So far, things have been going as most expected for Nintendo and their various mobile projects. Miitomo [Free] was a cute novelty that was popular for about the same length of time as Pogs, Super Mario Run [Free] did about as well as a $10 auto-runner could be expected to, and Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] has been making money hand-over-fist. Their next game, Animal Crossing, has been taking a little longer than expected to finish development, but word is already spilling out as to what comes after.

Or rather, who. Fresh off the system-selling hit The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo apparently plans to bring Link and friends to mobile sometime after the release of Animal Crossing, according to sources that talked to the Wall Street Journal. Nintendo and DeNA have declined to comment on the matter, but the Wall Street Journal has proven quite reliable with these matters in the past. Plus, it's not exactly the most unexpected thing in the world. Mario has already broken the "major character" mobile barrier, and The Legend of Zelda is not only one of Nintendo's biggest brands, it's also quite hot at the moment.

We'll be keeping our eyes and ears open for some actual confirmation of this information, but we felt it was worth passing on the rumor for now. Keep the requisite grains of salt handy, of course. The real question is, what form would this game take? It wasn't too hard to imagine what Mario, Fire Emblem, or Animal Crossing might look like on mobile, but how could they make Zelda work for the market? I suspect we'll see soon enough.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • petruskax

    I just hope they make a full fledged game or an older device port with improved touch controls instead of a gimicky mobile game ala Mario run and fire emblems character collector.

  • BOWB4ZOD

    Zelda run. That'd be fun /s

    • BOWB4ZOD

      Just stop making consoles already and make games on all platforms. You'd make a killing if you have a Mario and Zelda game on PS4, Xbox and iPhone. Just saying.

      • spizak

        It would. Def. but i also love my switch 😉

      • curtisrshideler

        They could do both. But yeah, I'd have already purchased ZBotW on PS4 if they offered it. Since they didn't, I'll be content playing FF and DQ on PS4.

  • gleeclub

    Ocarina of Time !

  • slighmd

    Hope they make a real, proper Zelda game. Or maybe remake some of the old ones, like Link's Awakening and Seasons/Ages, into remastered 3D.

    • spizak

      Nope. Never. They keep that to nintendo hardware. It will be some kind of minigame, like mario. Or something like Go series as it would naturally fit the adventure/puzzle nature of Zelda and could actually be fun.

  • dancj

    I can't imagine it'll be anywhere near as good or fully fledged as Oceanhorn.

  • Pedro Nuno

    Im betting its that 2d prototype they made for breath of the wild.

    • taiga97

      Watch it come out around the same time as oceanhorn 2 😆

  • Pedro Rama da Silva

    How would they make a game like zelda work on tge mobile market? Easy stop the freakin freemium bs and put out a full on proper game with zelda where you can save anywhere. Just look at oceanhorn and be ashamed of yourselves nintendo.

  • db2

    I don't know, pogs hung around a lot longer than Miitomo.

    • Daniel Schroeder

      Miitomo needs more skulls, 8-balls, and yin-yangs. Maybe they can do a collaboration with Bad Boy Club to really boost interest.

  • http://wizodd.tumblr.com Wizard of Odyssey

    I would love a simple open world Zelda MMO with toon graphics like Breath of the Wild but less free-to-play shenanigans than something like Order and Chaos.

  • Ethan Einhorn

    Now, it just comes down to business model. If it's set up like Super Mario Run, this will be a day one purchase. If it's set up like Fire Emblem, I will skip the download and go back to collecting hearts in Zelda on Switch.

  • korkidog

    It will probably be something freemium, being Mario Run didn't do as well as they'd hoped.

  • Rain1dog

    I'd love to see all major console makers join together to make one kick ass console and everyone drop games on it.

    Shared cost between the big three in hardware, recouped in hardware sales and software. Since development costs are shared we could have an extremely powerful console.

    It actually almost happened with the PlayStation as Sony and Nintendo were very close in coming together to bring that generation console to life but they couldn't agree on storage medium.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I think you just described a gaming PC and Steam. 😛

  • curtisrshideler

    I've just been playing DQ8 on iOS and I wish we could see a Zelda open world game like that on mobile. But if they go F2P, then I won't bother downloading and I'll stick with FF and DQ ports.

  • Drizzt79

    Will probably be a link crossbow-like game.

  • Alexythimia23

    Now that i have the 3ds and especially the amazing Nintendo switch i dont need this itch scratched for mobile zelda or mario.
    Switch is as mobile as my ipad if not more so, switch has completely won me over.
    But im sure they will make a lot of money continuing with mobile support, some support apps to their games would be pretty cool i guess

  • boydstr

    Please please please when this rumor is true let it be a premium game with no FTP shenanigans.

  • OrangutanKungfu

    Let's stop pretending it's going to be anything other than a social RPG, if DeNA is involved. I can imagine something along the lines of Bandai Namco's Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag, which was actually a pretty cool ARPG. Heavy on timing-based combat, with swipes and taps; grind for upgraded equipment (and hearts) and new characters; throw in some story or lore for a main campaign. It'll be fine. Many will scream from the rafters, others will lap it up.

    • Alexythimia23

      This is defo what it will be lol I expect nothing less

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        One thing you can bet on: This game will make people incredibly angry.

  • rhinofinger

    I know it'll never be a full Zelda game, but it'd be sweet if they did a Zelda roguelike a la Binding of Isaac. Would buy that in a heartbeat.

  • j.dillinger

    It's interesting to read the comments. For me, I wouldn't want to see anything but the original version released first.

  • curtisrshideler

    It'll probably be free to download, have at least 1 IAP, require an internet connection, want you to sign up for a Nintendo profile, and people will still be surprised and angry about it all. I'm just hoping they'll go the way of MARIO and have it be a premium unlock. But whatever makes Nintendo happy.