Nintendo will roll out its first smartphone game in March rather than this year as originally planned, delaying the company’s plans to cash in on the growing market for games on smartphones.

The company’s president Tatsumi Kimishima said during an investor presentation that the first game to be released would be Miitomo, which he described as a “friendly conversation starter.” It allows users to create their own avatars, called Mii, which will converse with the user and share the information with  avatars created by other persons registered as friends.

The game is likely to be a disappointment for gamers who had expected the popular character Mario to figure in the first smartphone game from Nintendo.

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