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March launch confirmed for Nintendo's first mobile title

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March launch confirmed for Nintendo's first mobile title
Back in October, Nintendo announced that its first mobile title would be Miitomo. Sure many were disappointed to find out that there was no Mario or Pikachu involved in the company's first smartphone app. Miitomo allows users to communicate with each other using Miis. These are avatars that users create in their own image. In-app purchases will allow users to buy clothes for their Miis.

With Miitomo, you will be communicating with your friends while viewing their Miis. Isao Moriyasu, the CEO of Nintendo's partner DeNA, said "Communicating with friends who actually look like your friends in real life is a distinctly different feeling from text-based communication."

Tatsumi Kimishima, Nintendo's president, recently confirmed a March release for the app in Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbu. While there has been no official word on pricing, we expect Nintendo's first mobile app to be free. We also expect that there will be five mini-games that Miitomo users will be able to play inside the app.

Nintendo is dipping its toes into the water with the release of Miitomo. Eventually, the video game giant hopes to have five mobile titles available by March 2017.

source: MainichiShimbun (translated) via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 17 Jan 2016, 02:06 3

1. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER (Posts: 106; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)

Still ain't sh/t without a mainstream first-party heavily marketed physical controller add-on.

Perhaps there is a handshake agreement that Apple and Google don't infringe too much on Sony's and Microsoft's duopoly when it comes to gaming. And in exchange, the latter two stay relatively quiet on the smartphone front. May not be just a coincidence.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 05:18 2

2. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)

I think Nintendo would rather focus on actual gaming for their consoles and handhelds than invest too heavily in the smartphone "gaming" market. I still don't know why people are taking these Nintendo apps so seriously, as if their lack of success would actually affect Nintendo.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 09:02

3. oozz009 (Posts: 520; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)

Nintendo is so stupid not to release a Pokemon game (or port) for mobile, they could literally sell thousands of such a digital app in no time! What are they waiting for??

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 10:19

5. Omarc07 (Posts: 481; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Agree I want a pokemon game!! Or maybe a smash Bros game on the phone would be nice.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 09:55

4. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)

It's pretty upsetting they aren't porting any games to mobile but this is going to flop as this isn't even a game.

Who am I to judge though, Nintendo is just sitting on money...

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 13:25

6. Shocky (unregistered)

Looks rubbish.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 15:03

7. hado86 (Posts: 156; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

Google is s**t out of luck till they put and end to the perceived notion of piracy. But apple's soc is quickly closing the gap of performance between its console betters. And with iCloud saves to play a game on console, iPad and iPhone is promising future only Microsoft can do also. Until then please Sony and Nintendo port games we actually want to play and Bluetooth submit to Apple already so you can shut up and take my money.

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