Animal Crossing for mobile devices delayed again; now arriving in April or later

3 months ago 8 Comments

Nintendo has announced at their latest earnings release for investors that the upcoming Animal Crossing game for mobile devices is facing another delay in release.

Animal Crossing for mobile devices was originally scheduled for release in the fall of 2016, before an updated release timing of before the end of March 2017 was announced in September 2016 alongside Super Mario Run’s reveal. The game has now been rescheduled for sometime in the 2018 fiscal year, which begins in April 2017.

The official statement from Nintendo below cites the need to accommodate their other upcoming mobile games; Fire Emblem Heroes launching on February 3rd, and the Android release of Super Mario Run in March. With the Nintendo Switch system also releasing in March, it’s likely Nintendo is trying to avoid taking too much attention away from an Animal Crossing release in this busy period for them.

For smart devices, we plan to release the game application Fire Emblem Heroes on February 2. We will also follow last December’s release of Super Mario Run for iOS with an Android version in March. To accommodate the releases and operation of these applications, we have revised the release schedule for Animal Crossing, which we had originally planned to release during this period. This title will be released during the next fiscal year.

However it’s unclear at this time whether this announcement means a very small push from March to April, or a more significant delay into later in the year like the summer or fall period. Releasing sometime during the next fiscal year can be either as it runs all the way from April 2017 to March 2018.

As always, we’ll keep you updated here at Animal Crossing World with the latest on Animal Crossing Mobile.

  • Gabe

    That’s it, Im so done. I am SO DONE. >:( HOW MANY MORE TIMES IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN?????

    • Stephen Streeter

      Welcome to how Zelda fans have been feeling.

  • Erinne

    That’s kind of unfair. Why don’t they just push the Super Mario Run Android release to April? That way it could be Mario, Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, Mario. I hope the game Animal Crossing game is worth the wait…

    • Jimmy Boy

      Mario is the highest selling character in history, they wanted to capitalize on the holiday rush, which semi-worked, 100 million downloads, but too bad only 5% actually bought the full game.

  • Dgrinn

    I’m kind of okay with these news hoping that this delay could very well mean that the app will be possibly tied and is getting revamped to be compatible with an Animal Crossing release for the Swtich…

    • Jimmy Boy

      don’t forget the VC on Switch is rumored to have the original, AND the online capability of Switch is said to allow older games online support. We already know Switch connects to smart devices (apps to control different features), while 3DS does not, Wii U does not, so how else is it to tie to the series without amiibo?

  • Jimmy Boy

    I’m pretty sure they’re trying to keep from taking more away from Switch than taking more away from Animal Crossing since they’re kind of wanting 100 million or more Switch units, and no way in the world they’re selling 100 million Animal Crossing games. They could get 100 million Animal Crossing downloads if they play it right, but we’ll see how they plan it. My guess is it’s delayed to tie into Switch since Switch already can connect to smart phones, 3DS can’t, Wii U can’t, unless you use amiibo.

  • Catherine De la Sablonnière

    I can’t believe we are still waiting for an Animal crossing title release on the switch. They skipped the wii U they kinda owe us a release date or something… This app could have helped me waiting!