Miitomo, Nintendo’s first mobile app, launches in Canada on March 31

Patrick O'Rourke

March 29, 2016 6:00pm

After the app’s surprisingly successful launch in Japan, Nintendo is preparing to release its first mobile application, Miitomo, across the world. According to Nintendo, Miitomo will launch in Canada on March 31st, along with several other regions.

Miitomo was downloaded 1 million times in its first three days on the market in Japan, landing it in the number one free app position in the Google Play and iOS App Store.

Rather than a game in the traditional sense, Nintendo defines Miitomo as a chat-focused app and a “free-to-start social experience” that allows users to engage in digital conversations.

“With Miitomo, Nintendo takes its first step into the world of smart devices,” said Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s general manager and senior director, in a recent press release. “Miitomo brings the special Nintendo charm and polish that people around the world love to an entirely new format and audience.”

Along with Miitomo, Nintendo also plans to launch a revamped Wii U and 3DS store on Nintendo.com, allowing users to purchase titles from an expanded catalog of over 2,000 titles. Games purchased through the new eShop are then directly sent to users’ Nintendo 3DS or Wii u consoles for download.

Pre-registration for Miitomo is still open. The app is set to be available on both Android and iOS.

  • Sean-Paul

    Registered. Can’t wait. Should be fun

    • I was pretty skeptical about Miitomo at first but I’ve only heard good things about the Japanese app so far.

    • jxjan

      prepare to be disappointed.

    • Sean-Paul

      Why so negative? You haven’t tried it or even had a chance to see what it’s all about. Why because it isn’t COD or WoW or whatever you play. If you don’t like it, don’t download it. Simple.

  • jxjan

    Have been using the app for a while now. It sucks, why you may ask? For starters, it takes a while to set up. You first have to create a mii character. This is a rather arduous process if it had some actual benefits. Upside is that you can make a mii based off facial recognition in the app (takes a pic of you or you can upload).
    Next – content. This is where the real let down begins. There is nothing to do. Sure you can play a random ball dropping game to win a chance at getting some coins to purchase new outfits, but that’s it.
    TBH this game here in Japan is a big flop. It was good for the initial release when everyone was excited, but it turned into a giant disappointment within days.

    • Shawn

      It’s a social communications app. In your discussion you left out the most important part: talking with your friends.

      That’s like reviewing Facebook without adding any friends. In your review you say that Facebook is boring, which it would be if you didn’t share, comment and respond to the comments of others.

      This is not a replacement for Facebook or Twitter. It’s a neat social experience where it prompts you to come up with interesting facts about your life and share them with your friends. Things you might not mention at work or post on Facebook.