Miitomo, we hardly knew ye. Nintendo has officially announced that they’ve decided to shut down the Miitomo (Free) service this coming May. The company doesn’t go into specifics as to why, but it seems pretty clear: Miitomo was kind of a dud right out of the gate. After major anticipation for what Nintendo’s first smartphone app would be, I don’t think anyone ever guessed that a Mii-based social network sort of thing would be how the legendary video game company would be making their mark in the smartphone world. While there were certainly some cute ideas in Miitomo, it was just too clunky and not enough fun to ever catch on. I’m not surprised in the least that they’re ending the service, but it’s still unfortunate all the same.
If you happened to be a big fan of Miitomo, then Nintendo is trying to go out with a bang with their Final Thank You Festival events. All IAP has already been shut down as of today, but you can still earn some substantial daily log-in rewards just by using the app each day before it goes away. There will also be a final Miifoto event where players are urged to share their memories of using the service, and the Answer Central question-and-answer portion of the game will be filled with questions all about your Miitomo memories. You’ll be able to continue playing Miitomo from now until midnight PST on May 9th. If you want more information on the sunsetting of the app, check out this page, and for more information on the Final Events Festival, check out this page. Farewell Miitomo, and hopefully some of your unique and fun ideas can be better realized in a future app from Nintendo.