Is it Miitomo you’re looking for? Nintendo unveils its first smartphone game

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Nintendo announces first smartphone game – but release is delayed until 2016.

Nintendo has always tried to make it clear that although they will make apps featuring famous characters such as Mario and Zelda they won’t simply be porting existing games to smartphone. There’s very little detailed information on Miitomo though, as the mobile plans were announced at a Japanese-only business event in Tokyo – where most of the time seems to have been spent discussing yesterday’s financial results.

The video game giant has announced that its first smartphone game, developed in partnership with mobile service company DeNA , will be a app called Miitomo, which will allow users to create Mii characters and exchange facts about themselves with other players. Someone from The Wall Street Journal was there though, and according to him Miitomo ‘will be free to play, with attractive add-ons that people can pay for … others will be pay-to-download’.

Miitomo is designed to appeal to a wide range of global smart device users and introduce them to uniquely Nintendo experiences beginning with Miitomo and carried through future applications.” In a change of plan, however, the game, which was originally scheduled for release late this year, won’t be available to the public until March 2016. The company are planning to release a total of five smartphone games by March 2017, with fans anticipating that the later titles will include more familiar Nintendo brands, such as a mobile version ofSuper Mario. A Pokémon smartphone game, Pokémon GO, is also being released in 2016 – but, while Nintendo owns The Pokémon Company, this launch is being handled separately, and will not be linked to DeNA or to the company’s other mobile games. At the event Kimishima – who recently succeeded the late Satoru Iwata as president of Nintendo – stressed that the company’s focus remains on its own hardware, which it hopes it can promote through smartphone spinoffs. It would have been so easy: just cooperate with DeNA to create a free-to-play mobile game with Mario or other popular IP and set yourself up for a new, potentially enormous revenue stream,” said industry analyst Serkan Toto.

But another key factor will be the promised new rewards program and integrated account system for all Nintendo apps, games, and hardware – including the Wii U and 3DS.

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