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Edits[edit | edit source]
Edit: COMPLETE REDO of the history section, with more detail.
Edit: Removed external links per Yodakiller3000's request, reordered categories.
Edit: Added more categories to separate some specific text, added TLDR section of an extremely shortened version of the history section."""
About[edit | edit source]
Kaeru:Tomo is a project that is being developed by the Kaeru Team. It is a replacement service for the now defunct Miitomo app, Nintendo's first mobile app. Most if not all updates regarding Kaeru:Tomo, along with their other services (Kaeru:Gallery, and Kaeru:WFC) come straight from the official Kaeru Discord server. The server link is not provided.
Miitomo was a social app by Nintendo for iOS and Android respectively. It was released on March 17th, 2016 for iOS and May 1, 2016 for Android. You could create/edit Miis, make/edit Miifotos, answer questions, customize your Mii's clothing, and more. Miitomo shut down on May 9th, 2018, almost 2 years after it came out.
Important information[edit | edit source]
Note: All of this information was pulled from the official Kaeru Discord Server.
WARNING: If you distribute the assets for Miitomo and Kaeru:Tomo without permission, you would be violating copyright laws left and right. We do not recommend you do so. Kaeru is not held responsible for any damage done to your Miitomo app, your phone/PC, and more.
History[edit | edit source]
Kaeru:Tomo can be traced back to July 11th, 2018, specifically on the official Kaeru Discord server, and possibly even further than that. On January 24th, 2018, Nintendo announced that they would be shutting down their first mobile app "Miitomo", on May 9th, 2018. The Kaeru team started a project called Kaeru:Tomo. For a while it was a "closed beta", which simply means that only the developers and some very trusted people are able to have access. The project relied on Nintendo's asset server.
On July 12th, 2018, Kaeru Developer JoshuaDoes on discord announced that he has rewritten Kaeru Developer jaames's Miitomo asset scraper.
Finally, on July 22nd, 2018, Kaeru Developer shutterbug2000 announced "something related to Kaeru:Tomo". His announcement states: "If you apply this patch to your Miitomo APK (instructions in the .zip, only for android for now), you'll be able to make Miifotos in Miitomo (only thing that will work, consider this a beta test of sorts)." In the same message, he credited the user Visual Brian for the idea of releasing a Kaeru:Tomo beta. Unfortunately it was Android only. (and still publicly is, though iOS would confirmed to be in development later on.)
Surprisingly on July 23rd 2018, Kaeru Developer shutterbug2000 announced a statement related to the clothing store. His announcement states: "Since people seem to want this (and I just figured out the issue about a minute ago).... The clothing store will be making a return to Kaeru:Tomo's Miifoto beta!!" Simply put, this means that they have successfully brought back the clothing store, with limitations of course.
The very next day on July 24th, 2018, shutterbug2000 teased the QR Code selection functioning correctly when creating your Mii. And yet after all this, there are no signs of iOS Support.
And then, it happened. On September 16th, 2018, with the help of Discord user Korfi, shutterbug2000 announced that iOS support on its way. his announcement states: "iOS users! The wait is almost over! We have iOS miitomo now connecting to the Kaeru:Tomo server. Instructions will be coming once we have everything verified to be working. (Thank you so, so much to Korfi for being my guinea pig with their iOS device :p)"
Unfortunately, on the November 29th, 2018, jaames released an announcement. The announcement reads: "It looks like Nintendo finally shut down Miitomo's asset server, which was responsible for providing all of the content (audio, graphics, language data, etc) used by the app. Miitomo still uses this server even when the Kaeru:Tomo patch is applied, we couldn't set up our own content server because that content is under copyright. … This means that the initial data download for new users will no longer work. Some content which is downloaded as-needed will no longer work either, and this may affect the shop and other parts of the app even for our current users. … We haven't had time to fully investigate yet, so please be patient while we figure out how to move forward from here. :)" Simply put, Nintendo has shut down the asset server Kaeru:Tomo was depending on. This means, that new users cannot access the service any longer, and the shop was heavily affected as well for current users.
It took a long time for the Kaeru Team to find a substitute for the old asset server. Luckily, archive.org was a choice. shutterbug2000 settled on that choice.
Long after the last main announcement, on March 23rd, 2019, shutterbug2000 announced that he has successfully used archive.org as a substitute. His announcement reads: "As long as nothing else goes wrong, kaeru:tomo will be available to new users once again! New users will need an additional patch to allow downloading the Miitomo assets from archive.org." However, a new patch WILL be required in order to drag the assets from the new asset server substitute.
