As gamers anxiously await for the release of Nintendo’s new Miitomo app on March 17, smartphone users can level up their devices now with new wallpapers and cases from the Big N.
Nintendo’s Line account
Last September, Nintendo jumped into the brave new social media world by releasing its Line account. The profile features a sassy green Toad named Kinopio that will chat with you using pre-programmed messages, but that’s not its main selling point.
About twice a month, the Line account will send you free wallpapers for your phone. Usually they are related to recently released games, such as “Fire Emblem” or “The Legend of Zelda,” but they have been sending out calendars as well.
At the end of every month, Nintendo will send users a new calendar that features Nintendo characters celebrating upcoming holidays. They had Kinopio riding a Rudolph-inspired Yoshi in December and him throwing beans at Boos for Setsubun in February.
“Super Mario Maker” wallpaper
If you’re not happy with Nintendo’s wallpapers, why not create your own using “Super Mario Maker”?
Inspired by Nintendo’s Wii U game, users can open up a special website and build their own “Super Mario” level in the browser. After choosing which graphics style they want (anything from 8-bit to polygons), users can download the screenshot for their computer or phone.
All of the instructions are in Japanese, but the intuitive interface makes it clear what to do. Just pick computer or phone, the resolution size, and then start decorating your level with as many Goombas as you want.
Nintendo has been letting third-party companies produce phone cases for a while now, but it’s kicking it up a notch with Kirby covers.
So whether you want to dress up your smartphone on the inside or the outside, Nintendo has you — and your phone — covered.