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Firmware Update June 18th- New Mii Plaza Streetpass games
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June 18, 2013, 14:16:05
 
So here's some news out of left field: A new 3DS firmware update that allows the ability to update Mii Plaza with four (count 'em, four) new games:

- StreetPass Squad
- StreetPass Garden
- StreetPass Battle
- StreetPass Mansion

Unlike previous MiiPlaza content, the new games are paid content available to download from the new Mi Plaza Shop for around $5 or so each, or a bundle deal for all four.

As yet the update only appears to be available in Europe and Japan, will update with further details and exact pricing as info becomes available.


(Link to the news here, and huge thanks to r_hjort for the tip off!)

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Posted: 06/18/13, 14:16:05  - Edited by 
 on: 06/18/13, 14:23:18    
 
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Most of my StreetPasses have been acquired while sitting at home. Maybe I should stop taking it out so much.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 18:31:27
@VofEscaflowne

You get them...at home? How?


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 18:37:18
@GameDadGrant
It's absolutely true that you can get StreetPasses in unexpected places. I once failed to get any passes whatsoever in a boardgame/RPG convention, despite the high amount of gamers and geeks attending, but when I went to IKEA a bit later I got two passes from Finnish tourists. Kind of the beauty of StreetPass hunting, not knowing who you will run into and where.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 18:38:40
@GameDadGrant

I live in town next to a music shop and above a convenience store that's consistently busy There's also a Tim Horton's in the back but I doubt the signal reaches all the way there.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 18:40:37
Zero said:
Those complaining about lack of StreetPassing, did you miss the E3 announcement that StreetPass is going to use a relay system in the future? I think we're all going to end up with a lot more StreetPasses... depending on how often we pass by these relay stations.

Yes, I did miss this! Can you provide more details?


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 18:51:15
@r_hjort

Right on.

@VofEscaflowne

Oh, nice! Yeah, I could see why you'd get StreetPasses that way. I thought maybe some 3DS creepers were always walking by your house/neighborhood or something, lulz!

Also, you Canadians and your Tim Horton's!


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 18:52:40
The only time I've gotten a StreetPass from the same person was at EB cause I know the employee there had her 3DS and at Wal-Mart which I think may have been another employee.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 18:57:19
Oh I was just going to Starbucks to try the Nintendo Zone thing, not specifically for streetpasses. :)

The movie thing is a great idea! I'll take it with me when I go to see Monsters University.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 19:17:10
Great impressions, r_hjort! Thanks for all of the info, man. These sound really fun. And I DO need to burn that Reward Zone coupon on something... Some 3DS cards might be the way to go. If only my memory card weren't still in-and-out.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 19:20:57
@-JKR-

Oh, Nintendo Zone. Yeeaaahhhh....um. Don't bother.

Unless you're at Best Buy. Sometimes they'll have coupons and discounts for 3DS games available via Nintendo Zone there. Just bring your 3DS to the cashier and they'll scan the barcode displayed on the screen. Suddenly your game is cheaper to buy! w00t!


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 19:41:45  - Edited by 
 on: 06/18/13, 19:43:18
@sirmastersephiroth

Listen to the latest podcast for more info man!!!
Well, not really more. Please listen, but the gist is that various Nintendo hubs normally used for Nintendo Zone stuff will now streetpass with you and send other street passes to Nnew passers hours later.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 19:44:46
I went to see Man of Steel the other day and had a 3DS and an XL in the same pocket. One had two passes while the other had only one. Go figure.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 19:51:15
@Anand
You're welcome! I've still not tried Battle for real, and only played Garden once, so I can't say too much about those, but I like both Squad and Mansion a whole lot right now.

Won't spoil anything for anyone, but I beat Squad's third level just now, and can tell you that the game features levels with multiple directions of scrolling, cutscenes in-between certain levels, and also seems to have a certain degree of branching paths or at the very least non-linear elements in the overall game progression. Not very challenging so far (although I've yet to find all treasures and beat any high-score in any given level), but good fun. I totally expect to get my ass kicked later, though.

