In what is perhaps the biggest step yet in Nintendo’s newfound interest in mobile gaming (you know, aside from that Pokemon Snap port), the immensely popular Japanese gaming giant has recently announced its first official mobile app, dubbed “Miitomo.”
Let it be known, however, that this is most certainly not a Nintendo approved ‘game’ for mobile devices, at least not in the traditional sense of the word. Instead, Miitomo intends on being a Nintendo-sponsored social network app that functions as a sort of information gathering tool for new Nintendo games, along with the host of the new Nintendo points program. Linking your Wii U or your 3DS to the Miitomo app will let you obtain rewards for the games that you play most often, along with giving you news pertaining to the Nintendo games associated with your system. Playing games on either the Nintendo consoles or through licensed apps linked to Miitomo will give players points they can use on both real and in-game items, giving players even more reasons to keep playing the already stellar line of titles in Nintendo’s roster.
Another major addition in the list of features that Miitomo is bringing to the table is cloud saving functionality. Both console game saves and mobile game saves will be able to be uploaded to Nintendo’s new cloud service, and will be able to transfer data to and from whichever device you choose. Say, for example, Nintendo releases a Pokemon game on both mobile devices and the 3DS. This new cloud service will likely let you swap your favorite Pokemon between games, letting you continue using your favorites when one device is out of charge or in use by another family member. It’s speculation at this point, but there’s no doubt that Miitomo opens up some interesting options when it comes to cloud gaming.
Social features are also a key component contained within Miitomo, as a means for players in real life to start conversations with each other. After making your Mii, the app will ask you questions pertaining to your personality, and the answers will spread to all of the friends you have linked to your profile, with their answers being sent to you in turn. Nintendo hopes that these questions and the sharing of their answers will function as the sparks of conversation, and promote friendship between players. This potential bond created through Miitomo means that people may start playing their Nintendo games online together, and hopefully create a more integrated and friendly community of players.
While Nintendo has had some trouble with making an online community in the past, Miitomo looks to be another step in the right direction towards making online multiplayer on Nintendo consoles equal to that on the Playstation 4 or Xbox One.
Miitomo is planned to be released in March 2016 on iOS and Android devices.
Source: Nintendo IR Events