Nintendo has confirmed that its plannedÂ Animal Crossing mobile game has been delayed, and it wonâ€™t be released until at least next fiscal year. That essentially means it could release anytime from April 2017 until March 2018.
Last year, Nintendo planned to release aÂ Fire Emblem game and anÂ Animal CrossingÂ through iOS and Android, its first mobile games from established franchises. However, resources were instead poured intoÂ Super Mario Run, which was pushed onto the market to right the most ofÂ Pokemon GOâ€™s wake.
As we enter 2017,Â Fire Emblem Heroes is still happening this week, and yours truly would never miss out on the chance to play that. However,Â Animal Crossing seems to have been the one most affected by Nintendoâ€™s shift in priorities forÂ Super Mario Run.
For smart devices, we plan to release the game application Fire Emblem Heroes on February 2. We will also follow last Decemberâ€™s release of Super Mario Run for iOS with an Android version in March. To accommodate the releases and operation of these applications, we have revised the release schedule for Animal Crossing, which we had originally planned to release during this period. This title will be released during the next fiscal year.
I can already imagine my digital town overflowing with weeds and other issues that need my immediate attention. BetweenÂ Mario, Animal Crossing, andÂ Fire Emblem, Nintendo is going to dominate my smartphone gaming time.
Terra Battle, you might have finally met your match!