Nintendo is prepping 'The Legend of Zelda' smartphone game, reports say


A recent report, quoting “people familiar with the matter”, suggests that Nintendo is working on a smartphone game, based on one of its most successful franchises – The Legend of Zelda. We are not entirely surprised with the move, as Zelda has historically been “saved” on all of Nintendo’s major consoles, and has sold more than 75 million copies.

We have no hard details about gameplay or release date, but, according to sources, it is set to come out by the end of its current financial year (March, 2018), following the launch of Animal Crossing. We don’t know how Nintendo is going to charge us for the game, either. Nonetheless, we would guess that the company may decide to build on the scheme we saw in Fire Emblem: Heroes, given the “free-to-play plus in-app purchases” strategy managed to rake in upwards of $5m in the first 8 days.

Nintendo has been careful and methodical in positioning itself as a mobile app maker. The Japanese console maker has said that smartphone applications it has released so far were just “probes” for its further expansion into the market. Miitomo, Nintendo’s first app, banked more than 18 million downloads, which is impressive for what it does. On the other hand, Super Mario Run attracted mixed reviews, but did bring the company more than $53m from iOS sales only. We need not mention the Pokemon Go craze...

Earlier this year, the company stated that it intends to solidify its presence in the mobile arena. Should the company manage to deliver an attractive rendition for smartphone play of the 30-plus year old Legend of Zelda, its plan would likely be right on track. We shall wait and see.

source: WSJ via TheVerge

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13 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Don't make it a Legend of Zelda run. Make it like a Link to the past. Such a great game.

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

YAAAAASSSS... we have enough runner games

3. TerrellAmerica unregistered

You already know it's going to be some kind of money grab game.

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Price it reasonably and they will get their money. No need for the hassle.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

ou took the words right out of my hands bruh!!! Yes please, no Zelda Run. And yes I agree again, Link to the Past was the best Zelda EVER!!!!! But Ocarina of Time was pretty good too. Majora's Mask was a complete garbage. Looks liek they too Ocarina of Time and just tried to change the plot.

13. audibot

Posts: 634; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

and just like mario they are going to screw it up taking all the fun out of it dying and starting from the beginning, STOP making snowflake games for people of the laziest generation ever noted in papers millennials worst generation ever

5. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

yeah. Hope it's not a runner

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Oceanhorn is the best LoZ clone on phones. Would it be better if they stick with its traditional format.

7. G1andonly

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Please no runner. Ocarina of time would do just great, a remake for mobile with some extras added in. It works great on emulators so I know it would be nice optimized for mobile.

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Hopefully it isn't garbage like Mario run. They should make some real games and launch a controller, target all 3 platforms. Android, iOS, and Windows. I refuse to buy another one of their consoles to get 2 or 3 games I want.

9. Milen_Y

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

Enter, The Legend of Zelda: Tap-Force Heroes. Navigate an auto-running Link through randomly generated dungeons by swiping in FOUR different directions! Defeat menacing foes by furiously tapping on them! Buy heart containers and items with REAL MONEY! Just kidding, crossing my fingers for a semi-proper Zelda game on mobile! Wait, I got another one – The Legend of Zelda... Pinball. Or maybe Zelda Tilt 'n' Tumble, because gyro controls? OK, I'm done...

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Legend of Zelda dance. Legend of Zelda karaoke. Legend of Zelda cooking :p

10. GTNavy

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

They could make a full Zelda game. Their new console, Nintendo Switch, is basically a high end ARM tablet. The newest phones can run games just as well.

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