Ah, Animal Crossing. It always made life look so much more simpler, didn’t it? You’d have your own house, you could make tons of money just by selling fruit and friendly, to non-aggrevating neighbours. Oh, and you even become mayor of your town in New Leaf. Pretty great, right?
Well, it’s good news for fans of the game franchise, as Nintendo have announced that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be released next month for iPhone and Android smartphones.
The game will be available on iPhone and Android smartphones, and it could increase profits for the Japanese company’s mobile phone business, ten fold.
It will be free to play, but it will include an option to pay a little bit of money for things such as in-app purchases.
Animal Crossing was first released for the Nintendo 64 back in 2o01, and has since released four other games on different consoles, including Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 3DS. The game has been a huge success, and has attracted younger gamers, as well. Fans were excited to hear of this news, and they took to social media to share the buzz.
NINTENDO IS FINALLY ANNOUNCING ANIMAL CROSSING MOBILE MY HEART IS SO HAPPY (*ฅ́˘ฅ̀*)
— Pumpkin Princess ♡ (@softandsugary) October 23, 2017
i cant wait 4 animal crossing pocket campsite . . . nintendo release my secretary pic.twitter.com/5Rv5vspaJ7
— bambi 🎃 (@luvpox) October 25, 2017
not being funny but this is the best day of my life https://t.co/qJRusuHPSd
— emily🎃👻 (@emilypugh_) October 23, 2017
Gaming blogger Nick Hickman spoke to BBC Newsbeat about the new game. “Players of the game have reacted positively to the endlessly customisable nature of the towns you can create. There are lots of people who still play it even now, years after it first came out.”
Nick added, “Given the initial success of Pokemon Go and the financial success (although not quite breaking the zeitgeist like Pokemon did) of Mario Run and Fire Emblem heroes, people are excited for Nintendo to publish more games on mobile making them much more accessible.”
“Nintendo usually only puts their games on their own machines, so breaking from that tradition and allowing games they’ve made on a platform that everyone has is quite a big deal.”
Australia already have their hands on Pocket Camp, but it won’t be long now until the rest of the world can download the game themselves. Although no official release date has been announced yet, we at least know that it’s not far from now, with it being expected to land in late November.
Who else is looking forward to returning to the animal village next month?
<Story by Emily Clark>
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