Nintendo’s First Mobile Game Will be Miitomo

Miis are getting a mind of their own.

Nintendo has announced the first game to launch their new mobile development, a smartphone game called Miitomo.

Miitomo will be a Mii based game, as you might have guessed. Miis will independently communicate with other Miis in a social-based experience. Takahashi emphasized that Miitomo centers around facilitating connections for people who are shy or hesitant to communicate with others.

Nintendo’s smartphone games are expected to launch March 2016, delayed from the original end-of-year timeframe. A cloud-based data service will be used to connect mobile games and console games, transferring game data between the two.

Nintendo first announced a partnership with major Japanese mobile gaming company DeNA last March, aiming to create games for smartphones with a cross-platform service running across tablets, PCs, and Nintendo’s own devices. Senior Managing Director Shigeru Miyamoto clarified today that DeNA “will help operate the smartphone games, while Nintendo will focus on ways to guide users to its hardware.”

The company is expecting to release five new games by March 2017, promising these titles won’t just be ports of popular Nintendo games. Players can expect “only new original games optimized for smart device functionality,” according to a company statement.

Nintendo recently made a big splash in mobile gaming with their announcement of Pokemon Go, an AR mobile game in development by Niantic, a studio made up largely of ex-Google employees. Pokemon Go seems to fulfill many a lifetime Pokefan dream, letting players track and catch Pokémon around the real world.

According to The Wall Street Journal, who live blogged the event, Kimishima also shared that more, unannounced titles are coming to promote Wii U and 3DS during the holiday season. He also noted the hardware-selling power of Super Mario Maker, which sold over 1 million copies in three weeks.

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