Reggie Fils-Aime recommits to Animal Crossing for mobile devices releasing in 2017, talks broadening the user base

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We haven’t heard a word on Animal Crossing for mobile devices since the most recent delay back in January early this year. Now we have a small update from Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime on the topic in a VICE Waypoint Gaming interview.

Reggie wasn’t willing to share much, but he did restate Nintendo’s commitment to launching the Animal Crossing mobile game later this year in 2017 saying that development is continuing ‘strongly’. One does have to wonder though if there’s been some kind of major shift in the game’s development over time given that it was set to launch in the fall of 2016. We have yet to even see any screenshots from the app.

The Nintendo of America boss goes on to speak about Nintendo’s strategy with mobile games, which is to expand the user base for a given franchise, and then drive more sales for the series on their dedicated systems like the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch. As Fils-Aime points out, the company’s other mobile apps have been serving that purpose with Pokemon Go, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Super Mario Run.

Pokemon Go has boosted the awareness and sales of Sun and Moon (plus Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon later this year), Fire Emblem Heroes had a timely release near Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, and Super Mario Run continues to update ahead of this fall’s major release Super Mario Odyssey.

Fans looking for some hope of seeing a new mainline Animal Crossing game debut on the Nintendo Switch soon might then read between the lines here. Imagine how the Animal Crossing mobile game could bolster such a title on the Nintendo’s new dedicated platform. The question only remains, where is that game?

Here’s the full quote from Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime:

So, specifically now, Animal Crossing. Animal Crossing development continues quite strongly, the teams are very excited about what they have. It’s an application that is going to launch this year, as we’ve committed. And we’ll be sharing more information in due course. We believe, just as we’ve seen with Pokémon Go, just as we’ve seen with Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, we believe that the application will help broaden the user base for Animal Crossing, and it’s going to end up having a positive impact on our dedicated video game business of Animal Crossing.

You can find the full interview on a variety of other Nintendo topics over at VICE’s Waypoint Gaming. As always, we’ll keep you updated here at Animal Crossing World on the latest developments of the Animal Crossing mobile game!

  • 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!

    • Jimmy Boy

      that whole Animal Crossing amiibo line is what killed the popularity of amiibo. Look at stores today, they’ve got sooooooo many Animal Crossing ones that instead of the $12.99 MSRP they started with, they’ve dropped as low as $2.99 in some stores! Many stores put them on clearance just to get rid of them, and even Nintendo realized that neither HHD nor AF were selling them, so they updated NL massively to also use them- likely figured the 10.5 million users (likely overestimate since many people own multiple copies) would buy the cards/figures, but guess what, that didn’t work either! Stores are still flooded with those things that they can’t even give them away!

  • Jimmy Boy

    One, Pokemon Go was coincidence, Niantic developed it, and Game Freak made Pokemon. Nintendo realizes their mobile strategy was all over the place with the 4 they did develop as they totally missed the boat on Zelda, which is why Zelda was added to the second round along with Animal Crossing. Speaking of that notice how they went from 4 apps (supposed to be 5, but as we know AC was delayed) down to 2, if they even make the 2 in time? That’s because they refuse to follow Iwata’s plans. He planned on them having just one device, it’s why he merged the handheld and console teams back in 2013, and did the DeNA merger. The plan is to make Switch and mobile the main devices, but after the rejuvenation the 3DS saw thanks to Pokemon Go halo, Kimishima a businessman is trying to milk it for as much money as he possibly can, but now trying to develop for 3 platforms as you can see isn’t working very well. Sure, Switch is getting great games, the 3DS is getting remade enhanced ports (Nintendo finally admitted Metroid was an enhancement of Metroid II: Return of Samus), but mobile is being left out in the cold as Nintendo hasn’t released any apps since that Fire Emblem one which was last fiscal year! If Iwata were still running Nintendo he’d have had more timely mobile releases, and they wouldn’t be delayed, delayed, delayed like they’ve been under Kimishima. They were supposed to be releasing just 2 mobile apps between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, and last I saw it was October 8, 2017 and neither of them has even been announced as being released soon. Tick tock Kimishima, tick tock!