Nintendo to Launch its First Mobile Game App in March
The Miitomo gaming app is the first of five the company expects to release by the end of March in 2017, according to Nintendo.Almost a year after announcing that it will bring its most popular games to smartphones and tablets, Nintendo says it is readying its first mobile gaming app, Miitomo, for release in March in North America for iOS and Android devices. Users can preregister for the new Miitomo app starting Feb. 17, according to a Feb. 3 announcement by the company. "Miitomo is a social experience that uses Nintendo's Mii characters, which first debuted on the Wii console, to engage friends in a lighthearted and welcoming environment," the company said in a statement. "Users can spark fun conversations and learn more about each other by answering questions such as 'What song has been stuck in your head lately?', 'Do you believe in aliens?' or even 'If you saw a nose hair sticking out of your friend's nose, what would you do?'" Game players also can take and share photos featuring their Mii using a built-in Miifoto feature, according to the company. A new My Nintendo rewards program will also launch with Miitomo and be able to connect with the app.
Users must have an online Nintendo account to play the game and can sign up using their existing email, social media accounts or current Nintendo Network IDs. Pre-registrants who sign up between Feb. 17 and the official launch will receive a special Miitomo bonus, according to the company.
The games that will be developed will be built to work specifically with small mobile screens and devices.Nintendo helped power the video game console industry starting in 1983, when it launched its original Nintendo Entertainment System. The company has since sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 680 million gaming consoles around the world, according to figures provided by the company.