“Miitomo,” Nintendo’s first smartphone app is making its way to the US market this week.
After successfully launching in Japan last month, an article published in Gamespot revealed that “Miitomo” is coming to the United States March 31. The app was such a hit in Japan reaching 1 million downloads in its first three days. The “free to start” game was also no. 1 for free apps on the App Store and Google Play.
Miitomo is Nintendo’s first venture into the smartphone app world and they are hoping that the US launch will be as successful as its Japan launch. “With Miitomo, Nintendo takes its first step into the world of smart devices,” Nintendo marketing executive Scott Moffitt said in a statement “It brings the special Nintendo charm and polish that people around the world love to an entirely new format and audience.”
The new app is more of a social network based on the company’s Mii figures than a sort of a game. These rounded-headed cartoonish avatars have been quite popular since the launch of the Wii. The new app will allow users to communicate and socialize using their Miis, through quizzes, chats, and shareable photos. These characters can be placed in images from a smartphone’s photo gallery.
While it is free to download, the app also offers an in-game shop where users can purchase extra clothing and items using Miitomo coins. Real-world money can be used to buy these coins and they can also be earned via gameplay.
Miitomo is just the first of smartphone games that Nintendo is planning to launch. An upcoming game will not be a communication app, but will feature a well-known Nintendo character such as Mario. The company is due to launch five smartphone games by 2017. All the games will be free and it is currently being produced by longtime Mario Kart producer Hideki Konno. Nintendo said that the upcoming games will offer more traditional game experiences.
Meanwhile, users can now pre-register for Miitomo by signing up for a Nintendo account at the official website. Users who do so before March 31st will get an allotment of Platinum Points for the new MyNintendo loyalty program which the company is also launching on March 31st.
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