Nintendo Responds to Miitomo Data Privacy Concerns

Nintendo has clarified that answers given to questions posed in Miitomo are only being used to support the experience within the mobile app.

The social networking app asks users a variety of questions ranging from their favourite food to what they think is the best thing about cats. This has prompted some to speculate that the information may be being for marketing purposes.

“The answer information our consumers provide through the Miitomo app [is] only used to provide a better experience for Nintendo consumers and to support the application,” Nintendo said, speaking to Kotaku.

“Neither Nintendo nor any of its partners sells or shares that answer information for any other purposes.”

On April 27, Nintendo announced that Miitomo surpassed 10 million downloads, up from 3 million earlier that month. Additionally, the company says those users have created more than 20 million Miifotos.

Nintendo has not shared any details on how much money the game is bringing in with its various microtransactions. Although Miitomo game is free, players can spend real-world money to speed up their progress in unlocking new items.

Nintendo also previously confirmed its next smartphone games. Their official names have not been announced, but they will be based on the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises.

A total of five smartphone games from Nintendo are due to launch by 2017. These games, all of which will be free, are being produced under the guidance of longtime Mario Kart producer Hideki Konno.

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