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Nintendo shutting down its first-ever mobile app, Miitomo

Nintendo launched Miitomo back in March 2016, and while the app was more of a quirky social experience than a full-fledged game, it was a moment that marked the company's arrival on the mobile scene.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

January 25, 2018

1 Min Read

Nintendo will shut down its first ever smartphone app, Miitomo, in just a few months time on May 9. 

The console maker broke the news on the Miitomo website, and explained it will stop selling Miitomo coins (the game's in-app currency) immediately, before closing the service for good.

Nintendo launched Miitomo back in March 2016, and while the free-to-play app was more of a quirky social experience than a full-fledged game, it was a moment that marked the company's arrival on the mobile scene. 

Miitomo found success during its earliest days, climbing to the top of the iOS free download charts in both the U.S. and Japan, and racking up 1 million users in the space of three days. 

Interest in the Mii-centric app soon waned, however, and the title tumbled down the charts not long after reaching the summit.

Nintendo hasn't explicitly said why Miitomo is being canned, but a dwindling player base probably has something to do with it. 

With the end in sight, Nintendo has started dishing out daily login bonuses of Miitomo coins and game tickets so those still playing can enjoy one last hurrah.

You can find out more about Miitomo's shuttering by checking out Nintendo's official FAQ.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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