Nintendo is gearing up for their first-ever mobile app launch for iOS and Android devices. The company began preregistration Wednesday for Miitomo and the new Nintendo Account. The house that Mario built is encouraging consumers to register early to receive Platinum Points to be used as part of the new My Nintendo rewards program.
Pre-registration for Miitomo and a Nintendo Account can be done from the app’s website. Visitors will be asked to provide the normal registration details such as name, birthday, and location. Those who already have a Nintendo Network ID can simply log into that account with their username to transfer existing information over to the Nintendo Account.
Miitomo is scheduled to be released sometime in March 2016. The first task for those who download the app to their iOS or Android device will be to create and customize a Mii character. Facial features, eyes, hair, voice, and even personality will be options. Existing Mii characters can also be used via a QR code from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. An individual can also use the device camera to take a picture to translate the real-life person to a Mii character.
“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,” Nintendo explained in a press release. “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.”
Mii characters will interact with the Mii characters of friends. Additionally, players will earn Miitomo coins as they experience more of the app. These can be used to purchase various clothes, accessories, and outlandish costumes for Miis. Users will also be able to utilize the The “Miifoto” feature to create and share pictures of their Mii character added via social media services such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
“Miitomo makes it easy for people to express themselves and interact with their friends in new and fun ways,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Preregistering now is the best way to be among the first to get in on the fun when Miitomo launches next month.”
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The Platinum Coins that are gifted for pre-registering are used for the new My Nintendo rewards program, as previously covered. This replaces the Club Nintendo rewards system and is going completely digital to get users to interact more with Nintendo online services. Previously, consumers could redeem codes acquired from the purchase of Nintendo consoles and physical games. My Nintendo will only offer rewards when playing mobile app, purchasing digital games, or other online activities, according to Nintendo’s financial presentation.
The My Nintendo program will offer two types of rewards. Platinum Points are earned “when consumers play smart device apps, when they log onto Nintendo eShop, or when they meet certain conditions” and can be spent on “a range of digital content which will be considered valuable by consumers.” Meanwhile, Gold Points come from “digital purchases of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games” and can be used for “discount coupons to purchase digital software for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.”
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