Nintendo Shutting Down Miitomo, Its first Mobile Game

Nintendo has decided to end support for its first-ever smartphone game: Miitomo. The company’s first foray into smartphone games was less than impressive to save the least. Many expected the company to first release a game based on its popular character Mario but instead, they got Miitomo — a weird game where players interact with Mii characters, talk to them, and more.

The game did not do particularly well despite its free price tag and now unsurprisingly, Nintendo has decided to put an end to the game. The company has announced that Miitomo servers will shut down on May 9 after which the game will simply stop working. The game was originally released in Japan in March 2016 before being available across major markets by the end of the month. The game allowed players to purchase Miitomo coins that could be used to purchase items in the game for your Mii character. Nintendo has already put an end to these coins in the game before it kills the game completely later this year.

As a consolation, Nintendo will be offering 2,000 Miitomo coins and 5x game tickets to Miitomo players as a daily login bonus.

Miitomo was a very unconventional game so it was not surprising that it did not find many takers. Nintendo only met with success in the mobile gaming department with the release of Super Mario Run towards the end of 2016. That game was heavily advertised by Apple, with almost all banners on the App Store highlighting the game for days before its official release. The game was free to download and play for the first three levels. Despite its success, the game did not do well financially for Nintendo.

After that, Nintendo has gone on to release ‘Fire Emblem Heros‘ and ‘Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp‘, both of which did far better than Miitomo.

[Via Miitomo]