Direct from Japan
Earlier today, Nintendo of Japan confirmed a Direct event dedicated to the upcoming smartphone installment of the Animal Crossing franchise. Per the tweet, the pre-recorded presentation will last 15 minutes and stream on YouTube. The time of the direct event is October 25th at 12 PM JST.
Local times for elsewhere in the world are October 24th at 11 PM EST/8 PM PST for the US. In the UK, it will be October 25th at 7 AM BST.
Nothing is yet known about how the game will play or when it will be released. The smartphone installment of the Animal Crossing series was originally supposed to be release earlier this year, but Nintendo pushed the game into the following fiscal year back in January. The only thing that has been confirmed so far is that the Direct event will not contain any information about Nintendo 3DS or Switch versions of Animal Crossing. This event will focus on the mobile version only.
Nintendo’s Smartphone Strategy
Nintendo’s first foray into smartphone games came in the form of Miitomo, a freemium social networking application that launched in March of 2016. Nintendo followed that up with its first proper game, Super Mario Run, which released in December of 2016 on iOS at a cost of $9.99. The game hit Android platform in March of the following year.
Reception to Nintendo charging for Super Mario Run came with mixed feelings, with Paul Tassi calling the price “a mistake” on Forbes. The company took a different approach with its most recent mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes. Heroes presents itself in a traditional free-to-play format.
So far, all of Nintendo’s mobile titles have included the ability to earn silver My Nintendo coins. These can be exchanged for in-game items and other rewards on the site. The company has also leveraged smartphones and tablets as its platform of choice for voice chatting. The most notable game to include this is Splatoon 2.
What do you hope Nintendo includes in the upcoming Animal Crossing mobile game? Let us know in the comments below.