It was initially announced in October. Then, preregistration for it was opened last month. And now, the first ever mobile title from Nintendo, called Miitomo, has finally been released, albeit only in the gaming giant’s home market of Japan.
All about Mii
As expected, Miitomo is not a straight-up game, let alone a port of one of Nintendo’s classic titles. Rather, it’s a social messaging app that features Miis, free-form digital avatars first used on Nintendo’s Wii console system.
Make your own Mii
To use Miitomo, you first have to create your very own Mii character. To do so, you can choose from a library of facial features resembling yours, customize the way it speaks, and adjust its personality. You can also mix and match clothing items to dress your Mii just the way you like it.
Have a social go-between
Your Mii will ask you questions, usually of the type used as friendly conversation starters. Your answers to these questions are then shared by your Mii with the Miis of your Nintendo Network friends. You can then message one another about your respective answers, thereby learning fun details about your friends.
Miitomo also lets your Mii star in meme-tastic photos called Miifotos. Insert your Mii into images with different stamps, fonts, and backgrounds, and share your Miifoto masterpieces with your friends.
Drop a Mii
While it’s not a game per se, Miitomo does include a mini-game called Miitomo Drop where you can drop your mini-me and watch it bounce around until it lands on a prize.
Get Miitomo if you can
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 7.0 or later, Miitomo is available on the App Store as a free download with in-app purchases for Miitomo coins, which can be used for unlocking clothing items and playing Miitomo Drop.
Miitomo is initially available in Japan. However, it’s already available in eight languages: In addition to Japanese, the app supports English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.
Miitomo is expected to become available worldwide later this month.
It’s far from being a mobile port of a classic Nintendo title, but Miitomo does look to be a fun app to use with friends. “Think you know your friends? Guess again!” Nintendo teases. “Miitomo is a new way to bring you and your friends together like never before. Would you expect anything less from Nintendo?”
What can we expect from Nintendo? In partnership with DeNA, Nintendo is planning to launch five mobile titles by the end of March 2017, and the second title is said to feature a character “that fans are very familiar with,” hopefully none other than the company’s most famous character, Mario.
Will Mario soon follow Miitomo?