For the past decade, those wobbly little avatars have been a part of the Nintendo gaming experience. Creating Miis to look like you, your friends, celebrities, have all been tied into Nintendo systems as an extension of the gameplay, with many opportunities to play inside games as your Mii or see your Mii cheering on other characters.
When it comes to the Nintendo Switch, one of the questions raised was: Will Miis still be a part of Nintendo gaming? Turns out the answer is yes, though it will no longer be a requirement to create one in order to experience Nintendo gaming.
Nintendo spoke to gaming site Kotaku about Miis and how that will factor into the Nintendo Switch experience, and they confirmed that Miiverse and Streetpass won’t be part of their plans with the Switch. However, Mii Maker will still exist, and you’ll still be able to share your Mii on social:
“While Miiverse will continue to be supported on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, our approach with the Nintendo Switch system is to make greater use of other established, broadly used social platforms. For example, captured gameplay screenshots can be shared on popular social networks, and social features such as voice chat are possible with smart devices through our app.
There is a Mii Maker on Nintendo Switch. The software to create Mii characters is now located in System Settings, and no longer resides on the HOME menu as a standalone application. You can also create a Mii character from the Profile screen. Making Mii characters is similar to the method used on past systems.
Mii characters can be used to represent a user profile, but are not required. Users also have the option to choose a profile picture from an included library of Nintendo character images. Mii characters can still be used in games if developers choose to include them.
You can send/receive Mii characters through local wireless communication between Nintendo Switch systems, or use an amiibo figure to transfer Mii Characters from Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems.
Mii characters on the Nintendo Switch system are similar to past iterations, but they have some different options. More facial components and colors for hair and skin have been added, while the following attributes have been removed: creator’s name, favorites, birthday, copying, and “public.””
It’s an interesting direction to take, and it might mark the start of a phasing out of Mii characters in favor of more common avatar images for other social networks. It will also be interesting to see how many existing Nintendo players choose to transfer over their current Mii versus create a new one. Something to think about while you wait for release day!