After announcing in 2014 a plan to enter smartphone gaming, Nintendo is finally tapping into the mobile segment, bringing along all your Miis.
The video game giant revealed
during an investors’ conference in Japan that instead of releasing a new smartphone game by the end of 2015 as originally planned, they will launch a free-to-play mobile app called Miitomo sometime in March 2016.
What is Miitomo, you ask? Well, according to Nintendo chief executive Tatsumi Kimishima, it allows players to communicate through Miis. That is, your Mii avatar -- represents you on the Wii U and 3DS’ online networks -- are able to communicate with others players and/or their Miis when you are not actively playing.
Miitomo is just the beginning of Nintendo’s mobile gaming ambitions. In fact, it’s the first of five smartphone games set to be released by March 2017 and not a single one of them will be ported over to the Wii U, 3DS or any future console.
Nintendo’s foray into mobile gaming has been met with some criticism, however, particularly from hardcore fans who believe the move marks the beginning of the end for Nintendo consoles, even though late chief executive Satoru Iwata spoke at length about the need for the company to adapt to growing markets and promising that their hardware business isn’t going anywhere.
In fact, Nintendo is cooking up a new home console codenamed NX to replace the poorly-received Wii U, and we are eager to see what it has to offer.
Seeing that it will be some time before we see the full results of Nintendo’s mobile endeavors, it’ll be interesting to see what innovates ideas and fresh new IPs it will bring to our phones in the coming years. Care to speculate?