As you may have already seen registrations have opened for the new Nintendo Account system, allowing you to create and link that new account to a Nintendo Network ID, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus accounts. That also signs you up for the Club Nintendo replacement programme - My Nintendo - when that launches in March.
It's now worth noting that Miitomo registration has officially launched in 16 countries, allowing you to sign-up for the free-to-start social communication app. Only users in the following countries can pre-register for Miitomo's March release.
UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Luxemborg, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, U.S, Canada
A Nintendo Account is needed for this, and it's worth remembering that the free app will be a handy way to get started with the My Nintendo programme that launches at the same time, as pre-registering for the new account system will entitle you to a Platinum Point with Miitomo. Nintendo Account registration is here.
As for Miitomo, we can expect lots of Mii charm and some microtransactions thrown in (through 'Miitomo Coins') to the free download. Below is an excerpt from Nintendo's press release.
Miitomo is a free-to-start social experience that uses Nintendo's Mii characters and lets you spark conversations with your friends in a whole new way, which first debuted with the launch of Wii Sports in 2006. More than 200 million Mii characters exist across Nintendo systems worldwide. To get started, users can quickly create a Mii character to act as their social go-between, customising its facial features, eyes, hair, as well as voice and personality. Users can also use the camera of their smartphone or tablet to snap a photo that will be translated into Mii form, or they can simply import their Mii from the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems using a QR Code.
Once their Mii is ready, users can add friends in person, or through their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts. After that step is complete, it's time to answer some questions. Miitomo creates conversations and turns discussions into a form of play by prompting users to answer all kinds of questions. Did you know that your best friend's favourite food is pizza? Maybe, but did you know her favourite music genre is secretly polka? And that she believes in aliens? The answers get shared among friends, sparking interesting conversations – part of the fun is discovering surprising facts about your friends that you never knew before. When users hear how their friends responded to questions, they can give it a heart or a comment, either through text or with a picture.
Mii characters will travel around and visit others that users have added as friends in the app, so it's important to look good. Users can set their own style with shorts, pants, socks, shirts, shoes, accessories, hats and more. If they want to go further in expressing themselves, they can even dress up in a variety of outlandish costumes, such as a bear costume, pirate costume, hot dog costume and more. As users experience Miitomo, they'll earn Miitomo coins, which can be redeemed in the in-app shop to get all kinds of varied and interesting outfits. There is also the option to get more Miitomo coins via in-app purchases.
And if that's not enough, users can try out the Miifoto feature, which lets them put their Mii characters in fun poses and use cool stamps, or combine their Mii image with photos they have taken themselves. These creations can then easily be posted to social media services like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Will you be giving Miitomo a whirl on your smart devices in March? Let us know.
Preregistered but honestly, I still have no real idea what it is supposed to be and judging from what Nintendo has released thus far regarding Miitomo, I doubt I will have much use for it beyond getting a Platinum Point.
Can't wait to play! Kind of...
I'm optimistic even though I'm not sure what it is exactly xD
Miitomo is only for smartphones, right?
For some reason people are hating on this on other websites and saying it's not worth it, and that this is too difficult. I'm like wth, sign in with your NNID on one page and then click once on the other is too much and not worth the trouble? Weird.
"This Nintendo Network ID cannot currently be used due to its country setting." Ugh, this better NOT be Club Nintendo all over again.
No love for Sweden again. I'm feeling a bit sad tbh
Ok so platinum points are valid for 6 months. Sigh.
Knock it off, nintendo.
@erv I noticed that too after registering, that's a bit worrying that they are so short lived.
@erv Well that sucks... It should have been for a full year like Club Nintendo. Those platinum points better have a good use.
For a moment I was sad there was no Finland, but then it was good to notice no Sweden either
Honestly, we were already missing all the ClubNinteno stuff so would appriciate that this at least would appear... Tho I have to say, interesting choise of countries...
(edit: sorry if I double post and don't notice, my mouse is broken and keeps doubleclicking on its own)
They really go with Luxembourg before any Scandinavian countries?
Sorry if this is obvious, but how do I sign up for Miitomo? I already set up my Nintendo Account, but I can't find a link for registering to Miitomo.
You can preregister here: https://my.nintendo.com/pre_registrations/miitomo
(I'm not sure why the article doesn't have a link, though...)
You'd think the Nordics would get a look in; we can only hope that gets fixed soon. Not much point in having NoE, if you miss out on some of them!
I'm curious to see what this ends up being about; hopefully points are easier to use than Club Nintendo.
@MetaRyan Cheers,was just about to comment about that..
Are windows phones supported? Can't see any info on this😒
The Miitomo website unfortunately shows that it will be on ios and android only.
