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mario iphone nintendo smartphoneNintendo first smartphone app, due out until March for iOS and Android, will open for pre-registration on Feb. 17, the Japanese gaming company said today.

Miitomo, officially announced in October to a less-than-stellar reaction, will be a free app that uses Nintendo’s Mii characters to let players engage in social, “lighthearted” experiences, likely mimicking Nintendo’s existing Tomodachi Life title for the 3DS.

The registration process will allow users to claim rewards and be among the first notified when Miitomo is finally released. On Feb. 17, users can sign up for a new Nintendo Account using their current Nintendo Network IDs, social credentials or just an email address.

Nintendo, which has its North American headquarters in Redmond, Wash., is also launching a My Nintendo rewards program. That program gives users Gold points, earned through buying games, consoles and digital content from Nintendo; and Platinum points, which come from just playing games on a smartphone or logging into a My Nintendo account.

The different kinds of points can be used for two distinct categories of rewards. Gold points go toward discounts on future Nintendo purchases, while Platinum points can be exchanged for wallpapers, downloadable add-ons and other digital goods.

My Nintendo will launch alongside Miitomo in March, but the exact date has yet to be announced. The iOS and Android app is the first of five games Nintendo plans to release by March 2017.

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