Miitomo is an odd app. Nintendo's pre-launch attempts to pitch it to investors left many scratching their heads, and even with its release plenty of commenters online have been relatively dismissive - lines like "I deleted after an hour" appear frequently. Yet on the flipside the app has captured the imagination of others, and also become a Mii-based meme generator thanks to Miifoto. In taking the wise move of not censoring the app, too, Nintendo has ensured that users of all types have enjoyed it in their own ways.
As for me, I've been strangely entranced by it - and I'm someone that normally makes minimal use of conventional social media because of its noise, time consuming nature and occasional ugliness. Yet I hop onto Miitomo for 15-30 minute sessions a few times a day and regret nothing; that's probably because it's far from being a typical social app.
I understand the categorisation and agree with it, I've used it myself, but it doesn't quite grasp what Miitomo is. As a result I think some users may be downloading what they think is a Nintendo take on Facebook and wonder what the heck is going on. Why is it driven by pre-set questions? What's with the clothes and the crazy Miifotos? What's the point?
Those criticisms, that it's not really a game but it's also not really social media in the conventional sense, are actually positives for me. It's taken me a day or two to figure out why that is, but I think I may have figured it out.
I recently wrote a fairly serious article on my own blog (which I won't link here because, well, that would be shameless) about the abundance of outrage (real and of the mock variety) that plagues online discourse. There are plenty of great parts of the web, and my little call to arms while on my soapbox was that we all need to change the internet economy. At present it thrives on negativity, with many of the most read articles and parts of the internet generally focused on topics to enrage people. And not important stuff that we should get angry about, either, but often minor and unimportant things that, frankly, we should treat with a bit of context and self control. Outrage and anger are everywhere online, and there's a danger it'll smother the wonders that the internet can bring.
It wasn't always this way. Before we all had smartphones and catalogued our lives with endless tweets and selfies, the internet was a scruffy, rebellious and silly place. Connections were slow and unreliable, and monthly usage limits meant most needed every click to count before their time was up. As a result it was a fun place to exchange ideas, often goofy and - yes - full of cat pictures. It was a place that was entertaining, not designed to increase blood pressure.
That's why I think I love Miitomo. It's typical Nintendo that it joined the smartphone age with an app driven by kindness and fun, and it's also brought Mii characters back to life. They'd become somewhat peripheral, yet here they become humorous versions of ourselves, happy to pose in hotpants, talk about types of bread or occasionally frown at a serious answer. Even the way the app drains my phone's battery (you can turn on Battery Saving settings to ease this) reminds me of the days when being online was a time-limited luxury. "Quick, answer a few questions before it wipes out the phone's battery!" (Perhaps not a great perk, battery saving is your friend)
It may be all in the presentation, but it just seems like it brings out the best in people. My friends in the app are a mix of 'real-life friends' and some that simply follow me on Twitter, yet in all cases people are at worst dull, at best absolutely hilarious. The line delivery from the Miis no doubt contributes to this, but this app (and the people in it) make me laugh out loud every day - what a gift that is.
There's plenty of room for improvement, which will inevitably come in updates. Miitomo Drop is only fun for about five minutes before it becomes irrelevant (I only played it when trying to get a certain outfit), and a little more customisation in terms of who we chat to would be welcome. The question-based approach is a success to me, and I genuinely feel like I understand some friends a little better after a weekend with the app, but a little more freedom to search for specific friends and have a conversation would be nice. Even an option to, for example, send a message to a fixed group saying "who's up for MK8 tonight?" would be interesting to see in the Miitomo world - Miiverse doesn't really 'work' for that. Features like these may come, or perhaps Nintendo doesn't want that level of freedom.
Beyond that though, I'm certainly a fan. I haven't even come close to spending real money, but I enjoy reading some answers, giving a few and browsing 'recent' interactions. My Nintendo works well with it, too, as I obsessively aim to hit the targets for the daily rewards.
Its longevity will be interesting to see, though - how many users will drop away after a week, or a month? Will it sustain its audience? I hope so, but regular updates and fun tweaks will be needed to achieve that. I'm also unconvinced it'll make Nintendo and DeNA much money, yet that's evidently not the key goal here - the nickel and diming may come in future free-to-start releases from the companies.
I'm well aware that some refuse to even accept Miitomo exists, or have tried it briefly and dismissed it. I was a bit of a Miitomo cynic myself, in private, but have been won over. There's something about Mii characters and the absurdity of it all that brings out the funniest, most benevolent sides of human nature - it's hard to be a prat when your Mii is doing the talking.
I certainly recommend everyone gives it a try, and also allows a few days to see if it takes hold. In this online world often full of conflict, Miitomo is a lovely place of friendship.
The game bored me after the first day tbh.
It's fairly entertaining, but I'm a bit bored of hearing what people's favourite foods are and stuff. The crane game is nothing but frustration.
I wish it were easier to get the My Nintendo coins...
I just had to click on that Mufasa one like and retweet lol.
I'm loving the app but I can't help but notice they took a lot of "inspiration" from Line Play, and I don't blame them, Line Play is extremely successful in Japan and around the world but aside from Miifoto they're not doing anything close to original.
