My favorite feature of both recent portable systems has been their weird little community systems. Sadly, the Vita’s “Near” never really took off, but Streetpass seemed to do pretty well – at least, once Nintendo added Streetpass Relay stations to every McDonalds and Home Depot.
There are two Home Depots and probably a half dozen McDonalds within 20 miles of me. I have ALL the puzzle pieces, which is an accomplishment I should probably be a lot less proud of, and I’ve finished Find Mi I & II enough times to have every achievement. I never bought any of the other Streetpass games, though, and therein lies the problem I ran in to recently.
See, I’m going to be heading to Hawaii and Japan in a couple of months, and with the Switch taking off and the 3DS on its last batch of releases this is probably my last chance to collect passes and fill out my map and birthday calendar. So I figured that I would drop the five bucks for the expanded Mii Plaza, specifically to get the feature that lets you queue 100 Miis instead of just 10.
It turned out not to be so simple. After going into a couple of Streetpass Relay stations, I was up to 10 Miis in my queue, but it wouldn’t go over that. Some quick Google searches showed me that the Line feature doesn’t let me actually collect 100 Miis passively – I still need to open the 3DS every once in a while and send them to the Line, where up to 100 will accumulate. It still saves time, I guess, but it’s not the solution I was hoping for.
Also, I could not figure out how to USE the Line. I’d collect a few Miis, open the Mii Plaza app, and I’d immediately be at the gate greeting new Miis.
The short version of all this is: If you don’t have any games that aren’t completed, you never get the opportunity to send Miis to the line, because the option is only available on the menu that pops up to tell you that you haven’t played all of your games with all of the Miis already at the gate. So, the solution was to start a game of Find Mii, and now the game actually DOES prompt me to send new arrivals into the line and I’m finally getting the benefit of the Mii Plaza expansion. It took me nearly a week to figure it out, and way more trips to Streetpass Relay locations to gather more Miis than I really want to admit.
I’ve got it sorted now, but this has to be one of the most Nintendo solutions to a problem that I’ve ever seen.