Nintendo's first iOS app, Miitomo, has finally launched in Japan, alongside Nintendo's new rewards program, My Nintendo. The two are, as expected, linked in a lot of ways. Playing Miitomo earns you points that you can exchange on My Nintendo for discounts on games, console themes, and other digital rewards. Among those rewards are special tickets and outfits you can use in Miitomo. Since a lot of the digital rewards are nice treats for their console and handheld players, there's a real incentive here to play with Miitomo whether you're interested in it specifically or not.

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So how is it? Well, it's more or less as it was described to us before. You start off by creating or importing a Mii. You then assign a voice and personality to it before moving on. From there, you'll be directed to answer your first question, which in my case was concerning my favorite food. After that, you can tinker around and do what you like. So far, that doesn't involve much more than buying clothes, dressing up my Mii, or answering more questions. I've earned some Game Tickets, which I can use to play a simple pachinko-style mini-game to try and win new outfits. The other currencies include coins for buying new clothes at the shop, and a mysterious "candy" item that I can't find a use for. Almost everything you do will earn you coins, and the game gives you a bunch up front to set up your initial outfit.

 

Since this is a social app more than anything, you're expected to add friends to share your answers with. You can do that face-to-face or by linking the app with your social media accounts. It'll search automatically for any other users in your respective contact lists who are using the app and allow you to send a friend request to them. Once added, you'll be able to talk to your Mii to found out the answers your friends gave. You can also share photos of your Mii doing various things through these accounts. As with Nintendo's 3DS Tomodachi Collection, these pictures are often pretty goofy, so they're kind of fun to show to people.

 

At the moment, that's basically all there is to it. I've almost earned enough points so far to pick up The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess Picross for 3DS from My Nintendo, so I guess I'm pretty satisfied. As for the app itself, it's a neat toy. We'll have to see how it evolves to know whether it will be more than a quick novelty people use to get some free rewards, though.

 

  • 김지 킫밸

    The monetary system for Miitomo and the pachinko system to win clothing rather than using coins to buy, and a bonus, my character

  • MasonHurst

    Thrilling. Really starting out with a bang.

    • lezrock

      Haha

    • Shaun Musgrave

      As social network services go, it's pretty fun. And it seems to be a big part of the foundation of Nintendo's new account/online system. So while it lacks the bang that coming out of the gates with something like Mario might have had, it is pretty interesting as a hint of things to come for all of Nintendo's new platforms. My friends and I have been fooling around with it all day, and many of them don't usually bother with mobile.

  • nicoper

    Sounds like fun, I'll download it whenever it, and the Nintendo Account thingy is available in Sweden, which most likely is never. I probably won't know anyone who uses the app either, so I suppose I won't be able to do anything even if it by any remote chance becomes available here.

    • Stetch

      Add me then so we can at least try it when it arrives :p

    • heretikeen

      Sounds like grinding, not like "fun" at all.

      • Shaun Musgrave

        It's more like getting free stuff for talking to your friends. Which I guess can feel like grinding, depending on your friends. 😉

  • Schpank

    8 yr olds rejoice!

  • curtisrshideler

    Not my thing. Hope it eventually leads to Nintendo making and releasing games. I'll go back to trading fake Star Wars cards now. I guess we all have our things.

    • nini

      We do, just others think they can shit on someone's thing due to inherent superiority of their thing.

  • Bliquid

    So this is basically a social platform with Nintendo's flavour and approach.
    I know this is crystal ball question, but if you'd have to make a guess, do you think this could be the central hub of Nintendo's present and future market strategy?
    Can it be used as a substitute of or redirect easily to the MyNintendo system?
    Or is it just connected but a different beast?

    • Modjular

      I feel like the amiibo's are the connecting factor if anything. But amiibo's don't have chat 😁

  • JayTee

    Yet more software from Nintendo I have no interest in. Remember the days when they used to make great games?!

    • nini

      Guess Nintendo feels burned it didn't make something you specifically wanted. It'll issue an apology tomorrow and pull Miitomo immediately in light of this transgression and announce whatever game it is you wanted them to make.

      • JayTee

        Excellent. Great news.

      • thecmancan

        What's YOUR problem? I guess nobody is entitled to the opinion that Nintendo's new mobile app is DoA

    • garbui

      RIP, Nintendo.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      It's entirely OK to have grown out of Nintendo.

      • JayTee

        Yeah you're right, I've had that realisation myself recently but am unhappy about it!

      • delirium38

        Rather would see people grow out of all the endless runners, clash of clones and all the other soulless money grabbers.

    • Shaun Musgrave

      They still do, though. Fire Emblem Fates is excellent, as a recent example.

    • melvin2898

      They make great games all the time...

    • scottS

      They still do. The WiiU has a ton of great Nintendo games.

  • fearlesskk

    How can i get this app if i do t speak japanese

  • DemoEvolved

    Pretty sure I told them to make this app 4 years ago. Now they just need to build the userbase

    • thecmancan

      Competing in the social app market is going to be rough.

  • Womble

    I have no friends! Woe is me..

  • bikstok

    Damn it nintendo, stop making horrible decisions all the time. Been a hardcore fan for 25 years, its gonna end soon if you dont get your act together.