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Miitomo was a free-to-play social networking mobile application developed by Nintendo, playable on iOS and Android devices. It was released on March 17, 2016, and discontinued in May 2018 despite significant critical and commercial success. Miitomo held at least one Metroid event in its lifetime.
The app allowed players to communicate with each other by answering questions about various topics, and could create or import Miis using My Nintendo or a QR code. Virtual currencies could be spent on clothing items.
Miitomo was produced by longtime Metroid series producer Yoshio Sakamoto.
To celebrate the release of Metroid Prime: Federation Force on August 19, 2016, Miitomo held a Metroid Promo event where Federation Force-related items were added to Miitomo and made available until September 15th, 2016. One item was offered upon launching the app, one was obtainable through My Nintendo, and the rest could be obtained through Miitomo Drop, a minigame where the player's Mii drops down a shaft and collects items. During the Metroid Promo, two Miitomo Drop games were based on Bounty Hunter Samus and Zero Suit Samus, featuring prize items related to each one. Some items have different names, most likely in different regions.
The Metroid items included:
- 8-Bit Samus T-Shirt: A shirt with Samus Aran's 8-bit sprite from Metroid, given automatically to Miitomo users if they launched the app before September 15th.
- Baby Metroid (alternatively capitalized as Baby metroid): A pet based upon the baby, which floats near the Mii's shoulder. Available in the Zero Suit Samus Miitomo Drop.
- Mech Battle Armour: A costume set based on the Federation Force Mechs. Features blue, red, green, and yellow variants for each member of the Federation Force. Redeemable through My Nintendo.
- Mech Battle Armour (body): A full-body costume based on the Mech.
- Mech Battle Armour (helmet): A hat based on the Mech.
- Metroid Hat: A hat resembling a Metroid larva, redeemable for free from My Nintendo. (Not to be confused with the promotional item for Super Metroid)
- Metroid Logo T-Shirt: A shirt with the Metroid title, as seen in Other M.
- Metroid: Zero Mission flooring: A floor tile set inspired by Brinstar in Metroid: Zero Mission.
- Metroid: Zero Mission wallpaper: A wallpaper based on Corridor No. 1 in Zero Mission.
- Ridley: A pet based on a miniature Ridley, who clings onto the Mii's back. In addition to his default purple color, Ridley's palettes included a red version referencing his appearance in Super Metroid artwork and a green version referencing his appearance in Metroid: Zero Mission artwork. He also had cyan and black color schemes, which appear to be original to this game. Available in the Bounty Hunter Samus Miitomo Drop.
- Samus Power Suit: A costume set based on the Varia Suit's design from later games in the Prime subseries. Available in the Bounty Hunter Samus Miitomo Drop.
- Samus Power Suit (body) or Power suit body (set): A full-body costume based on the Varia Suit. Available in colors based on the Varia Suit, Metroid Varia Suit (or the Super Metroid Gravity Suit, as depicted in Super Smash Bros.), Gravity Suit, Phazon Suit, Fusion Suit, and Light Suit.
- Samus Power Suit (helmet) or Power suit helmet (set): A hat based on Samus' helmet. Available in colors resembling the Varia Suit, Fusion Suit, Phazon Suit, and Light Suit.
- Samus Wig (alternatively capitalized as Samus wig): A wig based on Samus's Hairstyle, as depicted in Other M.
- Samus's Casual Outfit or Swimsuit Samus: A costume based on the Casual Outfit from Zero Mission. It has a blue variant resembling the Metroid Fusion outfit, along with original white, yellow, green, and black palettes. Available in the Zero Suit Samus Miitomo Drop.
- Super Metroid T-Shirt: A wearable shirt featuring the Super Metroid boxart, with Samus featured on the front and Ridley on the back while Kraid is partially visible. It is available with black, green, or orange sleeves. Available in the Bounty Hunter Samus Miitomo Drop.
