Miitomo has started rather well in Japan, we know this due to the fact it's still (as of 21st March) the leading free app on iPhone, and number two on Android. A number of keen Nintendo fans online may be rolling their eyes at the social app, but Nintendo won't mind too much if the wider public continues to download it in big numbers.
Over the weekend the app's official Twitter account confirmed over one million downloads in its first three days - thanks, John Ricciardi - showing plenty jumped on board right away with the free-to-start download. It's unclear right now whether it's making much money, but with this app Nintendo's goal seems to revolve more around boosting its brand and securing Nintendo Account sign-ups.
Beyond that the official account gave some early status updates on issues reported with the app (an update's already been rolled out) and has retweeted a lot of cat pictures, such as the one below.
Of course, it wouldn't be a modern connected app without lots of cat pictures flooding the web.
With March now approaching its end we're intrigued to see how well Miitomo does when it launches in the West, any day now...
Good job Miitomo!
Shaping up to be a really fun experience!
Can't wait for it to reach the U.S
"Lots of mii-tings are happening in Japan"
And that's why I think they should have called it "Miitamii".
I'm down for anything from Nintendo. I'll at least give it a shot.
Does anyone know if it'll be available on the Microsoft Store?
@Danny429 just apple and google err androids for now
@Zemus-DJ I would be very surprised if this came out on the MS Store. They only account for 2% of the cell phone market.
Been messin around with it on my phone a bit. Don't wanna do too much since I can't link it to My Nintendo account yet but I really like it and I didn't expect to.
So hurry up, Nintendo! We are waiting (im) patiently.
Come on release it already this week!
Is this Nintendo's Tinder app?
Wow.....Like I'm surprised that it went this far in just three days!
I wonder if the west will have the same impact though.
I've been playing with it for a few days now and even manage to get a couple friends in on it. So far it's been fun. I like being able to buy new outfits and take pictures using miifoto. I understand they plan to evolve it it and all, so I hope they eventually let you decorate your room too. My current room is kinda boring. I'm looking forward to its official release in the US so I can actually link my Nintendo account and get a little more in depth.
@Danny429 probably not as there is very few Ms phones out in the wild compared to iOS Android
Well done. I don't much want the thing but I'm going to download it, and play it, for those blasted My Nintendo coins. Curse you, Nintendo!
Gotta love cat pictures
I'll be getting everyone I know to download this. Now I just need some cats...
Miitomo seems perfectly suited to the Japanese audience, so it's no surprise that it's doing well there. I can't see it being as successful in the West.
I'll try it out, but I might lose interest quickly since I don't expect anyone nearby to use it.
@Captain_Gonru That, and the 1 million in 3 days looks nice, until you realize there are 50 million smartphones and 30 million tablets in Japan, so that 1 million is 1.2% of the install base. 1% might be nice for a $60 game, but for something they are giving away for free, 1% isn't really worth celebrating until it gains some traction.
And since it's just an advertising gimmick like Miiverse I don't really expect them to make money on it, that comes w/ the next 4 mobile apps, but 1 million downloads of a free mobile app isn't overwhelming Japan with Nintendoness.
Well... this happened on the Xbox360 home menu this weekend: https://www.instagram.com/p/BDJHgKuHAAS/
But honestly, I think even Microsoft's stopped using the Microsoft mobile app store. It was the distant 3rd, and it's all but faded away.
Maybe it'll come with today's Apple event?
Hurry up Nintendo!
@Captain_Gonru Isn't Skype available on the Vita? I don't think there's much harm putting Miitomo on the MS Store. Of course, I'm not seeing it happening any time soon.
I personally hope I can get it on the Amazon App Store. If not, I can always download the .apk file for the game.
I'll give it a shot when its out in NA. A part of me still wishes it didn't come to this, but whatever keeps the company going is good.
Depend on the future titles Nintendo plans to release on mobile, I should probably get to selling my Windows Phone 8.
@Vee_Flames I' be surprised if they don't release a version of it there, as lots of devices out there don't have access to the Google Play store (especially cheap phones and tablets) so having it on an app store almost anyone can access (not to mention the abundance of cheap Fire tablets out there which kids are likely to have) would be ideal for getting as many people on board as possible.
This bodes well for them going more mobile and hopefully 3rd party in the future. When they start raking in the money on mobile, they'll see that making hardware is no longer beneficial to them.
@Quorthon If they go third party they will only make the games that sell very well soooooooo no no going third party that is a bad idea
@Nintendriat Don't even bother arguing with him on that. That's a lost cause.
There's a semi-recent thread on NeoGaf that laid out the pros and cons of Nintendo going 3rd party, which also acknowledges that Nintendo isn't immune to the AAA market forces like Quorthon seems to think (based on past discussions).
I can't play it on my rooted device...
