Miis Make The Real World Virtual
So our article on Miis got a lot of traffic and some interesting reaction. Carly Eiseman sent us a link to an article on How the Mii avatar changes the face of gaming which QJ.net wrote last month. In the article they suggested that the Mii movement would grow bigger than the Second Life avatar population as the Wii makes it so easy to create these characters. QJ says:
It’s all so fun and cute and nonviolent and harmless. It gets the approval of society, it gets a positive reaction from friends, and pretty soon even the most jaded of gaming newbies are swapping Miis, marrying their Miis, swapping virtual stuff, trading virtual notes, and loving Nintendo as much as long-time gamers do.
For fun, check Flickr: there are 2,600 Miis featured there today compared with 1,000 SecondLife Avatars (And, just to remind you, the Mii was only born less than 40 days ago). Note also – how people tend to make Miis that actually look like themselves.
Of course, ‘all’ these Miis do is visit other people’s Wiis and pop up in games, but the simplicity of this idea has made so many people excited by the Mii. And the ability of Miis may change – the future development of Miis looks very open and optimistic. Last year, Reuters reported that Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Marketing George Harrison expects more Mii-compatible software to show in the middle of 2007 as third-party publishers look into making Mii creation tools available. “It’s true potential isn’t even known yet,” stated Harrison.