Miitopia review: How does RPG update fare on Nintendo Switch?

Damien Charles Lucas June 3, 2021

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Miitopia review: How does RPG update fare on Nintendo Switch? Five years after its release on Nintendo’s 3DS, Miitopia is back on Switch. Fans are hoping for some much-needed improvements. So let’s take a look at Miitopia and whether Nintendo has got it right this time.

Miitopia review and origins of the game

For those new to Miitopia, it’s a role-playing game with simulation elements. You start off as a standard character class – such as a warrior or mage – but unlock other classes and level up as the game progresses.

Playable characters are created using Mii avatars, with each having personality traits that influence their role in combat. Miis and their relationships outside combat affect the game. Combat is more difficult with Miis that don’t get along.

You’re obviously no piano player with hands like that

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As you’d expect, the Switch version supports Nintendo’s line of Amiibo figures, which allow you to use unique cosmetics on your Miis. You can also import Miis and their trait settings from Tomodachi Life, as well as from a player’s friend list. 

What’s new? Make-up, wigs and a horse, of course

The Nintendo Switch remaster introduces a new make-up and wig feature too, which allows you to further customise your in-game characters. These include options unavailable on the console’s Mii Maker app, as well as a horse that can help you in combat.

The key gameplay changes between the 2016 3DS version and the Switch release is your hero no longer automatically attacks if an attack or skill they use hits all enemies.

A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a… Oh. Cool.

Instead, it will confirm and show the enemies’ status. When buying items for a Mii, you now have to press the A button after viewing what the Mii wants prior to the confirmation screen.

Other tweaks: More damage and faster game play

Other tweaks include the damage cap being raised from the 3DS version’s 999 so it’s possible to deal damage in the thousands. You can also use the trigger buttons, ZR and ZL, to speed the game. 

New events have been added in this remaster too. Because of the lack of dual screen on Switch, the UI has been adapted to the Nintendo Switch screen.

There’s a new option for casting Mii characters known as Do It For Me, which allows you to use Mii characters that often come from official promos. This replaces the 3DS’s function of assigning the roles to random Mii characters from the Nintendo Wii U/3DS era. 

C’mon, gang. Let’s lick, I mean kick some butt

Miitopia review: Improved game world on Switch

There’s a lot to like here and some key improvements. The robust Mii creator lets you make impressively detailed Miis like never before. Improved visuals, meanwhile, make for a more aesthetically impressive game world, which encourages exploration.

But the overall sense you’re never truly in control of what happens remains the major bugbear with Miitopia.

Whether combat or relationship-building, everything feels too random. And the dialogue and events within the story arc become repetitive after a while.

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Make-up covers the cracks

Miitopia is a great addition to the Switch stable. However, it doesn’t do enough beyond the usual remaster touch-ups to convince me this is little more than a port with some make-up – literally – slapped on top.

It’s a great character creator tool but the overall game is too simplistic and random to cement itself as one of Nintendo’s must-have titles on Switch.

All the usual Nintendo charm is here but, once the novelty fades, the overall experience is disappointingly shallow. 

Some of the ideas definitely have scope to build a truly great RPG universe one day – but a lot of work is required to make sure any future Miitopia hits those heights.

Rating: 6.5/10

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Damien is an experienced journalist and has seen it all as a West Ham season ticket holder of 30 years. Well, everything except a major trophy - sorry Intertoto. Jimmy Walker would have saved it