Miitomo, the first official Nintendo app, arrives today on iOS and Android. While everyone was waiting for a mobile game, the giant of the video game took a little the opposite of the expectations of the public, by releasing an application halfway between the game and the social network. Explanations.
For its first mobile application, Nintendo therefore decided not to make a video game, contrary to its habits. Miitomo is more like a social network allowing you to interact with other users of the application. It allows you to create your Mii, a virtual avatar to which you can give your features, and of you create a profile supposed to reflect your tastes on different subjects. Once the first steps have passed, you can customize your character with clothes and other objects, or even participate in mini-games. You can then add your friends in the application and interact with them, taking advantage of the whole universe set up by Nintendo. Most of these actions require a virtual currency that can be generated as you use the application, and also allow you to accumulate points. These same points can then be used on the Nintendo network, and allow for example to offer content for Wii U or 3DS on the online store of these consoles.
Because this is another important function of Miitomo, beyond the social network integrated into the application, it is the possibility of connect to the new network created by Nintendo. The latter has several advantages, since it allows find the same account, with the same settings, on several devices, but it also changes a lot in terms of device management at Nintendo. Whereas before, a Nintendo account was exclusively linked to a console, the Japanese firm now allows transfer the same account from one console to another, and that without losing content purchased in the past. The consequence of this decision is that the points earned with Miitomo on his smartphone may affect your accounts for 3DS and Wii U.
Nintendo plans to unveil new functions for its Miitomo application, without specifying the nature of these new features. Still, the interactions between your smartphone and your console could further extend through this application. The latter makes it possible to link all the identities of the same player, which were until now separate, under a single account, and thus offers these players to share with each other in a different way thanks to the activities of the application. If none of this is revolutionary in the era of social networks, the global presentation and integration into the universe of Nintendo is not unpleasant in the case of Miitomo.