Miitomo has finally arrived in Japan, after years of fevered demands for Nintendo to start releasing smartphone apps. But Nintendo being Nintendo, things were never going to be quite as simple as sticking Super Mario Bros. on the iPhone and calling it a day. What we have instead is a social app for iOS and Android that might not star Mario or Link, but still couldn’t be more Nintendo if it tried.
Nintendo didn’t reveal too many details about Miitomo in advance, but the clue’s in the name; the app is a mashup of Miiverse, the company’s social network it launched with the Wii U, and Tomodachi Life, the weird friend-collecting toy for the 3DS. And although you start out in Miitomo the same way, by creating your own simplistic Mii avatar