On the May 22nd, 2019, shutterbug2000 released another announcement related to the project. His announcement reads: "Hi kaeru:tomo users! Today, kaeru:tomo's rewritten server has officially reached the Miitomo initial setup. … I never really expected there would be as many people interested in Miitomo as there are. So, what I was expecting to be a few hundred users at most has grown into over 4000 users in our database (pretty crazy!) As such, we have been trying to get a new, better written server running. … This will allow us to better provide new features, so stay tuned for more updates!" Simply put, they are rewriting the main Kaeru:Tomo server.
Shortly after, shutterbug2000 showed off progress related to the rewrite every now and then, involving questions, wallpapers, floorings, and more.
On June 4th 2019, a new Miitomo beta was started, exclusive to donators, possibly to limit the server activity. The minimum donation required is $5 USD, through PayPal. shutterbug2000 also states that "Sharing ANY of the beta files without permission will result in the revocation of your beta access"
Then, on August 27, 2019, the progress made on the beta server was released to the public, dubbed under the name of “the anniversary server”. This was to commemorate Kaeru’s 3rd anniversary. All of the progress released includes: wallpaper + flooring, friends, miitomo drop, questions + answers, Miifoto log (to a certain extent), QR code scanning and generating, dates (shop music changes through seasons), etc.
On September 28, 2019, shutterbug2000 teased kaeru:tomo running on iOS.
At last, on September 29, 2019, thejsa made an announcement that the iOS build of kaeru:tomo was launched into an initial beta. It was limited to donators, and, of course, required a jailbreak.
TLDR[edit | edit source]
If the history section is too long, here is a shortened version.
Jan. 24 2018: Nintendo announces Miitomo's closure on May 9th.
May 9 2018: Miitomo shuts down.
Jul. 12 2018: JoshuaDoes released a rewrite of jaames' Miitomo Asset Scraper.
Jul. 22 2018: shutterbug2000 releases a Miifoto beta of the project, only for android.
Jul. 23 2018: shutterbug2000 announces that the Miitomo Shop is functional for the Miifoto beta.
Jul. 24 2018: QR Code functionality is teased by shutterbug2000.
Sep. 16 2018: With the help of Korfi, shutterbug2000 announced that a very early beta of Kaeru:Tomo for iOS is successfully connecting to the server. (DISCLAIMER: Korfi has said that in the official iOS 13 developer beta, Kaeru:Tomo for iOS does not connect properly.)
Nov. 29 2018: jaames announces that Kaeru:Tomo was affected severely by the Miitomo asset server shutdown.
Mar. 23 2019: shutterbug2000 announces that Kaeru:Tomo will be available to new users once again.
May 22 2019: shutterbug2000 announced his thoughts on how big the original server was getting and also announced that the rewritten server has reached the initial setup.
Jun. 4, 2019: The kaeru:tomo beta rewritten server was released to anyone who donated ($5+)
Aug. 27, 2019: The “anniversary” server was released to the public, which was all of the features implemented into the beta server up until that point.
Sep. 28, 2019: kaeru:tomo for iOS was teased.
Sep. 29, 2019: kaeru:tomo for iOS launched into an initial beta phase, only available to donators.
How do I jailbreak my iDevice?[edit | edit source]
Jailbreaking your iDevice can be complicated, as jailbreaking depends on what version you're on. Currently, the highest supported iOS version is iOS 12.4.0, which is available from the iPhone 5S, to the iPhone XS Max, and other iPad/iPod Touch models. If you are on iOS 12.4.0, stay on that specific version because you can jailbreak. While this wiki isn't meant to be a jailbreak tutorial, this will help out those who want to use Kaeru:Tomo on their iDevice, which requires jailbreak. You have a 2 choices, either Sileo or Cydia. Cydia is the most popular, however Sileo has a more modern design. It really depends on your preference, however Cydia may be a better option. Some famous tools to install Cydia/Sileo respectively are: unc0ver, Chimera, Electra, and more. Before you jailbreak your device PLEASE make a backup. there are no guarantees that this is 100% safe and it may brick your device. If you jailbreak you accept this risk.
(UPDATE: a major exploit known as Checkm8 was discovered. It is a hardware level exploit, that means apple CANNOT patch it with a software update. It is for all devices between iPhone 4S to iPhone X and other ipad/ipod models. this is NOT a jailbreak, it is an EXPLOIT. This means you would not be able to get, say, Cydia on your device. Please wait until a developer creates a jailbreak tool using checkm8.)
External Links[edit | edit source]
If you would like to support the project, feel free to donate here (don't worry, jaames was cool with me linking it here): https://www.paypal.me/projectkaeru