We're getting mobile versions of Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem
We won't be seeing the fabled "NX" console at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this summer, but Nintendo has unveiled the next phase of its big mobile app push, with smart phone adaptations of Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing.
Fire Emblem, a fantasy role-playing series, saw a resurgence in sales with the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening in 2012. We enjoyed its recently released follow-up, Fire Emblem: Fates, as well. Nintendo promises the mobile version will be "more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems [while offering] the great value of a role-playing strategy game."
Animal Crossing, meanwhile, is more of a 'slice of life' simulation game, in which players assume the role of mayor over a small rural town. Think Harvest Moon, minus the animal husbandry and more sighing wistfully that your anthropomorphic dog neighbor could be your actual husband. While Nintendo is even more sparse on details for this app than the Fire Emblem one, the company promises "it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing" on consoles and handhelds. By this, Nintendo seems to mean it will carry over the same aesthetic and tone as its predecessors, not that there will be special cross-platform interconnectivity. But who's to say, really.
Both apps, which we can reasonably assume will use a free-to-play model with some form of in-app purchases, are expected out sometime in the latter half of this year. Nintendo has also announced a new Legend of Zelda title, which will launch simultaneously on the Wii U and its NX console in 2017.
Kris Ligman is the News Editor of ZAM. Oh Lucky, you are the number one reason I'm afraid to check my New Leaf town anymore. What if you've moved out? Rrr-owch: @KrisLigman.