This firmware update gives North American users the new StreetPass Mii Plaza, and the opportunity to download the new StreetPass games.
Go to System Setttings, and select System Update to get the latest goodies!
Version 6.1.0-12U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements: Changes to StreetPass Mii Plaza:
The option to update StreetPass Mii Plaza is now available from the Streetpass Mii Plaza menu Updating StreetPass Mii Plaza will provide new features, such as the ability to change your Mii character's expression and the ability to purchase new StreetPass Mii Plaza games* *The ability to update within StreetPass Mii Plaza and purchase paid content is only available to users in regions where the full version of the Nintendo eShop is available.
Improved system stability and usability:
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
The four new games are as follows:
- StreetPass Squad (Find Mii-like but in space) - StreetPass Garden (Own a house, grow a garden) - StreetPass Battle (Build a StreetPass army to conquer the world) - StreetPass Mansion (Solve a mystery in a haunted house)
The 3DS StreetPass games cost $4.99 each, or $14.99 if you buy the four of them together.
Agreed, Flower Town is the sleeper hit of the bunch.
I actually enjoy Warrior's Way, too. It's the most "StreetPass" game of them all - you can check your tags, play through the 'event' and get back out in a matter of minutes. It's quick and satisfying, short and sweet...the others can take some time to grind through your tags. Those three are more robust games, but if you don't mind "justifying" spending $5 each on Mii Force, Flower Town and Monster Manor, then you can get Warrior's Way "for free" by purchasing them all at once.
I think $5 each for those three and getting Warrior's Way for free is a good deal. Of course, I get lots of StreetPasses almost all the time, so my opinion may be skewed a bit because of that.
I finally picked up the bundle ($5 of which was via DDP). They're fun! I'm still early in them so I'm not sure which ones will be my favorites. My plan is to get all the hats at least, we'll see how realistic that is. Mii Force is the first time there's actually video gaming skill involved in a Streetpass games and shmups are not my specialty, so that may hold me back.
What's going to be interesting is figuring out how to attack these. I get one Streetpass every day from my wife, but that's probably not worth taking the time to use in some of these. I can also get 5 or 6 Streetpasses by going to the McDonalds down the street, which is fun because I'm unlocking tons of Japanese regions. And I get the odd Streetpass here and there just walking around the neighborhood because of all the Japanese tourists. I used to walk to McDonalds and do my streetpassing inside and walk home, but now that's way too much time in McDonalds if I had to do all these games. I guess I will get them and then go home and leave the games for before bed? Decisions decisions.
All the hats would be difficult, but not impossible. Will take some time, is all. A buddy of mine has been working on getting all the tickets since these came out. Funnily enough, the couple he might not get are from Mii Force. He recently completed all color variations on all the flowers in Flower Town. That's just crazy.
@Jargon You can revisit floors you've already cleared, build new rooms, expand old ones and battle ghosts you've left behind, so don't worry too much about missing stuff. Just bear in mind that moving on to a new floor gives you a slight HP boost and heals your character. I think. It's been a while since I played it.
Just to report I've seen the credits scroll for Mii Force, Flower Town and Warrior's Way now. Still plenty to do in each of them though.
For Mii Force, I have also gotten the target score and survived with all Miis intact for each level so I've just got to get the last gem in a few levels. I looked them up and some of them seem kind of tricky though. I haven't even attempted Arcade Mode, but not sure I'm going to bother with it, it'll probably be very frustrating even though I've gotten pretty good. I suppose I need to if I want all the hats though?
The other ones are just a matter of playing enough and I'm still enjoying the experience of seeking out Streetpasses enough that I don't see me giving up on them any time soon. Doing the little jobs in Flower Town really does keep it pretty interesting. There's not much to Warrior's Way but like has been said above, it's nice and quick so it works even though it's the weakest of the pack.
The bundle has most certainly been worth the investment for me, kind of a ridiculous amount of content for $15. Sure it's not all that deep but it's enough to keep me wanting Streetpasses, which I've just gained more and more appreciation for. What Nintendo has done in making the initial "quest" of the games something completely apart from playing video games as we know it is really really brilliant.
I also finally got the last achievement for Find Mii/Find Mii 2 so I thankfully never have to play that one again, I've definitely had my fill of it. Probably shouldn't have even bothered with the achievement but the completionist in me reared its head.
