A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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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.
- 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
- Last updated: July 14, 2020
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