U.S. and European audiences will finally get a chance to download and use Nintendo's first smartphone app, Miitomo, on Thursday, March 31. The app will be released for both Android and iOS after a successful launch in Japan earlier this month.
The free-to-play app is not a game, but rather a chat program that uses Nintendo's Mii avatars. They were first introduced with the launch of the Wii console. Miitomo allows users to customize their Mii avatar, including taking a picture of themselves so their face can be placed on the avatar:
While Miitomo is free to download and use, there will be in-app purchases for additional avatar customizations.
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