In a recent interview with Xbox LIVE Boss John Schappert, he has stated that Avatars drew “a lot of inspiration” from what Nintendo has been doing with their Mii’s.
â€œI have to make a shout out to the Miis and say that Nintendo did a phenomenal job integrating them into the Wii games. There was a lot of inspiration from them,â€ Shappert said, adding that the Avatars are still â€œa logical evolutionâ€ of Gamertags. â€œIt was a question of when to introduce it.â€
[Schappert: Avatars drew â€œa lot of inspirationâ€ from Nintendo]