By seeing that Nintendo has finally released an app on the iOS App Store, we are all reminded of how times can easily change. However, this seemed inevitably right from the start. Nintendo has finally published a “game” on the App Store and Google Play.
Even though hardcore Nintendo fans expected the next iteration of Super Mario of The Legend of Zelda, the company decided to take a drastically different approach. Miitomo is a social networking app that tries to compete against magnates like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Let us take a closer look at what this app offers.
Twitter and Facebook let you introduce yourself to the world by providing some basic information about yourself, like your work history, relationship status, and so on. However, Miitomo doesn’t want to know all those boring details, but instead it is interested in knowing your quirks, how much you love furry animals, and what’s the pitch of your voice.
This way, you will be creating an avatar for yourself, needed to interact with other users. As expected, you can dress up your avatar through a series of normal-looking and not so normal-looking outfits. Now you can finally start experiencing this quirky social network.
Instead of logging-in and posting all kinds of jokes and rants, Miitomo prompts you with questions. Some of those can be “How would you spend $10,000 in a day?” or “What’s an interesting fact about yourself?”. Then, your friends can read those answers and give their takes on your statement, including photo-answers.
These photos can be customized using Miifoto editor, where you can add your avatar, position it, and add crazy-looking effects. The premise here is to let yourself go and laugh out loud to your fellow’s answers.
It is actually very interesting how Nintendo managed this approach to social networking. As it is clear by now, this is not just a rip-off of one of the popular networks. Miitomo comes with its own set of rules, and there’s no way to play around those rules. You can’t post your thoughts or ideas on anything besides Miitomo’s questions.
What also needs to be mentioned is that this app does have a gaming aspect to it. There are Nintendo Missions for those of you who want to take on a challenge.
These are usually simple missions that ask you to complete a set of goals to earn coins. These can be adding a number of your friends, or answering a certain number of questions. Furthermore, some missions will require you to get a number of hearts on an answer, and so on. This directly leads us to the game’s currency which are Coins.
Miitomo is a free-to-play app, which means that it contains in-app purchases. However, these are required only if you become keen on outfitting your avatar, since they don’t unlock any hidden parts of the network.
With this said, it is clear that you don’t have to spend any real money. As a bonus, there are no ads in the app.
Miitomo’s start is successful, since the app has been downloaded more than 3 million times in the first couple of days. However, its future seems foggy. I am not sure how captivating this app can be to more than teenagers, but maybe that’s more than enough for an app to succeed. Either way, it will be interesting to revisit this app in a month or so.
by Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Think you know your friends? Guess again!
Miitomo is an app from Nintendo that brings out a side of you your friends have never seen before!
How? By making a Mii of yourself that's your personal go-between!
Ever wonder what fun details make you...YOU? Your Mii will find out by asking you questions about yourself!
Want your friends to know all about these little insights into your likes, dislikes, or just what you're thinking lately? Your Mii will go visit your friends' Mii characters and tell them!
Then your Mii will ask your friends for fun details about them...and tell YOU everything. Your friends' Mii characters will also visit you when you play!
Miitomo is a new way to bring you and your friends together like never before. Would you expect anything less from Nintendo?
(Did we mention that your Mii actually speaks too? Anything you or your friends say about themselves!)
Details about Miitomo:
■ Make a Mii to Look Like You
Miitomo features the Mii characters that debuted on Nintendo's Wii system. Choose from a wide library of facial features to make your Mii look just like you. You can also quickly create one by using a smart device's camera.
After creating your Mii and giving it a nickname, you can further customize how it speaks and even how it moves and behaves.
■ Your Mii Is Your Social Go-Between
In Miitomo, your Mii and your friends' Mii characters act as social go-betweens. Your Mii will ask you questions about those little details about yourself you'd never think to ask. Your friends' Mii characters will do the same.
Your Mii and their Mii characters tell each other about these details, so you and your friends learn fun things about each other that you'd never find out without your Mii characters!
■ Dress Your Mii However You Want
Costumes, streetwear, formal fashion, every-day style-you can find it all in the Miitomo shop. Mix and match clothing items to create looks that your Mii will wear when visiting friends, hanging out in your room, and appearing in Miifotos.
You can get clothing items with Miitomo coins, which you earn by playing Miitomo. You can also purchase Miitomo coins.
■ Win Prizes From Miitomo Drop
Miitomo features a minigame in which you drop a Mii into a play field, and then watch it bounce around as it falls toward a variety of platforms. You'll win a prize based on where it lands. Some clothing items are available only in Miitomo Drop.
Note: To play Miitomo Drop, you need Miitomo coins, which you earn by playing Miitomo or by using game tickets, which you can get as a daily bonus, among other ways. You can also purchase Miitomo coins.
■ Make Your Mii a Star with Miifotos
In Miitomo, you can create images called Miifotos. You can let your creativity go wild, putting your Mii and friends' Mii characters in images you make from a library of stamps, fonts, and backgrounds. You can also use photos from a smart device's camera as backgrounds for Miifoto creations.
You can share your Miifoto creations on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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