Nintendo is lastly coming into the smart phone game-playing universe, and the first application will be Miiyotmo, a free-to-play program for mobile platforms, as the company’s representatives declared during a press conference in Japan this week
Miitomo is a communicational software that allows people to exchange and discuss fun individual information and their passions. Gamers will make virtual representations of themselves or Miis, which van be used to interact with others and explore the digital surroundings to find mutual interests.
This game is totally free, but it has a few in-app buys and, even if the program had been said to be launched before the end of this year, the company announced that Miitomo is planned for international launch at the beginning of 2016.
Nintendo declared back this summer that it will begin creating games for mobile devices, but Miitomo represents its first formal launch in mobile game playing after a decade of being against this idea. While competitors Microsoft and Sony have both launched games and partner applications for smart phones, Nintendo has usually restricted its programs to proprietary games consoles and portable playing gadgets.
Miitomo is developed in collaboration with DeNA, the Japan-based software maker that created a variety of free mobile games, such as the famous apps related to the Star Wars franchise. The game is the first of a number of programs resulting from this collaboration through 2017 and will be offere for both Android and iOS smart phones.
The company also presented a new paid system named My Nintendo at this press briefing. The support is designed to link customers across different gadgets, such as PCs, mobile phones and game consoles. In addition, it will allow cloud storage, so gamers can exchange gaming data from their own system to smart phone easily. The option will be released together with Miitomo during next year.
Nintendo hinted at its new activity towards mobile game playing in 2014 when it bought a limited share in DeNA. This move in the direction of smart phone applications comes after the organization revealed its first profitable semester in more than three years.
While strong efficiency in the first months of 2015 got Nintendo back on the right track with a profit of almost $75 million, a good rebounding from the anterior year, although the financial improvements were still minor compared to the specialists’ predictions.
Investors did not seem thrilled by Nintendo’s game introduction and the delayed launch date, putting the share price near to 10 percent lower soon after the official statement. In the light of this recent announcement, we are sure that further details will emerge in the next weeks.
However, due to the problems encountered by Nintendo in the past, it is possible that the other changes will appear down the line until Miitomo is launched during the first quarter of 2016. So, make sure to check the news sites in order to find out the latest information about the new mobile games released by the giant Japanese producer.
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