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January 2018 Retro Gaming Article


January 24, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Nintendo's first mobile game, Miitomo, is shutting down in May

Miitomo is shutting down
While lacking the excitement of Nintendo console games, Miitomo was Nintendo's initial commitment to mobile success.
For years and years, Nintendo fans have been wondering why Super Mario Bros or Donkey Kong weren't being unleashed on the mobile market by their owner, Nintendo. Often misunderstood, but always savvy, Nintendo knows the kind of games best for each of their platforms from home game consoles to handhelds like the 3DS. I think they have a good handle on how to best play their games!

Miitomo seemed quite similar to Tomodachi Life with it's turn-based interaction and desire to make players more social with one another. If wasn't the tank battle game you'd been playing against your buddies. Miitomo sought to bolster friendships and generate social scenarios so players might learn more about each other. I like that concept, but I was never able to discern one character from another. The socializing didn't build on anything other than some interesting chats.

Miitomo's End Is Near

Despite it being Nintendo's first mobile foray, it is coming to an end on May 9. The servers are being shut down. As of January 24, you can no longer buy in-game currency. I grew to like the game, but it didn't retain me. I'd periodically go back to it and have a good time, but it didn't draw me in like other mobile games.

However, when I think back on it, I'll miss some of the costumes and accessories I bought/won. And I'll miss the Babymetal poster I had on one of my walls. It's sad to see Miitomo go, but Nintendo's commitment to mobile gaming seems strong and we'll have to see how Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp fare over time.

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