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Nintendo Announces First Mobile Game 'Miitomo,' Arrives March 2016

During a strategy meeting with its investors tonight, Nintendo announced its first smartphone game, according to The Wall Street Journal. The game is called Miitomo and will the the first of five games that'll be released by March 2017.

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The game will be a free-to-play title with "attractive add-ons" that people can pay for. Users will create their own avatars, known as Miis, that can communicate with other users. Miis can communicate with other people's Miis without a users knowledge, and Nintendo says the game will find ways "to encourage people who are hesitant to talk to share things about themselves" with other users.

However, Nintendo says that the game has been delayed until March 2016; the game was originally intended to launch this year. The company says that one reason for the delay is the need to fully promote and explain what Miitomo is, but that it wants to currently concentrate its marketing efforts on other titles in its product pipeline. As noted by The WSJ, Nintendo's partner DeNA will focus on the operations of the games, indicating that Nintendo may be designing the games.

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While Miimoto is a free-to-play game, Nintendo says that other games will be pay-to-download. The company also announced a new membership service called Nintendo Account, which will connect PC, Nintendo hardware and smartphone users. It'll also enable the transfer of game data between mobile and console games.

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9 months ago
Nope nope nope nope. This isn't what anyone wanted.

Give us old ported games or something involving beloved Nintendo characters please and thank you.
Rating: 31 Votes
9 months ago
Give me some good old fashion Mario and I'll be happy.
Rating: 27 Votes
9 months ago
Wow, sharing secrets with strangers sounds like so much more fun than Mario.
Rating: 26 Votes
9 months ago
The second picture looks like the character has fallen asleep...which is exactly what I'm about to do looking at the idea for this stupid game. Come'on nintendo..port over some of your classics. Nobody wants this crap.
Rating: 19 Votes
9 months ago
Because a GBA Emulator was too hard...

$1-$5 a game and Nintendo would make millions.
Rating: 15 Votes
9 months ago
This 'game' looks awful. Wii features from last decade with some IAPs thrown in.
Rating: 13 Votes
9 months ago
How can it not be Super Mario Bros.?!
Rating: 13 Votes
9 months ago
Remember guys, the main reason Nintendo is even doing this is because of the immense pressure from the... I can't think of the word, I want to say investors... But they didn't want to produce games for mobile phones. If anything it's in their best interest to create poor selling games to sabotage the whole plan - they can go back and say "see, we told you mobile games would fail."
Rating: 12 Votes
9 months ago
This is just sad...

RIP Iwata and the good ole days of Nintendo.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago
"OMG, I'm so excited and I cannot wait to play this game!" /s
Rating: 9 Votes

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