As promised, Nintendo has started taking sign-ups for people who want to pre-register for the game publisher's first smartphone app, Miitomo. The app, which will be released for Android and iOS devices, is scheduled to launch sometime in March.
The signup process allows users to create a Nintendo Account, which will let the company alert them when Miitomo goes live in the iOS App Store. It will also offer them Platinum Points for the My Nintendo rewards program, which will launch at the same time as the Miitomo app. The app itself is less of a game and more of a chat experience using the Mii avatars that were first introduced with the Nintendo Wii console:
Once their Mii is ready to act as their social go-between, users can add friends in person, or through their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts. Once that step is complete, then it's time to answer some questions. Miitomo creates conversations and turns discussions into a form of play by prompting users to answer all kinds of questions. Did you know that your best friend's favorite food is pizza? Maybe, but did you know her favorite music genre is secretly polka? And that she believes in aliens? The answers get shared among friends, sparking interesting conversations – part of the fun is discovering surprise facts about your friends that you never knew before. When users hear how their friends responded to questions, they can give it a "heart" or comment through text or with a picture.
Miitomo users can earn in-app coins while using the app which can be exchanged for new outfits for their Mii avatar, or they can purchase coins using real-world money. Miitomo will be the first of a number of Nintendo smartphone apps, which are being developed in collaboration with DeNA.