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Miitomo launches on iOS and Android devices in the West on 31st March

March 29, 2016 / 11:26 AM

By: Matthew Gibson

On March 31st, Nintendo will be releasing its very first mobile game in Western territories: Miitomo. The late Satoru Iwata announced the company’s plans into moving into the mobile game market last year in partnership with DeNA, and the first title launched earlier this month in Japan, which has gone on to receive more than one million downloads within its first three days of availability.

For those unfamiliar with this quirky title, Miitomo is a social media platform of sorts, rather than a game. As the title implies, the game involves the lovable Mii avatars, whom debuted on the Wii almost a decade ago. They act in the same veins as Tomodachi Life, seeing as you are given a voice and a personality. After setting up your Mii, the main aim of the app starts, which is as simple as asking questions! These can be as easy as ‘What did you do last weekend?’, or as crazy as ‘What’s the strangest thins you’ve ever eaten?’. Your Mii will pass around your answers to your friends (which can be linked with Facebook or Twitter), and possibly spark exciting and fun conversations that normally wouldn’t occur! This will be free to download, but micro-transactions come in when buying Miitomo Coins, which can be used to dress up your Mii. If you want to see the game in a bit more depth, check out the first impressions Alex Romero had when playing below:

First Impressions: Miitomo

That isn’t the only thing happening with the big N that day. Nintendo’s new rewards programme, My Nintendo, will also go live, and it aims to be a ‘comprehensive service that also rewards users for interacting with Nintendo products and services in a variety of ways’. One of these rewards is a free game (or at least in Japan), which is My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess! Miitomo will also take advantage of this new programme. By completing certain tasks from within the app, you can gain Platinum Points (which will be applied to other Nintendo services and apps). If you pre-register for the game with a Nintendo Account at you can earn Platinum Points too! For those in Europe, you can also get Flipnote Studio 3D if you sign up for a Nintendo Account before the end of April.

Nintendo have also made one more announcement today! By linking your Nintendo Account and NNID (Nintendo Network ID), you can purchase select games from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS from the official Nintendo website, essential acting as a website variation of the Nintendo eShop. The purchase will then start to download on the system through SpotPass, so it can come in handy if you are away from home! This service will already have an expansive library of 2,000 titles, and buying from here (or on the Nintendo eShop) will net you some Gold Points for your My Nintendo account.

The 31st of March is set to be another landmark for the company. With the beginning of its venture into the ever-growing mobile games market with Miitomo, as well as the launch of a brand new rewards programme that will immensely add to a gamer’s experience with Nintendo, this is sure to be an important event for Nintendo and Nintendo fans alike.

About the author /

Like many other game writers, Matthew was brought into the gaming world from a young age. He aspires to be a games journalist in the future. Oh, and he's from the UK, so there's that. He also does Nintendo Podcast System, just in case there isn't enough Nintendo on this site.

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