Sign-ups to the new Nintendo Account service have opened, giving everyone the chance to preregister to use upcoming smartphone app Miitomo.
Anyone who signs up for a Nintendo Account will be notified when the Miitomo app is ready to download in March.
Create a Nintendo Account before the launch of Miitomo and you'll also receive Platinum Points for the new My Nintendo rewards programme, which will launch simultaneously with Miitomo.
Miitomo is a social experience that uses Nintendo's Mii characters - introduced with the Wii - to "engage friends in a lighthearted, playful and welcoming social setting".
By using Mii characters users will be able to interact with their friends by answering questions such as "what song has been stuck in your head lately?", "do you believe in aliens?", or even "if you saw a nose hair sticking out of your friend's nose, what would you do?
Users can quickly create a Mii character, customising its facial features, eyes, hair, as well as voice and personality. Users can also use the camera of their smartphone or tablet to take a photo that will be translated into Mii form, or they can import their Mii from the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems using a QR Code.
Some of the features of the Miitomo app have also been detailed by Nintendo.
- Users can add friends in person, or through their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts.
- Mii characters will travel around and visit others that users have added as friends in the app, so it's important to look good. Users can set their own style with shorts, pants, socks, shirts, shoes, accessories, hats and more.
- If they want to go further in expressing themselves, they can even dress up in a variety of outlandish costumes, such as a bear costume, pirate costume, hot dog costume and more.
- As users experience Miitomo, they'll earn Miitomo coins, which can be redeemed in the in-app shop to get all kinds of varied and interesting outfits.
- There is also the option to get more Miitomo coins via in-app purchases.
- Try out the Miifoto feature, which lets them put their Mii characters in fun poses and use cool stamps, or combine their Mii image with photos they have taken themselves. These creations can then easily be posted to social media services like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.