Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Announced for Smartphones

Nintendo has officially unveiled their new Animal Crossing game for smartphones, and it’s called Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

The free-to-play game will launch sometime in late November of this year, for both iOS and Android devices. There will be in-app purchases in the form of Leaf Tickets, which let you purchase in-game materials for crafting.

Here’s a rundown on the game, via Nintendo:


Get back to nature in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the new Animal Crossing mobile game where you take on the role of campsite manager!

You’re in charge, so you can decorate your own campsite however you like! Make it fun, make it cute, make it sporty—it’s up to you to craft the kind of furniture and amenities that will make your camp a must-see for animals visiting the area.

Key Features:

  • Manage Your Manager: When you start a new game in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you will be asked to create your personalized campsite manager avatar – your character in the game. You can choose to be a girl or a boy, and customize things like skin color, hair color and eye color. Whatever suits you!
  • Arts & Crafts: By gathering resources like fruit and wood, you can craft items for your campsite. These include furniture and decorative items, like couches and benches, as well as baskets and plants. To craft items, just speak to classic Animal Crossing villager Cyrus to put in an order. After the item is finished, you can place it around your campsite or decorate the interior of your camper.
  • Leaf Tickets: Leaf Tickets can be earned through regular gameplay or purchased using real-world money, and can be used in a variety of ways in the game. For example, they can be used to shorten the time needed to craft items, more easily acquire materials or acquire unique camper exterior designs.
  • Friendship Level: In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you can chat with your animal friends or fulfill their requests to raise your friendship level. If you level up your friendship or decorate your campsite with an animal’s favorite items, she or he might pay you a visit.
  • BHFF (Best Human Friends Forever): Not all of your friends in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will have fur or feathers. You can send your in-game Player ID to real-life friends who also own the game to have them visit your campsite. Random player avatars will also visit the campsite from time to time. Once someone visits, you can exchange your Bells for items saved in the Market Box.
  • Tick Tock: Similar to past Animal Crossing games, time passes in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp just like in real life! As morning, day, evening and night pass, the scenery in the game will change and different animal friends might show up.
  • Area Map: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is full of places to visit and explore. In addition to your campsite, you can travel in your camper to a beach, a forest, a river and an island.
  • Market Place: The go-to spot for shopaholics, Market Place is full of stores run by familiar Animal Crossing characters like Timmy, Tommy and the Able Sisters. The various shops in Market Place offer things like furniture and clothing items. The selection at each shop rotates, so don’t be a stranger!
  • OK Motors: Remember that camper that was mentioned a few bullets back? It’s not used to just travel between locations in the game. By visiting the OK Motors store, you can acquire things to customize your camper, including furniture to fill the interior and paint to decorate the exterior. It’s like those tiny homes that are all the rage … but with wheels!
  • Expanding Camp Life: In addition to all the fun things you can do in the game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will eventually offer seasonal events to keep the experience fresh and surprising, as well as limited-time furniture and outfit options through game updates. These events and updates will begin rolling out after launch.

Pre-registration for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is now available over on the game’s official website.

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  • Ckarasu

    It looks perfectly fine. No gacha to speak of, and just stuff to accelerate crafting/traveling. So long as you go into it to chill out once in a while, then it looks like it will be a decent time. It does seem very limited, though.

  • Michael Richardson

    Seems cute enough. I’ll give it a chance.

  • If it’s anything like FE:H, the game will be expanded massively with updates.

  • eww more mobile garbage.

  • Matz

    Just as I thought, it will be one of those “Wait several hours/minutes to get thing made/built”, the game looks comfy as fuck and might be another good time waster like FE Heroes

    Also actually glad that Nintendo stoped that “First on XXXX” bullshit and they’re ready to bring the game to both iOS and Android at the same time

  • Person Man

    Expanded massively with grindy crap.

  • Tubsiwub

    Fire Emblem Heroes is fine as long as I don’t spend money, so hopefully the same can be said for this.

    If Nintendo wants my money, they’d need to develop games for actual systems.

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    How many Leaf Tickets do you think it would cost to build a wall? >.> (Sorry)

  • Νικήτας Πολυπεπόνης

    Have you played Fire Emblem Heroes and Super Mario Run? Both are very good games, especially comparing to most mobile garbage.

  • Matz

    Don’t ask, just build it and make your neighbor pay for it