It feels like Nintendo announced its Animal Crossing mobile game a thousand years ago, then dropped it like a hot Gyroid. Turns out the company's been working hard behind the scenes. Animal Crossing for mobile is indeed on its way, and we'll presumably learn a lot about the game in the upcoming Animal Crossing Mobile Direct presentation.
When Is the Animal Crossing Mobile Direct?
The presentation airs at a comfortable 12 PM for Tokyo, but some of us might be staying up a bit past our bedtimes here in the west. You can watch the Direct at 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET. If you're on the east coast, consider putting on a pot of coffee.
Where Can I Watch the Animal Crossing Mobile Direct?
Nintendo's Direct feed will air the presentation, which is supposed to be about 15 minutes long. Nintendo also airs Directs on its Twitch channel. You can find a feed embed below.Watch live video from Nintendo on www.twitch.tv
What Will we See on the Animal Crossing Mobile Direct?
We know next to nothing about Animal Crossing for mobile, so this should be an informative presentation. I imagine we'll get an official name for the app at the very least. We'll probably also learn how the mobile game is similar to traditional Animal Crossing games—and the ways in which it's different.
Finally, you can't talk about mobile games without discussing monetization strategies. We already know Animal Crossing mobile is a free-to-play game, so there's a non-zero chance we'll learn how Nintendo intends to make money with it. Fire Emblem Heroes is another free-to-play mobile game from Nintendo, and it pulls in decent money in Japan (it's consistently at the top of App Annie's charts for top-grossing mobile games). Animal Crossing has a much broader appeal for western audiences, so I don't doubt Nintendo has some grand schemes in place.
There's been some speculation on social media that Nintendo may even release the app as soon as the Direct is done. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen.