Miitomo will be Nintendo's first smartphone game, to be released next March

Miitomo will be Nintendo's first smartphone game, to be released next March
At a media event held today in Japan, Nintendo announced that its first game for smartphones will be called Miitomo, and it will be launched in March. The game will be free, with in-app purchases offered. In describing the game, Nintendo made it sound more like an app for communications as users will get to design their own avatars called "Miis," which they will use to talk to other users. Nintendo's own website calls Miitomo "a safe and secure" communications app. Nintendo executive Shinya Takahashi said with Miitomo, the company will find ways to get shy people to communicate with others.

Earlier this year, Nintendo did hint that it would go into its stable of famous video game characters for its smartphone games. At the same time, the company also made it clear that it would not simply make versions of its console games for smartphones. While Miitomo won't use any Nintendo characters, there is speculation that the company is holding back, waiting to see if it can be successful on this platform before rolling games using its popular icons like Mario.

Nintendo also announced that it will offer a service called Nintendo Account, that will connect its consoles with PCs and mobile devices. Users will be able to transfer data via a cloud based service. As we get closer to March, we should hear more information about this and Miitomo.


source: Nintendo (translated) via WSJ

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15 Comments

1. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

great i can transfer my mii info from my 3ds n wii u to my phone

2. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Even more shovelwares for mobile devices. Zero AAA software and counting.

3. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Just wait for pokemon go.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

where i can find prof.Oak? I need to get my starter pokemon

5. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

What mess of game is this. This is for joke with the people? Flap birddy it's better than this mess.

14. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You're the mess. And also ignorant.

6. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

...... So a social app? Not a game. I was so hyped for this.

7. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

And thinking that Sega make games like Sonic Dash 2 and after Nintendo comes with a mess like this.

8. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

well nintendo isn't going to make a zelda, mario or even a star fox game on the mobile platform. they are going to do something similar like tomodachi life which is pretty popular in japan. they are pretty much focusing in the japan market right now. but having said all that i actually expected to announce like nintendogs as their first mobile game

9. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Even Namco brought Air Combat and Ridge Racer to the Google Play. Are they nuts?

10. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Gonna be a fail just like the Xperia Play. They need to make a serious gaming phone, not dated games on a purpose made gaming phone

12. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Delete

13. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Xperia play is great or emulators tho. I run all the old snes and sega games on there and they work perfectly.

11. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Delete

15. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It's baby steps with Nintendo. They're so paranoid of becoming like Sega, we probably won't see a proper game from them until after the release of NX. And those games will probably only be tie-ins for that console.

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