Nintendo confirms Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing coming to mobile

Nintendo confirms Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing coming to mobile
Nintendo's first foray into mobile apps, Miitomo, has been quite successful for the company but the app is really little more than an in-app purchase filled social network of sorts. What fans really want from Nintendo are games on mobile and the company has announced that it will be coming through with those eventually.

Nintendo America has confirmed on Twitter that both Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing will be coming to "smart devices". The good news here is that the confirmation comes from Nintendo America, because Nintendo does have a tendency to favor Japan. And, the term "smart devices" implies not only iOS devices getting the goods, but Android as well, and the apps should be made available on phones and tablets. 

One slightly curious word choice in the tweet is that it says "more Nintendo apps are coming," not games. This might not mean anything, but with names like Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing, fans are going to be expecting mobile games from those popular franchises and not just companion apps. 

Animal Crossing could make the move to being a mobile game quite easily, but Fire Emblem might be a bit more difficult if Nintendo wants to bring a full experience. It's probably more likely that even if these are games, they'll be more casual experiences that complement the portable titles on systems like the Nintendo 3DS. 

Also, no word on when Fire Emblem or Animal Crossing will be coming to mobile, so we'll have to wait for updates on release. 

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12 Comments

1. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I will buy a Zelda game for $29.99 instantly, still cheap compare to $49-59 catridges. Please release soon I can wait. I haven't buy any game from playstore.

6. sp_5015

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

You took the words right out of my mouth. Agree 10000000%

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

As much as I like the idea Nintendo has resisted their first party game on 3rd parties platform for ages. Unless they stop selling hardware console they would unlikely release its full first party gaming experience on Mobile.

2. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

"the term "smart devices" implies not only iOS devices getting the goods, but Android as well..." Are you implying Android related devices aren't "smart"?... Or are subpar when compared to Android? PhoneArena authors need to stop making Android second hand compared to iOS. It's really pathetic.

5. TimVierb

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

dude they're quoting it....

9. Brewski

Posts: 659; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

They quoted the term "Smart Devices" then made their own definition of what that implies.

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

You're reading too much into it. It just basically means Nintendo isn't being like some companies and ignoring that Android exists even though it has about 75-80% or so of the active userbase worldwide.

3. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Fire Emblem can easily cross over on to touchscreen devices without being finicky. It's one of my favourite games, so I'm liking this news. Hopefully they can add the Golden Sun series in the future.

4. TimVierb

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

dude they're quoting it....

8. GeekMovement unregistered

I am stoked! Enjoyed both Fire Emblem (especially) and Animal Crossing so I'm super excited to see them coming to mobile!

10. andreferreira

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 28, 2016

Just tell me how much and when Pokemon will be available!

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Honestly Animal Crossing is a BETTER fit for mobile than handheld or console. Fire Emblem... I will be wary of that one for now, that game choice has me worried that it will be one of those watered down "strategy" titles for mobile.

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