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Nintendo responds to Miitomo data harvesting claims

After a recent Kotaku article took issue with the number of probing, personal questions asked by Nintendo's social app, Miitomo, Nintendo has spoken out to clarify exactly what happens to player information. 

After a recent Kotaku article took issue with the number of probing, personal questions asked by Nintendo's social app, Miitomo, Nintendo has spoken out to clarify exactly what happens to player information. 

The article in question suggested Nintendo, and its mobile partner DeNA, could be using the app as a covert marketing survey designed to harvest consumer data.

Nintendo, however, says that assumption is incorrect, telling Kotaku that any information gathered through Miitomo is "only used to provide a better experience for Nintendo consumers and to support the application."

"Neither Nintendo nor any of its partners sells or shares that answer information for any other purposes," said the company in a statement.

Miitomo was the first of five mobile apps Nintendo agreed to create in partnership with DeNA, and is a social experience entered around Mii characters. 

The Japanese giant's next two apps will be "pure gaming applications" based on the popular Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises. 

You can find out what the Gamasutra team made of Miitomo by checking out our recent roundtable.

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