Speaking in a recent interview with The Nikkei, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata disclosed some of the plans Nintendo has going forward on mobile devices. While he claims to still be wary of the extremely low content prices on mobile devices, Nintendo does have an idea for a mobile app that will bring your Miis to social media.
Nintendo has always been reluctant to bring their own games to mobile devices. They often cite the same lower price point that Iwata pointed to, as well as the idea that their software is developing especially for their own hardware, and may not be ideal on other platforms. But when it comes to developing an app purely for bringing Mii characters to social media, it appears to be almost a done deal.
[…] some Nintendo game consoles incorporate Mii, which creates a digital avatar to represent players. It would be fun for players to use their Mii characters as icons on social media. We are currently developing an application that will allow users to do that. The app will be announced around the time our full-year results are released.
This isn’t quite the mobile app that many Nintendo fans want, as it won’t allow you to finally play Super Mario World legally on your device, but it’s a sign that the Big N is finally taking a solid look at mobile platforms.
As anyone who follows a good number of Wii U or 3DS owners will tell you, a lot of people use their Mii already by cropping their photos from their online Miiverse profile and setting them as a profile picture on social media accounts. Nintendo apparently has noticed this and has decided to action into their own hands with this app. Depending on how much cooperation they get from social media networks, they could end up tying it in pretty closely to how you use Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, or other accounts. The big three of Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr have worked with Nintendo in the past with Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Tomodachi Life, and Photos with Mario giving gamers the ability to post directly to their social media accounts.
If this Mii to social media app is the only one announced along with Nintendo’s full-year results it will bring into question just why the company hasn’t made an official Miiverse app yet. Their mobile site works great, but comes with all the downsides of using your browser on your phone without the streamlined experience of an app.
While not an official Nintendo app or game, Mario will appear on mobile devices soon, when Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. edition releases on April 10th.