Nintendo announces Animal Crossing Pocket Camp for Mobile; Details

Posted October 25, 2017

Animal Crossing Mobile would mark the fourth game Nintendo brings to mobile devices, following on from Miitomo (that's a game, right?), Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is coming to Android and iOS and is targeting a release in late November.

According to Nintendo's description of the game, "Get back to nature in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the new Animal Crossing mobile game where you take on the role of campsite manager!"

This time around, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, follows the same format, except you're doing it all on a campsite. The more an animal likes your camp, the more likely it is they'll visit, and this boosts their friendship level with you.

The new game involves players completing errands for animals while building a customised camp site.

Players can also invite friends to visit their campsite, by exchanging their in-game IDs. The app will also give you the chance to buy in-game purchases. You can even spend your Bells for items they have if you so desire.

The long-promised Animal Crossing mobile game has finally been announced, but it's not quite what you might have been expecting. Where the grind is something most people pay to avoid in phone games, in Animal Crossing it's often been the point, and something players have had to do regardless of the platform. They don't seem too hard to acquire in-game, mostly for accomplishing the listed Goals (much like achievements or trophies). Bells for your shopping needs can be earned by selling items you collect on your adventures. Mobile gaming accounts for the bulk of earnings in Japan, and Animal Crossing is a very popular IP in the region (as well in Europe and North America). Leaf Tickets are the in-game currency and how Nintendo will "monetize" the Pocket Camp.

The Leafs will also help to speed up the time to build amenities or craft furniture. Other shops include Able Sisters to Go for clothing and Kicks, the shoe store.

You'll need to perform small tasks and quests to obtain resources from these animals.

You can travel to other locations in your van. These have rotating stock and sell items you might not find at Cyrus' camp. Nintendo says that it will be offering seasonal events and software updates to keep the experience fresh.