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Nintendo unveils first smartphone game ‘Miitomo’

  • Nintendo took the
    wraps off its first smartphone offering called Miitomo, but the Kyoto-based
    firm’s new president Tatsumi Kimishima said it needed more time to “boost
    the quality” of the game.
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  • The company also said
    it would not launch the new game until March – after initially aiming for the

    • Nintendo took the
      wraps off its first smartphone offering called Miitomo, but the Kyoto-based
      firm’s new president Tatsumi Kimishima said it needed more time to “boost
      the quality” of the game.
    •  
    • The company also said
      it would not launch the new game until March – after initially aiming for the
      end of this year, reported
      Gadgets360.
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    • Chief Executive
      Kimishima, a former banker who succeeded Satoru Iwata, said the delay of the
      free-to-play Miitomo game would help Nintendo concentrate on selling its
      existing consoles and game software during the year-end holiday season.
    •  
    • “The year-end is
      traditionally our peak season for sales,” he told a packed news
      conference, when asked about the delay. “This way, we’d be able to
      introduce our new applications after the holiday season is over.”
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    • The free-to-play iOS
      game will feature customised Mii avatars interacting socially with avatars made
      by other players. Character add-ons for Miitomo will be made available as in-app
      purchases. The company will launch four other smartphone titles by March 2017 –
      but will be paid games.
    •  
    • Nintendo bought a
      stake in Tokyo-based DeNA as part of a deal to develop smartphone games based
      on its host of popular characters including Super Mario and Donkey Kong.
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    • The delay in
      releasing Miitomo, set for launch on Apple’s iOS platform, will add to
      uncertainty that has swirled around the company since its chief executive
      Satoru Iwata, a leading figure in the videogame industry, died of cancer at the
      age of 55 in the summer.
    •  
    • Iwata oversaw the
      success of Nintendo’s Wii console and a surge in revenue before smartphone
      games started eating away at its success.
    •  
    • He had long resisted
      a move away from its consoles-only policy, but acknowledged last year the firm
      had little choice to but to move into new markets.

     

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