Thursday, March 31, 2016

Miitomo

Today, Nintendo released their first smartphone app in the United States, named Miitomo. Dare I say it, it's actually fun. I find myself saying that a Nintendo game is fun less and less often. Most of the time, it's a cash-grab for a game that has no business existing or a fun game that loses its charm after 2 hours. Good Nintendo games are comparable to the drought in California. A long period of dry, arid weather, with an occasional downpour that lasts a very short time. Miitomo is this downpour. When I first downloaded Miitomo, I expected that it wouldn't be a fun experience, seeing how much fun I had with Tomodachi Life, but I wasn't immediately disappointed. Dare I say, I actually enjoyed it. Some of my Nintendo friends and I quickly found ourselves answering questions and giving goofy responses and exchanging photos of our Miis. The launch of Miitomo also coincides with the official launch of the My Nintendo program. This rewards the player for accomplishing certain tasks in games (currently only Miitomo) with a special currency that can be redeemed for discounts and digital goods. Finally, a good marketing decision! Nintendo commissioned a company named DeNA on Miitomo (along with the other apps they have in store) and they delivered. Even 3D Touch was implemented for quick actions! My one hope is that Nintendo will allow the in-game costumes for the Miis to appear in the games the Miis appear in. For example, I'd like to see my Mii wearing his varsity jacket while playing tennis in Wii Sports Club or something. But for now, hopefully this means the game drought is starting to end for Nintendo. Miitomo is available on the Apple App Store for free [Direct Link].


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