I'm used to the free-to-start life sim(ish)/social app(ish) formula but I can see a lot of people being turned off by how limited it is if you don't use real money to buy coins to play the Pachinko.
I actually agree with you, I hate social media but miitomo has got my attention. It's not a social media per se, and at the same time you kinda get to know your friends a little better.
Sure it's not a game and can get boring if you take it too seriously, but seeing Miis being silly and reacting to answers is funny way to unwind every once in a while.
a while back, there was this novelty service where you can 'peanutize' yourself into a peanuts character. recently, there was a powerpuff girls thing that lets you make a powerpuff girls character in your image. the novelty wears off quick after use.
miitomo has more robust and thorough tools for creating your own cartoony image. for it to remain relevant afterwards is for stuff to do with your mii other than that one thing. specific mii activites help like games. good thing that's what they do at nintendo then.
Does anyone want to friend me, purely so we can cheese the hearts and comments?
I will heart you and comment 5 times a day, and vice versa?
I just want the My Nintendo coins.
I need a miitomo friend.
@Moon how can we become miitomo pals?
@mrchills We can add each other to Twitter? You can unfollow me afterwards, I don't mind
@Moon yeah man. I only have 1 miitomo friend at the moment so it's becoming a challenge to earn the daily points. Look me up on Twitter.
My twitter is twitter.com/nintendokev
I'd argue that Miitomo's biggest strength is that even if you -are- being a bit of a prat, which I've definitely indulged in with some very insincere or outright trollish answers to questions, the general absurdity of it all makes it very hard to take it too seriously.
Basically, it's hard to fish for outrage when your outlet is a mii narrating your answers in a cartoonishly exaggerated text-to-speech voice; and harder still to take it seriously when said mii is a man wearing a frilly dress and a purple wig. That's not to say it's outright impossible, just that the very design of the thing from the ground up makes attempts to do so fall flat easily.
@Moon Mittomo friends for life!
They need more ways to get platinum coins, I'm tired of logging in each day, listening and answering questions, then hope that they just get answered.
So close to getting Warioware: Touched too...
@Moon @pompanojordan is my twitter
@furryfoxman i am @pompanojordan
At first it was me my wife and 2 of my friends and I liked it. Then a few more people joined and with each I have enjoyed it more. Now I'm actively recruiting more people to join because I have more fun with more people
It frustrated me so quickly, can't figure out how to add anyone. If it at least showed our friends from the Wii U it would be a start and that would make sense.
my twitter is pompanojordan. I need miitomo friends.
I don't use Twitter or Facebook so Miitomo is useless for me at present. Not having a way to add friends besides being in the same room is ridiculous. Until that happens Miitomo has no use for me since I literally can't add friends.
I have the same problem. I have one friend because everyone else I know doesn't want the app, lol.
@ThomasBW84 - Been digging your Yardrat outfit. You can photoshop yourself into the middle of this.
@Moon There's 13 pages of links in the forum.
I think I'm done. Took way too long to face-to-face my kid, and why can't I decorate my ugly brown room that I can rotate to look at? And shouldn't they send over Miis of Reggie and Miyamoto to keep people company who don't have FB or Twitter? I'd invite smol pterodactly over but I doubt she's playing.
I think if anything Miitomo is driving more people to Twitter than to Miitomo. Nobody is being driven to FB as most people keep that separate from NL.
@rjejr Only person I haven't got who id like is my fiancé. Everyone on my course has it, seemingly, but they are anti-Nintendo. I'm conflicted XD
@JuleyJules Facebook and Twitter
If anyone wants to be my friend on Miitomo, just follow me on Twitter @TheRaginSteak and message me. I'll follow you back and send a request
Nice article! The whole part about the state of the internet speaks to me in a particular way, if only because I can drone out inside it for hours.
About Miitomo, I sure like it but I need a few more friends to be able to say what I really feel about it. But Miifotos are great, no doubt about that.
@BLPs So, everybody you don't what, not the one person you do.
Firstly, I can't understand how the hell people complain that Miitomo drains the battery power a lot. If you're going to use an app especially a game app for a long time, of course its gonna drain a lot of power. This ain't an ordinary phone. Its a smartphone which uses and requires more power.
My Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini can't even last one day if I play games on it. The same applies for the Vita and the 3DS. Can't expect 10-13 hours battery life on handhelds unless they use less power consumption and to do that, the technology needs to be weaker.
As for Miitomo, I love to get it but since I'm from Asia and that its region locked, I can't get it...which is sad to me....does Nintendo care about us guys from around Asia?
I'm really enjoying miitomo and I'd love some more friends, my twitter is @invinciblekop if anyone is interested!
For some reason, all my friends simply refuse to even download this game. It's getting boring really quickly, especially since I can't use My Nintendo.
@rjejr Nah I get her enough.
@Zemus69 feel free add and delete w/e keep in mind I'm working currently but will add all to Miitomo
I'm trying to convince my friends to try it, but currently it's single player only for me, which isn't very fun
Right now, it's my "10 platinum points a day" app. I don't use Twitter or FB, and I have no one nearby that would be interested in trying it.
Just, log on answer three questions, take off / put on Mario hat, claim coins, log out.
Wake me when the next app is revealed.
Feel free to add!
