Nintendo's Miitomo Hits Japan on March 17

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Nintendo's Miitomo Hits Japan on March 17

Miitomo, Nintendo's first mobile app, will launch in Japan on Thursday next week, the company announced via Twitter on Friday morning.

(Also see: Nintendo Ignores India, Most of the World for Miitomo App Registration)

The "free-to-start" app - which translates to inclusion of in-app purchases - will let you create an avatar through which you can communicate with your friends. You can use the front camera to give it your likeness, and then interact with other Mii characters to "chat about stuff", the company says.

It's a glorified messenger app plainly put, replete with all kinds of clothing that can be purchased to change the look of your character by using Miitomo coins. You can either involve yourself in the app to earn Miitomo coins or put down real money if you wish so.

If you're in Japan, you can pre-register for the app until Wednesday. Nintendo has yet to provide any specific dates for other countries on the list, while India isn't on the list altogether. It seems to foolish on Nintendo's part to lockdown even their smartphone offerings to such rigid geographical boundaries, considering how most of India's gaming population doesn't even need a translation on the Japanese giant's part.

(Also see: A New Paper Mario Game Will Arrive This Year)

You'll need to access the portal via a VPN to register if you're based in India. Miitomo - developed in partnership with Tokyo-based mobile developer DeNA - will be available for both Android and iOS users.

Are you going to try and get access to the Miitomo app? Sound off in the comments below or tweet to us @Gadgets360 with #Miitomo.

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Akhil Arora Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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