Nintendo has launched its first mobile app, Miitomo, in the U.S. and several other countries. The social app allows users to interact with their friends using Nintendo’s Mii characters.
With Miitomo, users create a Mii avatar to represent them in the app. Users can create a Mii from scratch, or import a Mii from their Nintendo Account, so long as they’ve allowed their existing Mii to be copied. Users can also import a Mii by scanning a Mii QR Code. Finally, users can create a Mii by taking a selfie and allowing the app to create the Mii.
When creating a Mii from scratch, users can select their Mii’s gender, customize its height and weight, and select from multiple facial features, hairstyles and more until they’re satisfied with its appearance.
Once users have created or imported a Mii, they will finalize their character by giving it a name and customizing its voice and personality. Users can choose from a selection of voice presets, and can customize their Mii’s voice by changing its pitch, energy, accent and more.
Users can also customize their Mii’s personality traits in terms of attitude, individuality, manners and more. Their selections will impact their Mii’s overall personality type (‘independent’ or ‘easygoing’ as examples), and users can tweak their Mii’s traits if they’d like a different result.
Once users finalize their Mii, they can begin answering questions like ‘What’s your favorite food,’ or ‘What did you do last weekend?’ Users can skip questions they don’t wish to answer, and can also answer these skipped questions at a later time. As users answer questions, their Mii will share their answers with their friends’ Miis. Users can also listen to their friends’ answers from their profiles by spending candy, a special currency. Users can post likes and comments on their friends’ answers.
Miitomo lets users add friends by connecting to Facebook and Twitter. Users can also become friends with other Miitomo users in the same room via a ‘face-to-face’ connection.
Users will earn coins as they answer questions, listen to friends’ responses and more, and can spend these coins on new clothing for their Mii in the app’s store. Users can also purchase additional coins with real money. Some items will only be available on the current day, encouraging users to check back often to find items they like. As users purchase new outfits, they can take pictures of their Mii and share them to social media.
In addition to purchasing clothing in the shop, users can play mini-games for a chance to receive extra clothing items or candy. Users can spend coins to play mini-games, or use the free game tickets they may receive over time.
In a statement, Scott Moffitt, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Nintendo of America, commented:
With Miitomo, Nintendo takes its first step into the world of smart devices. Miitomo brings the special Nintendo charm and polish that people around the world love to an entirely new format and audience.
Miitomo is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The app was released in Japan earlier this month, and was downloaded more than one million times in the first three days after launch.