During Nintendo’s Earnings Call last night Nintendo revealed some details about upcoming projects, and we even got a release date for NX finally.
Some other interesting news was that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing are heading to mobile devices this Fall. Both titles are rather succesful titles for the 3DS so this is an interesting decision.
Nintendo of America even made the announcement via Twitter:
More #Nintendo apps are coming to smart devices, including Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing! pic.twitter.com/VIWLm8ehvH
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 27, 2016
Nintendo released statements about the mobile apps earlier this morning as well.
Regarding Animal Crossing:
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.
Nintendo noted in their release that they plan to release an assortment of apps that trigger interest in all types of fans and gamers. These two games represent more dedicated gaming experiences, but the genre could change with future releases. Other apps may even explore new areas of interests beyond gaming, similar to MiiTomo.
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 also mentioned that their previous mobile app, Miitomo, has attracted over 10 million users, and over 20 million photo’s within the app. Starting April 29 through May 8 Nintendo will hold a special promotion to celebrate the achievements.
Personally I am not sure how I feel about this. For one it seems to go against not only their 3DS, which is a huge success for them, but the NX as well. If the rumors of NX being partly a handheld device it would seem counterproductive to push competing devices further along just before it releases. Mobile gaming already has a tough time competing against mobile devices, so porting your most popular titles over kind of makes that battle a little harder.