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Nintendo Reveals Their First Mobile… Thing?

Last night, Nintendo announced to the world that they would release their first mobile app in March of next year. While fans dreamed of Rupee Clicker or Kirby Crush Saga (please no one sue me for quadruple copyright infringement), Kimishima, in his first public appearance as the new president of Nintendo since Satoru Iwata’s passing, threw his audience a curveball. The app would not feature Mario, Zelda, Doshin the Giant, or other beloved household names, but instead Miis created by you and your friends.

The free-to-download app will be titled Miitomo (Japanese for “Mii Friends”) and, even more surprisingly, it appears to be more similar to a social media outlet than a structured game. Users will make their Miis and communicate with others who have done the same. However, in a rather bizarre twist on communication, Miis will occasionally gain sentience and chat with other Miis without the user’s knowledge. Kimishima explained, “This will help people who are hesitant to talk about themselves to communicate with others, and reveal a side of your friends you never knew.” In other words, Miitomo will be a forum for computers to pry into the subconscious of your loved ones so that they can tell you what really happened to Uncle Darren in 2011. We think. Beyond these few, obscure details, the actual “gameplay” of Miitomo is an enigma. After his announcement, Kimishima reportedly smiled a sly smile, donned a black cloak, and floated backwards into a thick fog behind the questions panel in the conference room.

Character customization in the app. Also, a girl saying, “What’s this? Whoa! An elbow!”

It will be interesting to see what Nintendo makes of this venture because these are mostly uncharted waters for the company. This ease of communication is an enormous jump for Nintendo, whose past attempts at online play were as smooth and easy as completing a game of Boggle on ice skates opposite of a firing squad. But it seems that Nintendo is truly going for it, offering to talk to your friends for you with minimal hassle rather than forcing you to recite a 63-character password in an ancient Sumerian tongue so you can play a round of Mario Kart with your buddy in the same room.

In addition to Miitomo, Kimishima also discussed expanding Nintendo’s female demographic with specific games this Christmas and the implementation of “Nintendo Account,” a replacement for Club Nintendo which will link home and mobile devices. Nintendo will release more details regarding Miitomo after the holiday season ends, but until then, Kimishima explained that the company will market more immediate games coming out in December. Also, it’s worth mentioning that Kimishima did not mention any developments with the mysterious NX or a Doshin the Giant sequel. Oh, Nintendo. You coy devil.

Will you be giving this one a download? Are you genuinely excited or disappointed in Nintendo’s announcement? Let us know in the comments section below! And don’t forget to stop by Top Shelf Gaming for brand new articles every week.

[Source: Wall Street Journal-Japan Realtime]

Written by Jesse Cupp

Jesse Cupp is a sophomore at Chapman University, double-majoring in Screenwriting and English. Outside of writing scripts and papers, he spends a great deal of time playing his PS3 and GameCube. He has a long and complicated relationship with Nintendo.

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