A promo image for Miitomo. Nintendo

Nintendo's social networking app Miitomo is now available for download in the UK, US and wider Europe. The app is the first product of Nintendo's partnership with mobile developer DeNA, which it announced roughly in mid-March 2015.

Users are able to download the game now on iOS and Android from the App Store and Google Play store. On iOS the app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. On 29 March Nintendo announced that the game's release would be taking place today (1 April) in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the United States and Canada.

An official description of the app from Nintendo reads:

"Getting started with Miitomo and being a part of this Nintendo milestone is easy. After downloading the app for free from the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, along with Android devices, users create a Mii character and customise facial features like eyes and hair, as well as voice and personality. Users can also use the camera on their smart devices to snap a photo of themselves, which can be used to create a Mii, or they can simply import their Mii from their Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family system using a QR Code.

"Once their Mii is ready, users can add friends who already have the app in person, or by linking the app with their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts. After that step is complete, it's time to answer some questions! Miitomo creates conversations and turns discussions into a form of play by prompting users to answer all kinds of fun questions. How would you define your fashion style? What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten? If you were given ten grand to spend in one day, what would you do? The answers get shared among friends, sparking interesting conversations – part of the fun is discovering unexpected facts about your friends. When users hear how their friends respond to questions, they can give answers, a 'heart', or a written or picture comment."

To use Miitomo you'll need a My Nintendo account, which you can sign up for here using your email address or logging in with your Nintendo Network ID, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ details.

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