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Miitomo is Nintendo’s newest—and first—phone app. What is essentially a simple Q&A program has been given the blessing of the Nintendo name and experienced explosive growth: within the first day of release in the United States the app had already gathered 3 million users. Despite this, the game has its fair share of major issues which can’t be ignored.

The app consists of an avatar that users create, similar to a Mii that may have been made on a Wii, that will ask questions or deliver what friends have answered. The Mii lives in a  non-customizable house where you can invite friends’ avatars over or visit their houses. The bulk of the interaction consists of simple questions like “what did you eat last night,” or “what is your favorite TV show,” are frequently asked. Those responses are shared with your friends on the app, who have the choice to like or comment on them.

“The questions are pretty stupid, the fun part is finding the funniest possible thing to say in response to them,” Danny Kuchler (12) said.

Having extremely entertaining friends is a requirement for this game: since the entirety of the entertainment in this app comes from your friends’ responses, without friends who are absolutely hilarious, you won’t be entertained finding out what your friends actually ate last night for dinner. Not included is any sort of swearing filter, so you can say literally anything you want to and it will be shared with everybody. What could be used as a method so share vulgar responses is almost always used to make a joke better than it would be censored.

The game’s cardinal sin is that the overall goal is pretty ambiguous, the only thing to spend money on is clothing and accessories for the character, nothing that really progresses the game further than when you first started. This contributes to an overall lack of any replayability.

“I had no reason to play the game anymore after I ran out of coins and heard every response,” Henry McMurray (12) said.

After the first few days of playing it, it will have exhausted every activity and displayed every bite of information from every friend, who will have likely also abandoned the app after it got boring to them. Adding friends is also needlessly difficult: it requires being in the same physical location, forcing long-distance friends unable to be in the same room to connect the app through Facebook and Twitter to become friends.

5/10: While it’s great fun for the first few days, Miitomo becomes entirely pointless very quickly and will likely result in a total dropoff of user activity very shortly.

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