I know that E3 was pretty devoid of mobile content, with Nintendo being one of the culprits, but in this case no news wasn't necessarily bad news. In a recent interview, Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, talked explained that the company felt E3 wasn't the place to talk about mobile plans, so Nintendo focused instead on Switch and the Nintendo 3DS. A place like South by Southwest would be a better place to talk about mobile, Fils-Aime pointed out. It was all about giving that specific audience what it wanted.

He then went on to talk about Animal Crossing mobile, pointing out that its development continues quite strongly, and the teams are very excited about it at the moment. The game is going to launch this year as they've committed, which is great news. And, as has been the case with all the Nintendo mobile games, Animal Crossing on mobile is meant to "help broaden the user base" for the IP and have a positive impact on Nintendo's dedicated video game business. In other words, temper your expectations.

[via Waypoint]

  • HeinzKetup

    So excited for Animal Crossing mobile! It's going to be interesting to see whether or not it's free to play, or a full on premium game. As long as it's not like the main Animal Crossing games like New Leaf it should be awesome.

    • HeinzKetup

      Oops, I meant to say as long as it IS similar to New Leaf it should be great.

    • Robot:String

      I bet the only way to buy furniture might be with real money. Same for outfits. Or at least, a way to buy bells with real money. This game is just perfect for micro-transactions and IAPs. Not a problem to me.

  • http://mulderc.blogspot.com/ Cameron Mulder

    I am looking forward to this but after being hugely disappointed by the mobile fire emblem game, I don't have high hopes.

    • Huy Ngo

      How is FE heroes disappointing?

      • http://mulderc.blogspot.com/ Cameron Mulder

        FE heroes is a mix of pretty much everything I dislike about mobile gaming. I want a more traditional FE game.

  • melvin2898

    I feel like the only way to do an Animal Crossing game is to keep it the same or very similar to those on the consoles. I hope this game isn't bad.

  • ChrisOU812

    As long as it doesn't pull a Pokémon Go and make me have to get past Timmy and Tommy's incessant yapping every time I walk into a department store, I'm good.

  • Hayley Waalen

    Maybe it'll be a match 3 game and you can collect villagers...something like that

  • FledgeFish

    People really shouldn't get their hopes up for a full traditional AC style of game only on mobile. They're still selling copies of new leaf and there's almost certainly a mainline ac in development for the switch as well. I think we're going to see something far more "mobile" with this. Something more along the lines of a match 3 to promote the main AC games and sell consoles

    • Dawn

      I'm expecting something similar to Happy Pet Story.

  • Jenny ू(ʚ̴̶̷́ .̠ ʚ̴̶̷̥̀ ू)

    Thank goodness because I don't have anything to play animal crossing on c: I used to play it all the time when I was younger and I've always wanted to play it again!! Hopefully it will release soon!

  • DOMINIQUE

    IM EXCITEDDD !!! IVE BEEN WANTED TO PLAY THIS GAME ON MY PHONE?LAPTOP SINCE FOREVER

  • Carmelitta Catmando Blandin

    if they update for items and customize plus get items for amiibo it will be awesome. all items that come from happy home designer on mobile.

  • Nini

    Thy still haven't released it?