Mii Plaza: Puzzle Swap (Nintendo 3DS) Review

By Adam Riley 25.03.2011 12

Review for Mii Plaza: Puzzle Swap on Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo is so keen to push and promote the StreetPass features of its new Nintendo 3DS portable that it has even included a whole host of free mini-game style affairs in the hardware’s Operating System in order to show early adopters exactly why they should carry their Nintendo 3DS systems around in Sleep / StreetPass Mode at all times. Cubed3 has already taken StreetPass Quest for a test drive, and now it is the turn of Mii Plaza: Puzzle Swap.

Whilst with StreetPass Quest any people that had the Nintendo 3DS early - and were, therefore, unable to meet up with lots of other 3DS owners whilst on their travels - could ‘cheat’ in a way by using the portable’s in-built pedometer to rack up 1,000 Steps Walked for the reward of ten of the hardware’s Play Coins that could then be spent on ‘hiring’ five low-level heroes for battling purposes, Mii Plaza’s second game, Puzzle Swap proves rather limited. Now that the system has launched across Europe, the full extent of Puzzle Swap has been unleashed. Cubed3 has been trading like crazy to unlock as many of the image cards in Puzzle Swap as possible and having a thoroughly good time in doing so. Nintendo’s aim of getting the StreetPass message out there into the general domain definitely benefits from the likes of StreetPass Quest and this trading card-esque title.

Screenshot for Mii Plaza: Puzzle Swap on Nintendo 3DS

The basic premise of this Mii Plaza game is that your Nintendo 3DS has a random image to be found in Puzzle Swap, which in the case of Cubed3’s unit was one entitled ‘Kirby.’ Each image is broken into a 3x5 grid meaning there are 15 tiles to collect if you wish to complete the full picture. New tiles can be obtained either by trading two Play Coins at a time, or meeting new Mii folk using StreetPass out in the real world and then coming back home to select one tile that you did not previously have from each stranger’s collection. The former technique can prove frustrating, especially before meeting others using StreetPass because it will randomly throw a ‘new’ tile at the board; the reason for the inverted commas there is due to the fact that the amount of times the same tile appears more than once is very high, making you feel like two Play Coins have been wasted. This is clearly Nintendo’s aim, though, as the idea is indeed to hit the streets with the 3DS in your pocket, bag, coat, or wherever.

Some of the cards that can be picked up include the likes of a depiction of Samus, fully suited and booted in Metroid: Other M striking an attacking pose, another showing off Super Mario Galaxy 2, and The Legend of Zelda getting a look-in as well. Others, meanwhile, generally are mere character cards, focusing on Mario and Bowser, Kirby, and even those loveable Pikmin, with a few being animations and others being mere 3D statues that still look great with the added depth, as well as the fact that the Circle Pad can be used to move the pictures / scenes around. Puzzle Swap may not be anywhere near as deep as Face Raiders or as inventive as AR Games: AR Shot, but it is yet another free inclusion from Nintendo that benefits the 3DS system, allowing users to get a full grasp of features they may otherwise have overlooked.

Screenshot for Mii Plaza: Puzzle Swap on Nintendo 3DS

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Puzzle Swap in the Mii Plaza may not be one of the deepest Nintendo 3DS experiences, plus lacks the overall charm and strategy found in StreetPass Quest, but its longevity is impressive, with it definitely proving to be another way of encouraging owners to carry their 3DS units with them wherever they go in order to collect and trade tiles, completing all the image cards to unlock 3D animations and dioramas.

Developer

Nintendo

Publisher

Nintendo

Genre

Puzzle

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

7 7 8 8 --> 6?
Awe don't force me to read the review! Smilie :p

Canyarion said:
7 7 8 8 --> 6?
Awe don't force me to read the review! Smilie :p

Smilie It's not an average, you know! Smilie It's also a short review...don't be lazy Smilie

Had so much fun yesterday on the way home as I checked what tiles I could choose from thanks to all the new Mii friends I'd picked up Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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What puzzle panels have readers got? So far I have the following:

  • The Legend of Zelda
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Metroid: Other M
  • Kirby
  • Mario and Bowser
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Pikmin
Would be cool to see what others have... Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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jesusraz said:
What puzzle panels have readers got? So far I have the following:

  • The Legend of Zelda
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Metroid: Other M
  • Kirby
  • Mario and Bowser
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Pikmin
Would be cool to see what others have... Smilie

I just have one piece of the Zelda one. Smilie

I only had Kirby to start with, but thanks to StreetPassing with other folk, I have all those others to work on filling up.

Time to use my fantastic wrist action!! Smilie Of course I'm talking about gaining ten Play Coins by shaking the system whilst in Sleep Mode to make it think I've walked 1,000 steps Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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bobo (guest) 02.04.2011#6

thats what i do LOL - just shake helps in all areas

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one! At the recent MeetMii event, loads of people were shocked to hear of my shake and change date technique.

Out of the 105 tiles I need to get, I now have 100. Trying to randomly get those last 5 from exchanging coins, though, is proven an impossibility *sigh*

I'm intrigued about if there are any other panels I don't currently. Have...

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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I originally got a Pikmin piece, but now I've unlocked Zelda, Kirby and NSMB. I thought there were only 6 to unlock so I'm glad to see there's more, it's just finding other people with the other boards now Smilie

I assume you can only unlock other boards through trading, meaning if you live away from a busy place you're screwed when it comes to finding all of these!

( Edited 04.04.2011 15:08 by Lynk )

Add me on anything. I'm always looking for new friends/opponents/town visitors/chances to appear more popular than I actually am.

I live in a suburb area, so it's next to impossible to pass anyone in street pass kinda sad for me, since I think that's the coolest feature. Probably works best walking downtown New York with a lot of people might having a 3DS... But ya only have like 2 pieces... -_- and one complaint I have about the 3DS is that your limited to only earning 10 play coins a day, i walk double that at work, and it suks not earning more for my walking :< Smilie

Assenmacher (guest) 08.04.2011#10

Just finished mario and bowser! Cant get new boards, how do i do it? Please reply!

me (guest) 17.04.2011#11

Smilie i only have metroid (complete) and super mario galaxy 2 (complete) (^^^)

B-boy (guest) 29.09.2011#12

im so glad i tagged this random kid who had all the panels! now i can fill them out on my own! XD
I agree with the 10 coin/day limit being stupid! i take well over 10,000 steps a day so I could be getting 100 coins a day! ...which is probably why they set the limit...

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