Nintendo is taking its mobile apps a giant leap forward with announcement of full-fledged games to be released as apps. First up will be Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing, the latter of which can connect to recent console versions of the game for extra features.
In a press release, Nintendo stated:
“Nintendo plans to release both of these applications this fall (US, UK) and spring (AU). As for the former app, while making it more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems, Nintendo aims to offer the great value of a role-playing strategy game.”
While the words “more accessible” might be a turn-off for gamers, Nintendo goes on to state it intends to release “pure game applications” for mobile devices.
“Nintendo will design the latter game [Animal Crossing] so that it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems. By playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment. Both of these are pure game applications. Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business. Nintendo will provide more details about these applications closer to their launch period, and aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of players.”
By releasing full Nintendo games as mobile apps, Nintendo seeks to broaden their horizons and bring more casual gamers into its folds. The company is well-known for reaching out to casual players since they released the Nintendo Wii in 2006.
Time will tell if the experiment is a success.
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