Update, March 31: As promised, Miitomo is now available for download in the United States and several other markets. Get it from the link below!
Original post, March 29: Miitomo, Nintendo’s first major push into mobile apps, arrived in Japan on March 15th and quickly was met with quite a bit of success, to the tune of over a million downloads in just 3 days. Will the US audience find the app as intriguing? We’re about to find out, as Nintendo has confirmed Miitomo will hit the US on March 31st.
For those not in the know, Miitomo isn’t a game exactly, but is instead an animated social network and chat client of sorts. You create your own “Mii” (Nintendo’s iconic avatars that debuted with the original Wii console) to look however you want, and can even use the front cam on your phone if you want the app to attempt to generate a mii character that looks a bit more like the real-life you. There’s also further customization in the form of clothing, accessories, and even hairstyles. As you might imagine, these are things you can get through in-game coins or you can buy them with real life cash. Hint: Nintendo is probably hoping you’ll take the later route.
Once your Mii is ready, you can then directly add friends who are using the app, or you can link to your existing Facebook and Twitter accounts. Miitomo also has polls, conversations, and more. Ultimately though, this is much less of game and more of a social experience. What do you think, are you interested in trying this one when it hits later this month? Or are you simply waiting for that mobile Zelda or Mario game you always dreamed about?