Nintendo has announced it’s discontinuing Miitomo, the company’s first smartphone app. Starting today, Nintendo will stop selling Miitomo coins and will only gift them to users through promotions. Any unused coins users have bought but haven’t used will be refunded by the company. Additionally, all operations surrounding the app will end on May 9th.
Miitomo focused on providing a social space for users to utilize by disguising as a Mii, the company’s version of an avatar. Considering there’s already so many social apps, it’s not surprising to see the service shut down so unexpectedly. Miitomo hasn’t seen much buzz since its launch, either. I personally tried it for a couple of weeks but finally uninstalled it because things just got boring.
Whether Miitomo was just a test by Nintendo to dip their toes into the waters of smartphone gaming remains unknown, but at least the company is seeing success in other apps. Super Mario Run seems to be going pretty well, and I’m sure Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem will as well. But for those of you who actually enjoyed Miitomo, today’s news won’t sit easy.