Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced during an investors briefing the firm’s Mii App has been pushed into 2015.
In the works since 2013 and slated for release sometime in 2014, Iwata said the team working on the app needed time to refine “various elements” for a smartphone release.
“The application under development that I said we would like to release within this year at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in January is one that utilizes Mii on smart devices,” he said. “If we were able to expand the Mii population and Mii were usable on consumers’ smart devices, for example, if consumers were able to create their profile icons on social media using Mii, we believe consumers would be happy, and we are developing something like it now.
“However, it is clear that the main pillars of this year-end sales season for us will be the Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon games, and when we started designing the Mii application, we realized that by refining various elements, we could end up with a better final product, so we decided that we should release it when we are confident it is capable of making a solid bond with our consumers.
“When Nintendo first releases its application for smart devices, I believe that many people will be interested in it enough to try it.”
Iwata said instead of pushing for a 2014 release, the app is in need of improvement, and a more polished version is essential.
“We are positive that we can make a stronger bond with our consumers using Mii, and that our consumers will enjoy and activate the application from time to time if such an application is created, but we would like to release it next year, instead of this year,” he said.
During the investor Q&A, Iwata said the company only plans to use smart devices as a way to build a stronger bond with its consumers instead of doing “business directly” with such devices.
Thanks, Nintendo Life.