We've gotten word of the first Nintendo game coming to mobile. According to the Wall Street Journal's reporters at Nintendo's meeting about their mobile games, Called Miitomo, it will be a free-to-play game with in-app purchases. You and your friends' Miis will communicate with each other. Tomo is from the Japanese word for friend, "tomodachi." Here are the first screens:

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If you were expecting to play the first Nintendo mobile game this year, bad news: Wall Street Journal reporters are saying that it won't arrive until March 2016, not year-end. Five games are expected by 2017, but it looks like you have a bit longer to wait until the big wave of mobile Nintendo games is to arrive. As well, "The five smartphone apps won’t soon comprise half of sales,” states Nintendo’s CEO. "Nintendo’s goal is to use smart devices to increase the value of its IP, which will help sales of both software and hardware, he says." The WSJ suggests based on Shigeru Miyamoto's responses that game design will be all Nintendo, and DeNA is just operating the games, though whether Miitomo is even a 'game' is up for debate. As well, the delay from 2015 to 2016 is allegedly acording to needing more time to promote Miitomo.

  • one21gigawatts

    Sounds fairly underwhelming considering the buildup.

    • Jay Gaming

      Glad they finally revealed it . Hard to keep trying to explain this game. Not like I was a rep but reliable source I know that I can't say too much when I'm told

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        Uh huh.

      • Quazonk

        Haha, no seriously man, he's got the inside scoop! He just can't "out his source" or provide details 😄

  • db2

    So... a shittier version of Tomodachi Life?

  • LordShad0wz

    Lol "surprise"!

    • one21gigawatts

      Right? It really is typical Nintendo. They blew it.

      • Quazonk

        My god, did they ever. Hopefully these paid titles will be worth the wait, but the disappointment of this "Miitomo" announcement will not do much to build anticipation for what's next.

  • The Nothing

    Sounds like crap. Couldn't be more disappointed. DAMMIT!!!!!

  • Bushin_Cat

    Miitomo....oh, thats it?

    Oh thank GOD my 3DS is still safe 🙂

  • Ty-Ty2020

    Are you kidding me? All this hype, the buildup, the suspense, and we get a F2P game called Miitomo? Seriously? *sigh*

  • pokah

    Ouch huge disappointment. I kinda of had that reserved in my mind that they wouldn't be releasing major original games ( at least IP wise like super smash bros ) on mobile phones since they have their own mobile device and systems that desperately need sales.

    Mii chat is basically the game? LoL

  • Anonomation

    So it's like a chat app with characters basically...

    • pokah

      lol

      Yeup

    • Shaun Musgrave

      Yeah, it's Nintendo Line, more or less.

  • rtificial

    This is sad. Kinda like watching an old relative at a family reunion trying to be hip with the younger generations and looking pitifully out of touch.

    • jamesgecko

      What are you talking about? The first thing you do on any new Nintendo device is create a Mii. This totally makes sense, especially if it's the first app to hook into their new account system.

  • armilla

    Next.

  • Anonomation

    The name is a homage to a certain person

    • Shaun Musgrave

      It's 'Mii' plus 'friend' in Japanese.

      • Komodovaran

        How absolutely clever. Glad they didn't name it iMii, because that would've been unoriginal.

  • Markaroni💯

    WIGGA PLEASE 💤💤💤

  • EvanJO14

    Ok first game is......not a game?

  • Wizard_Mike

    Damn. I set my expectations really, really low to avoid disappointment. It appears I didn't set them low enough, though.

    • Alexythimia23

      Haha lmao funniest comment for sure...

  • And_75

    What's Nintendo's problem? Really

  • drmad

    Really nintendo....inwon't bother tondownload that game( is that even a game?)

  • sabre31

    You kidding me all the hype for this pile of cow manure. And it's taking them how long to develop this crappy game. I don't get why they don't just port their original SNES games like super Mario and make millions over night.

  • Talaen

    They said to expect the unexpected, and I certainly did not expect this as their first mobile game.