If you're an adult and spend any amount of time on this, something is seriously wrong. Seeing a character that looks like you should have an EXTREMELY short novelty period in a game, where you can do funny things like put people you don't like into cars and crash into them, or funny things like that. In an app like this? It's just plain odd. After the very first time, picturing a grown man using an app because he enjoys things like giggling at a character that looks like him shimmying and dancing and smiling after answering a question about how it likes it's toast is just creepy and weird. You're part of the problem that has been dragging Nintendo's image and ability to be taken seriously as a company down. I'm sorry, it's just how I feel.
Cracking up picturing this scenario: A 37 year old iron worker exits work. His entire body sore from his long day at work, but hey, atleast he is supporting his family. Time for leisure. What to do? Have a drink? Nah. Load up Miitomo!! "Oh my goodness, I didn't know REGINALD like SUSHI!! I DO, TOO!!" furious giggles as Miitomo does a hula hoop Eck, I'm sorry, this whole direction this company is taking makes me sick sometimes!
It's just plain silly and that's what I love about it.
It's not really a social media app though, at least not in the way we've come to expect. It's really a small talk simulator. The fact it poses questions means you never run out of things to say and the absurd Mii costumes and goofy animations make reading the replies and comments fun even with the sound off. I honestly don't think I'd have had half the topics of conversation with even my best friends if left to our own devices as I've had with mere acquaintances in Miitomo!
Facebook is too full of political rants and outrage at scandals and people moaning about when went wrong! And if it's not that it's insufferable bragging or nauseating baby pictures or those same videos that went around 5 years ago but now with added meme style text and emoji just to dumb it down as much as possible. I can escape all that in Miitomo AND indulge in my Nintendork ways
What are you on about though? Would you expect your imaginary person to boot up a rousing game of Kirby's Dream Course?
To everybody that added me... what's your Miitomo name? I've got lots of friends and I wanna make sure I can find you to give you hearts... PM if needed.
@Danrenfroe2016 I guess none of my friends on there have it or something. Such a pain. One friend does have it on twitter but doesn't show up in any list.
@Captain_Gonru ""I know they weren't doing great, but have they really been reduced to making apps?". I still haven't replied."
Here's your reply.
Miitomo has done more for Twitter than it has for Ntinedo. I'll be following all of these people on Twitter long after we all stop using Miitomo, which should be in about a ... now.
It's easier to sink time into this then I thought it would be. To be honest I'm mostly doing it for the platinum coins though.
@rjejr Glad you got it bro
The app is really entertaining, and fun to use. Most of my friends are using, so I'm actually using it the way Nintendo intents to.
Besides, 35 platinum points everyday!
Love your article Thomas, especially about the refreshing positive take of Miitomo. I find their are way to many cynics online who just can't enjoy anything(a little different and cute).
@Captain_Gonru "Even a Mii Mario for the in-store icon would have been smarter."
Well, there was that free Mario hat.
But here's how it goes. Miitomo leads me to Twitter. Twitter leads me to Suicide Girls (NSFW). SG leads me to not caring about Miitomo. (I think you'd like SG @BLPs)
They really should have led w/ Badge Arcade. And seriously, does anybody care about Zelda U anymore? Even Anouma only seems to care about TP HD. And where's NX? R&C, U4, FFXV. Not to mention VR which does nothing for me but seems to be all the rage these days. Nintendo finally releases it's "App", which was supposed to release last fall, but the rest of the world is moving on to VR.
If it weren't for the people I know on here, I might not even be on here any more. Which would probably make a lot of people happy, but I'd miss you guys. Of course thanks to Miitomo I'm now friends w/ everyone on Twitter. So it goes.
It's odd that this is what a grown man would be attracted to, though. You can't see that? You can't see why it's weird for a grown man to want to spend time in a community centered on a goofy dancing mii, talking about how cute things are in a community that is probably 80-90 percent children.
What do they enjoy about this??? I'm really the only person on this website that sees this kind of stuff??
@Pod Sure, Kirby's dream course is a fun game with great gameplay that one can play to find enjoyment. It's not personally one of my favorite franchises, but I find nothing wrong with it. It's a game, not a social app to connect with other people.
Are you suggesting there's no difference between Kirby's Dream Course and Miitomo? Are you relating them because they're both cartoony and OK for kids, because that's not the issue I have with Miitomo.
Kirby's Dream Course is a game. It's fun and you play it to challenge yourself. Who cares if it's colorful?
Miitomo is a social app, just like FB, Twitter, and a bunch of others. It's purpose is to connect with other people by using silly cartoon representations of yourself. It's not gameplay. It's just looking for facts about people and watching a cartoon dance to them. It's weird for a grown man to enjoy that.
It's not weird for a grown man to enjoy these things; you're being really narrow-minded about this. I get that's your opinion, but the way you phrase it comes off as really condescending. I know Miitomo isn't for everyone; but for those it is for, they have a multitude of reasons for enjoying it. Just leave those people be, jeez.
@rjejr Why would I need that when I've got my fiance? XD and don't worry mate.I like ya, we should get an alternative method of communication. Lord knows the comments here make JD short in supply sometimes.
And yeah...where is R&C? ;p
Sorry that it's coming off as condescending. I just can't get over it. Yuck.
