Nintendo's cartoon avatars, known as Miis have been around since the Nintendo Wii was unleashed back in 2006. Over the years we've seen Miis being used creatively in many games including Wii Sports, Miitopia, Miitomo, as well as StreetPass and Miiverse. Many had assumed that the writing was on the wall for Miis when Miiverse was...
Another legal victory for Nintendo
Nintendo is a cash-rich company with plenty of unique ideas, so it should come as no surprise to learn that companies looking to make a fast buck in patent disputes target the Japanese veteran on a regular basis. However, Nintendo's deep pockets mean that it's quite prepared to fight such claims, and last week a...
Nintendo announced an impressive number of new titles during yesterday's Nindies Direct but one game - dubbed Project Mekuru - wasn't included in the footage. Created by developer Over Fence, Project Mekuru ("mekuru" means "flipping" in Japanese, in case you were wondering) is a puzzle game which uses Mii characters and has been built...
Miis will have "more facial components and colors"
Miis have been a part of Nintendo gaming for over a decade now, and the company will continue to support the digital avatar system on Switch - although it won't be compulsory for players to create one. Speaking to Kotaku, Nintendo has confirmed that while Miiverse and StreetPass aren't part of its...
More information coming "at a later date"
A while back Nintendo confirmed that it was making a Mii-based title for the 3DS known as Miitopia, but stopped short of giving any other details aside from the title and "2016" release window. The lack of information regarding this game has led some to assume it has been pushed into 2017, but Nintendo has...
Some of the most important and enduring ideas have peculiar origins, starting out as projects with an entirely different goal than the end result. This seems to have been the case with Mii characters, with the original idea being perceived when working on a doomed project called "Otona no Onna no Uranai Techo" (Women's Fortune Telling Pocket...
Mii March - AKA Mii Profile Picture Month - started life back in 2013 when a bunch of 3DS owners promoted their Miis in celebration of the console's second birthday. Since then, the movement - which involves changing your social media profile images to your Mii avatar - has grown in stature, and this year's event could be the biggest...
It was claimed it infringed patent for police sketch-artist data
Nintendo battles its share of patent cases in the courts; some are serious challenges against major companies, and the big N has even lost a few over the years. A lot of the time, however, it sees off claims from smaller companies, particularly those that seemingly take ownership of...
Fish and fight zombies with your StreetPass pals, or open a VIP room
During today's Nintendo Direct it has been confirmed that two new StreetPass Mii Plaza games are being released. Ultimate Angler (StreetPass Fishing in Europe) is, as the title suggests, a fishing-based title. You'll find 150 fishes and monsters contained within. Battleground Z...
"It is rather embarrassing that we are so behind on this compatibility"
Nintendo has made no secret of the fact that it is looking into producing smartphone and tablet applications to support its core business, and during the recently-translated Corporate Management Policy Briefing Q&A, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata spoke about the company's...
Many 3DS owners will already be well into their time with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS by this point, customising their fighters and pinning down their 'main' for tough online battles. A fun feature of this game, of course, is its Mii integration: you can choose from three core Mii Fighter types — Brawler, Swordfighter and Gunner...
We're house-trained, honest
Tomodachi Life has been out for a few weeks now and we're sure that many of you will already have an impressively-stocked island of Mii inhabitants. However, if you're still on the lookout for fresh faces, then feel free to scan the QR codes below and add the Nintendo Life team to your burgeoning population. These QR...
Celebrity Tomodachi Life QR codes released
Famous basketball player Shaquille O’Neal has had his brush with video games in the past — Shaq Fu being a notable failure which has is currently being rebooted into something a little more appealing. However, the new and updated version of this fighting game isn't the only way you'll be able to get...
Bringing digital denizens to life
When Nintendo introduced the Mii concept along with its Wii console back in 2006, it was something of a revelation — so much so that former bedfellow Rare was inspired to imitate the character creation system on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console with its similarly cute Avatars. A digital representation of the player...
Nintendo boss is available via SpotPass
If you've switched on your 3DS today, you'll have noticed a special visitor in your Mii Plaza — Nintendo's very own Satoru Iwata. Clad in a green Luigi cap, Iwata kindly reminds you of the date of the next Nintendo Direct, before informing you that his most-played 3DS game is Luigi's Mansion 2. He clearly...
From Mii to U
When the Wii first arrived in 2006, the ability to put yourself in the game with Miis was a novel addition that caught on quickly. These days most of us have grown quite attached to our own Miis, as evidenced by the number of them gracing the Nintendo Life forums and comment sections as user avatars. Thankfully, a new console doesn't...
No postage required
Many 3DS owners will have now dabbled with Nintendo Letter Box — also known as Swapnote — and have become familiar with Nikki, the rather helpful guide. She pops up often to help scribblers learn about new features or templates and is an all-round friendly, charming Mii. If her regular visits aren't enough, you can now...
Quite a lot, it turns out
Wii launched five years ago, unleashing an army of cheery little caricatures called Mii characters. How many of the little folks have made it across the world though? Nearly 214 million, according to Nintendo, and that's not including Miis on 3DS. The staggering facts don't end there: Nintendo Europe claims that the number...
Straight from Tokyo Games Show
Nintendo might have been a no-show at TGS this year, but there's still a neat little surprise for 3DS owners. Around the show floor, Capcom placed some special Resident Evil Revelations adverts, each bearing a QR code. Scan these with your 3DS and surprise — you get a special Mii with shiny gold trousers based on one...
More 3DS software coming
Seeing all those Mii characters shuffling about in the 3DS Mii Plaza with little to do might be a little disheartening to watch, which is why impending first-party software that will utilise players' Miis will be good news for many. At the financial results briefing for the first quarter of this fiscal year, an investor...
Although not 3D, obviously
Having established Mii characters as the ever-changing face of Wii games, and now on 3DS too, it's no surprise Nintendo's bobble-headed avatars will also feature on Wii U. Just as there's something familiar about the console's name, so there will be with the Miis too — they'll be the same as on 3DS. Wii Sports Resort...
Sharing Miis is fun and easy
Easily one of the more popular features of the Wii console was the ability to create personalised avatars called Mii characters. Nintendo has brought this unique feature over to the 3DS, with a host of new features that make creating and sharing them not only much easier, but more fun as well. We know that many of you...
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