Thursday, 14 December 2017

Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique 3 - Styling Star

I've been looking forward to playing the new Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique 3 for Nintendo 3DS, as I really enjoyed playing Style Boutique 2 but dreaded writing this post because I can't figure out how to take better screenshots of the game, now that Miiverse has been removed (it allowed me to save screen captures for both the main and touch screens in their album). The few pictures I came up with really doesn't do the game justice.

The good news is that you can trial the game yourself by downloading a free demo from Nintendo eShop, and that you can see better pictures from the official website here.

I haven't managed to go far enough in the game to experience all the new features, but I still want to share my experience so far, and what I think about the game. It is safe to say that I will be playing more of it though, and it's definitely a great game for those who likes to play dress ups.

Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique 3 - Styling Star (RRP £34.99, pegi 3) is a single player Nintendo 3DS game. Player play as a young fashionista who just took over her uncle's boutique. You will be dressing up customers to suit their different styles and requests, maintaining the boutique, as well as dressing up stars (including MewTuber!) in the making.

Character Creation and Apartment:
Like in the previous games in the series, players start with creating their own character. You can change the brow shape, hair, nails and makeup in the game later on as well.

The clothing style you choose at the beginning will give you access to accessories and items (such as nail polish and makeup, as well as clothes) from the style in the initial stage that you can use to dress your character up with.

You can now change the layout of your apartment!

Tutorial Stage and Story:
Players will then take over the boutique and spend the first few game days (they are very short but will get longer as the game proceeds) to get familiar with dressing up customers and learning the game features.

Although I love the game play, I found that the tutorial is a bit stretched and the story develops much slower than in Style Boutique 2. You'll be dressing up quite a few customers before the story unfolds and you finally realise that there is a story instead of just dressing up different customers; that you have other jobs as well to make your life much more interesting. You'll also learn that the quiet town won't stay quiet forever, and you can actually shop for things to decorate your home and shop.

Once things started rolling, the game is much more fun and interesting to play. I have been dressing a couple of rising stars already for their debute album and performance, which gave me a good amount of money to spend on (money is definitely more important in this game than in Style Boutique 2). New shops started opening, and I'm now trying to attract the nail and hair salon owners to open shop in our town (it's about time that I can finally change my hair style to match my clothes!).

I haven't encountered men fashion yet, which will be very interesting as I can definitely do with exploring new styles so I can dress my own real life doll (my son!).

Game Features Old and New:
Nintendo has given some original game features a new look and added more to Style Boutique 3. For example, instead of featuring customers' silhouettes on the touch screen, showing you where they are standing in the shop, and placing a star next to them to indicate if they are special customers (story related), they are now showing customers' profile instead (and no indication if it's a story related customer), and you can scroll left or right to select the next customer.

I like it that they don't show who the special customers are, so that you can find it out yourself, but I do prefer the previous way of showing your customer choices as it shows where they stand in the shop, which allows me to relate to being a shop owner looking at my shop more.

New feature wise, you now have an option to tell the customer that you will stock up on clothes that fit their request instead of saying sorry and sending them away! It's definitely more professional and it gives you an opportunity to go shopping for the perfect outfit that will definitely sell too.

The only problem is that it's harder for me to stay on top of my cash flow! I might have stocked up on clothes, leaving me little cash to help dress the customer (especially the high end clothes!), or after dressing a customer up with new clothes, I couldn't stock up on clothes that the shop is seriously lacking.

One thing for sure is that after playing the game, you'll gain some great finance management skills!

Clothes and Design your Own:
Clothes wise there are a lot of new styles that fits the current trend, although I still find myself going back to the clothes that I loved from Style Boutique 2.

Like previous games in the series, you'll be able to design your own items at the shop. I love this updated feature in Style Boutique 3, with more things you can design, and I love how my shop's paper bag looks!

Menu and Achievements:
Characters can keep up to date with their smartphone (aka menu), and you can now access "MewTube" as well to check out what the top Mewtubers are doing (who you'll be styling too).

At the end of each game day, you will see an overview of what you have done each day. I think Stylist points and rank is new, as well as earning titles (achievements), although I'm not sure what they really do.

Other things I've mentioned before on our Christmas Gifts Guide are:

  • Over 20,000 items for you to match, with lots that are new to Style Boutique 3
  • You can unlock special items using amiibo characters
  • Dress celebrities in the making and by chosing their styles, you can unlock the different songs they will perform on stage, which you can use in your shop too. 
  • The 15 pop songs included in the game are original and specifically written and recorded for the game!

As mentioned before, I haven't gone far in the game, but the more I play the more I like it. It was just at the beginning things were going a bit slow and repetitive. I'm now looking forward to unlock all the features and shops in town, see what the men fashion is all about as well as completing the story line.

It's a great game if you love playing dress up, and it's also a great way for you to pair up a lovely outfit that you might just be able to replicate in real life!

Definitely a game for the fashionistas!