If you're waiting for Nintendo's first game for smartphones you're going to have to wait a bit longer. And if you're waiting for Mario to make the jump, you're going to have to wait a lot longer.
Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima unveiled "Miitomo," the company's first free-to-play title, on Thursday, though he confirmed whispers that the company will delay its entry into the mobile space from the end of 2015 until next spring to "further improve the application and to optimize the overall smart device business."
It's not a game by any traditional definition — more like a social networking app designed to get people playing more games with each other.
As such, the company isn't using well-known characters in its catalog such as Mario, Donkey Kong or Link, from "The Legend of Zelda." Instead, Nintendo — along with partner DeNA — opted to make the game a more personalized experience, letting players use the avatars like the ones they create on the Wii and Wii U.
"Miitomo" will use that character — called a Mii — to communicate with other players, which Kimishima said will "enable friends to share information comfortably and securely."
After creating a Mii in the app, players will answer a variety of questions — the answers of which will be communicated to the user's circle of friends within the app. Nintendo envisions these are "communication starters" which could lead to real world discussions.