To me it's like a grown man playing with dolls or something. Totally creeps me out and I honestly instantly think less of a person.
I'm obviously not alone, either, as consumers seem to be running for the hills away from Nintendo! Visit the forums of any site that isn't Nintendo-centric like this one. I'm not alone. I probably need to leave this website Me being with Nintendo is like being with an ex that was at one time so good that you simply forgive every mistake she makes for 10 years hoping she goes back to who you remember! But, she's not going back!
Funny that you mention that. When I was originally typing my comment up, I actually questioned whether to even call it a game, and just putting quotes around the word game.
Basically, I agree with you.
It's ok. Its a bit of a chore to use just for coins, but I can't help but kinda be entertained by it.
I'm sure the general smartphone loving populace would LOVE it though...
@Moon I'm Marty Flan on Miitomo
First thing tomorrow I'll give you what you need, or if I'm still up in an hour. It's almost tomorrow, here in the UK. Unless you still need some hearts and comments today?
Did you add me on twitter? that'll help me find you
I think people shouldn't act like playing Nintendo is some sort of committed relationship, where they've been abused somehow, because it's not.
Nintendo just makes fun games and some people like playing them. If you enjoy their games, there's no reason to avoid them. Play them, love them and have tons of fun! It's just games! Not politics or relationships.
The people who hate Nintendo- the ones you were talking about on other websites, are exactly the same group of people who act like playing games is some sort of serious commitment where the console somehow "offended them" because it didn't do this or that.
Those people are taking a lighthearted hobby meant to be enjoyed as entertainment, and treating it like it's a serious personal matter. It's just video games! Either you enjoy playing them or you don't. So if you like their games then play them, and if you don't, then don't. It's a game, no different than chess or hopscotch. Who in their right mind goes on a website and talks crap about hopscotch with their friends? If you dislike the game you're probably not going to talk about it or think about it.
Nice article. Many people with their short attention spans will stop using this with only a bit of time in it, but stay with it and learn what it has to offer and people may enjoy it more than they think.
@rjejr Suicide Girls? Really? The oh so Gothic-yet-not-actually-Gothic naughty girls? (man, I hate over-usage of tattoos and piercings) And how the heck does Twitter link to that? What's on a man's mind, I say...
And here I thought you were more the "a good book" type, seeing you dance in a library and all... Oh, wait...
Here's some better stuff to tide you over for the next few days/weeks:
Since our conspiratory friend with the husky voice has taken a leave of absence from YouTube, it seems that some others have taken over, and most notably so PlayerEssence, a semi-reliable site which often has verified news, and the last couple of days they have posted quite a few new NX related videos, amongst which a "verified by Reddit" hardware info video.
To be taken with a modicum of salt obviously, but interesting nonetheless...
In order of appearance on YouTube:
@BLPs Nice to see you sticking your head around the corner a bit more often again lately. More often than not your comments are good for a bit of a chuckle, which is nice at the end of a working day.
Go easy on the JD; to experience life to the fullest, one needs to be sober most of the time. Especially when one has a lady friend. (unless she drinks right along with you, making it a completely different story)
Anyways, don't let the lesser Gods on here chase you away again, they're not worth it.
@TheRealThanos You would be amazed what Twitter links to man. I mean good lord.
I've been really ill lately. My medication started to falter again but its back up now. I don't drink nearly at all anymore due to that. Even caffeine is off (If the palpitations today are a warning), and everything tastes weird. Cherry Coke is my drink of choice because its the ONLY liquid that doesn't taste vile.
And my fiancé doesn't drink. She's a cuddler so use of my arms for keyboard purposes is a nono. Sadly there are some threads where I just turn around and say Hell No before even commenting. And they'll get me down sometimes. If not all the time. If anyone needs me they nab me on Facebook or Skype or bang on my door....or nudge me until they decide I'm ticklish...
And I totally haven't bought her a 3DS and an eternity ring for her birthday. Nope.
Liking it much more than I expected to. I mean I was going to keep an open mind, but I keep spending too much time on it. All I have on there is my wife and an old friend from high school. So far it's a great mix of activity and laughs.
I had been sour on Miis for awhile, but now I love that little Mii and keep dressing miiself up in different outfits. I love the way the voices and animations liven up the comments.
Like the story author says, I'm not sure how long it will last, but Nintendo can slowly add features.
Miiverse connections should be made possible maybe. Or just some other simpler way than twitter and facebook maybe. But really, integrating with the greater social landscape is an important goal for this app. Using them for non-locals is a good way to get this spread out early on.
My old friend has been away from Nintendo for a long time and he pops up as a miitomo user when I checked facebook friends. Now we are connecting in silly ways and he is impressed with how polished the app is.
I'm not seeing any downsides to this foray into mobile for Nintendo.
@BLPs You'd better mean "New" 3DS. The other model is already out of style...
As long as you play it as intended which is usually a few minutes a day then you will be more likely to appreciate it. Nintendo has already stated that they intend to add new features to the game which would help its longevity considerably though you have to remember that this isn't a true game in the vein of Tomodachi Life, it wasn't intended as such and even if it was it wouldn't be given away for free. Enjoy it for it is and if it isn't for you then that's okay, Nintendo will make true games for the App store soon enough.
