Nintendo of Europe has now fully verified this news; both are targeting an Autumn / Fall release.
Nintendo's Next Mobile Apps: Building on the positive consumer reaction to Miitomo, Nintendo announced that its next two mobile apps would be based on the familiar and beloved Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises. Nintendo plans to release both of these applications this autumn. As for the former app, while making it more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblemgames for Nintendo's dedicated gaming systems, Nintendo aims to offer the great value of a role-playing strategy game. Nintendo will design the latter game so that it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems. By playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment. Both of these are pure game applications. Compared toMiitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo's dedicated games business. Nintendo will provide more details about these applications closer to their launch period, and aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of players.
With Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima currently giving a briefing to media for Nintendo's financial results there are some key revelations being made. Away from NX and The Legend of Zelda we now have reports of Nintendo announcing two key franchises for upcoming smart device experiences.
The Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki, who is in attendance at the press conference, shared the news that Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are currently in the works for smart devices.
This is naturally big news, especially as Nintendo and DeNA have already stated that their smart device games will be 'free-to-start'; introducing micro-transactions (presumably) into these franchises will cause plenty of discussion.
At present we're waiting for the translated President's Presentation to be published, but in the meantime let us know what you think of this news in the comments.