Nintendo finally caves in, announces smartphone games

Nintendo jumps in the smartphone games bandwagon, announces two original properties for smart devices by autumn.

Ever since the launch of iPhone in 2008, smartphone gamers have been waiting for Nintendo content to show up on third party devices as apps. Nintendo indulged partially with Miitomo, a social app which allows users to create miifotos and share them on social networks. Nintendo has now announced that two of its properties, Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing are headed to smart devices end of this year.

Fire Emblem is a tactical role playing game, where you have to navigate across a tileset all over a continent, engaging in a story and history of a medieval setting. The killer feature is permanent death, which ends the game if a battle is lost. Animal Crossing has open ended gameplay and players engage in various pastimes while living in a village of anthromorphic animals. It is a playground of sorts, and there are no objectives for winning the game. Both gaming franchises would do well on touchscreens too.

Nintendo seems encouraged by the positive response to Miitomo. Fire Emblem will be a standalone title, that allows people without Nintendo devices to access and enjoy the game. Animal Crossing will be some kind of companion game, which ties in to the game and world on dedicated gaming devices. This novel approach means that users will have a beneficial experience if they play the game on the 3DS, as well as a smartphone.

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