Sources told WSJ that a version of Zelda is set to launch after the release of the Animal Crossing mobile game, which the site said is due out in the second half of the year. However, the sources said nothing is locked down as of yet in terms of timing ...
Nintendo is bringing another one of its major franchises to mobile, it seems.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company will launch a Legend of Zelda mobile game, while the report also claims The Pokemon Company is planning another card-based title for mobile devices.
Sources told WSJ that a version of Zelda is set to launch after the release of the Animal Crossing mobile game, which the site said is due out in the second half of the year. However, the sources said nothing is locked down as of yet in terms of timing. Officially, Nintendo has said that the Animal Crossing mobile title will be released sometime before April 2018, following a delay.
Nintendo's mobile game partner, Japanese game developer DeNA, is working on the untitled Zelda mobile game. Nintendo and DeNA declined to comment when approached by WSJ.
There is no word yet on what kind of gameplay the Zelda title for mobile devices would offer or what it might cost. Nintendo's Super Mario Run title is an auto-runner that is free to start but costs $10 to unlock all the stages.
For years and years, Nintendo said it would not bring its franchises to mobile devices. That stance later changed in March 2015 when Nintendo laid out a plan to make mobile games. Nintendo has now released Miitomo, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Super Mario Run, with Animal Crossing on the way, on top of the rumored Zelda title.
Considering that Zelda is one of Nintendo's biggest and best-known franchises, it's no surprise that the company would leverage the series as part of its mobile game endeavors.
As WSJ points out, the mobile games haven't been a big hit commercially, however, bringing in less than ¥20 billion ($176.4 million) for Nintendo covering the fiscal year ended March 30.
Also in WSJ's report today is news that The Pokemon Company, which Nintendo owns a 32 percent piece of, is making a new card-based Pokemon game for mobile devices. This information was sourced to a pair of unnamed sources, with The Pokemon Company declining to comment.
This game would follow the massively popular Pokemon Go and the Trading Card Game that is already available on mobile devices.
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