Animal Crossing is officially coming to your smart phone this fall, will connect with gaming systems

2 years ago 14 Comments

Only a little over a year after first revealing plans for mobile development, Nintendo announced plans today for upcoming mobile games in the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises.

While details are very light at the moment, we know a couple things from a short statement released by Nintendo of America. Namely, the Animal Crossing mobile game will be designed to be connected with the existing world of Animal Crossing on dedicated gaming systems. It’s also said that playing both Animal Crossing on mobile devices as well as dedicated systems will increase the players enjoyment.

If that all sounds pretty ambiguous and uncertain, that’s because it is. Hopefully we’ll hear some more concrete information sooner than later. Here’s the full statement from Nintendo of America on Nintendo’s upcoming mobiles games:

Building on the positive consumer reaction to Miitomo, Nintendo announced that its next two mobile apps would be based on the familiar and beloved Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises. Nintendo plans to release both of these applications this fall.

As for the former app, 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.

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. 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 the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem games for mobile devices are expected to launch in the fall later this year with more information revealed as near release. Like Nintendo’s previous mobile release Miitomo, the games will be available on both Android and iOS mobile platforms.

Let us know in the comments below what you think about this new development and whether you’ll be trying out Animal Crossing on your phone later this year. Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World throughout the year as we keep you up to date on Nintendo’s latest mobile experiment with Animal Crossing.

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  • Jimmy Boy

    One word comes to mind- AMIIBO! They’ve only got 400+ cards, and 16 figures, so with NFC enabled phones, yeah, they’ll connect it all alright! Sucks that it’s even being put on mobile, it’s a large franchise in the vein of Metroid, so it belongs on a Nintendo made device, not some generic phone! Nintendo is following the money, Kimishima said he was going to return Nintendo to the large profits they saw during Wii/DS days, which means they’re moving more to mobile than anyone expected originally. Slippery slope, kiss your 3DS systems, you’re going to see their end in the not too distant future!!

    • Justin

      Unfortunately, Apple locks the NFC on their phones away from third parties allowing it only to be used for stuff like Apple Pay. So I don’t think they’ll be going the amiibo route until that changes.

      • Jimmy Boy

        why says it has to be only on Apple?

  • Animal Crossing Lover Since GC

    Sounds fun! But how will the file save? Memory card? ect? Also will AC be updating new advancements to the game play or just the same old stuff? ^u^ This is rad. Will the game still spot pass on your phone and be able to invite a friend to ur town on ur phone? Will the Voice Speak from WII ACCF be brought back since it is on a cell? :]] or is this all just mini games? Also I am worried about cost, I am very picky with how they would go about selling it. I don’t want a monthly fee, I would not bother with it then. – My thoughts on it so far as of now

    • Justin

      Yep, lots of good questions! We really have no clue right now, but there a lot of potential directions they could take it so we will see.

  • SlyCooperFan1

    “By playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment.”

    They make this sound like they’re talking about the app and one other game. Animal Crossing NX confirmed?

    • Justin

      Yeah I’ve got the sense from the statement as well. I’ll be writing a piece on that soon!

    • Sinistrum

      That is also as I have understood it – but Justin writes “Namely, the Animal Crossing mobile game will be designed to be connected
      with the EXISTING world of Animal Crossing on dedicated gaming systems” (capital letters added). Where did you get that piece from, Justing, if I may ask?
      However, thank you for posting!

      • Justin

        That’s my writing and what I’m personally inferring from Nintendo’s comments. The section in the quotes (the part with the green on the left) is the direct information from Nintendo. 🙂

        Apologies for any confusion!

    • Jimmy Boy

      or, it’ll connect to the same network that HHD has, since NX isn’t launching until March, and Animal Crossing: Mobile is in the fall of this year…

  • Hermione Granger

    “playing both Animal Crossing on mobile devices as well as dedicated systems will increase the players enjoyment.”

    more like enjoyment filling their pockets, because its confirmed this app will have in-app purchases 🙁

  • Awbz

    Boy i can’t wait to not be able to play this shit on my phone….

  • Reece Fielding

    I Feel Like They could do a suprise unveil of animal crossing switch and when the announce the release date of the app, the new game will be announced for the same date, so the games can work in unison. If nintendo was planning to make it work with new leaf they wouldn’t have discontinued a bunch of the amiibo card series (Such as the welcome amiibo cards, so salty i didnt get any) Am excited for this though!