Fire Emblem And Animal Crossing Mobile Games Delayed Into 2017


After Super Mario Run was announced at the Apple Special Event, Nintendo has confirmed that their Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing games for mobile devices will now see release in early 2017.

These two games had been scheduled to arrive before December 2016, and are part of the company’s collaborative business alliance with DeNA. Citing “a variety of factors,” Super Mario Run has now leapt before their release.

“Based on a variety of factors, we felt it was most appropriate for Super Mario Run to launch ahead of these other two apps,” Nintendo of America shared in a statement to IGN. “Our Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem titles for mobile will launch before the end of our fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2017.”

Nintendo and DeNA had aimed to release five games before March 2017, but, in an interview with TIME, creative fellow Shigeru Miyamoto shared that the fifth game will no longer meet that time frame.

“We’ve consistently stated a plan to launch approximately five mobile apps by the end of this fiscal year, including Miitomo,” Miyamoto explained. “Given market conditions and the development process for each title, our current plan is to launch four total mobile titles in that period.”

The four mobile apps include Miitomo that has seen release, Super Mario Run that will arrive on iOS in December, as well as Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing early next year.

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