What country do you live in, and if applicable, what state?
I live in the U.S. in the childhood hometown of Thomas Edison. Also known as Port Huron, Michigan.
How do you choose what Miis you're going to make? Do you have a process?
When I want to create a mii, I prefer to make something that is distinct and instantly recognizable. I find it uninteresting and unrewarding to make miis of common celebrities or everyday people, so I will put all of my effort into making sure that what I create is a mii that you don't have to read the name to realize who it is. I'll sometimes find myself surfing miiplaza and covering up the names of miis with my hands to see if I can identify who they are just by looking at their faces. The results are often surprising, and sometimes I'll be way off from the guesses I had in mind. There are a few talented artists who know how to nail the look of a person perfectly, but most of the time I'll see a mii that looks more like someone else than the person the artist originally intended. This discourages mii from putting effort into "Human" miis, since I feel that in the end people might misinterpret my creations for someone else. It takes a lot of skill to make real life people and celebrities, and I respect those on here who excell at doing so. However, it seems more fun to make more off the wall characters and creatures from stories that people are already familiar with, and it helps remove the translation barrier when people know right away what they're looking at. If there's one thing I learned here at Miiplaza.net, it's that your mii won't go anywhere if it doesn't bear a remarkable resemblance to the character you're trying to replicate.
The process of actually making the mii in question can be quite a fun and challenging experience altogether. I'm pitted with so many options and possibilities, as well as obvious limitations to work around. I try to make the best with what I got to work with, so I will do my darndest to utilize every single aspect of the mii creator I am given. Even if a character doesn't literally have facial hair, I will try to find a way to make use of it for the benefit of the mii. You'll see many of my creations make use of a mustache to accentuate the shape of a character's chin or help give added depth to someone's face. It surprises me that a lot of other users don't seem to take advantage of simple things like glasses, moles or wrinkles when they can really make a huge difference in the outcome of the finished product. You can make almost anything on the Mii editor, despite the drawbacks you must deal with. As long as you think outside the box, the possibilities are endless.
Which Mii do you feel is your best so far?
Though I'm quite fond of most of my miis, I'd have to say I am most satisfied with Master Yoda. Even when the TV tint is not turned to green, he is still recognizable and all of my friends laugh in disbelief when they see him. My Darth Vader remake mii is my second favorite, but he doesn't have that cutesy senile charm that Yoda has.
What one (and only one) Mii piece would you add to the Mii Channel if you could?
I am for the most part content with the mii creator as it stands, but the one thing I feel there should be more of is different types of facial hair. Of course, it would also be fun if they allowed for wacky skin and hair colors too. That would certainly be a big help to me.
Do you do any sort of art by trade? What other creative outlets do you pursue apart from the Mii Channel?
Oh definately. Art is practically my career. I've been playing games as long as I can remember and I've been drawing for just as long. You can check out some examples of my art through the deviantart.com link in my user page. I put lots of effort into making unique drawings and experimenting with obsure media as often as I can. Besides conventional mediums such as graphite, sculpture or painting, I love to delve into obscure creative outlets such as etch-a-sketch, Lego Blocks, Pipecleaners and even Spongecraft. I've made quite a few fully functional puppets out of sponge, including Yoda, E.T., and even some of my own wacky characters that can blink, move their mouths and look around. I'd love to get into album cover illustration or cinema special effects someday, but in the mean time I guess I'm just working on building up my portfolio. I am in the developmental stages of a stop-motion animation project that I'll hopefully see into fruition in the near future. I've even made miis of my main characters but I can't post them here because it goes against my policy of submitting miis that are easily identifiable. Maybe someday if I hit it big like George Lucas, you will be able to see them. ;)
What's your favorite experience with the Wii so far?
I still feel the best game for the Wii so far is Wii Sports. It's the only game since Tetris that my whole family has enjoyed playing, and despite the fact that its basically a tech demo, it really delivers in terms of showing off what the Wii is capable of. Even when I bring my wii to parties and get togethers, people can't get enough of bowling and tennis, and even the casual crowd loves joining in on the fun. The Wii practically sells itself with this game. Plus it gives me great opportunity to show some of my miis. Warioware is good fun too, but Wii sports is for people of all ages whereas Warioware seems to be a favorite amoungst teens and adolescents.
What game do you feel is missing from the Wii line-up most right now, given the Wii's unique control mechanic?
I know the common answer for most people is to see a Star Wars game involving the use of a lightsaber, and for the most part, I would have to agree. I also think it would be cool if they made a sequel to Wii sports that maybe had a few extreme type sports like skateboarding or first-person paintball. However, I would really like to see a game that has never been done before that is so awesome and innovative that I cannot even fathom how it would work. I'm sure they'll come up with something that'll meet my expectations and hopefully surpass them.
Any additional props, plugs or comments?
Thanks a million to Jose for this awesome site where we can all display our love for miis and show our creations to the world. Also many thanks to everyone else for their support and constructive contributions to the community. Miiplaza.net is something you'd think Nintendo themselves had created, but thank goodness we have those who truly know how to make a fun and exciting online hub for our characters and ourselves to mingle. This place is the best! :)
You can find more of Bobby Bobby's Miis on his user page.