Nintendo announced its first mobile game: Miitomo. Sadly, the game will not feature any of the iconic characters from the company like Mario or Zelda.
Miitomo will be free to download and play, but come with IAPs. The game has a very un-game like premise though, and will allow players to design their own “Miis,” which will be able to communicate with other Miis. Nintendo did not provide any other details about the game, but from its description, Miitomo sounds more like a communication platform.
Even though Nintendo wanted to release its first game before the end of 2015, Miitomo will not be released this year. Instead, the company plans on launching it in March 2016. One of the company’s executive said that the reason behind the delay was to “build more lead time to promote and explain Miitomo.”
Additionally, Nintendo also announced a new membership service called Nintendo Account. The service will keep your game progress synced across Nintendo’s console, PC, and smartphone using cloud sync.
Despite the delay in launching its first mobile, Nintendo still plans on releasing five games for smartphones by March 2017. The company has partnered with DeNA to create games for smartphones.
Are you disappointed with Nintendo’s first game for smartphones? I definitely am. Instead of leveraging its IP to bring iconic characters like Mario and Zelda to smartphones, the company is launching what looks like a communication platform.
[Via Wall Street Journal]