Well, that was… unexpected. Those anticipating Super Mario or another A-list Nintendo mascot to be the torchbearer for the company’s first foray into smartphone games will be surprised to learn that Miis are getting the nod, instead. Miitomo represents the inaugural release born from the DeNA-Nintendo partnership, and if nothing else it represents the quirkier side of the latter. The game is intended to be a social application, with players designing a Mii who will communicate with the Miis of other users. Personal information will be shared between the avatars in an effort for users to learn more about one another. The game is free-to-play, but a number of “attractive add-ons” will be included to lure players into spending money on the title (what are the odds Nintendo items are involved?).
March 2016 is when Nintendo hopes to launch Miitomo, noting that its push into mobile has been moved back a bit in order to properly advertise and promote the titles. The company also advised that others of its smartphone line would be pay-to-download, which sounds like a more traditional pay model. It’s certainly not what many people were expecting to be Nintendo’s opening salvo, but it’s likely that other titles are still too early in development to be revealed just yet.
Is Miitomo the type of game you’d be willing to try on your smartphone? Should Nintendo instead be focusing on bringing its better-known franchises to mobile, first? Let us know in the comments!
Source: Wall Street Journal