Nintendo's First Mobile App Now Available
The end of March marked the day Nintendo took their first expedition into the uncharted waters of mobile gaming. The first mobile app released by Nintendo made its debut on the 31, topping over 1 million downloads in the first three days.
“Miitomo is a really useful app for helping your friends learn more about you. It asks questions that people normally wouldn’t think to ask. So you learn really weird things about your friends,” Elizabeth Schoaps ‘18 said.
The app starts by having the player create a Mii. The Wii console was the first gaming system to increment Miis into the system, and later became features of the 3DS and Wii U systems, and now for mobile devices as well. A Mii is meant to be a likeness of the player used for games or profile avatars. Miitomo then acts as a social media app in which a player can find friends, respond to questions, and send friends questions for them to answer.
“When you make a Mii you can dress it up as you want,” Braeden Dieker ‘19 said. “I think that you get to know people better from Miitomo because you learn more about them.”
Many who have indulged in downloading the app have expressed preference in Miitomo over other forms of social media.
“You don’t really have to think of what to post because it asks you questions, and I don’t understand Twitter,” Brooklyn Housworth ‘18 said.
The app itself shares some similarities the 3DS game Tomodachi Life, released back in April of 2013, in which the goal is to look after and play games with Miis that the player has created rather than a form of social media. Hopefully Nintendo fans can continue to look forward to more mobile apps from the popular gaming company, as Miitomo is one of five apps Nintendo says it plans to launch over the next year.