Nintendo’s first smartphone game is probably not what you were expecting
Nintendo unveiled its first smartphone game and it’s left some people scratching their heads. No, it won’t be a Mario-themed game or even related to the blockbuster Pokemon franchise. Instead, fans will get a game called Miitomo in March 2016—three months later than originally anticipated.
CEO Tatsumi Kimishima told investors in Tokyo on Thursday about the game in a briefing. It’s described as a “communication application that helps friends share fun personal facts and interests,” according to the company.
While it will be free to download, it will feature some in-app purchases. Nintendo said it will be the first of five games created through a partnership with Japanese firm DeNA, according to CNET.
The publication explained that Nintendo will launch a new service called My Nintendo alongside Miitomo. It will connect consumers’ games across devices, such as via PC, smartphone and the company’s consoles and will allow users to save game data via the cloud.
Miitomo will be available on both Apple and Android devices.
Nintendo stock was down 10% after the game’s unveiling on the news that it was delayed.