I immediately downloaded Miitomo purely based on the fact that Nintendo was actually releasing software on a non-Nintendo device and this is supposed to be a big deal since it's their mobile app. I'm quite shocked that the response has been so positive thus far as it's somewhat of a boring app to begin with and its purpose is just data mining. You start by either creating a Mii or signing in with your existing one, but I decided to start from scratch while binding it to my Nintendo account. I used the whole take a picture of yourself and tweaked from there, that went well. Once you get into the actual app and or game if you can call it that the Mii just asks questions. You get a pile of coins for every single answer you answer and they encourage you to share the responses with social networks or invite friends. That's really all there's to the experience aside from buying a variety of clothes after collecting enough coins to do so.
I think this is the point where people don't understand that they're just giving Nintendo tons of free data that will most likely be sold. Some sites were reporting that they don't expect Nintendo to make much money off this and I beg to differ. While the questions may come across as mundane or regular they're collecting good hard facts about your life and they probably already have your age information based on the sign-up. Facebook and social networking services of the like also employ a practice like this and I just felt it should be known for those thinking nothing of it. Aside from that let's dig into why Miitomo is really not that great. The biggest aspect of that is you just watch your Mii walk around a room, you can like rub him a bit or just answer a question for more coins. That's all there's to the core of the game though I suppose it builds up a bit with the addition of adding friends. With the collection of responses your friends or random people you found online can learn about you based on what information you've given and just keep up to date with what you're up to today (like Facebook!). Friends can then interact with that by commenting on your posts or hearting (like Facebook, Twitter, Etc!) them. From there with the coins you have collected while sharing information you can buy from a selection of outfits which I'm sure some will like, but even that was somewhat disappointing as there isn't any Nintendo branded clothing options. There are some you can unlock by doing extra special mission tasks, but at this point are not for general purchase. The Mii does have some cool responses to questions depending on what keywords you input though this is all very boring for me. So far Miitomo is doing great with millions of updates, but would that many people have gotten into this at all if it wasn't for the Nintendo aspect to it. I don't believe so and honestly don't find this application very interesting, yet I look forward to seeing what other mobile apps Nintendo has made up next.
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