News by Josh Dasey on Thursday October 29, 2015.
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Donkey Kong, Zelda, f*****g Mario! Just some of the classic and awesome characters that Nintendo has in its arsenal. The company announced its first ever smartphone game today, and well, it was none of those beloved gaming legends coming to device near you. Instead Nintendo rolled out a rather bland title called Miitomo.Right, firstly, we are not completely disinterested in this game, it is admittedly a nice enough idea. However, we wanted Nintendo at its kick-ass best, even if that means a port of an old title. The company says it will not do that, but we think the cash would flow if for example Mario 64 was given a clean port for mobile tech... oh well, wishful thinking. Back to Miitomo, a free app that is likely going to be a money spinner through in-app purchases. The full details have not been disclosed, but Miitomo revolves around users creating Mii characters that they can use to interact with other users. It sounds a lot like an elaborate message system, clearly an attempt from Nintendo to create a mobile ecosystem that users will engage each other on. Miitomo (essentially My Friend in Japanese) will be landing in Marsh 2016 and will be followed by four more games by March 2017.
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.