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Why I’ve Stopped Playing Miitomo

by on May 16, 2016
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March 2016

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Nintendo

 

Nintendo’s first mobile app isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
By Allie W, Editor/Collaborator – May 16, 2016

When I heard that Nintendo was dipping its toes into the world of mobile gaming, I was pretty excited. I had this grand vision in my mind of what Miitomo would be like: I could go and visit my friends, we could play games together, I could play mini-games and use my winnings to buy some new outfits for my Mii… Unfortunately, my daydreams didn’t match up with the game I was given.

Miitomo is a social game, that isn’t as social as you would want it to be. You customize your Mii, which many of us have done before on our Nintendo consoles. Once you’re all customized, outfit and all, you’re plopped into a little apartment and asked a few questions. And…. that’s just about it. You don’t get to customize your apartment, or invite people over. All you really get to do is answer questions. People tend to like talking about themselves, so answering questions can keep you occupied for some time. You can also respond to your friends’ answers. However, you can’t ask any questions, and you can’t broadcast a post about whatever you want, like you can on Twitter and Facebook. Simply put, there’s not much to do.

Miitomo Drop is the only mini-game in the app, and it isn’t even much of a game. In order to play, you’ll have to cough up your in-game currency in the form of coins and game tickets, which you can purchase with REAL money should you run out (surprise surprise). Playing the game can earn you goofy clothing and accessories, like a cat that sits on your shoulder or a ninja outfit. The game isn’t terribly engaging, I’ve only ever played it when they had an accessory I wanted. It’s a shame there isn’t more to do. The app could have been so much fun if it had included some kind of racing game that you could play with your friends’ Miis.
I tried to come into Miitomo with an open mind and not many expectations, but I failed miserably. If I’m being honest with myself, I was hoping for a mobile version of Tomodachi Life or Animal Crossing. And Miitomo just didn’t live up to my own hyped-up ideas. It just doesn’t have much to offer, and it didn’t keep my attention for very long. I checked it every day for about a week, and have hardly touched it since. There is nothing drawing me back, unfortunately. All I can think to do is sit and wait patiently for Nintendo’s next shot at mobile gaming. Hopefully the next one will be better!

Positives

Mii Customization
New options added to store daily

Negatives

No option to travel to other Miis' apartments
Can't post freely - only question answers
No mini-games
No apartment customization

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Gameplay
C

 
Graphics
A

 
Story
F

 
Replay Value
D-

Total Score
C-

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If you want a really social experience, this isn't the game for you. You may learn a little more about your buddies, but there isn't much room for actual interaction. There are no truly interactive mini-games to keep you coming back to the app.

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