Nintendo made a surprise appearance during Apple’s iPhone press conference today, formally revealing Super Mario Run as the latest brand-official mobile game following the release of Miitomo earlier this year. The game is expected to launch just in time for the holidays, but word about a delay has surfaced concerning their two other mobile projects.
The company previously announced that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing will both come to mobile devices and were expected to launch later this year. However, both games have been delayed for a March 2017 release, as announced by Nintendo via Twitter earlier today.
Nintendo has chosen Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing as their next mobile ventures due to their appeal, and both are said to be free-to-start “pure games” by the company. The Fire Emblem mobile game is confirmed to be a “role-playing simulation game,” while the Animal Crossing title will connect with games on “dedicated gaming systems.”
The official reasoning from Nintendo was rather brief:
“Based on a variety of factors, we felt it was most appropriate for Super Mario Run to launch ahead of these other two apps. Our Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem titles for mobile will launch before the end of our fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2017.” — Nintendo
What are your thoughts on today’s announcements? What do you expect to come from the two upcoming Nintendo-DeNA mobile games early next year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
なお、「ファイアーエムブレム」と「どうぶつの森」のスマートデバイス向け2タイトルは、「SUPER MARIO RUN（スーパーマリオラン）」に続くタイトルとして、2017年3月までに配信を開始します。
— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) September 7, 2016