Miitomo, Nintendo’s First Smartphone App, Goes Global

April 5, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Nintendo has retained its unique-bizarre trait very well with the new Miitomo app that got launched initially in Japan. Now, they are taking the strangeness all the way to the west as the app now finally gets a global release.

Miitomo’s role as a social hub was much discussed even before it made its debut in Japan. However, with the entry, the app has now evolved into more of a fun-oriented social app. This one will never appear to be rivalling with other social hubs; Miitomo is certainly one of its kind.

The app lets you create a social space of your own by creating a character, which is called the Mii. You can also have your characters imported from your Wii U or Nintendo 3DS, or can even take aid of your smartphone camera to create an avatar from your face.


Once done, users can expand their social hub by adding friends on the Miitomo app. Miitomo do retains several features from other social media like liking or commenting a post. However, it does draw the line with the definition of posts.

In Miitomo, users’ posts are completely guided by your Mii, with the user required to answer the random questions popped up within the app. The replies will get circulated in your social circle, and friends can also have an involvement by commenting on specific replies.

Currently, Miitomo is limited with what it does. The social world can be expanded by modifying your character through in-app purchases, but the options are limited. Come out of the social circle, and Miitomo throws a fun mini-game, and a new deep-image editor called the Miifotos, where you get to edit your avatars with various backgrounds, effects and captions. Images created through Miifotos can be shared via social media; not Miitomo, but through the rest like Facebook, Twitter etc.

Miitomo app has been released for both Android and iOS devices. Currently, the app is compatible only in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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