For a while now we’ve seen many indications that Nintendo has been aiming to move into the mobile gaming industry. Now, The Big N has announced their first smartphone title: Miitomo.
Miitomo is best described as a playable social network, where players create a Mii avatar and use it to interact with other players’ Miis. While creating your Mii, the player will be asked a series of questions that determine the personality of their Mii, allowing it to interact without player input. The game will be free-to-play, but will feature cosmetic microtransactions.
The announcement came during a Nintendo investor meeting outlining their future plans. They announced that Miitomo will be the first of five smartphone games. Nintendo is aiming to have all five games released by March 2017. Also hinted at were their plans for the NX, with Shigeru Miyamoto saying, “We are going to be far more aggressive in using our IP, and not just stop with licensing, as in the past.” He cited Amiibo and the smartphone games as an example of this attitude.
Miitomo is probably not the Nintendo title fans have been clamouring for. However, it’s probably safe to assume that we’ll see Mario and other famous faces in future mobile games. Miitomo is due to launch in March 2016 and currently the platforms haven’t been specified.