I'm in it for the Platinum Points, but does have a strange, honestly stupid charm to it. I have no plan of getting really into it (other than the "change clothes, answer three questions, and buy/win some clothes" thing). I don't think it will have much longevity in its current state.
I kept an open mind with this, but I can safely say, meh.
There's just not much to it. They need to add a lot more, and fast, if they want people to keep playing 2 weeks from now.
@TheRealThanos Regular 3DS XL. With Pokémon X. I apologised for that game, I was aiming to get her OR/AS. And I don't like X/Y. Also got her a neat eternity ring, and a leather rose. And I'm planning an expensive date for her birthday later this month, because her family never does anything (They're going to get a talking to!), and that's gonna come close to £250-£300 as is.($350-$430)
She doesn't care about WHAT it is, her OG DS has finally died, after a good 10 years. I think shes gone and got me an imported amiibo or something. She usually brings me a gift when she comes and stays.
@BLPs Just pulling your leg, my friend. And good luck with all that ails you. Hope you overcome it, or that you'll at least get it down to an acceptable/manageable level.
Its really fun when you see friends of friends reacting to threads of comments and nonsense. Really, I feel the apps enjoyability is relient on how foolish you can be as well as sincerity. Its a much better supplement to social media than a social media app itself though, since I find myself bouncing between it and twitter, Twitter being my main focus
I think "strange" and especially "compelling" are words far too strong to describe Miitomo. It's not half as strange as, say, Tomodachi Life. And compelling? Debatable, I guess it's a matter of opinion. I think Miitomo is okay but nothing to scream from the rooftops about.
The only reason I am using Miitomo is because of it's connection to the new My Nintendo rewards. I lost interest in the app pretty quickly but the Miitomo coins can be used for discounts on downloadable games or to get the Zelda Picross game for 3DS. I can go on once a day for a few minutes and earn those coins.
So even in your description of Miitomo you are pointing out how in fact it's different from those other social apps.
And I'm not comparing the two of Kirby and Miitomo. I'm pointing out that Nintendo's been making games since they started making games that probably wouldn't appeal to the exaggerated persona you came up with.
I get that Miitomo isn't an actual game. And I'm likely not going to use it myself. But Nintendo's releasing it on smart devices exactly because it isn't an actual game. The audience on mobile obviously doesn't really have the time or patience for traditional games anyway.
Rather make a fun app that grabs you some mindshare then.
Not censoring anything was genius. Every time I log in I get friends visiting me saying the most outrageous stuff they can think of, and it makes me laugh every time to see a Mii saying it. Hope this is a sign of a more "open" Nintendo
I disagree, I think it's boring. There's very little to do in it. I find myself logging in just for the daily bonuses and then closing it again. Maybe it'll evolve into something better.
Yes i love swearing on Miitomo!
the last update (1.1.2) removes the rooted devices's blocking
@UsualNoise So outside of the many, many ways to add friends that 3,000,000,000 people worldwide use, there isn't a way to add friends. K
@LetsGoRetro I have over 100 miitomo friends, all but 3 of which are in their 30s and 40s. Most are married with kids. Maybe you're just out of touch with the world?
@JaxonH Question - did you set up another Twitter account just for Miitomo? I'm already Miitomo "Friends" with "Jaxon" wearing a brown wool hat, but Miitomo is now suggesting "ActionJax" on Twitter with a Mario cap. It's the same smug smirk w/ the soul patch. (I also have 3 freinds requests from people I don't know, probably from the forums, but that's not your problem.)
@TheRealThanos @BLPs keeps trying to guy into hiding but I keep summoning him back, misery loves company. And yeah, those SGs. I got a weakness for goth/Death. And speaking of comics (Death headlines my collection), was going thru them last night, and while Thanos never really had his own long term series he ruled Silver Surfer. One of my favorite covers. (Too lazy to scan my own, this will do.)
And this being a Miitomo thread, no chance going off topic, the entire app is off topic for a gaming website.
@rjejr A weakness for death? How does that even work?
Guess I'll have to re-watch that library video again...
(by the way: was it burgundy sweater guy or not?)
@TheRealThanos Long sleeve t-shirt, not a sweater. Yes that's me.
"A weakness for death? How does that even work?"
Funny, coming from a guy who's avatar's entire existence is based on being in love with and worshiping death? Or is the irony lost on you?
So two people on my Facebook have this app and none on my Twitter...or am I missing something? Anyways, how do you add people from here? My twitter name is JLPFreak1 and I have Facebook...what do you do to add???
@rjejr "Or is the irony lost on you?"
No, it isn't. Just didn't see you as the Goth/Death/Black magic type. Sorry for calling your long sleeve a sweater, but no one will ever be able to accuse me of being a clothes specialist, so to me it is more or less "call it what it looks like". Next time I'll make sure to get it right and not accuse you of standing in front of a cheese farm in your Bermuda's and Nike Jesus...
Have a confession to make, though: besides my avatar's hobby's I myself am also ever so slightly into death. Lady Death, that is (from Chaos Comics. And primarily the original series, not the current one)
I used to collect all special edition comics, I have an action figure, the Lady Death anime and also collected the spin-offs Purgatori (https://d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net/n_iv/600/1249927.jpg) and Evil Ernie (http://i.imgur.com/26AnYTO.jpg).
