Miitomo Comes to Canada on March 31st
Plus a new Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo recently released their first foray into the world of mobile gaming in Japan with the release of Miitomo, a free-to-start smart-device application which allows users to “spark one-of-a-kind conversations with friends in a whole new way using Mii characters.” After two successful weeks on the charts (one million downloads in the first three days, taking top spots in both the App Store and Google Play), Miitomo is now making its way westward and will be available in Canada on March 31st, 2016.
“With Miitomo, Nintendo takes its first step into the world of smart devices,” Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier, said in a press release. “Miitomo brings the special Nintendo charm and polish that people around the world love to an entirely new format and audience.”
After creating a Mii from scratch, based on a photo taken with the device’s camera, or by scanning the QR Code of a Mii from the Nintendo 3DS or Wii U, Miitomo users can find friends by linking the app to their Twitter or Facebook accounts. Once that’s done, a variety of questions will be posed and your answers will be shared among your friends, who can then comment with hearts or written/picture comments.
To pre-register for the game, sign up for a Nintendo Account at https://miitomo.com/ before March 31st and you’ll be notified by e-mail once the app becomes available. Those who do will also receive Platinum Points to be used in the new My Nintendo rewards program, which will launch simultaneously with Miitomo:
Aiming to be much more than a standard rewards program, My Nintendo is a comprehensive service that rewards users for interacting with Nintendo products and services in a variety of ways. Miitomo users who link the app to their Nintendo Account will be able to take advantage of My Nintendo to enhance their experience. Platinum Points can be earned by interacting with Nintendo apps and services, including Miitomo. Gold Points are earned when purchasing digital versions of games from Nintendo.com or Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Both Platinum and Gold Points can be redeemed for rewards like games, download content, in-app items and eShop discount coupons.
On the same day Miitomo and the My Nintendo rewards program launch, Nintendo is also relaunching the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Now, owners of Nintendo Accounts will be able to find and purchase digital software through various filters on the enhanced website at Nintendo.com, whether they visit through their computer or smart device, and all purchases are sent to the appropriate Nintendo system to begin downloading. What’s more, by purchasing through this method, users will be able to earn My Nintendo Gold Points.
In the meantime, Nadia has already taken a look a the Japanese version of the game, and you can read her findings over at USgamer (spoilers: she likes it).
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