Nintendo smartphone app gameplay details emerge for upcoming mobile titles

Nintendo smartphone app gameplay details emerge for upcoming mobile titles
Underwhelmed by the lack of capital-g gameplay in Miitomo, Nintendo's first big mobile-app release? You're not alone, but last week we got some promising news for fans craving some meatier gaming action, with word that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing were on their way to smartphones. At least, there was a lot of potential here – but would we get full-blown games, or something more in the line of companion apps? We're far from knowing everything, but Nintendo's confirmed some new details that sound all sorts of promising.

An English translation of a session following Nintendo's latest financial report offers an outline of some of the company's strategy for the next year, including the release of Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing apps. After reiterating his company's desire to create new mobile experiences, and not just port existing games to smartphones, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima gave us a brief taste of what to expect.

For Fire Emblem, Kimishima explains that the gameplay won't be a direct copy of what we see on the company's dedicated gaming consoles, and instead will offer a more “accessible style” of play that's appropriate for mobile devices. And lest you think that means something really dumbed-down, he goes on to clarify, “we still aim to provide a fully engaging experience as a role-playing simulation game.”

Details on the Animal Crossing app are a little looser, but like Fire Emblem we're told to expect “a new style of play” than fans of the series are used to. While Kimishima didn't elaborate much past that, his emphasis on “play” helps reinforce that we're talking about a proper smartphone game, and not merely an app that will let you keep up to date with your Animal Crossing progress on a dedicated Nintendo system.

And if you're still not convinced, Kimishima outright called both of these titles “pure game applications,” promising something markedly different from what we got with Miitomo.

Both the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing apps are due to launch sometime this fall.

source: Nintendo via Mobile Syrup



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Pokemon would be amazing, yeah I need pokemon on mobile right now and i'm talking about DS titles or something like them.

2. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Just no IAP, but for some reason, I think he means they will add IAP to make it feel more like a "mobile" game

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am currently playing their 3DS Fire emblem titles. I love their 3D screen so much that I buy their new 3DS XL for it. Its new eye tracking is worth it. 99% spot on even with dim bed stand light condition.

4. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I liked it at first, but after the stress it puts on my eye, and the battery between 3D on and off is night and day, so I rather play with it just off. Not that the technology implementation was bad, just imo is not really that much of a big deal.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Guess I have a different preference. I enjoyed 3D iMax movie, Nvidia 3D vision and my 3DS. I have 6/6 eyesight so viewing 3D for a long duration is OK for me.

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I would settle with actually getting Miitomo released in Scandinavia, Nintendo is really weird when it comes to regions it seems, and dislikes Scandinavia for some reason?

7. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

If things go really good for Nintendo in releasing their games on mobile, I could see them try their hand at releasing a phone/portable gaming system, sort of like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

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