Miitomo, the social networking app that heavily features the titular Mii characters, will be shutting down May 9th. However, Nintendo is not ready to completely phase out these simple yet expressive avatars. There are plans for a browser-based Mii Maker that will be ready by the end of May.
For those who don’t remember, the Nintendo Wii marked the introduction of the avatar characters known as Miis. They were a cute way to represent your family and friends. They also would often appear in the various Wii games that were available. Sometimes you could directly play them, and other times they were cameos. Some of their more notable appearances were in the Nintendo 3DS games Tomodachi Life and Miitopia. In those games, they were either tenets in an apartment building, or the characters and party members in an RPG.
On April 30th, Miitomo users received a notification on how the future Mii Maker will work:
With the end of Miitomo service, it will no longer be possible to create or edit Mii characters using Miitomo, but we are planning to add a feature in late May 2018 which will enable you to create and edit Mii characters for your Nintendo account via your web browser of choice.
In order to add this feature, we will be performing system migration maintenance from the end of Miitomo service until late May 2018. During this period, you will not be able to change your Mii character set to your Nintendo Account (including clothing and accessories). Additionally, changes made to the Mii characters for [your] Nintendo Network ID will not be applied to your Nintendo Account Mii character.
It’s slightly surprising to only now get a way to make Miis online. It’s also interesting to see Nintendo’s commitment to keeping the Miis relevant since the Wii U days.
Miitopia will shut down at 12 AM PT, May 9th. The Mii Maker, meanwhile, will be available around the end of May.