You know what? I'm glad I tried Miitomo. That Mii creator and especially that voice modifier were some good happy fun. There were a lot of smiles in the office on launch day even before we knew exactly what we were getting into. It's also exciting to see Nintendo branch out into mobile and still maintain their identity. Miitomo is an awesome first step for the company and should be a lot of fun for its fans.
My problem is, I don't have time for Miitomo. I don't want another social network or another app on my mobile devices that I have to check in on a regular basis. I personally reached peak status app saturation a couple of years ago so I'm pickier with how I use my mobile time. If I'm going to play a game, I'm going to play a game and if I'm going to socialize, I'm pretty happy with my options. I don't really feel like building up and engaging with another friends list.
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All of that being said, I blissfully wasted a dozen of hours over a long weekend with Miitomo. Every time I broke away from it, I couldn't believe how long I had my head down with it. I was answering dozens of questions and reading hundreds of responses from my friends. I bought a few dumb outfits and some even dumber ones. I wanted to be the most random Mii to show up in my friends apps. That's all I cared about.
After a while though, I found that I didn't care about my answers shortly before I stopped caring about the questions I was being asked in general. I didn't really care about my friends replies because they were all over the map from being serious to being funny to being really not funny. It was hard to say what I was actually getting out of it. Which led me to asking what I wanted out of it? Without that answer, all I saw in Miitomo was a timesink, so I put a stop to it.
I didn't stop Miitomo because I didn't enjoy it. I stopped before it could become important to me. I can get wrapped up in collecting things and checking off boxes (just ask any of the idle games I've played in the last couple of years) like I had before. I've learned things about my own game addictions from worse experiences than Miitomo and I wasn't going to let this one trap me. Not this time, Nintendo, I'm stronger now! Wait did you just say that Animal Crossing is coming to mobile? Sonofabitch.