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Nintendo's first mobile game, Miitomo, isn't exactly a gameWhat did you expect, Mario on the iPhone? Meanwhile, Twitch expands a channel for artists, and the curious OnePlus X can only be bought by invitation.
It's a Miitomo. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your c/net update. [MUSIC] Nintendo finally revealed it's very first game for smartphones and It's not really a game at all. The first smartphone app from Nintendo is called Miitomo, tomo meaning friend and although the company calls it a free to play game it's more like a social messaging tool with many avatar characters that you create to look like you and then you answer a bunch of questions about yourself, such as details on your interests in family life. And here's where this takes on sort of a Sims vibe. Your Mii can talk to other Mii's for you with what Nintendo calls pretend communication. This is for people who are too shy to socialize themselves so you can discover things you have in common with others. Nintendo first started teasing us back in March that it was working on app games for smart phones. For the first time we would get a Nintendo game that did not require Nintendo hardware to play. But I don't think a social network Mii game is what people had in mind. Not to mention, there will be in app purchases, so I guess you can upgrade your Mii with accessories or something? I know we all wanted a Mario game, but come on, what did we expect? Nintendo has always been protective about putting Mario or Zelda franchises on Side products but we wont be able to really judge Miitomo until next year because it's not coming out until March of 2016, which is later than expected. That's not all that's going on in the gaming world. The video site twitch is known for live streaming videos of people playing video games But it also has been home to a growing creative arts community. In fact, there are 100,000 broadcasters streaming creative creations. And so, Twitch just created a landing page just for this category. Where you can watch artists creating art live, and interacting with viewers in chat rooms. And as part of this lauch, Twitch is streaming a marathon of Bob Ross' show. The joy of painting, so you too can learn to paint happy little trees. Also, there a number of new product reviews on CNET you should check out. Including the Apple TV review, which is a bit pricier then I. Other streaming boxes. The new ones $150. But it has potential to stand out when more apps and games become available. We also have a review of the Microsoft Band two, it's the company's second take at a fitness tracker. It's also more expensive than the first version, at $250. And then, there's the one plus X Android smart phone, made by a Chinese company. It's actually the same price as that Microsoft band, $250. That's cheap for a phone, but it's a mess to get one. They make you request an invite to sound all exclusive, but it's what they do to stand out from the larger companies. It comes out in November. That's it for this tech news update and there's more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridgett Karey. [MUSIC]