Nintendo's First Smartphone App Is Miitomo
During what seemed like a very impromptu announcement from Nintendo, the company finally revealed plans for its upcoming smartphone app, which now has a name: Miitomo. It's not a game per se, but it's definitely a smartphone app that we're going to want to get our hands on in the future. It was revealed during a strategy meeting for investors in Tokyo this morning in Japan, which means in the middle of night, of course, for those of us in the west.
Miitomo is classified as a communication application that will rely on Mii characters. Like the rest of the Nintendo systems that require Mii creation, you'll make your own Mii, then talk to the character you've created. What you answer with will then be shared with other Miis. This is meant to start conversations and allow you to see responses from your friends that you might not have expected. The key "theme" of Miitomo is "unexpected relationships created by conversation starters."
You'll only be able to communicate with people you register as Friends, and the entire point of Miitomo is to engender deeper relationships with others, especially those in your immediate circle of friends that you may not have thought about reaching out to further and forging a bond with. It's an interesting idea for an app, of course, but it's most likely not what everyone was expecting.
There'll hopefully be more details in the months to come, but it's still great to see that Nintendo's app is going to be right along the lines of what we were hoping for: true to the Nintendo name and full of interesting nuances.