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Nintendo to Launch First Ever Dedicated Mobile App Offering

02/07/2016

Nintendo to Launch First Ever Dedicated Mobile App Offering

Nintendo has unveiled details of its first app designed solely for smartphones, to be released for iOS and Android in March, one of 5 apps the company plans to launch between now and the end of March 2017.

 

It sounds like a strange offering to us here at GB, but might just be unique enough to find a niche and take off. Called Miitomo, the app will be a sort of social network, however it will focus on the use of “Mii”, the bobble headed avatars now common to Nintendo game systems since the Wii.

 

Moving away from the usual concept of status updates to share information and news, Miitomo will “spark fun and interesting conversation" by asking users to answer offbeat questions and sharing the answers between friends.

 

"By answering questions in Miitomo, users will be able to discover surprising information and secrets about their friends," Nintendo said in a release.

 

Essential for all social networks these days is the ability to share photos, something Miitomo will also feature, but again with a Nintendo twist. Users will "share their experiences with others easily by taking and sharing photos featuring their Mii using the Miifoto feature," Nintendo said.

 

If this sounds like your kind of thing then note down February 17th for Aussies as this is the date you will be able to pre-register for Miitomo using existing social media or email accounts to generate a Nintendo Account, a new offering that will launch in partnership with the app and provide rewards for using Nintendo products across different systems. Anyone pre-registering will also be offered “a special bonus” upon launch.

 

The company has been keen to point out that it will continue making dedicated video game machines as well as software. In the coming months it will unveil a brand new system — codenamed NX — which is widely tipped to be a powerful machine that can either connect to a TV or be taken on the go.

 

 

 

Source/Credit: Tim Biggs, SMH Digital Life

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