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Nintendo Launching Mobile App Miitomo In March

by Kyle Hilliard on Feb 02, 2016 at 03:17 PM

Update: Nintendo of America has provided additional confirmation for those in North America interested in Miitomo. News includes details about the new Nintendo Account service and the Club Nintendo replacement My Nintendo.

In order to secure the bonus points for Miitomo, you'll need to register for a new Nintendo Account. You'll be able to use your social media accounts or an existing Nintendo Network ID. Additionally, when Miitomo launches in March, so will My Nintendo.

The rewards system replaces the now-defunct Club Nintendo program. Miitomo and My Nintendo are the first results of Nintendo's partnership with DeNA, which was announced in March 2015.

Original Story:

A recent investor meeting from Nintendo revealed some launch plans for its first mobile application, Miitomo.

You can find the data from the Japanese investor meeting here. According to analyst Dr. Serkan Toto, Nintendo is planning on opening up pre-registration for Miitomo this month, February 17. Pre-registering will garner points additional points for the app. The actual launch for Miitomo is planned for mid-March. The app will be available in 16 markets in eight different languages, which includes Japan and the United States. The channels for which pre-registration will take place are currently unclear. The app is planned for both iOS and Android.

For more on Miitomo, which isn't so much a game as it is a Nintendo-flavored social network with the opportunity to earn points from playing Nintendo games, head here.

[Source: Nintendo.co.jp, @serkantoto, (1), (2)]

 

Our Take
Entering the mobile space with a Nintendo social network still seems like it might not be the best way to get started, but I look forward to checking it out. I will definitely pre-register when that door opens. I think the Miiverse is an underrated aspect of the Wii U, and if this ends up being something similar, then that's a good thing.