At this point I'm only playing Monster Manor (got the credits, but I want that awesome mask for my Mii). And Warrior's Way I play to get the "Beat 300 people" and "Welcome 200 people" achievements, but to be honest, that's grindy as hell, and I can't say I'm enjoying it.
I guess it's grindy since it is repetitive and doesn't really involve skill or strategy, but the act that is repeated, Streetpassing people (and hoping they have the game) is still fun for me, even after 5000+ Streetpasses. It's not like repeatedly pressing A for an hour to grind through turn based battles in a JRPG.
Meanwhile, I just found out that I'd kind of been playing Monster Manor wrong and that's why I never get any gold chests. Should make my piece placement more strategic and interesting.
Mii Force could be 100 times better with one simple change: Make it so you earn reputations as you progress through Arcade Mode. As it is, I just got to the last level and lost because of two incredibly small and stupid screw ups and I have nothing to show whatsoever for an hour plus of playing. Super lame.
Meanwhile, to get the 60 reputations I'm missing I'll probably end up just playing the first level over and over again. Talk about grindy.
I hate SHMUPs, why is Nintendo making me play one to get all my precious Mii hats? GAH.
Praise heavens, I've done it. Arcade Mode is defeated. As is so often the case, after staying up all night frustrating myself and failing, I stepped away from it until this evening and did it on my first try. Having the right weapons was really pivotal and I got kind of lucky in that the three times I got hit didn't take any of the weapons that I was really relying on.
Now I just need to collect all the reputations and I never need to open the game again! But seriously, else than the frustration of that last challenge, it is definitely a fun game and even as a SHMUP hater I enjoyed most of my time with it.
@Jargon I was so happy when I got the message that I had found everything there was to find in Find Mii. Good riddance to bad rubbish! Only a couple more flowers and I can also say farewell to Flower Town. Seriously, these games are unhealthy.
@Guillaume I'm also still rolling through Warrior's Way for those crazy Streetpass tickets. And Monster Manor to find a Plaza ticket in a Silver Chest and a Gold Chest. Unhealthy.
Well, I finally finished grinding for reputations in Mii Force so I can happily never play that game again. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I'm done with it. I wish there was a way you could like turn it off so that I didn't have to get asked if I was sure I didn't want to play it every time I want to see my new Streetpasses.
I've also gotten all the Plaza Tickets for Flower Town, but I'm still enjoying myself so I'll press on. I'm at least going to Perfect all the jobs and get all the breeds. After that I'll decide whether I want to keep going for all the colors or not.
I've got three Plaza Tickets remaining in Warrior's way, but it's going to be a while. Something like 250 more battles against visiting monarchs.
I've got a couple more weapons to find in Monster Manor, shouldn't be too long because Nathalie gives me such good white pieces every day.
Ok I've changed my tune on Warrior's Way now that I've gotten the maximum amount of soldiers. Having to cycle through the people who don't have the game makes everything more time consuming so it really is going to be a grind getting those 100 fights and 300 fights against people who do have the game. I'm at 50 something battles now and those are the only tickets left for me to get.
I don't remember getting a second hat for Monster Manor though even though I've seen the credits. Do you have to beat Level 50 or am I just forgetting something?
I'm now through with Monster Manor. Definitely enjoyed my time with it, but I'm done.
Still need to get 300 battles in Warrior's Way. I've got slightly over 100. Hopefully my trip to Japan will be helpful in knocking that out and getting my final plaza ticket.
In somewhat of a surprise, Flower Town is the one game that keeps me coming back even after getting all the hats and plaza tickets. The best part was the quests, which was a nice combination of planning, luck and finding Streetpasses. Now that I've perfected all of those, I'm down to just getting new breeds and colors, which is mostly just luck. But I enjoy seeing what the new breeds are and even new colors often look different enough from my previous flowers that I enjoy them. Great game.
So managing your data just got a whole lot faster since last week-end's 3DS update.
It used to be that each time you deleted a game from your SD card, the system would then slowly redo the inventory of the games on the card. Like, imagine if every time you deleted a file on your computer, you had to wait until the system checked what all the remaining files are. That's how it used to be on 3DS.