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Nintendo's 'Miitomo' app update reminds you it still exists

Engadget Engadget 26/07/2016 Mat Smith
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Nintendo's debut smartphone game is making efforts to get you back into its weird and wonderful social world by offering more opportunities for wardrobe items and accessories without excessive in-app payments. According to an update teaser inside the Miitomo app itself, a new Candy Drop game will let you use all that accumulated candy (earned through in-game interactions and when you missed the good stuff in the original crane mini-games) for in-game upgrades. The greatly despised consolation prize finally has a use.

You could only use the candy currency to unlock extra answers from your buddies, while Game tickets, usually sparingly given out by the app as a bonus (and available as in-app purchases), are what's needed to play for Nintendo-themed goods (or cat sweaters) for your avatar -- until now. If you've built up quite the stockpile of candy, it'll soon be time to go shopping.

Nintendo continues to add to the social game -- its first for smartphones -- but it didn't sustain the boom in popularity after its launch. To be honest, it's not really a typical game. The games maker's association with smartphone hit Pokémon Go, meanwhile, is a little thinner, tied to its part ownership of both the Pokémon Company and Niantic. Truer Nintendo games (in the sense of what we're used to playing) are expected later this year.


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