U.S. Nintendo Account Goes Live Feb. 17

Nintendo has translated its investor meeting presentation and the slides associated with it. In doing so it has given us definitive answers to what had been unclear previously. Most of the information in the prior article was correct, but I’ll quickly run down the facts here:

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Platinum Points are earned when you play smart device apps, log onto Nintendo eShop or meet certain conditions.
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Gold Points are earned by purchasing digital copies of Wii U and 3DS games.
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At the onset, My Nintendo will offer the above functionality. Coming soon will be Friend Management, Cloud Data, and perks at retail.
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My Nintendo will launch in 39 countries.
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Miitomo is Nintendo’s first mobile game/app.
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Your Mii will be able to communicate with others automatically.
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You will be able to “pose” your Mii in actual photos and share them.
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Miitomo will initially come out in 16 countries and support 8 languages.
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February 17 you can preregister for Miitomo. This requires a Nintendo Account, which will also go live that same day.
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Japan gets Miitomo and My Nintendo in Mid-March. The U.S. will have both by the end of March.

Nintendo of America released a near-identical press release to the one that Nintendo of Europe did earlier in the morning. Here it is in full:

Nintendo’s first app made exclusively for smart devices, Miitomo, will launch in North America in March for both iOS and Android phones and tablets. Today, Nintendo outlined the steps that fans can take to be among the first to get in on the social fun.

Starting Feb. 17, people will be able to pre-register for Miitomo by signing up for the new Nintendo Account service using their existing email, social media accounts or current Nintendo Network IDs. People who pre-register will be among the first to be notified about the availability of Miitomo when it launches in March. Nintendo will offer a special Miitomo bonus to anyone who signs up for a Nintendo Account between Feb. 17 and launch. Miitomo is a social experience that uses Nintendo’s Mii characters, which first debuted on the Wii console, to engage friends in a lighthearted and welcoming environment. Users can spark fun conversations and learn more about each other 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 also easily take and share photos featuring their Mii with the Miifoto feature. Nintendo’s new My Nintendo rewards program will launch alongside Miitomo in March, and will be able to connect with the app.

“Miitomo is a uniquely entertaining mobile experience that only Nintendo can deliver,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Featuring Mii characters, users will be able to interact with their friends in an entirely new way that transforms communication into a form of play.”

Launching alongside Miitomo in March, My Nintendo aims to become much more than a traditional rewards program. It is a more comprehensive service that rewards users for interacting with Nintendo products and services in a variety of ways. Miitomo users with a Nintendo Account will be able to take advantage of My Nintendo to enhance their experience.

Including Miitomo, Nintendo plans to release approximately five smart device applications by the end of March 2017. More information about Miitomo, Nintendo Account and My Nintendo will be available on http://www.nintendo.com in the coming weeks.

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