Nintendo will launch its first mobile app in Japan tomorrow. The gaming giant has teamed up with Japanese mobile operator Docomo to release a new app which allows 3DS owners to tether the device to their smartphones. Named “Easy Tethering for Nintendo 3DS”, the Google Play app will launch on the following five new smartphone models and two tablets in accordance with Docomo:
- Samsung Galaxy S5, launching May 15
- Sony Xperia Z2, launching May 21
- Aquos Zeta, launching May 23
- Arrows NX, launching in late May
- Sony Xperia A2, launching in mid-June
- Aquos Pad, launching mid-June
- Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, launching in late June
Nintendo’s new app will be free and allow 3DS users to connect or link their device to smartphones with an easy-to-set-up guide, promising no extra hassle for a portable internet service. Plus, those who download the app can obtain a free 3DS virtual console download of Nintendo’s choosing by participating in a survey available from July until September 30.
The collaboration with Docomo and the release of a tethering mobile app is just one of the new ways Nintendo is expanding communications with consumers onto smartphones, which was promised in the investor’s briefing back in January.