It's been a fantastic time to be a Nintendo fan in the world of mobile gaming recently. As well as the runaway successes that were Super Mario Run [Free] and Pokemon GO [Free], Fire Emblem Heroes is merely days away, and the Nintendo Switch is receiving glowing praise amongst critics as it looks to blend the power and pedigree of console gaming with the portability of handheld and mobile devices. However, despite such excitement and anticipation, many are still wondering as to what Nintendo's plans are regarding their mobile iteration of Animal Crossing, which was announced at the same time as Fire Emblem. Sadly, in Nintendo's most recently released financial statement, Animal Crossing on the iPhone has been moved to the next fiscal year, and as a result you won't be able to dive into a colorful and quirky world of anthropomorphic animals and creatures until this April at the earliest.

While it is somewhat disappointing that Nintendo have delayed Animal Crossing beyond their initial plan to launch the game by the end of March, it does make sense with the sort of release schedule that the publisher has in place for the coming weeks. Furthermore, with it evident that Nintendo are planning to use mobile game releases as a supplementary way to draw attention to their more complete versions on the Nintendo Switch and 3DS, having Animal Crossing buried under coverage for their new console as well as the insatiable hype for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild doesn't particularly support their ethos on the App Store. That being said, with this delay only giving the vague release date of April 2017 to the same month in 2018, mobile gamers are still left in the dark as to when we'll finally see Animal Crossing, and what the final release will consist of from a gameplay perspective. Hopefully we learn more details around E3 in June, but until then let us know what you're expecting from the mobile iteration of Animal Crossing on our forum thread.

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  • Wizard of Odyssey

    Crap! I was looking forward to having a big new Nintendo game this year! I was thinking of freeing up some time around the beginning of March.

    • mabus51

      Well Zelda launches in March.

      • Wizard of Odyssey

        Zel-what? Never heard of it.

    • cowtruck123

      This is actually only delayed until "later in the year", not 2018

    • La gran José macho

      Zelda.... Uh... Duh!! ZelDUH!!

  • Jose Díaz

    I didn't even know there was a new Animal Crossing coming up ... now I can't live without it! D-:

  • 김지 킫밸

    My speculation is that this is Nintendo's waiting to see what will happen with Fire Emblem. They went all out with their main star and i dont think the taste in their mouth was too bitter. It lined their pockets too so with Fire Emblem, they are being cautious. A lot of the press reports are saying they spent not enough time with this game and that its pretty deep. There is a stamina bar that keeps you from playing too long. So in just my opinion, if there wasnt a nintendo label on this, it would be another generic mobile game but we will see soon

    • Michal Hochmajer

      We already know almost everything about fire emblem heroes, except few things(more or less).

    • boydstr

      If Nintendo wants to have a big impact in the mobile phone market they can do that in an instance but now they follow two way path on the first hand they want to protect there handheld consoles/games market and on the other hand they want to profit from the mobile phone/game market they have the famous IP's to this with a much much bigger bang.......
      So Nintendo I am ready for it.

  • Truffled

    Have they ever even come out and said that the Animal Crossing game is going to be an actual game? Last I remember hearing it was going to be a add on or work in conjunction with the DS Animal Crossing. I know people are hoping for a full-fledged game but I don't think that's what they're making.

    • mabus51

      Probably more along the lines of designer than an actual Animal Crossing game. Mobile doesn't work well for actual games.

      • Railgun

        Untrue statement. This has been released successfully on two mobile platforms (DS).

        But I agree with the sentiment that there will be many disappointed fans when this is released, they won't put out a 'real' version outside their systems.

      • La gran José macho

        Maybe not Apple, but Androids from Google, Samsung, and LG have quad-core processors with GeForce graphics chips.

  • Godspoken

    The optimist in me says they're going to release it near a new AC game for the Switch.

    • Rob Funnell

      Yeah that's my hypothesis too, some sort of interconnectivity between the two versions would be great.

  • AdamBoy64

    Animal Crossing sounds like a really good fit for mobile.