Nintendo has finally unveiled its first foray into mobile gaming, but it unfortunately will come to smart phones a little later than anticipated.
During a meeting with investors, Nintendo officially revealed Miitomo, the first game to come from the company’s partnership with DeNA. Miitomo will not launch until March 2016, however, despite earlier plans for the company to release its first mobile game before the end of 2015. An official statement by Nintendo indicated the delay came from wanting “to further improve the Miitomo application.”
Miitomo is officially described as “a free-to-start communication application that helps friends share fun personal facts and interests.” Players will be able to communicate with other players, answering questions and “sharing information to discover more about each other” while creating their own Mii avatars, which were first introduced on the Wii.
Nintendo promises to launch five mobile titles, including Miitomo, through March 2017.
Miitomo will also use the newly revealed Nintendo account service called My Nintendo unveiled at the investors meeting. My Nintendo (initially revealed as Nintendo Account) profiles will give players a unified presence across Nintendo platforms and smartphones, and allow users to log in using their social network accounts. My Nintendo also functions as the replacement for the rewards system Club Nintendo, allowing players to earn points for playing and purchasing games that can than be used to purchase digital goods, actual physical Nintendo merchandise, or obtain discount coupons.
More about My Nintendo and Miitomo can be seen on Nintendo’s official website. Stay tuned for more info as Miitomo‘s launch approaches.