With the recent release of Miitomo, Nintendo announced that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing will be the next of its franchises to make their way to mobile. Both franchises have games that are highly acclaimed on the 3DS, but can the mobile platform give us the experience that we expect?
Nintendo's confirmed that the game will have connectivity to an existing Animal Crossing game.
When you look at Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing amiibo Festival, it's clear that Nintendo is trying to take a new direction with the franchise. The amiibo play a critical part in each game (especially Animal Crossing amiibo Festival) and between the currently announced amiibo cards and figures, there are a over 400 different Animal Crossing amiibo! Does this mean that the Animal Crossing mobile game will be amiibo-compatible? Possibly!
It would be interesting to see how Nintendo enables amiibo to be read onto a mobile device. I'd guess it would be the same process as having amiibo read on a regular Nintendo 3DS- with an NFC amiibo reader. Required amiibo functionality is something that fans probably wouldn't go crazy over, but it would be a nice touch to have the option to use amiibo.
I think what Nintendo would make a lot of money on is a game similar to Simpsons Tapped Out or Disney Magic Kingdoms. You place buildings and characters in your town, and set them to do different tasks that take different amounts of time and yield different amounts of bells and furniture to build your town and level up your townspeople. Nintendo's also confirmed that there will be in-app purchases, so if this were the type of game they'd give us for Animal Crossing, in-app purchases would probably be to add items / buildings to your town or speed up a task that a character is doing.
Ideally, I think fans want a game like Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
You know, the traditional Animal Crossing game style- interact with your villagers, design interiors, pay off your mortgage, go fishing and bug catching, etc. Not really sure if this is entirely possible for a mobile game, but having a traditional Animal Crossing game in your pocket at all times would be absolutely amazing!
What do you want to see in the new Animal Crossing for mobile? A traditional Animal Crossing? Something like Simpsons Tapped Out? Amiibo functionality? Something else? Leave a comment below!