Nintendo’s First Mobile App, Miitomo Is Shutting Down On May 9
Miitomo is Nintendo’s first smart phone “game”. In reality it was a sort of communication app where friends could view and comment on answers to questions you answered. At first it was a novel idea and I spent a good month or two checking in daily. But, it soon became too repetitive and the lack of compelling updates really killed the fun. Really the only thing I used it for was to create special Mii photos for Nintendo Times Radio podcasts.
Now Nintendo of Japan has announced it’s pulling the plug on Miitomo. The Japanese site, as translated by Google gives this explanation of details:
Notice of closing application “Miitomo” application for smartphone
Thank you very much for your continued patronage of our products.
We recently decided to terminate the service on May 9, 2018 (Wednesday) on the application “Miitomo” for smartphones which started distribution on March 17, 2016.
“Miitomo” service termination
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (Wednesday) 16:00 (Japan time)
Also, with the termination of the service, we closed the sale of “Miitomo Coin” at 10:00 am on Thursday January 25, 2018 (Thursday). In the future, we plan to offer Miitomo coins and game tickets as a login bonus so that you can enjoy “shop” and “Otoshi Mii” until the end of the service.
Please refer to the Miitomo official website for details of the application’s response to the termination of the service .
We are sorry for the customers who have enjoyed it, thank you for your understanding.
In addition, we will issue a refund (※) of unused “Miitomo coins (paid)” after the service is terminated according to laws and ordinances. For details of procedures etc, we will inform you again on Miitomo official website after service is over .
※The subject of the refund is unused Miitomo coins (paid) purchased in Japanese yen by the end of the service.
※The process of refund is done from within the application. Until then please do not delete the application.
*You can check unused Miitomo coins (paid) in “Menu” → “Others” → “Customer support” → “Miitomo coin unused balances” in the application.
Thank you very much for your continued patronage from the beginning of service.
Nintendo is pulling the plug on Miitomo on May 9th. https://t.co/rh0Ko1NoPt
— Kyle McLain (@FarmboyinJapan) January 25, 2018
— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) January 25, 2018
Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He’s currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.