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Nintendo's first smartphone app Miitomo garners over 100 million users in its first three days

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Nintendo's first smartphone app Miitomo garners over 100 million users in its first three days
Nintendo's first smartphone app, Miitomo, is an unqualified hit. The app is on the top of the iOS charts in Japan, and a tweet from the Miitomo Twitter account indicates that the app has over 100 million users in the first three days. While everyone had hoped that the company's first app would be a game, Nintendo has released a messaging app instead.

Everyone using the app gets to design their own avatar called a Mii, which is created in their own image. Users send messages to others using their own Mii. While the app is free, there are in-app purchases that will allow users to buy certain clothing and accessories for their Mii. Nintendo made it clear from the very first announcement that the smartphone wouldn't be just another platform for their current line of games.

Despite the initial disappointment, interest in Miitomo has been high. And the numbers are even more impressive when you consider that the app is available only in Japan.  That might change, considering the success of the launch. And what a success it has been with Nintendo's app now surpassing the emoji based messaging app Line, which has a big following in the country.

Last month, Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima made the company's fans a little happier when he said that the next release will not be a communications app, and will feature characters from Nintendo's large stable that consumers are familiar with. Nintendo has seen other game makers mint money on smartphones and doesn't want to miss out. While it could have simply converted its current games for smartphone use, the company has said that the layout of controls on a smartphone would be very different from what its loyal fans are used to, which is why it has decided to create new games instead.

Considering Nintendo's popularity in the U.S., and the grip that smartphones have over the population in the states, we would be surprised if the game maker doesn't eventually offer its mobile apps in the U.S.

source: @Miitomo_JP (translated) via Forbes

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posted on 20 Mar 2016, 10:16

1. oozz009 (Posts: 520; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)

Zzz zzz

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 10:38

3. aikoo (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Feb 2016)

Well damn.

Nintendo if you decide to drop Mario Kart in the future, despite them saying they aren't converting, I'd buy it in a heartbeat... No matter the price.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 10:56

5. Shocky (unregistered)

Look's a bit crap.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 11:14 3

6. Godfather (Posts: 47; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)

All of Japan detected. I do not see this game making any big impact in the US. How about some Mario Kart????? Legend of Zelda!! I will gladly pay $20+ per title.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 12:03 1

8. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Uh, this is not a game, it is a messenger, kinda like the playstation and xbox one messenger apps that you can get on phones?

posted on 24 Mar 2016, 14:39

22. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

I'm sure it will be heavily advertised if Nintendo knows what it's doing.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 12:32 15

10. dbgt7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Mar 2016)

PA please check your information.... your google translation of the tweet is incorrect!! The original japanese tweet says "100万人" which means 1 million users!! not 100 million!! thats impossible!, Japan population is at about 128 million.

That would be about 80% of Japan population with the nintendo app in just 3 days..... absurd, and no, LINE app is millions users away from this nintendo app, how can you say it already surpassed LINE user base in 3 days!!!??... I cant believe how can you publish such nonsense.

Even gaming site news are reporting the correct user base of 1 million

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 19:49 1

18. namesib (Posts: 97; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)

Yeah... I'm just gonna avoid Alan F.'s articles now. He seems to post a lot of clickbait and wrong information.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 20:50 1

19. uchihakurtz (Posts: 404; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

To be fair, Japanese's numbering system can be confusing for non-native. They stop at 10000 (Ichi Man) and saying 1 million would be 100 (Hyaku) * 10000 (Man) thus (Hyaku - Man).

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 07:01

21. hmmm... (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)

As long as people have some basic knowledge, I don't think it is confusing. China uses the same numbering system. instead of 3 zeros, it is an increment of 4 zeros (in fact, it is the same symbol for 10,000). I think the same goes for Korea.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 22:29 1

20. cytyler (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)

True. Read the tweet. Its 1 Million. Not ridiculous 100 Million. How does that translation come from.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 12:45 5

11. aasifmaqsood (Posts: 27; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)

this site just want visitors now.. false news. lots of rumors. lotsss of ads..

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 14:43

14. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

They all probably thought it was a game and rushed out and got it. Would Der how many are still using it.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 15:05 3

15. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

The Forbes link says it's was 1 a million users. Come on PA, are least correct your mistake. Do you guys even proofread?

You guys don't even care that you give wrong information even when we as readers bring it too your attention, just like with the battery tests.

You guys are just like Apple. Providing your customers with junk to get money.

If we care enough about the site tortellini you your information is wring, then you should have the decency . We only are helping you by asking you to give us a better read. You want people to click these dumb ads so you can get laid, then give something worth paying for. After all I don't pay for apples garbage and I'm not going to pay for yours rither. But give me something worth buying and I will buy it.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 17:03

16. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 412; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)

Its a bit slow loading the menus and stuff.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 17:22 1

17. WallStreet (Posts: 256; Member since: 21 Sep 2014)

After reading 100 mil started wondering what's the population of Japan. PA start thinking!!!

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