Great stuff and probably one of the most interesting independent comic labels back then, together with Dark Horse Comics. Nowadays they are far too commercial, so I lost interest...
@rjejr Its like Mira. YOU CANNOT LEAVE!!!!
Miitomo is a fraction of a game. Doing anything fun costs too much money. The best thing about it is that it's uncensored.
But whatever it's free. But what really twists my knackers is how much stock industry analysts put into the existence of a Nintendo app. They're the most vapid and empty reasons for valuing Nintendo. They game features none of Nintendo's beloved characters and has only a handful of things to do. Hope you like answering questions
@TheRealThanos Only 1 Death for me, Gaiman and Bachalo's. Yours is a bit too, um, womanly for my liking.
If it makes you feel any better in college I colored my white Pro Keds in black w/ a Sharpie and only listed to Black Flag, Bad Brains and the Misfits. Good times.
Ya, that's me.
My main NNID is tied to my black New 3DS XL, which I use for luxurious home gaming. It has at least 100 VC/indie games on it- a splendid little handheld for gaming.
But, I have a smaller New 3DS with Fire Emblem Fates faceplates, and the matching Fates theme, and all the Fire Emblem games digitally + all DLC (have that on my main XL too of course), and about 12 or so of my fave retail games digitally, and about 12 of my fave VC/indies.
Basically it's my "on-the-go" 3DS. It's smaller size is perfect for sliding into my back jeans pocket or inside coat pocket before work every day. I figured hey, why not set up a 2nd account. Since I only buy digital on that 3DS anyways I'd hate to not get coins for it. Plus it helped me do a face to face Miitomo friend add for +100 coins to both accounts
@rjejr Hey, if I'm supposed to fall in love with Death, then she damn well better have some curves on her or I'll pass...
Coloring their sneakers with sharpies: who didn't do that back in the eighties and nineties. I did as well...
Ah... the Misfits... those are some fond memories...
@JaxonH So you made a new Twitter account for your new NNID for your new 3DS? Are you answering questions for both Miitomo accounts? At some point won't you wind up splitting your MyN points that way? I'm worried about that a bit as my wife, kids and I shared all of our coins under a "Family account" umbrella under the old Club Nintendo but there doesn't seem to be that option under NNID, NA, MyN.
I'll friend both of your account names, but I'm mostly over Miitomo until we can decorate our rooms at least. I pretty much treat NL as my very own Miitomo social media site, in case you hadn't noticed.
@TheRealThanos There's only 1 cartoon band I'm interested in.
Though Josie and the Pussycats did have a great theme song, but Scooby Doo was my favorite back then and I saw them as too obviously derivative.
I don't need Miitomo for "surprisingly strange and compelling".
@rjejr No, indeed we don't. We have Nintendo Life for that...
add mii if you'd like.
I literally made a twitter account just for this miitomo thing.
outrageous. truly, truly, truly outrageous!
@ThomasBW84: Nice article about Miitomo! I think you've nailed down a couple of important things about the app. I feel similarly about it, it brings you a few laughs every day and I use it regularly, but not too extensively.
I also agree about the abundance of negativity online (a thorn in my eyes for quite some time), guess I'll start reading your blog too then.
About the evolution of the internet: I feel like you left out almost a whole decade between the rise of smartphones and tweets (last 5-8 years) and the times where connections were slow and limited (90's). In the 90's the internet was in fact scruffy and non-mainstream, but surely not as silly as nowadays.
I actually feel like the sillyness online is a rather new development of the last 5-6 years. Before that, no one cared about cat pictures (I still don't get it) and the majority of users didn't even know what a 'meme' is (it's still a meaningless word to me). Low-quality-content sites like 9gag where irrelevant back then and I'm sure they still would if there was no Facebook etc.
And regarding Miitomo: I didn't try out its "games" (are they even games? looks more like it's totally random and not skill-based) as they just don't interest me. I don't even know why they put them into the app as they look really low-quality to me (watched a video on Polygon).
Also, what actually surprised me is that you wrote it took you 1-2 days to figure out what the app does. Wasn't that already clear before it was even released? At least for me it was (don't get me wrong, I'm not judging or anything), the app was exactly what they said it was and what I imagined.
Ya, already had a second Twitter for amiibo alerts and low stock item alerts. So I used that one.
It's not a matter of "splitting my points"- I mean yes, I will have points split between accounts, but, it's actually better that way. With 1 account, I can only redeem 1 code of Zelda Picross. No possible way to get a second code for my "on-the-go" 3DS. But with a second account, I can. Same for WarioWare Touched, which will be my next plat goal for each device after I grab my 2nd Zelda Picross tomorrow (just 10 coins shy on 2nd account).
My gold goal is the MyNintendo exclusive VC game DKC Returns Wii for the Wii U. Not sold in eShop so I definitely wanna scoop that before July 1st when the offer for that game ends.
@JaxonH Well good to see you found something else to do now that amiibo appear to be readily available. I'm just reserving all my energy for NX.
@rjejr Totally off topic , but I just HAD to share the latest batch of NX rumors of this week with you:
Obviously, salt pitcher at the ready, but more and more, some particular items keep coming back, so I'm going to pull the "where there's smoke..." card here...