  • sabre31

    Sometimes I think these companies are by complete incompetent people. They are literally sitting on a gold mine of old games they can port quickly and make some serious revenue then look at doing other new mobile only IP.

    • pokah

      Then why would anyone want to buy a Nintendo system if they can get their system sellers on phones or tablets. Probably for half the cost or less to boot

      • sabre31

        Their systems other then 3ds ain't doing so great. Plus you can continue to have AAA titles on those systems.

  • adoblu

    Soo tomodatchilife for phone 😶😤😩

  • divincenzoo

    Went a simple Pokemon port would've satisfied everyone

  • montyDwill

    Stupid crap, what the hell Nintendo?!

  • Overlord Mills

    Not one single positive comment on here. Get the message yet Nintendo?
    You had one chance, and you freaking blew it.

  • Zerol3onheart

    Nintendo knows their audience about as well as I know how to teach goats how to speak proper English.

  • SolarShane13

    "How can we make a completely different kind of game that nobody has ever thought of?"

    WTF! The market is drowning in these types of apps!

  • tex32

    Wow - all this buildup and THIS?! The only logical explanation for all this is Ashton Kutcher is hiding around the corner and we've all been Punk'd

  • JCman7

    Calm down people they said what 5-7 games will be coming out through 2017. This is a stepping stone app to get you to make an account, make a mii, start learning what Nintendo is about. Remember they are trying to gain the attention of non Nintendo fans or gamers. They are working on the My Nintendo account system first and this is their step into the market. Give them a chance before you start holding your pitch forks.

    • Quazonk

      If that were true, this would be a very poor idea even for a "stepping stone app" to get people further engaged for what's coming in the future.

      • JCman7

        There isn't even much on this yet so you can't judge it yet. It's probably similar to street pass and Tomodachi life which has game components. I wouldn't count it out yet. This is an app to bring together all of their services. They are obviously getting their social infrastructure setup first which is smart. Give them time. If you want to play Nintendo games buy a 3DS and Wii U, which is the purpose of their mobile division to get you to buy their hardware.

      • OutSpoken

        I disagree. What they should of done was hook people in with a killer game first than once they have an audience try to push this miimoto crap or whatever its called. At this rate i'm still not going to buy a Nintendo console.

      • JCman7

        Hmm lets see should we base it on someone with no experience or go with a company that's over 100 years old. I think they know what they are doing. Even with all the complaining going on I can't wait to see the download numbers, it's still going to be huge for them.

      • Out5poken

        Yep, you said it, "a company that's over 100 years old" yet of recent years they continue to lose market share and sales on their latest hardware... Yeah, Nintendo really know what they're doing. Like i said this social friending app isn't going to push me into buying a nintendo console and wasn't that the purpose of Nintendo going into the foray of smartphone games.

    • SolarShane13

      Games, not apps. We don't need yet another social networking app.

      • JCman7

        Nintendo fans do though right now there is no service to message your friends quickly. Miiverse is only sharing gameplay and random posts but you can't chat with friends. I think this will tie into what they will use for their hardware for messaging.

      • SolarShane13

        So what makes this different from the countless number of social networking apps?

      • JCman7

        We don't know all the details yet but it connects the Nintendo community with the mobile space which it's been sorely lacking. Miiverse is fine but you can't message friends directly or easily find new ones.

    • Serenityinaz12

      I'll pass on this stepping stone thanks

      • JCman7

        Not everyone fits in the demographic they are aiming with this app so that's fine. Wait till the next app comes out.

    • curtisrshideler

      I don't want to make a Mii or another stupid account. If this is the stepping stone, I'm not taking that step. It'll be curious to see if they can offer me anything besides hilarious news stories.

    • extol4000

      If this is a stepping stone, they should at LEAST simultaneously release a good game to play. I really think this is the game. Maybe these Mii character games are all the rage in Japan but not so much here. I'm sure they haven't done this homework as to what is popular here. If they have, they stubbornly ignored the results.

