IN PHOTO: People stand in front of the Nintendo banner at E3. Reuters

For those of you that were waiting on Nintendo to reveal the release date for its first ever app, you're in luck. The company recently announced its social messaging mobile app Miitomo will launch in Japan on March 17.

We've known Miitomo was on the horizon and was due to launch this month, but the specific release date wasn't announced until Nintendo did so. The company plans to launch the app in other territories later this month, although no other specific dates have been revealed. The final day for Miitomo pre-registration in Japan is the March 16.

Miitomo is an app using Mii avatars to encourage discussion. Once users create their Mii characters they'll be asked friendly conversation starter questions. The answers to these questions will be shared exclusively among the user's Nintendo Network friend list. Users can then start messaging each other as a way of learning more about each other. Plus users can also insert their Mii avatar into real-world photos.

Nintendo’s partnership with Japanese mobile gaming company DeNA was announced about a year ago, and the partnership promises five new titles by March 2017.

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