Miitomo is Nintendo’s very first app / game for smart devices, and it was launched on March 17th 2016 in Japan (March 31st in the rest of the world). It enjoyed great popularity at launch, but it did not last long, and the app was quickly deserted due to a lack of interest from most users. Unfortunately, the number of users dropped to such a low level that Nintendo decided to simply discontinue the app altogether.
Today, Nintendo announced that Miitomo service would be discontinued on May 9th, at the following time:
- Europe: 9AM
- UK: 8AM
- North America (ET): 3AM
- North America (PT): 12AM
- Japan: 4PM
Starting today, you can no longer purchase coins using real money, though you will still get some as Daily Log-in Bonus (more details about that below!).
Also, in Japan, Nintendo will offer a refund for any unused paid Miitomo coins left after service has been discontinued. More details will be provided on the official website later, but we already know one thing: you will need the app to get a refund, so you should wait until after it’s been processed to delete it from your device. Right now, it’s not clear whether there will be a refund offer in Europe and North America.
To check whether you have unused paid Miitomo coins left, launch the app, then go to Menu > Other > Customer Support > Coin Balance.
After service has been discontinued, you will get a message informing you that service has ended if you try to launch the app anyway. In other words, you will no longer be able to use any of the app’s features, including seeing answers or messages, using items (clothing items, wallpapers, posters, etc.), viewing Miifotos (including those shared to Facebook, though you can save them on your device), and more.
You will still be able to transfer your Mii to your Nintendo Account, though you will first need to link it to Miitomo (unfortunately, personality and various other bits of info will not be carried over). Sidekick Mii characters can also be transferred to Mii Maker on Nintendo 3DS or Wii U, though you first need to save them as QR Code before service has been discontinued. If you don’t transfer them, they will be deleted permanently.
Finally, Nintendo specifies that Miitomo-themed icons and clothing items used in your Nintendo Account or Super Mario Run will not display after Miitomo has been discontinued.
To “celebrate” the end of Miitomo, Nintendo has several events:
- special Log-in Bonus: every day, all players will get 2 000 Coins and 5 Game Tickets. It’s not clear if the usual monthly Log-in Bonuses will continue beyond January;
- the Final Miifoto Contest is live until April 18th. More details below!
- Special Quests in Miitomo: until the end of service, all questions in Answer Central will be about your Miitomo memories.
The theme of the final Miifoto Contest is the following:
Create a Miifoto that best reflects your favourite Miitomo memory, and post it to Twitter!
As usual, the Miitomo team will share their top picks on the official website after the event has ended.
Here’s how you can enter:
- Select “Menu” from inside the Miitomo app, then select “Miifoto”. Choose which Miifoto you want to submit and post it to Twitter. (Android users: the option to post to Twitter is within the “Share” option.)
- When posting to Twitter, the contest hashtags must be included: #Miitomo_Memories #Miitomo #Miifoto
The winning entries will be selected on or around April 27th, and will be announced on the official Miitomo website.
You can find more details about the event on this page!
Update: here’s the two winners of the final Miifoto Contest:
— 藤堂俊介 (@ShunsukeTodo) January 25, 2018