Nintendo’s Miis Are Making A Comeback In 2021 | Screen Rant

Nintendo's Mii characters are making an unlikely comeback this year, thanks to two upcoming Switch games, Mario Golf: Super Rush and Miitopia.

The late '00s were something of a golden age for video game avatars, particularly Xbox 360's aptly named Avatars and, of course, Miis, introduced alongside the Wii. Although the Wii U included its own social network based on Miis, the Miiverse, the self-created avatars began to fall out of the public lexicon with the Wii U's commercial failure, and the Miiverse ultimately shut down in 2017. But in 2021, Nintendo Miis are making something of an unexpected comeback.

Of course, the popularity of these customizable avatars will likely never match Mii craze of 2006 or 2007, but the Switch has already featured a number of games that involve the Miis. Both Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate carried over playable Mii support from their predecessors on Wii U, the latter still putting a significant emphasis on Mii Fighters with regular costume updates.

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2021's Mii games put an even more significant focus on the avatars, however, making them the center of entire story modes. If fans are longing for the days of getting the Mii Channel theme stuck in their heads after hours of customization, 2021 may still be a disappointment, but Mario Golf: Super Rush and Miitopia could at least scratch that nostalgic itch.

Mario Golf: Super Rush, due out on June 25, is the first Mario Golf game since 2014's Mario Golf: World Tour on 3DS. It's exactly what it sounds like - a game where Mario characters play golf. However, the latest iteration harkens back to the series' handheld RPGs with a full story mode, this time starring the player's Mii. In many ways, Super Rush's blend of Mario characters and player-created Miis pays homage to the heyday of the Nintendo Wii, where Miis made an appearance in nearly any game where it made even a little bit of sense. While most probably aren't going to pick up Mario Golf: Super Rush just to play golf as their digital avatar, it's still nice to see them included again.

The second game, Miitopia, is entirely Mii-centric. A port of a 2017 3Ds game headed to Switch on May 21, Miitopia has players create various Miis and assign them to story roles in a full-on RPG. A big plus for Mii fans is that Miitopia on Switch adds many new customization features, like makeup and wigs, that make Mii creation far more robust than in the 3DS version or in any vanilla Mii customizer. There's nothing particularly revolutionary about Miitopia, but it does seem to show Nintendo hasn't forgotten what made Miis so fun: basic customization options that can be tweaked over and over to create anything, as long as the user is creative enough to figure out how.

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How to Purchase (& Activate) a Rift in Fortnite (Week 9 Challenge)

During Season 6 of Fortnite, Rifts can be purchased from some of the NPCs to give players a personal jump pad. Purchasing one is a Week 9 challenge.

Rifts are an important part of the Fortnite lore as portals that connect various realities and as personal jump pads players can use to gain mobility during matches. One Season 6 tasks players with buying and activating their very own Rift. Players can get Rifts in exchange for a sizeable sum of Gold Bars from some of the NPCs found on the outskirts of the island. Only a few NPCs stock these items, however, so players will need to know who to track down in advance.

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Not every NPC will spawn every match, and the NPCs who do spawn may not always have Rifts in stock, which can make completing this challenge a bit more tedious than necessary. There is, however, at least one NPC who will always spawn and will always have Rifts to sell, so players who are struggling can choose to seek him out instead. Here's how to purchase, activate, and use a Rift from an NPC in Fortnite Season 6 to complete this Week 9 challenge.

Players can purchase a Rift from six different NPCs across the map in Fortnite Season 6. These characters include:

  • Bunker Jonesy: Near the Lighthouse, in the easternmost houses at Craggy Cliffs, east of Misty Meadows, or in a cabin near Catty Corner.
  • Castaway Jonesy: On a small island off the northeastern coast of the map.
  • Rebirth Raven: In a house northwest of Sweaty Sands.
  • Willow: Anywhere throughout Weeping Woods.
  • Raz: In a building at Colossal Crops.
  • Cabbie: In the parking lot at the south end of Lazy Lake.

Of these NPCs, players are likely to have the best chance of purchasing a Rift by going to Cabbie, a version of Jonesy who is almost always guaranteed to spawn every match and guaranteed to have a Rift to sell. As players get closer to him, as with any other NPC, they should see a speech bubble appear on their minimap. This will make it easier to track NPCs as they wander around their spawn location.

To purchase a Rift, players will need to save 245 Gold Bars. As soon as players purchase the Rift, it will activate, launching them into the air for a second drop elsewhere on the map. Unfortunately, there is no way to take the Rift and activate it later, for example, in the Storm to escape. It must be activated as soon as it has been purchased.

Players will earn 24,000 XP toward their Season 6 Battle Pass for completing this Week 9 Fortnite challenge. Because it does not take very long, they can also glide to another location, like Colossal Crops, to complete another one of the Epic Quests.

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Fortnite is available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Android devices.

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