Nintendo launches mobile app in Japan dedicated to Nintendo news and services | Nintendo Wire

In between Nintendo’s announcements for Super Mario Maker 2’s last update and the events that will be held in Animal Crossing until June, a new Nintendo app for smart devices was released. 

Using the My Nintendo branding, this app is a mix of Nintendo’s website, My Nintendo, and Nintendo’s online store. Divided into these three sections, you can enable push notifications for any new updates — a few examples include a new post on Nintendo’s Japanese site that’s covering a new event, a YouTube upload, and more.

 

 
The standout feature is access to your My Nintendo account/profile. On the profile section, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and 3DS games/apps that your account has interacted with are listed. Selecting one will lead you to its info “page” filled with playtime data. A great little feature instantly at your fingertips! If you also attend Nintendo events where a My Nintendo QR code is needed for perks, this app includes the QR code tied to your account. Easy-peasy access that won’t have you jumping through a mobile version of the My Nintendo site.

 

 
As of this writing, this app has yet to be released in North America, but if you have a Japanese Apple or Google Play account you can download and peruse the app. Happen to have a Japanese My Nintendo account? Then you can use the My Nintendo login and have access to your profile instantly. Sadly, trying to login with a North American account will get you an error code and a message saying that this feature isn’t available in this region yet.

Even if some of us are somewhat afraid to know how many hours we’ve dumped into Animal Crossing: New Horizons so far, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll see this feature roll out soon to the rest of the world!

You can watch a tour of us explore the app here:

 

 

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

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