Edit Nintendo 3DS Mii Maker Guide
Edit Quick Tips
Save your Miis as QR codes to easily share online. The option is on the first menu within the Mii Maker. Click "QR Code/Image Options" and choose "Save Mii as Image." An image file will transfer to your SD card, which you can then connect to a computer to share online. New facial hair styles games.
Facial recognition won't automatically give you facial hair—,but you can add a beard or mustache manually later.
You can move Miis from the StreetPass Mii Plaza to the Mii Maker. From within the Mii Plaza, select a Mii, press A and choose "Mii Maker."
It's hard to believe it's been four and a half years since Nintendo first introduced the Mii concept to the masses. Personal avatars are everywhere in gaming now, even on competing company's systems—,and much of their ubiquity and popularity can be traced straight back to the Wii launch in November of '06. The new Mii Maker app, available by default on all new 3DS handhelds, now seeks to extend the lifespan of that original concept—,and with the additions and upgrades they've made in this portable transition for the little cartoon versions of ourselves, the Big N might very well have succeeded.
Launching Mii Maker from the 3DS menu.
The Mii Maker, at its core, serves the same function here that the Wii's Mii Channel has for the past half-decade. You fire it up, use its interface to make toon versions of yourself, your family and your friends, and then see those "Miis" show up in other games you play. The Wii put them to use in Wii Sports, Wii Fit and other casual titles—,the 3DS so far has featured them as the stars in Pilotwings Resort, StreetPass Mii Plaza and one of the AR Games. It was a fun idea back on the Wii, and remains so here—,you can't help but smile when you see a representation of yourself having adventures in your games.
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Mii Maker doesn't stop at just copying the functionality of the Wii's Mii Channel, though—,it's got a few new tricks up its sleeves. First is its expanded array of Mii-creating options. If you ever felt like the Wii's Mii-making features were too limited, you'll be happy to find that there are lots of new hairstyles here. Along with new noses, new mouths, new eyes, facial hair and more. If you were never satisfied with how your old Mii looked, it may be time to try making it over again—,one of the new feature choices could be a better fit for your face.
What do you think? Is it a match?
What's more, Nintendo's now offering a helping hand to the inartistic among us by auto-creating Miis for you based off of photos. The new feature has you line up your smilin' mug with a box on the screen, then the 3DS' forward-facing camera snaps a quick shot of your likeness. A goofy animation ensues as a Mii tries to free its head from a cube with your face on it, then—,tada!—,it's a cartoon version of you inside.
Now, granted, Mii Maker's facial recognition isn't always spot-on. Some people may be instantly pleased with the auto-generated Mii, and others will think it looks nothing like them. Either way, the Mii that results serves as at least a good starting point—,and you can edit it to your liking from there.
Also new and notable about Mii creation? There's a stretch option applied to the old facial features that lets you vertically lengthen or compress your characters' eyes, mouth and the like. And there's a new setting that allows you to set copying rights on Miis you send to other 3DS systems. Back on the Wii, any Mii you received from a different system was always locked down and uneditable. Here, at least, you can give your friends or StreetPassing strangers the chance to mess around with a clone of your creation. If you want to.
Edit Mii QR Codes
The last big upgrade introduced in Mii Maker is an all-new way to share your Miis with other 3DS owners—,QR codes. The little squares full of smaller black and white squares are showing up in a lot of places these days, serving as alternatives to the decades-old barcode system on consumer products, sending people to websites with complex URL addresses and more. Here on the 3DS, Mii Maker offers you the option to generate QR codes that contain the data for your Miis. And, going the other way, it gives you the ability to scan in QR codes from others to get their Miis to pop up on your system.
Allow me to be your QR scanning test subject.
Want to give it a try? That's my own personal Mii just above, with its unique QR code placed just beside it. If you've got your 3DS with you, just open up the Mii Maker app, choose "QR Code/Image Options," then "Scan QR Code" and point your system's camera at your computer screen. Line up the boxes and—,tada again!—,there I am, now living on your 3DS. (Be nice to me, now. Don't go crashing me into the water while hang-gliding in Pilotwings.)
The Wii's old way of sharing Miis required either exchanging Friend Codes with distant buddies and "emailing" characters one at a time to each other, or storing sets of them to the internal memory of a Wii Remote and physically taking the controller over to your friend's house. You could also grab characters you liked out of the "Mii Parade," a growing collection of Miis that would storm across your TV screen—,but that feature seems to have been given the axe in favor of StreetPassing (which we'll cover a little later this week.)
All in all, the new Mii Maker app on the 3DS is a worthy upgrade for the Wii's original Mii Channel. The Mii concept has been given a bit of a refresh here, made a bit deeper, and made more accessible and fun to share—,people are already posting tons of QR codes online for others to use in populating their Mii libraries. Mii Maker gets a thumbs-up from me, and my Mii. Have fun using it to make, or remake, your own.
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