The first mobile game from Nintendo will feature a very special character: you.
Well, it’s more like the cartoon version of yourself which you’ll choose. The game Miitomo was announced Wednesday night in Kyoto, Japan at a press conference. Everyone who has used a Wii, Wii U or 3DS handheld will be familiar with the featured personalized avatars.
The Wall Street Journal was the only English-speaking channel to report the press conference live, and according the their report, the Miitomo characters will not only stay on your smartphone, they will go to your friends’ devices as well.
A couple of games already exist where users exchange Mii characters using NFC chips on the 3DS handheld.
Miitomo is part of Nintendo’s mobile game partnership with DeNA and will be free-to-play with the option of purchasing add-ons. Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s Director, stated that DeNA’s focus will be on operating the game, and Nintendo’s focus will be on promotion of the game.
Tatsumi Kimishima, the Nintendo CEO who took over stewardship of the company in September, stated that the launch of Miitomo would be postponed until March 2016. Originally, the company had announced that its first smartphone game would be ready before year end, and that before spring 2017 five games would be released.
Mobile games are not expected to account for even half of Nintendo’s revenue, according to Kishima, and the purpose of these games is to encourage new customers to use its hardware and software.