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Video GameMiitopia Review
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: Joe Eaton, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Miitopia is a role-playing adventure game where you embark on a quest to save your friends and thwart a Dark Lord's evil plans. You do this by recruiting various cartoon-looking characters to join your party in turn-based battles with the Dark Lord's monsters. It's an unusual game because you need to nudge the relationships in your party in a positive direction as this then helps in the combat.

You begin in a town attacked by the Dark Lord, who steals the faces of townspeople and plants them onto peaceful creatures -- transforming them into monsters. You gather a party of heroes, who can resemble famous people or those in your family. They help you work to defeat the Dark Lord's monsters and free the townspeople's faces.

As you progress, you unlock jobs for your party, such as Warrior, Thief, or even a Pop Star. Each of these offers unique abilities, like the Warrior is great at melee combat. Along the way your party builds relationships with one another, benefitting your effectiveness in battle. For example, if a character praises another after they defeat an enemy, it grows their bond and gives a bonus to the recipient's next move.

Although these relationships have a life of their own, you can help by placing them in the same room during Inn rests, or getting them to support each other in combat with Skills like Healing. During these rest periods, you also send characters on independent expeditions in search of better equipment or items.

This results in a quirky, humourous adventure where the characters take on a social-life of their own. Some may find this becomes overly repetitive, but the simple interactions make it a game you can play casually while watching something else. It creates a novel experience that focuses on using the power of friendship to save the world.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/12/2016, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 50 hours to complete. It's a long game with quite a bit or repetition that results in a long playtime to complete, and even longer if you go after all the side quests.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human-like and fantasy characters. Characters engage in battles with quirky fantasy characters. Attacks make characters flinch and their health bars gradually reduce. When enemies die, they disappear. When the player's characters are defeated they fall down and remain on the ground until they are revived or the battle ends. Although the setting is child-friendly and comic, some boss-characters can be quite menacing and scary. The Demon King is frightening, particularly when he steals people's faces, causing people to seem terrified.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence. Players engage in turn-based combat against "cartoony" enemy creatures (e.g., mummies, robots, imps). Smacking/zapping sounds, colorful light effects, and mild explosions are depicted as characters are hit. One enemy emits flatulence sounds and a cloud of gas from its buttocks during combat.
The game includes a Rock-Paper-Scissors and Roulette mini-game that have a light gambling theme. This enables you to gamble with your tickets to have a chance of getting better gear. We asked the VSC Rating Board about this aspect of the game, and it confirmed the following as the reason it is not rated PEGI 18 for gambling: "The Roulette game you refer to in Miitopia does not trigger the PEGI gambling criterion for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s more a brightly coloured ‘prize wheel’ than a traditional casino-style ‘roulette’ wheel on which specific bets are placed. Secondly, there is nothing taught beyond spinning the wheel and seeing which prize you receive. Thirdly, players always win a prize of items that can be used in-game, rather than running a risk of losing their Game Tickets and/or not getting anything. As such, it’s not teaching games of chance that are normally carried out in casinos."

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

CostsCosts

Miitopia usually costs £34.99 to £39.99.
 

Miitopia

Switch Store Switch £39.99
Switch Store 2DS|3DS £34.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
     
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
You can purchase Amiibo figures to unlock cosmetic items in the game. These are an optional extra and also work with other games.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Miitopia Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Nintendo) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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