The Mii Maker (referred to as Mii Channel on the Wii) is a pre-installed application on the Wii, Wii U, 3DS, and Switch, plus a key feature of Tomodachi Collection and Tomodachi Life. This Mii Maker feature allows the ability for Miis to be created, and even added into the game. On both games, the Mii Maker can be accessed through the Town Hall.
The pre-installed Mii Maker only allows the player to determine the looks of the Mii, the name, their favorite color, and their birth date. Tomodachi Collection and Tomodachi Life have extended features. The player can now give their Miis different voices and personalities, which are divided into four categories, with each category consisting of 4 personality types.
Before anything else, the player will be prompted to choose the gender of a Mii.
There are different ways to add Mii islanders in Tomodachi Life:
- Create from scratch in-game using photos or the creation tool
- Import via local wireless
- Connect via local wireless with friends who have Tomodachi Life, and exchange Mii characters created in-game.
- Note: Mii characters create in-game and transferred via local wireless include additional info like voice and personality settings, clothing, items, apartment interiors, and any custom phrases and song lyrics.
- Import into the game from a QR Code
- Scan a QR Code created in Tomodachi Life or in Mii Maker. QR codes can be found on sites such as Miicharacters.com.
- Note: QR Code patterns created in the game include additional info like voice and personality, clothing, and apartment interiors.
- Import from Mii Maker
- Transfer Mii characters created in Mii Maker into the game.
Main Facial Details
Collection has two categories to edit from, along with six skin tone colors. Life adds a third category to the screen, as well as more options. Of the six skin colors, there are:
- Pale skinned
- Dark brown
Collection's two categories are the face shapes and facial markings. There are eight face shapes in total. The facial markings category has 12 options, which include blushes and face lines. Life's three categories are face shapes, makeup/freckles/stubbles, and face lines. There are 12 options for each of these three categories.
In Collection there is an additional undo button that will allow the player to undo up to only one action.
Collection has three pages of masculine and feminine hairstyles, with 72 hairstyles in total. Life has 4.5 pages for boys and 6.5 pages for girls, with 132 hairstyles in total. There are eight hair colors available, that being:
- Dirty brown
- Dirty blonde
In both games, if a hairstyle contains asymmetrical bangs then the player will be able to flip these bangs left and right in case they want the hair to face a certain direction.
In Collection, there is an additional undo button that will allow the player to undo up to only one action.
Both Collection and Life have the same amount of eyebrows to choose from, with 24 options given to the player. There are eight eyebrows colors available, that being:
- Dirty brown
- Dirty blonde
Collection has eight buttons to move the eyebrows up and down, make them bigger or smaller, rotate them, and make them closer or farther apart. Life has 10 buttons with all of those aforementioned choices and also adds the option to make the eyebrows slimmer or thicker.
In Collection, there is an additional undo button that will allow the player to undo up to only one action. In Life, there is a reset button. When pressed the game will ask "Reset the position, orientation, and size of this feature?" If the player answers yes, the game will reset the Mii's eyebrows to the default type and position.
Collection has 48 eyes and Life bumps this number up to 60. For both games there are six eye colors to choose from, that being:
Collection has eight buttons to move the eyes up and down, make them bigger or smaller, rotate them, and make them closer or farther apart. Life has 10 buttons with all of those aforementioned choices and also adds the option to make the eye slimmer or wider.
In Collection, there is an additional undo button that will allow the player to undo up to only one action. In Life, there is a reset button. When pressed the game will ask "Reset the position, orientation, and size of this feature?" and will reset the eye to the default type and position.
In Collection there are 12 types of noses, while Life has 18. In both games there are four buttons to move the nose up or down and make it bigger or smaller.
In Collection, there is an additional undo button that will allow the player to undo up to only one action. In Life, there is a reset button. When pressed the game will ask "Reset the position, orientation, and size of this feature?" and will reset the nose to the default type and position.
In Collection there are 24 mouth options and three lip colors, while in Life there are 36 mouth options and five lip colors. Of all the lip colors available, the choices are:
- Light pink (Life only)
- Dark (Life only)
In Collection, there are four buttons to move the mouth up and down, as well as make it bigger or smaller. In Life, there are two more buttons to make the mouth slimmer or thicker.
In Collection, there is an additional undo button that will allow the player to undo up to only one action. In Life, there is a reset button. When pressed the game will ask "Reset the position, orientation, and size of this feature?" and will reset the mouth to the default type and position.
Minor Facial Details
There are four categories for the player to choose from, with those categories being glasses, mustaches, moles, and beards. For all four categories, there is a button to undo one action (Collection only) and a button to reset to the default option (Life only).
