As expected, Nintendo has announced its first app for mobile devices. Entitled Miitomo, the free to play game is based in the Mii universe, and will be released next spring.

According to a Wall Street Journal live blog, Miitomo will allow users to design their own Miis, virtual avatars, which first appeared on the original Wii console. Nintendo has characterized Miitomo as a “Friendly Conversation Starter”. By asking and answering questions, gamers will be able to find out unknown aspects about friends along with things that you share in common.

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Although Nintendo’s reveal was in Japanese, a rough translation has been acquired:

These “friendly communication starters” have an advantage that even the people who are less willing to send messages can easily participate. Another unique characteristic of Miitomo is that you may be able to find out unknown aspects about your friends or unexpected commonalities you share with your friend because Miitomo may pick up the topics that you usually do not discuss but would be willing to answer if asked.

So this “game” if you even want to call it that, seems more like a social interaction game than a traditional game that you’d expect from Nintendo. While it’s not surprising given Nintendo’s desire to funnel gamers back to its own platforms, it’s also a bit disappointing that some of Nintendo’s more respected and well-known franchises weren’t represented.

That’s not to say that Nintendo’s other franchises won’t appear on smartphones, but Nintendo’s first attempt is looking a bit lukewarm at this point. Sure, Mii’s are well-known, but they’re nowhere near as possible as Nintendo’s other franchises like Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, etc.

What do you think about Miitomo?

Via: Nintendo Everything

  • Nathan

    Nintendo should stick to their handhelds. That’s the only thing keeping them alive right now. The WiiU isn’t selling at all.

    • Mike M. Powell

      I only got it for smash bros/Mario kart/super Mario maker .-.

      • Romi

        Don’t forget the next Zelda

    • Drapnel

      they are already working on their next gen console supposedly for 2016-7

      • Nathan

        Wow. Already? They’re going to shoot themselves in the feet if they make the first move in the ‘next’ generation.

      • George

        You should have more hope.

    • Manuel Molina

      You should hear the news, Wii U hasn’t sold at a lost in awhile time. The 3DS is selling but it’s getting killed by mobile games. And this mobile game wasn’t what anyone was expecting, but it’s expected Nintendo wouldn’t give us a good mobile game.

    • There’s nothing wrong with Nintendo making mobile apps / games but they should do some market research first. Apps like Miitomo are not what people want, people want games like Pokemon or Super Mario Bros.

  • Bah. I’d rather see an actual game, a la Mario or Zelda.

    • Mozaik

      Buy thier console than like 3DS or Wii U , much better fun with controller.

  • jgr627

    #Meh Nintendo is about to expire and this donkey move proves my point

    • Mozaik

      Lol they have 25 billion cash in bank.. They are still very profitable..

  • I knew it would be a crappy game like this. I expected nothing more from them. I bet people will pay a lot of money for Pokemon on iOS and Android.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      I think most people, or most avid Nintendo fans, would want to see a Super Smash Bros., Mario’s World and Mario Kart officially ported to iOS. That will bring in high sales.

  • n00b

    Expect 5 Nintendo games in 2017, and probably some will be paid yay, still free2play and long wait…

  • Knew it would be a huge disappointment. They’ll never learn until it’s to late.

  • Merman123

    What the hell is this lol

  • Derrick Goh

    I was hoping to see some real game from Nintendo for the first mobile app…

  • Matt

    All we want is a freaking Zelda game.
    Why don’t you give it to us, Nintendo?

    • Anonymous

      Donkey kong as well!

  • Yasser Kaskas

    Love how you guys used a picture of someone sleeping for this

  • DevXav

    Seriously, nintendo?

    Come one, you guys can do SO MUCH better than this useless crap..

    A hint: Try your classic games.

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  • Picapollo

    Nintendo take this L for making this garbage… And NY hold this L for the heck of it…

  • Where is my god damn Pokemon???

    • Cristian B

      Like seriously what the heck man

  • Manuel Molina

    Nintendo is the only company that hasn’t lost much on their systems. Sony just started making money that they invested on their systems back. Microsoft is still trying to make the money back that was use to invest in the gaming of their system. Nintendo will be fine if they just adapt to what gamers want: graphics, online, games, simple controller. Let the rest come afterwards.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I sure hope they port Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart to iOS! Those games are the absolute truth on a Nintendo console! I’d pay good money for having Super Smash Bros. on iOS.

    • Vince Reedy

      Would be ok with a controller on new Apple TV, not on phone with screen controls. I think that is the problem, needing a controller to play and the limits of who would actually purchase.

  • Chindavon

    Nintendo teaches: How to miss the boat AGAIN 101

  • Feivl

    This is exactly how I feel about this game:

  • iByron

    I’m guessing this is Nintendo’s attempt at gateway marketing. You download this “game” and set up your Mii avatar then as actual gaming titles appear, your Mii somehow interacts.

    At least I hope that’s what they were thinking. Otherwise… sheesh! What were they thinking!?

  • iPhoneWINS

    lol BS… just give us mario etc and go away

  • YoungRabbi

    just popped in to read these nintendo what are you doing comments

  • what the hell is this?!