Nintendo’s next mobile game will be out in just a few weeks, but as expected it does include microtransactions.
The long-promised Animal Crossing mobile game has finally been announced, but it’s not quite what you might have been expecting.
Instead of helping to beautify a whole village you’re instead in charge of just a campsite. It otherwise seems to work in the same way as the main games though, with the Nintendo Direct below laying things out pretty comprehensively.
The game starts with an empty campsite run by Animal Crossing regular Isabelle, who asks you to become the manager.
This involves crafting your own amenities, furniture, and other items. With the better you do the more people you attract to the site.
Crafting is a fairly new idea for Animal Crossing, and is handled by Cyrus from the most recent 3DS game. But you’ll also be able to collect bugs, gather fruit, and go fishing – which definitely was in the earlier games.
You can also customise your camper van and expand the size of its interior, just as if it was a normal Animal Crossing house.
The more you interact with the other campsite dwellers the closer friends you’ll come, which brings its own reward (like actual rewards, not just a warm glowing feeling in your heart).
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As expected, the game does support in-app purchases, with the option to pay real money for in-game items called Leaf Tickets. But you can also earn these for free, as in Nintendo’s previous mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes.
There isn’t a specific release date yet, but you’ll need a device that runs iOS 9.0 and newer or Android 4.2 and newer. The actual app itself is free to download.