Signed up for both Nintendo Account and Miitomo, not interested in the latter but want the platinum point. I would've thought though that EU would be getting Flipnote Studio 3D with this but apparently not.
I was able to pre-register my Nintendo account earlier without any problems but am blocked from pre-registering Miitomo because of my IP.I can't imagine Thailand will be added to the list of available countries any time soon,if ever.Looks like I might need to use a proxy,hope that works.That wont help me on the Playstore though where Miitomo and possibly any other Nintendo app wont be available.
All of this smells a bit half-baked, in my opinion. Import your Mii from Wii U by scanning a QR code? It should just sync the Mii(s) once you've connected your NNID to the My Nintendo account. I really hope they don't mess up this chance to finally have a unified account system.
@TantXL Luxembourg (where they speak German/French) is an easy country to include for localization, since they already do France and Germany.
Scandinavia's a whole different beast in that regard.
On topic; my Mii showed up in my Nintendo do Account as soon as I signed up for it... How come I need to import my Mii to Miitomo by QR code from my 3DS/Wii U, even though it uses, well, REQUIRES, a Nintendo Account? Such a hassle.
I'm a luddite without a smartphone, so I guess I'll be passing on this.
Well using a proxy on my browser didn't work but I managed to get around it using a VPN service on my phone.
@erv It only says the platinum points earned via pre-registration will expire in 6 months.Maybe that wont apply to ones earned by other means.
@erv it's like they never learn. What possible harm is there in making them unexpirable?
I hope they will soon increase the number of supported countries. 16 is too few. We need most of Europe supported and also Latin America. And South Korea is a viable option.
@CB85 It shouldn't have to be, as most people in Scandinavia play games in English, even when given the choice to select their native language. In fact, most games (including Nintendo games) are not translated for us at all, because they know no one cares.
If localization is the culprit, it must be an organizational or bureaucratic problem, not a resource one.
Edit: Miitomo is a different kind of product, though, so maybe they do want to thoroughly translate that. It still doesn't explain why My Nintendo won't be available in all countries at launch, though.
I signed in with my nnid and it quickly imported my cute little mii and all details. Very simple. VERY excited to try miitomo the photo part looks especially fun. God knows how nintendo will monitor it for weirdos tho
@Grumblevolcano Oh yeah, I forgot about that game...
@hiptanaka My Nintendo is probably a bit problematic because every country has its own rules and laws and regulations, and this whole thing entails a lot of online interconnectivity via email accounts and Google and Facebook and whatnot. I can see how that would cause slowdown, especially since this is a thing they're launching from the ground up for the 1st time.
"free-to-start social communication app"
And why would I want to sign up for a text message app with paywalls when my phone already comes with a text message app that works for free? Get out of here with this rubbish, Nintendo.
I am shocked Ireland is included in that list of 16 countries, usually we are completely forgotten about. I am frustrated and annoyed though for all the countries left out. Decisions like that create unnecessary bad blood. Real shame they couldnt make it global.
It does feel like Nintendo has over-complicated this. So I've registered for a Nintendo account, using my NNID. I've pre-registered for miitomo, which will give me points in My Nintendo, which isn't my Nintendo account or my NNID.
Why not just have one account where I can buy games, earn rewards, and play online?
@CB85 Yes, that's quite understandable actually.
I guess I was just mad and didn't really think about what I was typing all that much, heh.
Am I missing something obvious or is there no actual link to the miitomo signup page?
Done and done. @Detective_TeeJay Nintendo send a link in an email to you, confused me too.
Would have been nice to have a link to the Miitomo website to register.
I have registered for both the My Nintendo account and Miitomo so am excited for what Nintendo has in store.
I am very dubious about this product. The press release reads like it's trying to hype the un-hypeable. It just sounds so boring.
.....Asia seems to be ignored.
Ah, Nintendo, Nintendo, Nintendo... Just stop. Please. Signing up for a free "social" app? (And with them being involved, it'll be anything but social.) So we need to link an NNID or social network account to a Nintendo Account and then sign-up for a microtransaction-laden app that hooks into the new My Nintendo rewards program which nets users a Platinum Point which has yet to be fully explained what that means exactly because the program hasn't launched and Nintendo hasn't really told us anything concrete about it yet. It all seems half-baked.
I'll give it a try for sure. It seems like a cute idea.
Woop woop, all signed up and ready to go. Thanks for the heads up NLife!
Oh Nintendo... This system is totally weird. I have my NNID, my My Nintendo account and now I'm expected to get this thing too?! No wonder everything is going wrong for them. They are trying to reinvent the wheel. Just let us use our NNID account for everything. Please...
