Miitomo. Out Now!!! (My Review of Nintendo’s First Ever Mobile App)

After a lot of widespread anticipation, following its historical début on mobile, which saw 1 million users in Japan getting their hands on this app within 3 days of its release in Japan (17th March), Nintendo finally released their first mobile application, Miitomo, to the world. The release of Miitomo comes exactly two weeks after it was released in Japan, and within less than 24 hours after it was released, Nintendo’s first ever mobile application on the iTunes App Store and Google Play débuted at Number 1.

I’ve been playing around with the Miitomo app for 48 hours now, and I actually love it, it’s really cool, and I quite like the fact that you get rewarded everytime you achieve something good, especially where the games are concerned, as they do games inside the app, which allow you to use any game tickets that you were given upon using the app for the first time.

Since its release on the 31st March in the United Kingdom, the United States and everywhere else in the world, a lot of users around the world have been creating funny memes, using their own Mii‘s, which has resulted in the app going viral within a matter of a few days. I decided to put my own spin on the Miitomo meme effect that has gone viral on the web by making my own one for this article’s featured image. I wanted to create a kind of cheesy but interesting approach for this article by getting my Mii to do different poses and funny facial expressions :D.

I have always loved Nintendo for their creative and innovative ideas, as they have revolutionised the way we play games. For instance, when the Game Boy Advance came out, that changed the way we play games, and the Game Boy Advance SP (SP stands for Special) was no different, but it was the Game Boy Advance SP that eventually paved the way for the best-selling handheld console, the Nintendo DS.

I remember waking up on Christmas Day in 2005 unwrapping and unboxing the Nintendo DS, along with the Super Mario 64 DS game that came bundled as another Christmas present, and I absolutely loved playing on the console, especially the game, and it just goes to prove how the handheld console revolution has evolved for Nintendo since the original Game Boy was released all the way back in 1990 in Europe.

But with Miitomo, this will help to redefine and shape Nintendo’s way of developing games for the future. It’s such a fantastic app to use, and I wholeheartedly recommend it. You can link your Nintendo Network ID to Miitomo, including your Facebook & Twitter accounts, which is also useful if you’re looking to add some Facebook friends you know that may use the app, including some of your Twitter followers.

To download Nintendo’s first ever mobile app, choose the designated App Store below to be directed to your chosen App Store:

iTunes

Google Play

Overall, I absolutely recommend you download the app if you’re on the iTunes App Store or Google Play, I highly recommend it. It’s such a fun-filled addictive app that will keep you going for hours on end.

If you’ve downloaded Miitomo on your Android or iOS device, please let me know what your experience with the Miitomo app has been so far :-).

Alex Smithson

Pivvot: A Thrilling Game of Strategic Avoidance

Hello everyone, as I always share my love for games, I’ve been granted permission by the developer, Whitaker Trebella, to create a gaming review based on his own famously crafted masterpiece, which is Pivvot. Pivvot is a fast-paced action game that will speed your reaction times like never before. It’s the type of game that will go from a few minutes to endless hours of gameplay. Because of how well Pivvot has done since it saw it’s official launch last year, it has become one of the biggest games around, and from then to now, it’s gone from being available as a universal app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch via the iTunes App Store to being a multi-platformer app for App Store’s such as Google Play and Amazon App Store, and now on Laptop and PC via the Humble Store and now Steam.

When I first downloaded Pivvot, Pivvot became the Free App of the Week sometime near the beginning of the festive season last year, and after playing Pivvot for the first time, I loved it, as this was the type of game where minutes would quickly turn into hours. This game has a really similar style to Terry Cavanagh’s game, Super Hexagon, as the elements from both games always match up well.

Just recently, Whitaker Trebella released Pivvot for Steam after Valve Corporation’s Steam engine service gave the game the Greenlight.

When Pivvot was released for Steam, I played the game, and it was absolutely perfect. The sound quality of the music playing during the course of the game was perfect, as it was cleverly crafted to perfection, and to be guided on how to play the game before going ahead and actually playing it was an absolute must-have.

This game, since it was released on Steam has become one of the most popular games that have been cleverly crafted to perfection.

The tagline: “A Thrilling Game of Strategic Avoidance” lives up to its name very well as you have to avoid any obstacles that come your way.

The 8 modes that are included in this game are:

  1. Voyage
  2. Endless
  3. Expert Voyage
  4. Expert Endless
  5. Berserk
  6. Random Endless
  7. Random Expert Endless
  8. Looper

The Verge commented on what they thought of the game, and they said: “You might not be able to stay alive much longer than a minute, but those minutes quickly add up to hours of bleary eyed gameplay.”

Other technology websites, such as Destructoid, Pocket Gamer, TUAW and a few others described Pivvot to be one of the best games around, given just how well it’s done in its first year.

A flawless masterpiece such as this game should never be underestimated or mistaken for how well it performs. This is truly one of the most fantastic masterpieces that will always be classed as state-of-the-art in my eyes, and will most possibly be the type of game that will carry on for many, many generations to come.

If you want to purchase your copy of Pivvot, depending on the type of hardware you might use, Pivvot is available via the selected App Stores for the given price:

iTunes App Store: £1.99

Google Play: £1.81

Amazon Apps: £1.87

Humble Store: £2.99

Steam: £3.99

Thank you for reading this review article.

Alex Smithson

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