This month, Nintendo will be releasing its first official app for smart devices in the form of Miitomo, and naturally there's lots of chatter around what it'll be like. Though some were expecting a game, it seems that Miitomo will be a more social experience, centering around interesting facts and questions being shared between people who know each other. It sounds kind of like a social network, but we'll have a full picture when the app goes live next week in Japan.
The announcement came today via Nintendo of Japan's Twitter, where it was revealed that Miitomo will be going live in the region on 17th March. There's still no announcement for the exact date of the launch of the app overseas, but it hopefully won't be too far off.
What do you think? Will Miitomo launch in the west at the same time? Are you looking forward to its launch? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
well that's short notice, innit? short notice becoming a pattern for nintendo this year.
Hopefully My Nintendo launches worldwide on the same day. A 30% discount for Hyrule Warriors Legends given I own the Wii U original would be fantastic! (there was a similar deal for Fates by owning Awakening in Japan)
I don't own a smartphone so I think I'll pass (unless there is a way for it to work on tablets).
An infographic in the investor presentation showed mid-March for Japan and late March for everywhere else, although who knows really...
What about My Nintendo? Nintendo Account is live already there isn't it? I want to know about rewards and back purchases.
@chiefeagle02 I tink that's not a problem...
I'm interested to give it a shot, also curios about my Nintendo
I'm more interested to know when they will launch the Nintendo reward program
@sandman89 lol don't think so. I like how MS went for something different for their phone UI instead of copying Apple's UI (yes Google) but they have next to no apps and only account for 2% of the smart phone market.
I'll try it
They said before they delayed this until March to give them time to promote it and ensure the best chance of success but unless I missed something,we know no more about it than we did back then.With no more than 20 days to go before it launches along MyNintendo,they really need to get their finger out.
Remember when they said that there was a rumor about a My Nintendo reward called TLOZ: Twilight Princess HD Picross mini game, and that it's suppose to come out in March 31st?
They (Nintendo) once said that the Miitomo app and the My Nintendo rewards site might come bundled up together on the same day.
What does this mean? If the Miitomo app comes to Japan on March 17th, then these two things might either come in March 31st, which is the same day the Twilight Princess My Nintendo reward comes for the first time, or, those Miitomo and My Nintendo might either come that week (March 27 - April 2) or a week prior to March 31st (March 20 - 26).
So yeah. Our stuff might come in those upcoming weeks that I mentioned above.
I'll get it just because it's a Nintendo app that seems to help toeards My Nintendo points or whatever, but I don't see me using it much. Seems very odd. I guess you get that with Japan sometimes. Even not being a huge Pokemon fan, that Pokemon Go sounds pretty neat though.
>Delays Miitomo to "better convey the message" of the app
>Barely talks about it. Especially close to release.
@WebHead Japan will still probably eat it up anyway
Oh, I'll probably get it. Just for the simple fact, my kids and I will have fun with it. I have a couple of old iPhones we basically use as iPod Touchs. This will give me a fun way to communicate with them back and forth while I am traveling...which I do...a lot.
I'll surely get it.. Nintendo deserves a vote of confidence, plus it's free..I think it'll be a fun app...
@fortius54 That is assuming your version of iOS will run it. My old iPod Touch is stuck at 4.2.1, so nevermind running a lot of the newer stuff (I use it mainly for music and a few older games like Tyrian).
I will never play this, I only signed up for the points for Nintendo account, if that is ever sorted out.
The only franchise that ever gets released internationally is Pokemon as far as I'm aware.
I'm hoping they will surprise us and do a world wide launch.
I'll try it, but probably won't use it much. At least I got the pre-register bonus for My Nintendo Account. Hopefully this will release worldwide on the same day.
They are simply not marketing Miitomo, yet relying on it to get non-Nintendo users to make a Nintendo account.
I was expecting some TV ads to kick start it in all honesty. Maybe try to forge a (marketing) link between his and Tomodachi Life for a bit of leverage? But nope, nothing.
No, because they have to translate it correctly first, I'd say we'll get it by next month or the end of this one.
Looking forward to this. I could do with expanding my meagre friends list! I guess some would prefer a straightforward 'game' but personally the idea of playing a Mario platformer on a touchscreen does not appeal.
Looking Forward to trying it out, and the New My Nintendo as well
@BerendJan Oh, I saw that they are saying 'smart devices" as opposed to specifically "smartphones". All the same, I'm wondering how that's going to work. I suppose we'll see here in a few weeks, right?
I think Nintendo should've made a GAME, not a social app. There are already more than enough social apps online or on the app store, so I don't think we need another one. Nintendo is a game company, after all. Not getting it 😒
Hopefully it's fun but I'm willing to try anything. Also really hoping the My Nintendo program will have digital rewards. Physical stuff is nice but I'm not much of a collector. Or both! That way there will be something for everyone.
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