Miitomo is out in Japan, and the surprising thing is that despite the regional exclusivity, it's possible to play the "game" entirely in English. Doing so requires a bit of additional legwork and (please read this disclaimer twice or maybe even three times) you won't be able to use your Nintendo Account unless you happen to be reading this in Japan. That means all of the Miis you create and progress you achieve will be lost when Miitomo eventually launches in your region and you link your actual Nintendo Account.
Naturally, all of this is also at your own risk - some of us have done it safely and had some fun with the app at home already, but you need to be careful and take your time if you want to do the same.
With that out of the way, here's how you can get Miitomo on your iOS or Android device right now.
First of all you're going to need a Mac or PC with iTunes and a little bit of patience. Open the app store on iTunes, make sure you've logged out of your real Apple ID and scroll right down to the bottom right hand corner where you should see a little flag corresponding with your country of residence. Click that and scroll further to select Japan.
Then you need to find Miitomo (at the time of writing it's on the front page so you shouldn't have any issues) and attempt to download it. Because you're not logged in it'll ask you to sign into your account, but instead select 'Create New Apple ID'. Agree to the terms and conditions that you've almost certainly read thoroughly and start inputting an email address and password. You'll have to use an email address that isn't registered to a current Apple ID.
Fill in the rest of the page truthfully or however you see fit and then move on. You'll be asked for payment information but because you tried to download a free app 'None' should be highlighted automatically. This is what you want, as otherwise you'd have to input genuine Japanese credit card details. Under billing address any first and surname will do, but make sure you input some Katakana in the phonetic first and last name boxes, such as 'トクメイ'.
For the billing address you'll need to input a real location and postal code. We set the postal code to '100-0006', the prefecture as 'Tokyo' from the drop down list, and 'Chiyoda-ku' as the city. The street can be anything you want so '742 Evergreen Terrace' is as good as anything. Lastly you'll need a phone number from the area, but luckily the area code '080' and the number '55555555' work smashingly.
Once you've verified your account you're all done! Simply log into this new Japanese Apple ID on your iOS device and download Miitomo. When the app requires updating in the future you'll need to sign back into this account so make sure you write the login details down on a piece of paper to be extra safe.
Because Android is a bit more open than iOS, it's possible to download the installation file (known as an .apk) from the internet and "side-load" it onto your device. Most Android phones have the side-loading aspect disabled by default, so you'll need to go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources. You'll get a message which states that the installation of applications outside of the Google Play store comes with obvious risks - so we'd like to state that we cannot be held responsible for any issues beyond this point. However, we can confirm that Miitomo doesn't require any special permissions to run, and Android itself does check installations for potential dangers - we certainly didn't experience any issues with the apk we used.
Various sites online offer apk files for download, and in this case there's no real ethical concern as Miitomo is a free to play download. However, due to the fact that these sites also offer apps and games that are normally paid-for, we won't be linking to any in this guide. Type "Miitomo apk" into Google and you'll no doubt find several sites offering the apk. Be sure to only install one that doesn't request any special permissions to run, as highlighted above.
In both of these cases, once you boot up Miitomo you'll be told that you can't use your Nintendo Account with the game as it isn't available in your region yet. Instead, you'll need to create a brand new Mii character - beware that once the app does launch, you'll have to delete your progress if you want to add your actual Mii. This is really just for an early dabble in the app, not a real start.
I'm glad this article has been written because this is how I got to try it out, its worth trying out and it has only made me more excited for the official regional release.
How did I not think of downloading an APK version?
I think I'll just wait but thanks for the guide anyway.
I'm guessing everything will be in Japanese lol. So not worth the trouble if I can't understand anything
No luck for me as there's no Windows Phone version. Will stick to Miiverse.
@Zoda_Fett everything is in English so its worth trying
@Zoda_Fett Actually, it will be in English if your device is set in English
Good old Android, it's just so much easier and more open than Ios.
@DrkBndr @Raptor78 thanks for the info dudes, I'll be sure to do this when I get home. I shall also get Mobius Final Fantasy since it translates
@Zoda_Fett It's all in English
I'll wait. Seems like too much hassle for an app I'm not that interested in playing other than for My Nintendo points.
Well let's say you don't link your account. At least on Android when it becomes available, couldn't you just link your account then and retain all you've done up to that point? Or does linking your account replace your current game information and force you to start over.
@oji Windows phone. Lol.
If it's all in english, why not release it already! XD
Are you sure adding an account will delete the current data? The wording makes it seem like you only lose data if you want to switch the app from one Nintendo Account to another. I guess I'll find out for sure once the game launches in the US. For now it's either a head start or practice for me not to mention the Miifoto is pretty fun to mess around with.
How to get Miitomo early....
Step One: Move to Japan
Simple as that!
The Mii's have officially left Nintendo's hardware, soon to be joined by other Nintendo IP. The once unthinkable future has arrived. With luck the true home of Nintendo's creations will continue to find its way in this mobile-obsessed world
My goodness, get some patience, people.
Quoting the article: "make sure you write the login details down on a piece of paper to be extra safe"
Actually writing your credentials on paper is the exact opposite of being extra safe
Joking aside, thanks for the guide. I will wait for the official UK release though.
Is it safe to link my My Nintendo Account account to the app? The only country residence is Japan(of course) and im worried I can't change it later on.
~A NA User~
@yuwarite yeah man, so open you'll have to download it illegally
@kbf How is downloading a free to play game illegal? And if it were so illegal, NL wouldn't post an article about it.
Bypassing digital rights management of an app is illegal, downloading and side loading an apk is legal. In fact sometimes it's the only way of getting and app such as Amazon App store. There is nothing illegal about installing an unmodified version of this app to your device.
Seems easy enough to try it out, but I'll wait the extra couple of weeks since nothing will carry over. I'll give it a good go, but not really wanting to go through everything twice.
I remember having a Japanese iTunes account, but can't remember the password...
Oh well, I guess I'll just make a new one and try this out with my Japanese NNID. Maybe I'll try to have one app on a separate device to use both my NNID's.
Downloaded the APK. Seems pretty cool, other than I currently have no Miitomo friends. Seems like you can link your Nintendo account when available. So I shouldn't have to redo anything (In theory). Glad I'm an android user. Sideloading is way easier than the iOS method.
I have a Japanese My Nintendo account (I have a JP 3DS) but live in the US. Am I still able to link my JP Nintendo account to Miitomo if I'm using a US android phone?
If I recall correctly you don't actually have to go through all those steps for iOS. You could just go to the App Store, tap change region and then download it and change back again.
You can change between regions whenever you like, unless you have family sharing set up.
Hmm... I downloaded the apk, but the App only shows a black screen for a few seconds and closes then.
Is the installation broken?
Yup! It'll ask for your country of residence when you first launch the app (Japan's the only option right now of course) and it'll ask if you want to link your Nintendo Account or start the app without one. Since you have a Japanese account, it'll allow you to log in.
I'm already using it and completing them My Nintendo missions.
Though it seems I'll have to completely delete the app if I want to use my American account once it releases over here....
Oh well, its a great thing I have a few Android gaming handhelds that I can use for my JP account....just gotta figure out if I want it on my Much G2 or W1.....
It's a little rage inducing that they haven't released it in other regions already. It's already in English. What are they waiting on?!
Not worth all the trouble. I'll just wait for whenever it eventually comes out.
Having a Blackberry I always install the apk file directly. Miitomo works fine by the way
Everyone is really angry and bitter about this. I don't think they'll ever jump onboard, not in a million years.
You can also just create a separate nintendo account through miitomo and choosing japan as your residence country.
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