Nintendo ‘Animal Crossing’ Choice Over ‘Mario’ for Mobile Explained

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Nintendo has revealed that they will be releasing “Animal Crossing” and “Fire Emblem” for their future mobile games in the next couple of years after the success of their Miitomo app.

Engadget has the report on why Nintendo preferred to bring “Animal Crossing” rather than “Mario.” During a Q & A session at the recent Nintendo earnings report, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima answered why they chose to prioritize “Fire Emblem” and “Animal Crossing” as their next mobile games.

“We chose Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem as titles to follow Miitomo from the viewpoint of increasing the diverse types of consumers interested in Nintendo, and widening opportunities for gameplay. The Animal Crossing series has been played by a wide range of consumers including children and women. I think there is a good chance that those consumers would enjoy this. As for Fire Emblem, it is not so much the width of the audience as the existence of die-hard fans who have stuck to the series for a long time. We selected two titles of different categories and IP to reach as many consumers as possible. We are not limiting the IP for the titles that will follow these two. We will continue to prepare titles using IP that many consumers are familiar with.”

“Animal Crossing” was one of the popular games from its debut in the Gamecube and received tremendous feedback from its 3DS release. It is one of the widely played causal game by both casual and hardcore players.

“Fire Emblem” is very popular in Japan and gaining more momentum in the fan base on the Western shores. The latest “Fire Emblem Fates” game sold a lot that helped boost the sales for Nintendo.

The two franchise are expected to become available for the mobile scene on March 2017.

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