Nintendo toys with the idea of a Mii mobile app

Nintendo has been dropping hints for years about possible smartphone apps starring its classic characters or somehow tying into the Wii and Wii U. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata is back at it this week, this time with a specific idea: Mii for mobile devices. "It would be fun for players to use their Mii characters as icons on social media," Iwata said in an interview with Nikkei. "We are currently developing an application that will allow users to do that."

A socially focused Mii app would be Nintendo's first solid commitment to mobile since the launch of the Pokédex in 2012. Iwata said Nintendo will announce the avatar app around March 31, when it discusses full-year financial results. But, it's not all Peaches and Dream Lands.

"In the past, I have opposed making smartphone and tablet versions of Nintendo titles," Iwata said. "Prices for content aimed at smartphones and tablets are falling quickly. I am still wary of the category." Basically, he's open to building Nintendo-based apps, but he's not yet ready to port Duck Hunt to iPhone.

Another app idea that could boost the Nintendo brand? Tickle-me Mario. That one's free, Iwata.

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