What country do you live in, and if applicable, what state?
I live in Ontario, Canada.
How do you choose what Miis you're going to make? Do you have a process?
At first, when I was just learning the ins-and-outs of the interface, I was basically creating whatever I happened to be watching or reading at the time. After learning the ropes a bit my method started to divide itself between two different processes: Lots of my Miis are the result of fiddling around with random combinations of Mii components until I get something I like, or see a face starting to emerge which might remind me of someone, which I can then work towards perfecting. Sometimes the inspiration comes, and sometimes it doesn't, but I find the process relaxing either way. The other method is the more traditional one: I start with an end goal in mind and work on it until the Mii fits. I'll use photographs or Google Image Search results as references and work away at it until I'm satisfied. They're both rewarding methods, but I must say I prefer the feeling of discovery that comes from an experimental Mii session.
Which Mii do you feel is your best so far?
I'd have to say I'm most fond of Karl Pilkington. I didn't really set out to make Karl, but one night I was exploring some of the 'outer limits' of the interface and playing with some ideas, and I got this sad little, slightly dazed looking face, and instantly I knew it would become Karl. For those who aren't familiar with him, Karl is the unintentionally hilarious friend and co-host of the various podcasts released by Ricky Gervais (UK comedian best known as creator of The Office). I also have a soft spot for Mothface.
What one (and only one) Mii piece would you add to the Mii Channel if you could?
I'd really have loved to see the inclusion of an optional logo designer
option for the Miis' shirts. Nothing complicated by any stretch, something
similar to the emblem creator in Mario Kart DS, which was basically a
32x32 pixel version of Paintbrush. I think it'd add some neat
personalization options without really taking away from the basic
minimalism of the Mii channel.
Do you do any sort of art by trade? What other creative outlets do you pursue apart from the Mii Channel?
I've worked as a web-developer, freelance graphic designer and
photographer, and I write and produce music in my spare time, so the
creative side of me is very eclectic and always seeking new outlets and
modes of expression. The Mii Channel is probably the most fun new outlet
I've used creatively in the past few months. And anybody can get in there
and produce great results, which is pretty awesome.
What's your favorite experience with the Wii so far?
The Wii has changed the way that I game, and that was quite unexpected for
me. My work schedule doesn't really allow for me to game as hardcore as I
once did, and so in between long weekend marathon RPG gaming I'd usually
stick to either my GBA or my DS to fill the void on lunch breaks or while
traveling. With the Wii I can get that multi-hour console immersion with
games like Twilight Princess or Elebits, but I can also get that casual
handheld-type fix with a quick Wii Sports workout or some Rayman Raving
Rabbids minigames. When friends come over, it's an entirely different
system again with games like WarioWare. And If I'm feeling extra wiped out
after a long day, I can play some old classics through the Virtual Console
just to unwind without having to use too much brain power. It offers me
the varied levels of gaming immersion that I need, in such a
natural-feeling and effortless way - it really exceeded my expectations in
What game do you feel is missing from the Wii line-up most right now, given the Wii's unique control mechanic?
I'm a bit concerned by the lack of strong third-party titles right now -
not because there's a genuine lack of them but mostly because I'm paranoid
given what happened with the Gamecube. I think some great third-party
exclusives are on their way - I'm drooling over the prospect of the new
Crystal Chronicles and No More Heroes for instance - but I think the
message needs to get out, now rather than later, that the Wii is going to
be a system that can live past the 6 month wow-factor which is tied to the
Wiimote. Nintendo's got some great games on the horizon, but not all of
them will appeal to everyone, and what we need to balance out the great
multiplayer games Nintendo's releasing in the next few months are some
quality games which can stand on their own and deliver on the promise of
the Wii as a system for new and seasoned gamers alike.
Any additional props, plugs or comments?
I'd just like to thank MiiPlaza for continually raising the bar and
expertly filling a very important role in the Wii community. It's helped
me connect with lots of talented Mii artists from around the globe and
it's always great to get feedback on your freshly minted Miis. Keep up
the great work and thanks again for profiling me!
P.S. Quite a few people have asked about the high-quality captures for my
Mii pictures. I use an Adaptec Gamebridge AVC-1400 - a little USB capture
device which seems to do the trick.
You can find more of ansomatica's Miis on his user page.