Fans and investors alike have been left flat after Nintendo revealed its first smartphone app.
The game is called Miitomo and to all intent and purposes looks quite a lot like a lite version of 3DS title Tomodachi Life. It's a free-to-play game with premium add-ons. Nintendo boss Tatsumi Kimishima says future apps will be premium instead of F2P.
TechInAsia noted a sharp drop in shares of both Nintendo and DeNA following the announcement. Not only is the delay until March of next year a blow – the company had previously said its first mobile game would be out in 2015 – but the game is not the one anyone has been asking for.
We all know Nintendo has the skills to make the best mobile platformer ever made, and instead the company delivers this.
The word ‘delay' is like a red, flaming flag for investors,” Serkan Toto, who revealed that the announcement of the app was coming this week, said. It's even worse than the fact that Miitomo looks so underwhelming.
Miitomo is disappointing. It would have been so easy – just cooperate with DeNA to create a free-to-play mobile game with Mario or other popular IP and set yourself up for a new, potentially enormous revenue stream.”
For what it's worth, Miitomo will use Nintendo's Miis and allow players to communicate with friends. Users will be asked by the app to answer a number of questions. This information will then somehow be communicated with others via a "safe and secure" in-app method. Nintendo hopes it will encourage chat with pals whom a user might normally not engage.