In addition to unveiling the release window for the next console and Legend of Zelda game yesterday, Nintendo finally talked about their mobile apps and what we can expect next. On the horizon are Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem apps.
Nintendo said via the press release that they plan to release both apps this fall. The Fire Emblem app should be “more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems,” but will “offer the great value of a role-playing strategy game.” The Animal Crossing app will connect to the world of the Animal Crossing games on Nintendo’s other systems, and Nintendo is promising synergy between the two that will make both more enjoyable. Despite consistently referring to them as apps in the text, the press release goes on to clarify that these aren’t themed social media apps or anything like that. “These are pure game applications,” Nintendo said.
Both properties seem like perfect picks for the more social world of mobile gaming. Animal Crossing is inherently social, though the dedicated versions require more hoop-jumping than this likely will. The games are already about sending letters, items, and more between friends both real and in-game. Fire Emblem‘s gameplay revolves, in addition to strong battle mechanics, around character relationships. I could see a game that has players making Fire Emblem characters and then teaming them up in battle being pretty fun.
When Nintendo announced their mobile initiative, they said that it wouldn’t take away from their other systems. I hope that’s still the case, but this announcement comes alongside a big console game delay in The Legend of Zelda and word that Zelda would be the only game on the floor at E3, with no word about what we can expect for 3DS. It’s reason for concern, even if just a bit.
Nintendo says they’ll talk more about these games closer to the release date, and we’re looking forward to seeing what they have in store.