Nintendo unveiled the crazy cute Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp as its latest mobile game in a Nintendo Direct presentation.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the latest entry into the adorable Animal Crossing franchise, will follow Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes as the third Nintendo mobile game.
'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp': What We Know So Far
The announcement of an Animal Crossing mobile game through the latest Nintendo Direct presentation was expected. However, what was not known is how the title will play on iOS and Android devices, and if it will have any unique features compared with the rest of the games in the series.
The unveiling of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp revealed more details on what players can expect from the mobile game, which is expected to be released in late November.
Animal Crossing games typically require players to interact with various characters and locations, while customizing their homes. It has been described as a laid-back, "me-time" kind of game, and that will not change with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.
The main difference about Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, however, is that instead of the cities and towns that players build in console releases of the series, players will be building campsites. Players will focus on finding materials, crafting furniture out of these materials, and using them to customize their camper van home. Different pieces of furniture will attract different characters, and players can increase their friendship level with these characters if they visit their campsite.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp also includes familiar features found throughout the series, including fishing, the clothing store, and the shoe store. The game will also offer limited-time outfits and decorations through seasonal events.
As with most free-to-play games, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will feature microtransactions and action timers. It has the potential to become the most successful out of the three Nintendo mobile games so far, due to the franchise's popularity and its playstyle that's seemingly a great fit for the free-to-play model.
Nintendo Mobile Games Success
Super Mario Run, the first Nintendo mobile game, reached epic levels of hype. Interest in it has since died down, but Nintendo is trying to get players back to Super Mario Run through an update that added new content to the game.
Fire Emblem Heroes, surprisingly, ended up generating more revenue compared with Super Mario Run despite fewer downloads because of its free-to-play model, compared with the one-time purchase needed to unlock all the features of Super Mario Run.
It remains to be seen whether Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will exceed the success of Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes. However, given the short track record of Nintendo with mobile games, it is likely a safe thing to say that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be a hit.