Nintendo unveiled Miitomo for smartphones

Dated: October 30, 2015

NIntendo Miitomo

Nintendo has unveiled Miitomo, the company's first game designed specifically for smartphones, which will launch in March 2016. Miitomo is a game that allows players to create avatars to interact with one another socially. The game is the first of five mobile apps Nintendo plans to launch by March 2016, including one that may feature the iconic "Super Mario," the company said at an investor briefing in Tokyo. It looks like a cross between 3DS life sim Tomodachi Life and a traditional messaging system - although you won't be the one doing the talking.

Nintendo had said it would launch its first smartphone game before the end of 2015. No reason was given for the delay. Miitomo will be "free-to-start", suggesting that you will be able to buy all manner of extras - we're guessing Mii extras such as clothing, just like Microsoft's own Xbox Avatars.

"Instead of the users proactively sending their own messages, Miitomo has a unique characteristic that can be called 'friendly communication starters' as your Mii will automatically dispatch the answers you gave to certain questions to your friends," Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima explained today in an investor briefing.

Nintendo is planning four more smartphone games, all of which it expects to release before the end of March 2017.

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