Alongside the slightly disheartening news of Zelda U and the NX getting pushed back until March 2017, there was a glimmer of hope in the announcement of Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem apps. Tatsumi Kimishima said in a Wall Street Journal interview that these games will be coming in the fall, mainly October through December.
Nintendo’s first smartphone app, Miitomo, has broken the 10 million user mark, and although it’s free-to-play, makes roughly $280,000 a week from in-app purchases. Kimishima did not say whether or not the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem apps would need to bought, but I can very much see them charging for Fire Emblem. It has a large, sturdy fanbase that I can see paying one or two dollars for the app.
Animal Crossing seems to me to be much like Miitomo in the fact that it won’t be as much as a “game” as it will an app. There isn’t a true goal like there is in Fire Emblem or Legend of Zelda. It’s free to roam, do as you please, which is great for young players or new fans to the company.
We should be getting more info on these apps as their release date comes closer, and we’ll do our best to keep you in the loop! And as always, feel free to leave your thoughts on this announcement in the comment section.