IGN talked with Bill Trinen recently about Miitomo, future mobile plans, and My Nintendo possibly getting physical rewards.
On Miitomo and future updates:
“Our development team is looking at it very much as just the initial release. They do have plans to continue to update. They’ll probably start by looking at how people are playing with Miitomo and how they’re interacting with it. But I think they’re looking at a couple of different ways that Miitomo will grow over time.”
“Certainly some of the updates are the addition of new outfits or new versions of the Miitomo drop mini-game, which you play using game tickets. You can even see, on the simpler side, updates to the questions you’re asked. But I also think they’re going to be looking longer term at the opportunity to do bigger updates that might add in new features and expand the experience.”
On future mobile plans:
|“I can’t go into a whole lot of detail other than to say Miitomo is one type of experience, and it is much more of a communication app than it is a game. As we get into the other apps, you’ll start to see some experiences that will feel more like, ‘Oh, this is more what I was thinking of as a Nintendo gameplay type of experience.’ I think what’s key is what we’re doing on mobile is still going to feel distinct and separate from what we do on our dedicated game devices.”|
On My Nintendo and the possibility of physical rewards in the future:
|“Initially, the focus is going to be on digital, but we do have a lot of ideas for what roll out down the road for packaged goods or real world interactions. I think we’ll continue to look at My Nintendo and how we can grow that as a rewards program, so that it really is trying to encompass all the different touch points of how people come into contact with Nintendo products.”|