After months of speculation, Nintendo finally announced that its branching out into the world of mobile games. Specifically, smartphone mobile games because I suppose Nintendo invented mobile gaming with GameBoy, but that’s neither here nor there.
Nintendo’s first forray into mobile games will be a free-to-play title and called Miitomo. According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo said that their new mobile game is ideal for players who are reluctant to reveal things about themselves or talk to others.
Is this how Nintendo sees its audience? A bunch of reclusive shut-ins that need mobile games to socialize? I mean, it’s not far off from the truth but it still stings.
“Mii” refers to Nintendo’s digital avatars first introduced on the Wii and “Tomo” refers to “friend” in Japanese. In Miitomo, each player first makes their own Mii. Then, players are asked a series of questions and based on their answers, they communicate with other Miis. Nintendo’s first of a reported five mobile games is basically a social networking game for Miis. Think Tomodachi Life but on mobile devices.
While it currently seems less like a mobile game and more like a communication app, Nintendo is hoping that Miitomo helps bridging smartphones and consoles.
Miitomo is slated for a March 2016 release. It will be free-to-play but with add-ons available for purchase. This is the first of five mobile games Nintendo has announced it is releasing by March 2017. Their other mobile games are rumoured to be paid downloads.