Nintendo announced their new membership service this evening. They're calling it Nintendo Account and it will offer up cloud based saves for users of various hardware devices. That is to say, this won't be limited to just Nintendo platforms, but will instead allow for cloud saves for Nintendo products that also appear on PCs and smart phones, tablets, and more.

Nintendo says that this cloud save system will allow fans to transfer their game data between mobile devices and Nintendo consoles.

Also revealed tonight is the fact that Nintendo's mobile game debut has been pushed back until 2016. Expected to be released later this year, the studio is now targeting a March 2016 release. This is the first of five games Nintendo plans to have out by March 2017 for mobile devices. The first game in question was at least given a name tonight. It's called Miitomo. It will be a free-to-play offering with the obvious optional in-app purchases offered.

In Miitomo, players will design their own Miis and use them to communicate with others. Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi says that he hopes this allows people to talk to others that are hesitant to share things normally. What you actually do beyond communicating with others is still kind of up in the air. In the air, like a cloud. We've come full circle.

(via WSJ)