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Nintendo - Fire Emblem & Animal Crossing Mobile

During yesterday’s investor’s meeting, Nintendo shed some light on their plans for the future of their smart device games division. They announced that Miitomo has been doing quite well, as it’s racked up over 10 million users thus far:

But that’s not the big news. We’ve known that after Miitomo Nintendo plans to incorporate it’s larger franchises into actual games, not apps. We now know what the first two of those projects are set to be:

 

Nintendo - Fire Emblem & Animal Crossing MobileFirst off, Fire Emblem on mobile phones is genius. The series has really been gaining steam on the 3DS, and hitting the mass smart device market is a great strategy to bring the series more into the forefront of the public gaming concious. Although a bit worrisome, it’s also probably smart that they are toning down the depth of the game as per this quote:

“While making it more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems, Nintendo aims to offer the great value of a role-playing strategy game.”

Animal Crossing being the other title coming is essentially a no brainer. It’s difficult to imagine any other game in the Nintendo library that would be better suited as a smart phone offering. The investor’s meeting also went on to revealed that an Animal Crossing entry is also planned for a “dedicated gaming system”, which I’m assuming is the NX:

“Nintendo will design the latter game so that it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems. By playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment.”

Nintendo also doubled down by confirming these will be full fledged games, and not apps like Miitomo represents – although more of them are coming too:

“Both of these are pure game applications. Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business. Nintendo will provide more details about these applications closer to their launch period, and aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of players.”

Both Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing are planned to release in the autumn. As soon as Nintendo begins showing them off, we’ll be sure to bring the news to you here.

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Growing up a 90's kid, Jeff found his love for gaming during Nintendo's heyday. Because of that, you could call him a "Nintendo Fanboy" (albeit a rational one) to this day. Outside of his passion for the gaming industry, he’s also an avid sports enthusiast (New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies mainly) and enjoys quality/popular TV shows and movies.