- Zero Suit: A full-body costume based on the Zero Suit, using its design from Metroid: Other M. It has variant colors in green, black, purple, red, and gold, matching some of Zero Suit Samus's alternate costumes in the Super Smash Bros. series. Available in the Zero Suit Samus Miitomo Drop.
From August 24 through August 31, 2016, a Metroid-themed photo contest was held for Japanese Miitomo players. Several background images were available on the website, based on Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Zero Mission, and Metroid Prime Hunters.
This year marks Metroid's 30th anniversary, and to celebrate we're teaming up with the newly released Metroid Prime: Federation Force! Welcome to the Metroid promo!
Metroid Hat and 8-Bit Samus T-Shirt items for everyone!
Wearing a Metroid in-game might have been a bad idea, but now your Mii can - in perfect safety! And the u-Bit Samus T-Shirt will bring back many fond memories, we hope!
- The 8-Bit Samus T-Shirt will be available upon launching Miitomo (it must be claimed before 15-9-2016 11:00 UTC).
- The Metroid Hat can be redeemed for 0 Platinum Points from My Nintendo. (Available until 15-9-2016 11:00 UTC.)
Familiar items like the Samus Power Suit available in Miitomo Drop! In Miitomo Drop, you'll see such items as the Samus Power Suit and Zero Suit making their debut! We can't guarantee that your Mii will become Samus herself on wearing them, but they'll certainly look great! (Available until 15-9-2016 11:00 UTC.)
Mew entries in My Nintendo rewards - Metroid Prime: Federation Force's Mech Battle Armour and more! You can now find Metroid Prime: Federation Force-inspired items like the Mech Battle Armour and Metroid Logo T-Shirt in My Nintendo rewards! (Available until 15-9-2016 7:00 UTC.)
Samus Logo Badge available in the shop! You can now find the supremely cool Samus Logo badge in the Miitomo Shop! (Available until 16-9-2016 2:00 UTC.)
Notably, this appeared to be Nintendo's only official acknowledgement of the 30th anniversary of the Metroid series in 2016.
Nintendo of America tweet
"Grab a free Metroid hat and 8-bit Samus tee for your Mii and check out the new Metroid promo items in #Miitomo Drop!"
- ^ a b c d e Saski (19 August 2016). Miitomo Drop - Bounty Hunter Samus. YouTube. Retrieved on 8 May 2020.
- ^ a b c d e Saski (19 August 2016). Miitomo Drop - Zero Suit Samus (Metroid). YouTube. Retrieved on 8 May 2020.
- ^ a b c d WiiSPN (19 August 2016). Miitomo Drop: Bounty Hunter Samus (EASY). YouTube. Retrieved on 8 May 2020.
- ^ a b c d e WiiSPN (19 August 2016). Miitomo Drop: Zero Suit Samus (EASY). YouTube. Retrieved on 8 May 2020.
- ^ Ridley Revolution (2 July 2018). Ridley Throughout the Years: 2016 - Miitomo™ (Android / iOS) Role: Cameo (Various). Ridley appears in Miitomo™ via promotional banner, background for Metroid™ themed Miitomo Drop, Ridley Pet (5 Variants: purple, cyan, black, red, and green), Super Metroid t-shirt (3 Variants).. Twitter. Retrieved on 8 May 2020.
- ^ Miitomo【公式】 (Miitomo_JP). "Miiフォトコンテスト開催！テーマは「メトロイド」！↓応募方法はこちらです https://miitomo.com/ja/collaboration/160819_metroid/miifotocon/ これは！と思う作品は、ここでRTさせていただきます！ #Miitomo #ミートモ" Aug 24, 2016, 07:02 a.m. Tweet. https://twitter.com/Miitomo_JP/status/768403157709787136
- ^ Miitomo × Metroid photo contest
- ^ Nintendo of America (NintendoAmerica). "Grab a free Metroid hat and 8-bit Samus tee for your Mii and check out the new Metroid promo items in #Miitomo Drop!" Aug 18, 2016, 10:00 p.m. Tweet. https://twitter.com/nintendoamerica/status/766454720030355456