[Updated on 3/18/16 with Miitomo Launch Trailer]:
[Updated on 3/16/16: New screens from the Japanese iTunes App Store & video from TilmenDomination’s YouTube Channel]:
Nintendo’s first dance with mobile isn’t a game and it doesn’t star one of its famous franchise characters, such as Mario, Link, or Samus. Instead, it’s a communication app that will work on iOS and Android devices and utilizes an avatar that many people will be familiar with: Miis. These originated on the very successful Wii console back in 2006 and then later were integrated into the 3DS and Wii U. This type of personalization is perfect for a communication-style app, and it looks like it’s going to have that typical Nintendo zaniness built-in.
The way Miitomo works is that you create your Mii and then answer a bunch of questions that the app will ask you. They might be something simple like, what’s your favorite genre of movie, or what’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night. You’ll answer these questions and then when you make friends, your Mii will travel to your friends’ Miitomo and vice versa. These little avatars are a chatty bunch and will spill your secret likes and dislikes to your friends. It’s a very Nintendo-like way to communicate back and forth.
The first thing you’ll do when starting Miitomo is to create your Mii. You can create one from scratch or start with a base of features by taking a picture with your mobile device. You’ll then give your Mii a nickname and customize how it speaks and even choose its personality. If you’ve played Tomodachi Life, this concept is very similar.
You can fully dress your Mii up in a variety of outfits. There are costumes, formal fashion, everyday style, and more. You’ll be able to buy new clothes and accessories with Miitomo coins, which you can earn by playing Miitomo. Of course, as with many mobile games and apps, you can take a shortcut and outright purchase the Miitomo coins with real money.
After the initial setup, a series of questions will be asked of you, many of which you would never think to ask yourself. That way your Mii will learn all of the fun little thing that make you unique. Your friends’ Mii characters will do the same thing, so that way when your Mii mingles with your friends’ Miis these details will be shared and you’ll be able to learn exciting things about your friends.
Miitomo can link up with social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram so you can share your Miifotos. These can be created inside Miitomo by placing your Mii and your friends’ Miis in images that you can create from a library of stamps, fonts, and backgrounds. You can even use real photos you take on your smart device as the backgrounds and place your Miis in them for even more variety.
It’s too early to tell how successful Miitomo will be when it launches between March 15 and March 31. The concept sounds entertaining, and I can see the younger crowd especially enjoying some of the features. Until I get my hands on it, it’s difficult to determine what kind of hook it will have to make me want to check in every day to see what’s new. Hopefully it’ll have the usual Nintendo magic to make me come back over and over again. If you haven’t done so already, sign up for a free Nintendo Account and then preregister for Miitomo now. That way you’ll be notified of the release date and earn some free Platinum Points, which can be used toward free stuff when the My Nintendo reward program launches later next month.
[Screens Below – Source: Nintendo Everything]: