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Why aren’t Miis in every game?

May 7, 2008

Miis are cool. As such, most people think it great to use their digital representations in any and all Wii games. But, this is not so. Reason being, Nintendo hates all of you. This is so.

I’m lying. It’s actually one of those not so complicated licensing issues. How? Ask Iwata:

To Nintendo, licensing Mii is identical to licensing Mario. If you read Iwata Asks interview series in website, you can understand how Mii was created in detail, so I hope you can read them if you have time. Mii is actually the result of more than 10 years of efforts.

Mr. Miyamoto, the inventor of Mii, himself has been saying that, ‘In a sense, licensing Mii is same as licensing Mario — Nintendo should grant the license when we can conclude that the proposed project is worthwhile. Should we allow any and all the licensees to use Mii license for whichever projects, Mii’s brand image will be hurt. Because we are not granting Mario license to any and all, we should not do so with Mii either.’

This is the current policy of Nintendo. So, at the software development stage, we are consulting with the developers as to how they would like to make use of Mii, and our Licensing Department handles on a case-by-case basis.

So Miis are on the same level as Mario now… And Federer is only second to Murphy Jensen. Let’s get real, people.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2008 2:39 pm

    when we can conclude that the proposed project is worthwhile…

    Well, it seems that no project has ever been worthwile!

    When are we going to see our Miis trampin’ around Liberty City in GTA IV Wii, huh??

  2. badcad67 permalink
    December 3, 2011 8:37 pm


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