I will definitely be giving it a try when it releases for the states later this month. I enjoyed Tomodachi so a simpler format of that for smartphones sounds pretty cool, especially since you can earn rewards playing it.
I read that thread, and there was one post where the guy who wanted Nintendo to go 3rd party and essentially suggested that Mario would sell 25 million copies a year ("50 million copies every 2 years") on Xbox One/PS4/PC...
This is, of course, despite the fact that the best selling non-bundled Mario game of all time (NSMB) sold 30 million over the course of 6-7 years on the 2nd best selling video game platform of all time. I pretty much stopped reading the thread right there...
The game didn't even crack the top 100 highest grossing apps during it's launch period, which pretty much flies in the face of anyone suggesting that the success of Miitomo will suddenly cascade into "Nintendo going 3rd party."
What Miitomo's success will do is spread brand awareness. There has to be at least a decent amount of those 1 million Miitomo users who currently doesn't own a 3DS/Wii U.
I don't understand. Why would Miitomo not making money mean that Zelda, Mario, and Metroid couldn't sell on other systems? Mario Kart Wii sold 36 million copies and Mario Kart 8 sold 7. I'd have to think there are many people out there that would like a copy that haven't or won't pick up a Wii U.
I am a bit confused with your comment. What I meant to say is that Miitomo has not generated so much money to the point where anyone at Nintendo would believe that ditching hardware and going software only is a viable option in the future.
I guess I was just thinking that I'm not sure how Miitomo sales would relate in any way to their core games.
Yeah, I'm not sure I'm impressed with the sales yet. The Wii U market is what 12+ million by now? So certainly alot of the people picking this up could already be existing fans. So question one is if this is actually reaching new users as many here have indicated. I don't know we can say that in the affirmative yet. Question two is if it does reach new users, will those users than want to buy Nintendo hardware or will they be happy with free or cheap apps. Nintendo certainly reached the blue ocean with the Wii. And then that market promptly dumped Nintendo, so I'm not sure there will be an overlap.
after slipping 2%, nintendo went up almost 8% now after launch. good work! will make my takeover more expensive but still.
I have the apk installed and I just hope more will come to it soon in updates. Version 1.0 is pretty barebones, and I can't get much out of it since none of my friends seem to care about downloading it. Maybe I will get a few returns when it gets released in the play store in NA.
God I hope so, I have high hopes for this app but I need friends lol!
Your post doesn't make sense. Every time Nintendo fans attempt to make an argument that Nintendo shouldn't go third party, it's usually the only time they admit the company is heavily flawed in a number of aspects, and would therefore fare poorly.
Nintendo would only make games that are guaranteed to sell? How is that different from now, where they take virtually zero chances on their games? They spend most of their time hitting the same notes every year and generation--Mario slapped onto the covers of half a dozen games a year. Zelda released or re-released for full prices every single year. Annual largely identical Pokemon releases. Nintendo is every bit afraid of taking chances, if not more so, as any other major corporation with too much to lose.
In many ways, it was a miracle Splatoon released at all--and do I really need to remind you that it was almost more of Nintendo afraid to experiment? It was almost just another Mario game.
I think he was talking about stuff like Fire Emblem, Kirby, Yoshi, StarFox, Paper Mario, Donkey Kong, Kid Icarus, Mario & Luigi, Rhythm Heaven, etc. aka Nintendo's B tier IP that are hardly annualized. Going 3rd party would render many of those franchises irrelevant. The PS4 and Xbox One audience isn't going to buy any of those games, especially a title like Fire Emblem and Rhythm Heaven. Even mega-hit like Animal Crossing would seriously struggle on the PS4 and Xbox One.
@Captain_Gonru Say what?
OK, maybe Wednesday night in the US, wee hours Thursday morning in the EU.
Just signed up for Verizon FIOS, then Cablevision made me a better offer w/ free Showtime, so now I'm hooked on tv series and am taking a break from gaming. I didn't know Showtime had anything other than Homeland. Oh, and the Mets start in 1 week. It's hard for me to care until we see something about NX or Zelda U. Which I predict won't be until May, so wake me up then. And now I'm waiting on my PS4 until PS4.5. Oh, and Amazon Prime gets Doctor Who tomorrow - we are so excited - 4 seasons down, 5 to go on that one.
166 hours of XCX wore me out.
@Captain_Gonru Wow, I had to sign in, that hasn't happened in years. They must finally be trying to get rid of me. Can't say I blame them.
Probably ditching FIO Stomorrow, Ipostponed my installation a week from last Thursday until this Thursday, my parents have it so I wanted to check it out at there place. It is much nicer, but not enough for me to switch for the same price, it's all about the money for me.
Oh, and I forgot we also started watching season 4 of DBZ, 3 more seasons to go as we won't watch 7-9. No time for gaming these days.
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