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'Animal Crossing' and 'Fire Emblem' are coming to smartphones

Engadget Engadget 27/04/2016 Nick Summers
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Nintendo is working on smartphone apps based on two of its most beloved franchises: Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem. The company announced both projects in a tweet, revealing little about their gameplay or how they would be priced. Fire Emblem is a tactical role-playing game, giving you control of an anime army as it battles through increasingly difficult skirmishes. The latest iteration was Fates on the 3DS, which came in three different versions called Birthright, Conquest and Revelation. Animal Crossing, meanwhile, is a more casual franchise about living in a carefree village, performing menial tasks and furnishing a beautiful home.

Both series are popular on Nintendo's handheld systems, making them ideal for the smartphone treatment. They'll join Miitomo, a new app which the Japanese company launched in March. The game is based loosely on Tomodachi Life, asking you to create a Mii and answer seemingly mundane questions. Responses are shared with all of your followers, and subsequent hearts and comments are rewarded with the app's in-game currency. These coins can be used to buy new clothes and improve the player's style ranking. A final "Miifoto" feature lets you dress up your Mii and snap silly photos, using any image in your phone's camera roll as a background.

The app has already accrued 10 million users and over 20 million Miifotos. That's impressive given the cut-throat nature of the App Store and Google Play, and bodes well for the game's ability to generate revenue. If Nintendo can find similar success with Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing, it'll keep investors quiet while it works on its new NX console for March 2017.


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