Nintendo’s Miitomo smartphone app nearly ready to hit the US
Nintendo’s first push into smartphones hasn’t exactly been the huge turning point it could have been. There’s no “Super Mario Touch” or other such title with instant must-have appeal, and the company is instead testing the waters with apps that feel less like classic Nintendo games, and more an extension of the Nintendo brand into the social-dominated mobile space. We saw the company’s first effort premiere in Japan earlier this month, and now it’s almost time for American smartphone users to get their own shot at joining in, as Nintendo prepares to release Miitomo in the US later this week.
The company is currently accepting pre-registrations in advance of the formal Miitomo US release, scheduled for this Thursday, March 31.
The social app invites users to create “Mii” avatars through which they can interact with others. The idea’s been met with more than a little resistance from smartphone users who don’t see the need for a new social service, but it may be worth remembering that this app isn’t for everyone. If you’ve been a Mii fan since the Wii days, Miitomo could make perfect sense to you; if you haven’t already embraced Nintendo’s gaming platforms, it’s understandably a much harder sell.
Come Thursday, at least, we’ll finally have a chance to try it for ourselves and see just how well Miis translate over to smartphone screens.