Levelled up my Rusty Blaster in Mansion, increasing both my offense and defense, and encountered a new type of ghost that managed to give me 3HP worth of harm, but that's not so bad considering I had 40 to begin with. I can see an almost Punch-Out style element to the battles in the sense that you need to look at the enemies for tells in their body language to know when to attack, and when to defend yourself effectively.

The colours of the tiles you get from other investigators/passers will represent the favourite colour of their respective Mii's, but the shapes and sizes of the tiles differ, although I'm not sure based on what. If you meet someone who has collected multiple tiles you get to pick one of them for your own collection. I've placed 8 tiles of varying shapes and colour on the first floor, but so far have only been able to create one room, and have only ran into 2 ghosts. Loving the little puzzle aspects!
EDIT: Just found out what the gems are for. Apparently you can use those and unwanted items to create materials with which you will make weapon upgrades. The game's even got separate puzzle challenges hidden away, and an item storage system similar to ye olde Resident Evil. Ooooo.

The biggest downside to these two games is that I'm doomed to be short on Play Coins and StreetPasses, 'cause I just want to play them more.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/13, 20:11:43  - Edited by 
 on: 06/18/13, 21:12:00
Huzzah! Nintendo has patched up some of the teething issues quickly it seems. A manual update of the software and I was able to get my hands on these finally.

Not much to add to r_hjort's impressions yet, but I have to say these titles look really fun! Can't wait to start getting some Streetpasses for them.

I especially like the set up of Streetpass Battle, it plays right to my megalomaniacal world conquering tendencies. Soon General Tim shall rule all! Mwahahaha.


Posted by 
 on: 06/20/13, 15:50:12
@Shadowlink
Please tell me more about Streetpass Battle if you get to try it out for real yourself! I find myself spending all my coins on Mansion and Squad. Friggin' love those games.


Posted by 
 on: 06/20/13, 17:32:55
I was at the library yesterday with the DS in my pocket and got two street passes! Wooooooooooo!

It was so exciting to see the little blue icon above Mii Plaza. I was like "Could it be??" And then to get TWO, well, I was quite a happy camper.


Posted by 
 on: 06/20/13, 17:40:08
Looking forward to this update for NA... because I'm basically done with Find Mii and Find Mii II (all hats and accomplishments done related to them)


Posted by 
 on: 06/20/13, 18:07:42  - Edited by 
 on: 06/20/13, 18:07:54
Just received a notification telling me about yet another StreetPass update, version 3.1. I updated, but have no idea what it does. Probably a stability update, I guess.

EDIT: In other news, I harvested my first seed in Garden today, as a result of a guest pollinating my plant with his own plant's pollen. Apparently the two different breeds can result in an entirely new breed with traits from both, or in a hybrid breed. The end result's colour is determined by mixing the colours of the parent plants. This is getting pretty interesting now, even though I don't feel like I actually do anything. Also, the seeds and plants apparently have some sort of market value, meaning that I can use them to fund purchases of new plants or improvements to my garden. Maybe this game actually has some depth.



Posted by 
 on: 06/20/13, 18:31:44  - Edited by 
 on: 06/20/13, 20:43:07
I love streetpass so I'll likely grab all these little nuggets of fun.


Posted by 
 on: 06/20/13, 19:25:26
r_hjort said:
Just received a notification telling me about yet another StreetPass update, version 3.1. I updated, but have no idea what it does. Probably a stability update, I guess.

That was probably the fix for the freezing issue a lot of us have been having. I manually updated before I saw any notification though.

Kudos to Nintendo I guess. Yes it was a horrible little bug that should have been ironed out first, but 24 hours to patch it is pretty good.

r_hjort said:
@Shadowlink
Please tell me more about Streetpass Battle if you get to try it out for real yourself! I find myself spending all my coins on Mansion and Squad. Friggin' love those games.

Will do! I usually get a handful of Streetpass hits each week (my army size is about 340 or so ), so I should be able to get some impressions up soon.


Posted by 
 on: 06/20/13, 23:26:22  - Edited by 
 on: 06/20/13, 23:26:52
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