Nintendo Reveals Miitomo As First Mobile Game, Delayed to 2016

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Nintendo reveals its first mobile title called Miitomo and confirms first details for the title, while also announcing that it has been pushed back to 2016.

After confirming its partnership with DeNA, gamers have been chomping at the bit to see Nintendo take on the mobile market on hardware it didn’t create. With five games set to arrive under the new deal, the long-awaited first title that’s on the way is not at all what some longtime fans may have expected. Instead, during a strategy briefing for investors in Tokyo, the Big N announced that the first game to come about from the deal will be a new game called Miitomo.

According to reports, this new mobile title utilizes the existing Miis found on Nintendo hardware, and it will be entirely free-to-play. In order to generate revenue on Miitomo, the company will allegedly be offering appealing add-ons that can be purchased by players. The main purpose of the app, however, is to help users interact with one another on an entirely new level, with some sort of exchangeable data that can then be ported to existing Nintendo hardware.

Details are still slim on the forthcoming mobile game from Ninty and DeNA, but the firm did confirm that it has pushed back the software’s release until March 2016. The newly appointed President of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima, claims that the decision to delay Miitomo stems from the fact that the company wants to better promote the app prior to its release and is currently busy pushing several of its other Holiday 2015 titles.

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It sounds like the first mobile title is more of a companion app than a tried and true, standalone game, which makes the Big N’s decision to kickstart this new push with Miitomo an odd one to say the least. That said, opting to hold off on releasing something akin to Super Mario right from the get-go ensures that the firm can find its feet before diving headfirst into the new market. Even still, there are some Nintendo fans that are sure to be disappointed – albeit only briefly given the fact that four more mobile titles will be arriving by March 2017.

Meanwhile, the house of Mario still has major plans in place for its existing Wii U console, such as both Star Fox Zero and The Legend of Zelda Wii U in 2016 – giving diehard fans something to look forward to in the coming months. Even then, it’ll be interesting to see how the firm fares during a Holiday season without a handful of AAA blockbusters in its arsenal.

What do you think of the sounds of the new mobile game Miitomo? Do you think this is a good jumping on point for Nintendo?

Sources: NeoGaf, Wall Street Journal