Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem Mobile Games Announced, Coming Fall 2016

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Nintendo has announced their next smartphone games, and they’re already coming sometime this fall. The games will be based on the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises.

While the Fire Emblem app is described as being easier to get into in comparison to its traditional releases, it will purportedly have the value of a traditional RPG game. The Animal Crossing app will be created so that it ties into the world of Animal Crossing from Nintendo’s traditional releases.

Nintendo’s original smartphone app, Miitomo, is more of an app than a game – these two new smartphone apps will have more “game” components, making them more akin to smartphone versions of their previous releases.

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  1. NuclearCherries
    April 27, 2016 at 9:27 am


  2. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    April 27, 2016 at 9:28 am

    RIP FE that’s hwy they censored they will make it to generic crap

  3. Mr0303
    April 27, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Considering the NX and Zelda news is 50% of their E3 Direct going to be mobile games?

  4. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    April 27, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Animal Crossing was basically expected to be one of the mobile games, Fire Emblem is the latest cash cow as well so it makes sense.

    I still don’t like this direction Nintendo has been going down though.

  5. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    April 27, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Don’t give them ideas.

  6. magicalfollower
    April 27, 2016 at 9:33 am

    How the mighty have fallen…

  7. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    April 27, 2016 at 9:36 am

    J U S T

  8. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    April 27, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Animal Crossing seems to fit as a mobile game, I guess, but Fire Emblem? Holy shit, what’s happening with that series? Also, what the hell is Nintendo going to talk about at E3 this year if they keep announcing stuff like this? I’m betting half of the conference will be mobile shit.

    I don’t know anymore, man. I thought I didn’t know before, but now I really don’t know.

  9. dogmentation
    April 27, 2016 at 9:37 am

    With pointless tie-ins like Amiibo Festival and HHD, Nintendo’s been driving the Animal Crossing franchise straight into the ground with their greed. I expect this will be no different; just another Farm Story style casual sim eaten up with microtransactions.

  10. Dark Link
    Dark Link
    April 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I’m actually excited for the Animal Crossing app. The FE one, considering how they murdered FE with Birthright/Conquest, doesn’t entice me at all and will most likely butcher FE even more.

  11. Dark Link
    Dark Link
    April 27, 2016 at 9:38 am


  12. Dark Link
    Dark Link
    April 27, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I blame Kimishima.

  13. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    April 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I am genuinely terrified of an Animal Crossing phone game.

    I’m not good with words but I feel like turning it into a free game loaded with microtransactions will completely divorce it from all the charm and soul the series usually has.

  14. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    April 27, 2016 at 9:44 am

    It’s more Iwata’s fault, he set these wheels in motion.

  15. dogmentation
    April 27, 2016 at 9:44 am

    It doesn’t matter how they abuse the franchise as long as people keep on buying it. Nintendo are total sellout consumer whores at this point.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the mobile FE game turns out to be a CCG of some sort, and you have to buy booster packs, a la Puzzle & Dragons/Rage of Bahamut, since that’s the company Nintendo is keeping these days. Lay down with dogs, etc.

  16. TheMaverickGamer
    April 27, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Never cared for Animal Crossing and they’ve already ruined Fire Emblem, so why not poison it with microtransactions?

  17. Dark Link
    Dark Link
    April 27, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Really? Well, personally I don’t think Iwata wanted it to take this particular direction though. Kimishima is more business oriented instead of entertainment oriented like Iwata was.

  18. Dark Link
    Dark Link
    April 27, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I think that it’ll be like Miitomo where you can get items without spending a dime, but you’d have to work hard for said items.

  19. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    April 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

    The way I see it, Iwata came up with the idea of amiibo and mobile games out of desperation to appease the investors after the Wii U kind of tanked – he was resistant to the idea of Nintendo going mobile for years, after all. I personally think it’s a little too early to say much about Kimishima but given his pre-Nintendo background you could be right.

  20. Minuteworld92
    April 27, 2016 at 10:17 am


  21. James Hewitson
    James Hewitson
    April 27, 2016 at 10:35 am


  22. chaoguy
    April 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I was about to say AC could work on smartphone (check in every X hours when there isn’t much else to do in between) ignoring the danger to the hobby by making smartphones the norm instead of the more powerful PC.

    But apart from the charming aesthetic being neutered with an even easier graphic style (so even out-dated smartphone users can play it), it’ll be laden with micro-transactions.

  23. chaoguy
    April 27, 2016 at 10:52 am

    There might be some truth to that.
    Pic related. Why generate bad PR trying to get rid of your old demanding fans when you can just piss them off over 10 years?

  24. chaoguy
    April 27, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Sales wise, all the versions COMBINED only just got the same sales as Awakening IIRC. So “people buying” might be a prayer. They’ll still try and make their sheckles back by rebranding and re-selling however they can. LIke a CCG.

  25. chaoguy
    April 27, 2016 at 10:57 am

    I heard this from a friend, and it has no source, but…
    “As part of Nintendo’s financial results today, it was announced that
    the company will be implementing an Audit/Supervisory Committee and
    Officer System. What does this mean exactly? Well, more power will be
    given to the Board of Directors for an increased focus on corporate
    governance. Additionally, Nintendo of America/Nintendo of Europe
    presidents Reggie Fils-Aime and Satoru Shibata will be executive officers.”
    You thought this year was bad? Now Reggie SJW is whispering into the ears of the “we want more money” department- who now have more power, Nintendo is going down hard.

    Hope you like rehashes of the “safe” Nintendo IPs made as quickly and lazily as possible.

  26. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    April 27, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Number one: That’s terror

    Number two: That’s terror.

  27. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    April 27, 2016 at 12:33 pm


  28. ProxyDoug
    April 27, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Oh Nintendo, what is happening to you?

  29. Jack
    April 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Only shekels now

  30. Krimhelm
    April 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Working hard is too much effort, especially for free coins. Gotta complain instead.

  31. scemar
    April 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Animal Crossing does have a ton of potential for a mobile game because of its casual nature, it’s perfect to enjoy by small bits.
    If it was a real AC.
    But it might just be a spinoff, they’ve already done that awful mario party animal crossing that has to be played with amiibos.

    And Fire Emblem is their COD in Japan, they eat it all up.

  32. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    April 27, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I feel sick realizing that this may actually be the case. I can’t believe that we’re in the timeline where Nintendo of America doesn’t want to make money off of these niche games.

  33. scemar
    April 27, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I wouldn’t worry about the graphics, at least, it could end looking better than the 3DS game.

  34. The Magnificent Steiner
    The Magnificent Steiner
    April 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    It’s good news for Tom Nook. Now he can rip people off with their real money.

  35. InkBrush
    April 27, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    More reasons to hate NoA even more.