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Miitomo Launches in the NA/EU. on March 31

Nintendo's First Smart Device App is a Free-to-Start Social Experience

REDMOND, Wash., March 29, 2016 – Don’t miss out on being a part of a Nintendo first! On March 31, Miitomo, the company’s first-ever smart device application, is launching in the United States and several other countries. Miitomo is a free-to-start social experience that lets users spark one-of-a-kind conversations with friends in a whole new way using Mii characters. The app recently launched in Japan and was downloaded more than 1 million times in its first three days of availability, while achieving the #1 most downloaded free app status in both the App Store and Google Play storefronts.

“With Miitomo, Nintendo takes its first step into the world of smart devices,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Miitomo brings the special Nintendo charm and polish that people around the world love to an entirely new format and audience.”

Getting started with Miitomo and being a part of this Nintendo milestone is easy: After downloading the application for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, along with Android devices, users create a Mii character and customize facial features like eyes and hair, as well as voice and personality. Users can also use the camera on their smart devices to snap a photo of themselves, which can be used to create a Mii, or they can simply import their Mii from their Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems using a QR Code.

Once their Mii is ready, users can add friends who already have the app in person, or by linking the app with their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts. After that step is complete, it’s time to answer some questions! Miitomo creates conversations and turns discussions into a form of play by prompting users to answer all kinds of fun questions. How would you define your fashion style? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? If you were given ten grand to spend in one day, what would you do? The answers get shared among friends, sparking interesting conversations – part of the fun is discovering unexpected facts about your friends. When users hear how their friends responded to questions, they can give answers a “heart” or a written or picture comment.

To preregister for Miitomo, users can sign up for a Nintendo Account athttps://miitomo.com before March 31 to receive an email when the app is ready to download. People that create their Nintendo Account and preregister before March 31 will also receive Platinum Points for the new My Nintendo rewards program, which will simultaneously launch with Miitomo. Aiming to be much more than a standard rewards program, My Nintendo is a comprehensive service that rewards users for interacting with Nintendo products and services in a variety of ways. Miitomo users who link the app to their Nintendo Account will be able to take advantage of My Nintendo to enhance their experience. Platinum Points can be earned by interacting with Nintendo apps and services, including Miitomo. Gold Points are earned when purchasing digital versions of games from Nintendo.com or Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Both Platinum and Gold Points can be redeemed for rewards like games, download content, in-app items and eShop discount coupons.

In addition to Miitomo and the My Nintendo program, Nintendo is also launching an enhanced Wii U and Nintendo 3DS shop on Nintendo.com on March 31 for users with a Nintendo Account to purchase digital games. Featuring an expanded catalog of more than 2,000 games, this digital store can be accessed on personal computers or smart devices. The shop serves as an additional purchase option to Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, with all purchases being sent directly to users’ Nintendo 3DS or Wii U systems for download. Users can now easily find and purchase games that are new, popular and on sale, as well as use filters to search by genre. Purchases of games from this site, as well as Nintendo eShop, will earn My Nintendo Gold Points.

For more information about Miitomo and My Nintendo, visit https://miitomo.com.


Games: Miitomo

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A Thursday, who would've suspected? :P

t27duck
Tue Mar 29 16 09:01am
Rating: 1

In their defense, they did say *late March*.

Well played. Can't get much "later" than that.

olinad
Tue Mar 29 16 09:07am
Rating: 1

If they could, they would've extended March to have 34 days...

Where are the crybabies that were complaining and calling them incompetent now?

outtolunch
Tue Mar 29 16 12:03pm
Rating: 1

They're clearly not incompetent but they sure do make a lot of questionable decisions...

ddark
Tue Mar 29 16 10:19am
(Updated 1 time)

Wow. Barely squeaking it in there!

I'm excited for My Nintendo to launch and the new web/mobile store front might be worth checking out.

"In addition to Miitomo and the My Nintendo program, Nintendo is also launching an enhanced Wii U and Nintendo 3DS shop on Nintendo.com on March 31 for users with a Nintendo Account to purchase digital games. Featuring an expanded catalog of more than 2,000 games, this digital store can be accessed on personal computers or smart devices. The shop serves as an additional purchase option to Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, with all purchases being sent directly to users’ Nintendo 3DS or Wii U systems for download. Users can now easily find and purchase games that are new, popular and on sale, as well as use filters to search by genre. Purchases of games from this site, as well as Nintendo eShop, will earn My Nintendo Gold Points."

FINALLY we can buy games from the website when we are at work and not near our systems. It's about time Nintendo!

Don't care about their social app.

Not sure if I'm going to care about the rewards program as I enjoy buying physical games whenever possible.

About time. Can't wait to farm points to grab that Zelda picross and wario ware

We don't know we are getting WarioWare. That was a special case for Japan, as they never had that game IIRC. They did something similar with Club Nintendo, releasing an Advance Wars game from DS on 3DS as a download.

Guess we'll see.

Nintendo disappoints me with their exclusives.

sakumo
Tue Mar 29 16 11:38am
(Updated 1 time)

Darn. Should've waited to spend my eShop card. Unless this works retroactively (which I doubt). Ah well. Not like I won't earn more later.

Are people actually complaining about this? They said late March. March 31 is late March.

jayvir
Tue Mar 29 16 12:48pm
Rating: 2

This is the internet. They'll complain about everything. Even the users here, which had traditionally been reasonable, have recently become whiny about a lot of things.

I can't speak for everyone, but it has always been a pet peeve of mine when companies give a release window, and then the official, final release day ends up being the last day(s) of the week/month/season/quarter of said window.

It's ultimately a non-issue, of course.

For what it's worth, I wasn't complaining. I thought it was kind of funny that ended up being the last day of the month.

I knew that it was this week and I'm very happy to get this mobile app. I'll download it when I get to school.

The chances are they knew it was going to release on the 31st for the past few months.

Nah. You can't get dates from Apple & Google that far in advance. You submit your app to them in advance of when you would like it to release.

They absolutely do not control when their apps get published...

"Aiming to be much more than a standard rewards program"

Then, I'd say your aim is off quite considerably. There are NO physical rewards, only discounts and 'free' Digital content(Of which, there is No option of crossbuy). These are NOT compelling incentives for me to justify joining the ad campaign.

"Nintendo is also launching an enhanced Wii U and Nintendo 3DS shop on Nintendo.com on March 31 for users with a Nintendo Account to purchase digital games."

The only redeeming quality I can sense from that, is that it would be easier to manage filters and navigate on a Comp than with the respective console itself. But my mind is telling me, that it is the exact same layout as WiiU and 3DS Eshop, just separated by an icon/door at the main place/site when using a comp. Yikes. I guess I could get/order 3DS and WiiU games straight from my computer, but then I'd have to be sure the Wifi is on on those devices. If the Account has a queue, then I guess that could work too, but seriously, this is just dancing around a more direct route. Talk about trying to make something out of nothing, where the end result is still nothing.

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