unlocked earlier, the ‘continue playing’ section may have been an optionally available child-lock characteristic, new interactions between miis may have been added and so forth. There was a lot potential exploration right here, however it feels misplaced. Perhaps Skull Kid has been as much as his previous methods once more.

Yet regardless of its unexplored potential and repetitive gameplay, Miitopia stays a enjoyable choose up and play recreation. If you missed it the primary time round and loved the Switch demo, the additional options actually give this recreation a brand new lick of paint. Besides, the mii interactions are actually price their weight in gold. Now, the place’s Tomodachi Life 2? Because I believe I’d like a brand new hat. Oh, and I need my bear again.   

7/10

A evaluate copy of Miitopia was offered to My Nintendo News by Nintendo UK.