Nintendo’s Miitomo app will be available on March 31

Nintendo has announced that their communication app, Miitomo, will be available to download exclusively for iOS and Android devices beginning this Thursday, March 31. Miitomo is Nintendo’s first smartphone app, and it’s already been downloaded more than a million time in Japan, where it was released this weekend. Players will be able to use the app to create “conversation starters” with their friends using Miis:

Once their Mii is ready, users can add friends who already have the app in person, or by linking the app with their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts. After that step is complete, 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 fun questions. How would you define your fashion style? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? If you were given ten grand to spend in one day, what would you do? The answers get shared among friends, sparking interesting conversations – part of the fun is discovering unexpected facts about your friends. When users hear how their friends responded to questions, they can give answers a “heart” or a written or picture comment.

Miitomo’s release will coincide with the North American launch of Nintendo’s brand new Nintendo Account service and the My Nintendo rewards program. Players can even get a head start on the My Nintendo program and receive bonus Platinum Points if they pre-register for Miitomo at Miitomo.com. Alternately, Nintendo fans can just pre-register for a Nintendo Account at Accounts.Nintendo.com to also receive the Platinum Points:

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.

Finally, Nintendo will relaunch the eShop this Thursday on Nintendo.com with enhanced search options for the more than 2,000 titles available through the digital storefront.

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