Miitomo

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Make a mini-me to talk with friends, take pics, play game.

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age 11+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

App walks players through all setup options and first-time play. Still, expect to spend some time exploring before knowing how to fully navigate.

Violence

There are no filters, so content is dependent on users.

Sex

There are no filters, so content and language used in the answers to questions and chats will vary according to user.

Language

There's no language filter, so content and language used in the answers to questions and chats will vary according to user.

Consumerism

Can be used without spending money (coins are given once a day in the daily bonus and via answers to or likes on friends' questions), but in-app purchases are available without a parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are no filters, so content used in the answers to questions and chats will vary according to user.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miitomo is a social-networking app by Nintendo that uses self-customized "miis" to represent real players. Communication on Miitomo mostly centers on answering and commenting on random questions that the app generates ("What's your favorite food?" and "What do you do to relieve stress?"). According to the terms of service, players must be age 13 or older to use this app. Connect with friends (up to 1,000) via Facebook, Twitter, Nintendo, or an in-person, device-to-device option. Every time a player comments on a friend's answer, she gets coins to spend on mii clothing, and users can purchase coins with real money through ungated in-app purchases. There's also a pinball-like game called Miitomo Drop and a feature called Miifoto, which inserts miis (your own and your friends) into real photos. Read the privacy policy to find out about the type of information collected and shared.

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Kid, 12 years old August 20, 2016

Miitomo: Nintendo's First App Is Good

I enjoy Miitomo, and definitely prefer it over some other mobile apps. However, you need a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or whatever the hell in order to do mor... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 16, 2016

What's it about?

To create an account on MIITOMO, register by providing your date of birth. Once registered, you can link a Facebook, Twitter, or Nintendo account. Then, players create a "mii" version of themselves by taking a photo with a phone or other device and designing one from scratch with the multitude of options for appearance and personality. Connect with friends (up to 1,000) via social media, Nintendo, or an in-person, device-to-device options. Every time players comment on a friend's answer, they get points to spend on mii clothing. If you've enabled push notifications for this app, you'll also get a notice every time a friend comments. Play Miitomo Drop to win candy, get free coins through a daily bonus, and insert your mii into photos from your device's camera roll. If there aren't enough coins to buy an item, a user can get more coins with real money through in-app purchases.

Is it any good?

Creating, styling, and communicating with your mii is pretty fun, although this app has even more potential for greatness. This social network is definitely unique and brings something new to the flooded messenger market. Watching your own likeness move around in the pinball-like Miitomo Drop game feels surreal, and more quirky games such as this could make this app an even more engaging experience. The miifoto mash-up of miis placed in real images can be laugh-out-loud funny, and players can dress their mii in some seriously eclectic clothes. To become an app that teens will use multiple times daily, Miitomo likely needs more options for communication, more games to earn coins, and more places and things for the miis (how about pets?). The app-generated, conversation-starter questions are interesting, but they're also a way to unintentionally amass lots of personal information online, so remind kids to choose Miitomo friends wisely and not to overshare. Overall, this app is a great place to be a mii, with potential to be even better.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what should and shouldn't be posted online. Also, discuss guidelines for commenting on friends' answers. Read our suggestions for respectful, safe online communications.

  • Talk about posting respectful photos of people online (even if the photos contain "mii" versions of people) and the fine line between being humorous and hurtful.

  • It's not necessary to use in-app purchases to play Miitomo, but you may want to remind your kids about your family's in-app purchase rules since there are plenty of opportunities to want to use them on this app.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (optional in-app purchase coins for $0.99 to $49.99)
  • Release date: March 31, 2016
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Size: 61.90 MB
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Andriod 4.1 and up

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