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Nintendo making Mii smartphone app; not interested in games

by Eric Frederiksen | February 13, 2015

E3 2014 Nintendo logo

Nintendo is working on a smartphone app that will allow Nintendo users to export their Miis for use on other social media platforms, marking the company’s first trip outside of its walled garden.

“It would be fun for players to use their Mii characters as icons on social media,” said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata in an interview with Japan’s Nikkei business newspaper.

As noted by The Verge, it’s a pretty slim app compared to offerings from Microsoft and Sony that let you do things like purchase games, control your console and stream games. Still, it’s a tentative step into the world of Android and iOS for the company. The closest it has come previously is the 2012 Pokémon Pokédex app developed by Creatures Inc. and sold by The Pokemon Company. If the application is popular, it could show Nintendo the demand for such software and lead additional apps that would make their platform that much more accessible.

What it won’t lead to, however, is games. For anyone who might’ve been hoping to see a Pokémon battle game or a Super Mario endless runner, this week’s release of the New Nintendo 3DS should put those hopes to rest. Iwata confirmed, saying that “I have opposed making smartphone and tablet versions of Nintendo titles; prices for content aimed at smartphones and tablets are falling quickly. I am still wary of the category.”

The app hasn’t yet been officially announced, nor has a time frame for its release. It isn’t yet known which social networks it will support or whether it’ll even hit both of the major mobile platforms (let alone any of the secondary ones).

The Verge

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...