Done and done. So easy! Very happy Australia and NZ were noticed👍👍👍
So I just clicked on pre-register and it said done. I had created a Nintendo Account earlier by linking it to my Nintendo ID. But I am not sure how the Miitomo thing knows where to register my interest too. It didn't ask my sign in or email details. I just clicked pre register and it said "you have successfully pre-registered. But what has it registered too ? I have not got an email or anything saying the usual thank you for registering stuff. Am I being stupid? As I am more then happy if that is the case
@erv no kidding. At the pace nintendo releases games, will that even help with wanted releases?
Let's face it we are technically getting it for the the platinum point
Preregistered although... I'm a Windows Phone user (and I'm not gonna change)
Might get this for the sake of trying it, only because it's Nintendo. Don't have any intention of paying for anything though (like Pokemon Shuffle and Pokemon Picross) as it's not the kind of experience I'm after.
How do I register? It just took me to my nintendo account
I'm actually really excited for this. It seems like something simple and fun. If it can add people from my Facebook and Twitter then I won't have to worry about adding people manually or something like that. So I'm genuinely excited for this ^u^
Fail of this gen incoming. Brace yourselves.
I still don't understand if you can only chat with registered friends or not. If that's the case this app is pointless to me, because none of my friends have smart phones. (yes, that's possible)
@chardir My Nintendo is the rewards service provided by Nintendo Account. Just log in with your NNID, hit the pre-registration button for Miitomo, and you're good.
Not complicated at all.
Can't wait to try Miimoto.
I think it looks interesting.
Nintendo doesn't have any love for Mexico
Hmm, I can see every Nintendo fan signing up to this before launch but I can see feck all people actually using this as a everyday or week or month thing.
It's pretty simple to sign up. Why are people having problems signing up?
I do not expect Nintendo to have a PSN/XBLIVE type account ever tbh.
As for the 'free platinum coin' thing. I would imagine that when it expires in 6 months time, that is when they will start to add things that we really want to spend 'platinum coins' or, money to you and I, on.
Oh well, see how it will turn out.
Good thinking with the language barrier. Switzerland is not listed yet either though
We usually get the option to pick German, French or Italian as main language. So maybe those extra buttons to click have not been programmed yet.. I hope it's something like that.
Club Nintendo did exist in Switzerland for about the last 3 years. Hope they will include us and Scandinavia soon.
@marck13 For your guys' sake, I hope so too! I'm sure Nintendo aren't deliberately holding it back, so I'm sure they have their reasons. It's probably a combination of factors like language, logistics, national and international laws and regulations and the size of the market. They have their own internal economics to manage too, of course, and can't just throw unlimited resources at it just to get it done...
A lot of companies do staggered releases like that, anyway; Apple is a notable one often when they release a big new product. I'm sure the rest of the market won't have too long to wait.
@CB85 I hope thats the case, because I believe Norway and possibly all of scandinavia never actually had club nintendo even though the games came packaged with the codes there. As long they eventually get the same services as the rest of us its cool but if they never get it that is completely unacceptable these days I feel.
I have preregistered
What is the reason for preregistering for something you can't yet use, and I don't even know for sure does? As far as I know, Miitomo is basically going to be (more) censored Twitter with Miis gossiping about information you choose to share with the app, and I don't tweet now.
I guess the only reason to preregister is if you're afraid someone might take the name you want or something.
I registered for Miitomo but.... I don't have a fancy phone at all. I have a slide out phone. I hope they have SOMETHING for 3DS or computer owners to do with it.
boooo. I want it on my 3ds. (T-T )
I am confused: Why pre-registering for something that can be downloaded for free when it arrives?! And a Platinum point, what's that supposed to be?!
Miitomo is just a smartphone app. It's not the replacement for club Nintendo. You sign into it with your Nintendo Account.
The Club Nintendo replacement is called 'My Nintendo', and that's also tied to your Nintendo Account.
Your Nintendo Account (and whatever's going on with your 'My Nintendo' reward points scheme) will eventually be accessible using many devices including, but not limited to, Wii U, personal computers, smartphone, and the NX.
only miitomo is for iOS. Club Nintendo is going to be like accessible on several platforms, including laptops and pc's.
also, sorry about not having a phone (although it sounds like it's out of choice). My phone is free, and I've never had to pay for my own plan or minutes (unless I went over). (o_O )
Buuuuuut, I have a feeling that won't last too much longer.
@CB85 Yeah, it's probably something like that.
Well, I made a account (by linking my Nintendo ID). If everything goes to plan, then I get Platinum points in March. I really have no idea what I can do with those though. I'll wait and see, like everybody else!
@OorWullie I'm currently traveling overseas so I'm unable to preregister. I've tried a VPN too however without any success. Can I ask which VPN service you are using?
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