  • Nycteris

    If I on my iPad can interact with my friend on his Wii, that would be pretty neat.
    But not a game.

    • JCman7

      They didn't say it was a game

  • TouchMint

    Gross...

  • Serenityinaz12

    LOL - after all the build up and ideas of what it could be it turns out to be this. Wow

  • ZeeMonkeyMan

    Why is it taking so long?? Doesn't it take like two weeks to make an iPhone game?!

    • Ty-Ty2020

      Are you trolling or are you actually serious?

  • stelluhreyesthis

    ....oh, oh ok.

  • curtisrshideler

    Hahahahha. And, fail. Disappointed but not surprised.

  • Komodovaran

    Dam, the stocks took quite a dive. Is this the cause?

    • Shaun Musgrave

      I suspect it was the delay more than anything, but Nintendo's stocks always dive after these meetings, so who knows?

  • http://javatune.co drunk_vader

    LOL, seriously Nintendo??

    In March 2016 I'll be playing Uncharted 4 and Alienation.

  • PoloBaquerizoH

    More crap games to mobile

  • Adsinjapan

    Pass. Nintendo really don't know what to do with themselves these days.
    There first foray into mobile games is going to be firmly based around a stiff business model and very little in the way of joy to be expected on their consoles.

  • Turbobond

    Somebody here needs to learn Japanese so we can share this feedback with them. I bet teenagers are blowing up the forums over there with joy and anticipation, but this game looks truly pathetic to my Murican eyes

  • Alex Bittencourt

    Nintendo being Nintendo. Nothing new on the front.

  • Michael Bromery

    You mean you guys play real games on Mobile? You figure after the last few years, the mobile market for actual games have nearly crashed by now. The big payers on mobile are not core gamers. They are looking for *clicker* entertainment where they spend money on very little gaming. When I saw what AAA companies were doing on there, I figure they just don't take it seriously. This seems par for the course, but I want to see what more it does as a service. I don't think there is a question on whether Nintendo can make good games. The quality, compared to the competition, has still been good. Complaints are usually based on anything but the games.

    • Earth Vs. Me

      That's not true Look at the top selling paid games chart and you'll find a ton of great hardcore games, both brand new and years-old. There's a huge market for console quality games on the app store.

      • JCman7

        Not really the App Store is drying up big time. So much so this site is even becoming irrelevant. It's the same games a top the charts week after week. We used to have high quality games come out every week from big companies. Now we are lucky if we get one a month or two months.

      • Akaimizu

        Definitely not a ton. There's a little, but that doesn't constitute a ton. The bigger premium cost titles don't really make it up there or stay there. Not XCom, FTL, RPGs comparable to console or console portables save a port of the old Knights of the Old Republic. It's finicky, to say the least, often riding on licenses that gained casual appeal. And still quite a race to the bottom. Then you have the issues of translating platformers, which typically don't do well in the store due to control issues. I don't think it is that easy, but who knows. The future might bring other changes.

  • Jon Gregory

    BOOOOOO! Release paid versions of the classics, then we'll talk.

  • epsteinm

    So I guess Nintendo isn't that invested into mobile by releasing something most people will not be interested in. Was expecting a Mario V Donkey Kong game or something with their main IP's.

  • eventide

    I hope with Iwatas passing they don't go the way of Apple with Jobs passing I.E. innovation takes a serious hit and they become followers rather than innovators.

  • Earth Vs. Me

    Wow. Somebody show me ONE person who isn't completely underhelmed.

    • Wim Lauryssen

      The ones who are being realistic, considering that Nintendo has their own systems to support. Obviously not the ones who still think mobile is going to overtake handheld, ideally with Nintendo's help.

  • jamesgecko

    I'm guessing that this has some sort of Street Pass type thing in it. Street Pass is great, so this makes me happy.

  • tiznuts

    Can't wait! I'll be first on the buy list!