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Nintendo Mobile Game Miitomo Launching March 2016 Alongside New Account Service

by Donald Theriault - October 28, 2015, 6:57 pm EDT
Total comments: 18 Source: Nintendo, Wall Street Journal

Miitomo uses Miis to communicate with other users, and it will work with your new Nintendo Account.

Nintendo's first mobile game, called Miitomo, will launch this fiscal year, as opposed to the calendar year.

Set to debut worldwide in March 2016 alongside the company's new loyalty program called My Nintendo, Miitomo is a free-to-start mobile game with optional add-ons. The title focuses on communications between Miis, and is designed to "reveal a side of your friends you never knew," while encouraging players to share information about themselves. Some of the other smartphone titles promised by the end of the next fiscal year will be paid games.

My Nintendo is the new DeNA-powered loyalty program that will cross PC, smartphones, 3DS, Wii U, and NX systems. Users can use their preexisting Nintendo Network ID to create their new Nintendo Account. The new service will feature a point system that can be used for discounts, digital content, and other goods. My Nintendo will also use an unspecified cloud-based solution would be used for data transfer between devices.

At the start of the presentation, CEO Tatsumi Kimishima also announced that there would be unannounced 3DS and Wii U titles released this holiday season, but did not provide specific titles or release dates..


AdrockOctober 28, 2015

Nintendo Account is the more interesting bit of news.

ShyGuyOctober 28, 2015

Tomo means twin in Japanese?

TOPHATANT123October 28, 2015

Quick and dirty google translate

"In addition, a new point program begins. New point program, not only Nintendo's dedicated game machines, smart devices will also be subject. At September 30, 2015 subscription service we ended "Club Nintendo", but now has points when you purchase the game software, the new point program also rewards that they play the game. Even playing in the software of the dedicated machine even playing in the smart device app, point is given, the point is also a dedicated game machine, you can use it in a smart device. Of course also marked with a point when you have purchased the game software. By using the point, playing is the game is more fun additional digital content and original goods, also want software you can get a discount coupon can buy discount."

broodwarsOctober 28, 2015

I'm just shocked that a mobile phone game would turn out to look like a giant piece of cash-grabbing crap. I mean, that's SO UNLIKE 99.999999% of the mobile phone market!

MythtendoOctober 28, 2015

Quote from: ShyGuy

Tomo means twin in Japanese?

Tomo basically means "friend". So the title basically means Mii Friend, which fits the description of it.

LucarioOctober 29, 2015

I hate IoS games with the exception of a few, so I really hate this idea of going mobile.

EnnerOctober 29, 2015

Nintendo gunning for the messaging app market!

As for the new account stuff, neat to be able to use other services as your log-in. The cloud storage is nice, but I wonder how well it will be maintained.

The Lucky MooseOctober 29, 2015

So this is just a chat app?

Ian SaneOctober 29, 2015

If Nintendo is going to make mobile junk like everyone else I'm fine with the Miis being the franchise that gets sucked into it.  To me the Miis are like some weird in-law that doesn't fit in with the rest of the family and their mere presence taints every family event.  So, yeah, banish the Miis to the purgatory of mobile games while the "real" Nintendo franchises star in the real games.

Still I am a little surprised at how dull this game sounds.  There was a sliver of hope that Nintendo would try to shake the mobile market up with something different and interesting but this doesn't look to be any of that.

michaelbaysuperfan616October 29, 2015

So they take the worst thing they have done in a decade and throw that as their big entry into mobile, yeah sounds to me like this is their middle finger to the pro-mobile investors and not much else.

ForgottenPearlOctober 29, 2015

--The title focuses on communications between Miis, and is designed to "reveal a side of your friends you never knew," while encouraging players to share information about themselves.
--[I thought we already had Facebook for sharing all our personal information to the world...

TOPHATANT123October 29, 2015

Facebook is a different beast in Japan, most users use pseudonyms when online and are reticent about revealing information about themselves, it was a Famicast topic once although I can't remember which one...

Fatty The HuttOctober 29, 2015

You apparently only communicate with folks on your friends list in Miitomo and you can use your existing NNID for the new account/loyalty program.
Connecting the dots, I hope this means you can import your existing friends lists to use with Miitomo. If not, I think it is doomed for failure. Very few will bother to re-do the whole "friend code" thing for this goofy app. But if the app starts with folks connecting to their existing lists, it could get tons of instant traction.
Bottom line, it has to be crazy easy to develop a list of friends to communicate with in Miitomo or it'll never get off the ground. It'll be a curiosity, quickly forgotten.
I wonder if they will have the option of Facebook and/or Twitter integration or something like that? I don't want it but I could see that being another way for folks to have an instant list of folks with whom their Mii's could communicate, I guess.

Mop it upOctober 29, 2015

I'm just glad this is something I can safely ignore.

EnnerOctober 29, 2015

The main goal of the communication app is to be a conversation-starter for those who are not that chatty. Using Miis as an abstraction layer in this process is cute and potentially clever.

Miitomo is a neat idea that may or may not hit big. I'm glad that Nintendo went in a odd direction rather than some expected free-to-start game.

BiteThePillowOctober 29, 2015

I think Miigrindr is a catchier name than Miitomo for the West.

ShyGuyOctober 29, 2015

Quote from: BiteThePillow

I think Miigrindr is a catchier name than Miitomo for the West.

Ashley Miidison?

Mii Hot or Not?

SorenOctober 29, 2015

Badoo...for Miis.

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