And a lot actually sounds (or is beginning to sound due to the tidal wave of rumors lately) quite plausible and well within the financial ball park of what I think the console is going to cost (somewhere between $299 - $399, depending on what's in the box)
Anyways, enjoy them and let me know what you think. Cheers...
@TheRealThanos "let me know what you think."
I think I'm glad this has nothing to do with Allison Rapp.
I should ba ble to watch them later I think, oven woudln't light, dinner is late.
@rjejr No rush, man. I'll be around here for quite some time to come. I think...
The clips are in chronological order: 4th, 5th and 6th of april, so they posted one clip every day this week and there is going to be another one tomorrow, supposedly going into some newer leaks, or more details on what has been leaked so far, since the guy that the leaks are coming from is still being verified as we speak by both Reddit and NeoGAF moderators.
He has a partial seal of approval from them, alluding to him knowing at least something, but if he passes all verification marks, then he should be the real deal.
I also actually like these videos because the two or three guys making them sound really down to earth and genuine, and there's no conspiratory tone to their stories.
As for Allison Rapp: at first I was p*** off that I couldn't comment in the first article, and now having read all the comments in the second article, I don't feel the need anymore to do so. A whole bunch of much ado about nothing. People lose their jobs every day doing something stupid, so yeah... not interesting.
@TheRealThanos So how long until we get some real NX news?
@rjejr I'm expecting something after Nintendo's financial meeting on the 27th, so either the day after or somewhere in May.
@rjejr Here's the leaker's Reddit thread, if that video wasn't elaborate enough for you:
That continuing thread is also the source of these current rumor videos and will be the source for the next couple of videos as well, since the leaker posts everything there. Might be interesting to keep an eye on it to see if this guy checks out in the end...
@TheRealThanos That NX question was sort of redundant. Or really more like kids in a car asking "Are we there yet?". Hardware in early May - after SFZ releases and sells for a week or 2 - software at E3.
Going to go watch those vids now. Well some of them, well see how it goes and I'll let ya know.
@TheRealThanos Well if the Reddit guy has anything to do w/ the vids then no point watching him, he's being torn to shreds on Reddit, and convincingly so.
And thank goodness too, we don't need Mario Lopez as the NX spokesperson.
@rjejr Screech might be a better candidate for a console geek forum...
From what I could tell, the Reddit forum wasn't updated since last night, so the question if he is going to prove himself is still open.
He says he is going to come with more proof, and there's also a thread going on NeoGAF, and those guys are saying that Reddit verification isn't worth diddly squat, so... I guess we'll find out soon enough.
Most of the rumors in these leaks I sent you sound plausible and okay to me. The only thing that bothers me is the slow RAM and personally, I also wonder about the few details shared on the handheld/controller. Other than that, I'll reserve judgment for later, as usual ...
@rjejr How did you come up with Lopez anyway? Did I overlook something on Reddit? (mind you: could be perfectly possible. It was around 2 o'clock in the morning here, when I made that comment)
@rjejr The videos aren't made by him nor has he anything to do with them. PlayerEssence is a site that reports on all consoles, news and rumors and it is simply their choice to do a YouTube series on the NeoGAF/Reddit rumors about the NX. And they are quite realistic about them too, which you will have noticed if you've already watched them.
@TheRealThanos "Extra" is Lopez long running TV show since 1994, the name of the TV show is called "Extra" and the rumour guy said NX was going to be called "Nintendo Extra" so I didn't think it was that much of a leap. Nobody would call it "Nintendo Extra" or "NEX" everybody would just call it "The Extra". And I think that's the Reddit guy's joke - NX would be "the extra" console to PS4 and Xbox One.
I've decided to skip the vids for now, too much bogusness. It's like you and I are Bill and Ted and the NX rumours are Death in the background laughing at us.
And that 12GB RAM, 3 for the OS. That's insane. MS and Sony are much more multimedia focused. And why would NX games need 9GB when the other 2 consoles are getting by w/ 5 or 6? What game is going to use 9GB? And if it isn't 8GB then it's 16GB, everything doubles in tech, 12 makes no sense. Who is going to make them a 12GB chip? Or do they put in 1 8 and a 4 and somehow get that to work properly - I know from many years of PC experience that's not the optimum set up. And 2 6GB, well I've never heard of 6GB chips. It will be 8GB.
Anything else the guy said I could make up, and you could make up even better. 1 more month.
@rjejr Normally, I'd agree that wasn't too much of a leap. Except for the fact that this show isn't aired here or in any other European country I know, so I never heard of it. Last time I saw that guy on the TV here was in saved by the bell...
12GB really isn't such a stretch. Current gaming PC's have 16GB on average to be able to deliver 1080p gaming at a steady 60fps and both the Xbox One and PS4 are really struggling to accomplish that, so they are by no means the yard stick that any other console should measure itself by. Unless it wants to do better, and that should be entirely feasible.
And you can pair two banks on a motherboard, so two banks of 4GB and two of 2GB, making 12GB. It's not optimal, but you also have to remember that consoles, even though at some level they are starting to look more like PC's, are still customized pieces of hardware and are programmed differently too, so PC rules only partially apply.
