By putting its first step into smartphone gaming, Nintendo announced its first smartphone game title Miitomo.
The game is set to launch in March 2016 and will be free-to-play, but it will include in-app purchases. The Miitomo game is being built in partnership with DeNA, a Japan-based game developer that publishes a range of free-to-play mobile games, including the popular Star Wars: Galactic Defense.
Miitomo, CEO Tatsumi Kimishima said during a strategy briefing for investors in Tokyo on Thursday. Miitomo is a “communication application that helps friends share fun personal facts and interests,” the Japanese company said in a statement. Players will create avatars called Miis that they can use to engage with friends to learn more about each other and find common interests.”
At the investors briefing in Tokyo on Thursday, Nintendo also announced a new membership program called My Nintendo. The service is designed to connect users across different devices, including PCs, smartphones and Nintendo’s consoles. According to Kimishima It will also enable cloud saving, so players can transfer game data from console to smartphone seamlessly.
The company also plans to use cloud-based technology to share save data between mobile platforms, PC and Nintendo’s own hardware. The service will launch alongside Miitomo in 2016.