In both games, there are six glasses options and four buttons to move the glasses up or down and make them bigger or smaller. There are six color options for the glasses, that being:
Collection has four mustache types while Life has six mustaches. There are four buttons to move the mustaches up or down and make them bigger or smaller. Additionally, there are eight colors available for the mustaches, that being:
- Dirty brown
- Dirty blonde
Both games have two options, to have a mole or not. There are six buttons to move said mole up or down, make it bigger or smaller, and move it left or right.
Collection has four beard types and Life has six. In both games there are eight hair colors to choose from, that being:
- Dirty brown
- Dirty blonde
Height / Weight
Both Collection and Life allow the player to adjust a Mii's height and weight. The default height and weight are set in the middle. The player can make a Mii anatomically incorrect, such as making them short while maintaining a big head. There is no reset button available for height and weight.
In Life,, there is an additional feature where if a Mii is aged up with the Age-o-matic, they will automatically have their height raised.
Out of all the options in a Mii's profile, it is required for the player to give a Mii a first name, last name, nickname, and gender. Everything else can be left blank or left to the default setting, but if a Mii doesn't have a set birthday they may not appear on the Rankings Boards.
In Collection the player can put up to ten letters in a Mii's first name, last name, and nickname. In Life, the player can put up to fifteen letters in the first and last name, but only nine into a Mii's nickname. Additionally, the player can now type out how to pronounce names, with thirty letters for the first and last name and twenty letters for the nickname.
In both Collection and Life, there are two main life stages for islanders, that being child and adult. Children are always under age 17 (19 in the Japanese Version), adults are always over age 18 (20 in the Japanese version). In Life, a kid Mii that used an Age-o-matic cannot have a birthday that would actually make them grown-up, vice-versa. To change that Mii's birthday, the player would have to take off the Age-o-matic somehow.
The earliest possible year of birth is 1900 and the last possible year of birth is 2150. It is possible to give a Mii a date of birth that is in the future.
The player can only choose between two genders, male and female. After a Mii has been set as an islander, their gender cannot be changed. Miis of the same gender cannot marry.
In Collection and the Japanese and Korean versions of Life, the player can set a Mii's blood type. There are four options, that being A, B, O, and AB.
The player can choose up to twelve different types of colors for a Mii. This will change what their default clothing looks like. The options are:
- Red (default)
- Light green
- Light blue
This section has no effect on gameplay, but is useful for letting the player know who originally made this Mii. The game allows a name up to ten letters long.
Relationship to Real You
With this setting, the player can set a relationship between their look-alike and a Mii on the island. The options are:
- Kid (Child in Life)
- Other relative (Life)
- Others (Collection) / Not related (Life)
The player's Mii will have Self selected as the setting, and cannot be changed.
In Life, there is a second category where the player can enable sharing and copying of the Mii that is being edited.
If sharing is enabled, the player's Mii may remain on their system and will show up in supported games later when playing with someone else. Even if the player doesn't enable sharing, they are still able to use the Mii when playing wirelessly.
If copying is enabled, a Mii can be edited and then sent onto other people.
- "Give this Mii a voice! You can select a preset or random setting or customize it yourself."
- — Tutorial, Tomodachi Life
Voice is an adjustable setting that determines a Mii's manner of speech. There are 6 preset voices: male child, female child, male adult, female adult, elderly male, and elderly female. Voice can also be randomized, and can be customised using the 6 different settings:
- Pitch: How high or low a Mii's voice is.
- Speed: How quickly a Mii talks.
- Quality: How clear/understandable a Mii's speech is.
- Tone: How high-pitched a Mii is when they start a sentence.
- Accent: How low-pitched a Mii is when they end a sentence.
- Intonation: The tone of voice a Mii has during a sentence. Option 1 is normal. Option 2 ends higher, making it sound as if one is asking a question. Option 3 has an explaining-esque voice, going from high to low. Option 4 has consistent intonation throughout the whole sentence.
While setting the voice, the Mii says the following based on the profile settings:
- "I'm [First name and last name]. My nickname is ____. My birthday is _____. My favorite color is ____."
- Main Article: Personality
There will be five sliders that the player will adjust to decide what personality a Mii has. Each slider has eight boxes total. Collection and Life use slightly different sliders.
- Action: Slow to Quick
- Speech: Mild to Straight
- Look: Cool to Emotive
- Mindset: Negative to Positive
- Overall: Weird to Normal
- Movement: Slow to Quick
- Speech: Polite to Direct
- Expressiveness: Flat to Varied
- Attitude: Serious to Relaxed
- Overall: Quirky to Normal
- In the Japanese version of Tomodachi Life, The miis use the same voices they had back in Tomodachi Collection; They didn't get an update until Miitomo.