Thursday, October 29, 2015

Miitomo!?

Hey Nintendo Fanatics!

Nintendo announced their new Smart phone app last night, it's called Miitomo. Not really a game, it's going to be free but overall it's mostly like a Mii character social network. Miiverse is now used primarily for sharing in-game experiences now so this new app would be Nintendo's REHL social network. Oddly though the primary feature is to make a Mii, then let the Mii go around and converse to other users. I'm not sure what they might add to this in the future or even what their plans are with the application right now... But Nintendo usually doesn't disappoint with innovation so this may become much more worth getting when the time for release comes. However, right now this app doesn't appeal to me at all, It's almost dumb. I'm sure avid gamers can see from the picture shown above that the app looks a lot like Tomodachi Life for the 3DS. I believe that Nintendo basically wanted a MICRO version of that game for Smartphone users. Again, this also feels more like an application than a game,
Nintendo announced that they will be making 5 total games/apps for phones and many of them will feature their IP.
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There's also news that Nintendo announced their replacement to Club Nintendo. Essentially it will be exactly the same as the old program. I've heard it's called "My Nintendo". But my source shows it's called "Nintendo Account" I actually like either of the names. But they could've just renamed the old program instead of getting rid of it all (IMO). Though, Nintendo might add some new features and things to this program that Club Nintendo never had before, we don't know yet. As Nintendo's showed us many times, anything is possible. Like Miitomo and getting rid of Club Nintendo... All of this news was covered live on Twitter by the wall street journal. One thing I predicted and knew for sure was one announcement: "Nintendo will use a cloud-based data service to transfer game data between mobile games and console games" I knew for a fact that the new NX console and/or other platform would be connecting to smart devices. This means the new Club Nintendo replacement may be the tool that connects all of Nintendo's games and consoles together, possibly including the Wii U.

"Nintendo’s new membership service will be called “Nintendo Account” — it will connect hardware users, as well as PC and smart device users, Mr. Kimishima says. Nintendo will use a cloud-based data service to transfer game data between mobile games and console gamesLaunch date of Nintendo’s smartphone games has been delayed. Launch will be March 2016, not year-end. Nintendo eyes global launch, depending on the game. The new smartphone game will be “Miitomo”. It will be free to play, with attractive add-ons that people can pay for, Mr. Kimishima says. Other smartphone games will be pay-to-download, he says. Looks like Miis go ahead and communicate with other Miis without your knowledge. 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, Mr. Kimishima says. Miitomo is the first of five smartphone apps that Nintendo plans to release by March 2017In the new Miitomo game, users will design their own avatars, or “Miis,” to communicate with other users. Executive Shinya Takahashi says that Nintendo will find ways to encourage people who are hesitant to talk to share things about themselves. Senior Managing Director Shigeru Miyamoto says DeNA will help operate the smartphone games, while Nintendo will focus on ways to guide users to its hardware. The five smartphone apps won’t soon comprise half of sales, Mr. Kimishima says. Nintendo’s goal is to use smart devices to increase the value of its IP, which will help sales of both software and hardware, he says. On the reason for the delay of the smartphone app, Mr. Kimishima says, is the need for more lead time to fully promote and explain Miitomo. The company is busy promoting other titles in the pipeline right now, he says. It will start promoting Miitomo after the year-end holiday season. Says this will have little impact on earnings. Curious about how the DeNA and Nintendo partnership is going. Senior Managing Director Shigeru Miyamoto says DeNA will focus on operation of the games. Which suggests game design is all Nintendo. On second thought, not clear whether Miitomo should be called a game. It looks more like a communications app with Mii avatars that can be ported to games on Nintendo hardware." 
~Wall Street Journal Live Blog coverage of  Nintendo's presentation 
UPDATE: Source 
  Game on and Keep it Rehl!