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Nintendo’s first smartphone app is called Miitomo, launches March 2016

by Eric Frederiksen | October 29, 2015October 29, 2015 1:40 pm PDT


Nintendo unveiled their first smartphone app today at a Japanese investor briefing, reports the Wall Street Journal. The app will be called Miitomo – a free to play experience using Mii avatars – and it will launch in March 2016.

The collaboration between Nintendo and DeNA was pushed as being one for the creation of games, but it’s hard to tell whether it’ll actually count as a game or not. Users will create their own Miis and use them to communicate with others. It sounds more like a Nintendo-specific social media platform with microtransactions for cosmetic items.

Nintendo is a pretty conservative company, so it’s not surprising they didn’t jump right into a full Mario or Zelda game right out of the gate.

The game was originally intended to release this year, but Nintendo CEO Kimishima said that the company wants more time to promote and introduce the software.

There’s no word specifically on whether it’ll launch in western territories at all or whether it will be a simultaneous launch. If it does launch over here, expect it to receive an English-language title.

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,...