The thing that sounded really off to me was the type of RAM, because that is really old, DDR3 and the benefits of having more vs having faster RAM aren't the thing to go for in an enclosed box like a console.
But I'll hold for now until the 27th. I'm VERY interested to know if it's just going to be the usual financial charts and related mumbo-jumbo or if they will actually release a bit of information on anything other than that...
My patience is wearing thin, which is why I decided to entertain myself with these rumors, true or not. I need something, ANYTHING to tide me over until E3 2016...
@TheRealThanos Yeah, waiting on NX is annoying me, and all I care about these days is getting my hands on a PS4 or PS4k for FFXV, must be killing Nintendo home console fans - 3DS still has games w/ MH Generations and Pokemon Sun and Moon. Look at this "Coming Soon" games list on the Ntineod US website. It's downright dreadful after SF. (They should at least add Paper Mario and Zelda in at the end just b/c)
I don't care if NX has to go up against Xbox Onepointfive, PS4k and PS VR this holiday, Wii U is done. Done, done, done.
@rjejr If I may give you a piece of advice: getting a PS4K just for FFXV isn't worth it: the reason it is being made in the first place is PSVR because a normal PS4 can't handle the strict demands that Sony also wanted from VR games: a rock solid 60fps and preferably Full HD. Hence the introduction of PS4K and they will probably also position it in the market as a medium to play the new UHD Blu-rays.
But "normal" 4K games however, or even considerably upscaled games will be in short supply and people thinking that this is going to happen (obviously speaking in general, not pointing at you, since I reckon you're smarter than that) are deluding themselves. Think of it like the DSi to the DS, the New 3DS to the 3DS or even the later models PS3 and Xbox 360 to their older versions: all slightly more powerful and efficient, but by no means a landslide difference, and the PS4K isn't going to be a generational leap either, so all you'd be doing is paying more for something that you'll not even get the most out of, seeing as you don't like VR. Don't know how you feel about UHD movies, but even then, you'd also need a 4K TV.
So, in short: the PS4K is primarily meant for people wanting Sony's VR goggles and also for people wanting to play UHD movies on it.
The guys from Digital Foundry recently wrote an interesting piece for Eurogamer on all the possible scenarios concerning the PS4K and the pros and cons of each of them. It's an interesting read:
And like some other smart men have also said: Sony is not going to anger more than 40 million current PS4 owners by replacing the old PS4 with this new one and making games exclusively for that (besides the VR games). So in development, the standard PS4 will still be the main target.
And on a side note that is also great news for the NX, because PS4K will not be a threat to NX (or Xbox One) like some anonymous idiots are already shouting all over the web for the past two weeks or so. (NX dead on arrival, PS4K is gonna kill the other two consoles etc. )
And that (provided NX is on par or slightly stronger than the other two) also means that development of third party titles should be very easy across all three consoles and we may see a very healthy library of games for the next couple of years.
@TheRealThanos I thought you avoided Sony like the plague?
Thanks for all of that, but I think we're on the same page. I'm not waiting for the PS4k b/c I want one, but b/c I don't like buying old tech. Also, PS4 price may drop when PS4k releases if they try to keep PS4k at the current PS4 price. But much like the NX, nobody knows for sure. I may just buy a PS4 when Uncharted 4 comes out. I'm not going to buy the $400 collectors edition, but if Target wants to sell me a U Trilogy PS4 for $350 and throw in U4 then I might bite. (Target is selling Xbox One for $299 this week w/ Quantum Break included.) Throw in a $50 GC, or 10% off w/ Cartwheel (a discount app for shopping at Target, you might not have heard of it, small scale thing, but consoles are on it almost weekly) and I'm almost certainly there. I don't need a fancy PS4, just a cheap PS4 and a game I need.
@rjejr Ever heard of Sun Tzu? "Know thy enemy"...
I came across the article because I was browsing for some info to stomp some idiots into the ground with. (the "NX is dead on arrival because of PS4K" idiots I mentioned earlier)
@TheRealThanos "Don't feed the trolls." That's pretty much my online mantra.
And I think PS4k is next Feb/March, soft launch, Sony doens't want to distract anyone from it's $400 PS VR push this holiday. NX may die b/c Nitneod doesn't market well, but PS4k won't be a factor. PS4 might w/ the right price and games, but "4k" doesn't matter for NX.
@rjejr Yeah, I know intellectually not to feed them, but sometimes, when I'm having a slightly less good day, there's only so much stupidity that this middle-aged sales professional can take, and I just feel a burning desire to correct them...
@TheRealThanos Been there, done that.
Something your Eurogamer article left out that I think is related to PS4k, well the "4k" part at least. Sony this week rolled out it's 4k "Ultra" streaming service in the US, with the catch being it currently only works on Sony branded 4k tvs. Only a matter of time now before they announce a PS4k to output "Ultra". It might not even need the blu ray player, just the streaming service. "PS4k Ultra" has a nice ring to it, don't you think?
@rjejr Yeah, that was to be expected. So it supports what I said about them also positioning it as a UHD media device, either through disc-based media or streaming like you said.
Either way, that still makes it the same decision: want a VR machine or a UHD media device? Go PS4K. Only want a game console? Stick with the standard PS4.
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