Nintendo has revealed that the next titles in their mobile gaming initiative will be based on the company’s Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises.
This is what Nintendo had to say about the apps in a financial report released earlier today:
Nintendo’s Next Mobile Apps: 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 autumn.
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.
Fans of both Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing will likely be pleased to hear that Nintendo’s mobile editions of these titles will be “pure game applications,” as even though it has been popular, Miitomo has received plenty of criticism for being a microtransaction-heavy social app, rather than a more traditional gaming experience.
Nintendo held out on supporting mobile devices for a long time before announcing last year that they were partnering with Japanese gaming giant DeNA to bring its franchises to the increasingly popular gaming medium. We’ll have to wait until this fall to see how Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem compare to other titles in their respective series.