Nintendo's next big smartphone game is a new entry in the 'Animal Crossing' series

Nintendo’s on the verge of releasing its next major mobile game. It’s called “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp” and it’s headed to iOS and Android devices at some point in “late November.” 

Unsurprisingly, it looks adorable.

Like “Super Mario Run” — the last Nintendo game on mobile devices — “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp” is a free game. You can download and play it without paying anything, but there’s an in-game store where you can purchase items for real money.

In the case of “Animal Crossing,” you’re able to purchase “Leaf Tickets” that speed up the process of building stuff in the game. Perhaps you’re building a new couch, or a chair for K.K. Slider to sit in when he wants to visit — it may take a few days in real time, or you could do it instantly by using Leaf Tickets. 

So, ;what do you do in “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp”? You build and maintain a camp!

You visit a forest to pick berries, and you visit a beach to go fishing. Those mundane tasks earn money that can be exchanged for stuff you can build at your camp. It’s a relaxing management game, essentially, full of quirky characters to befriend along the way.

Check out the first trailer for the game right here:

It may sound boring on paper, but the “Animal Crossing” series is a huge hit for Nintendo. The last two games in the series sold over 11 million units apiece. Moreover, it’s the type of game that players stick with — there are live events in-game that correspond to real world holidays, for instance — which makes it an especially good fit on mobile. 

“Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp” is scheduled to launch in “late November.”


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