Nintendo Planning Major Update for Fire Emblem Heroes and 'Broadening the Scope' of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

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Nintendo this week held its financial results briefing aimed at the second quarter for the fiscal year ending in March 2019 (via Reuters), during which it discussed its smart device business and major updates coming to two of its iOS apps: Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

Starting with Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo's director and president Shuntaro Furukawa said that the company is planning a major version 3.0 update to the iOS game that will arrive around the end of 2018. The president didn't divulge any more information on the update, but ensured that Nintendo will keep pouring effort into development and operation of Fire Emblem Heroes following its huge success on the iOS App Store.


According to Furukawa, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will also be updated in the near future, but this one will be focused on "broadening the scope of the gameplay." The iOS game is a pared-down version of the full games found on consoles like Nintendo 3DS, DS, Wii, and GameCube, and focuses on a small campsite that players can redecorate and customize to their liking, with a few other mini locations that can be visited through an in-game map.

Although details are still scarce, it sounds like Nintendo is planning to slightly expand the explorable area of the game with the update, and potentially add in new gameplay features. The company has consistently held new seasonal events and introduced new features -- like gardening -- over the past year, but its scope has largely stayed the same as when it first launched.

It's doubtful that this means Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will see a full village for players to navigate on iPhone, since Nintendo's mobile business so far has used the strategy of introducing a smaller version of its franchises to entice people to check out the full games on console.

Because of this, it's possible that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp's big update could align with the next mainline entry in the franchise on Switch, which is set for release in 2019. Furukawa did not detail when exactly we'll see the iOS update, but noted that "details will be announced closer to the time of the update," so it might not be until next year.

Lastly, the president confirmed that Mario Kart Tour is still on track to be released during the current fiscal year ending in March 2019. After Mario Kart Tour launches, Nintendo will have released six games on the iOS App Store: Miitomo, Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Dragalia Lost.

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Georgia Silver

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Any update to Mario Kart?
"Lastly, the president confirmed that Mario Kart Tour is still on track to be released during the current fiscal year ending in March 2019. After Mario Kart Tour launches, Nintendo will have released six games on the iOS App Store: Miitomo, Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Dragalia Lost."
 

dannyyankou

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"Lastly, the president confirmed that Mario Kart Tour is still on track to be released during the current fiscal year ending in March 2019. After Mario Kart Tour launches, Nintendo will have released six games on the iOS App Store: Miitomo, Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Dragalia Lost."
Well I can’t read. Thanks lol.
 
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I'm glad they're widening the scope of Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. The game is enjoyable, but it's a bit stretched thin at this point.

Also, in before "just sell us your old games".
I am constantly having to refresh my friends list. Every month I lose about a third of my friends to inactivity. The friends with Asian names seem to be the ones who play often enough to help me with tasks and getting into the quarry. I’m always a bit sad to see familiar friends lapse into >30 Days category. Eventually I have to cull them and get friends still actively playing. I try to visit them one last time so if they log back on there’s a chance they can find me again and send me another friend request.

The longest I’ll stay away is a week and a half. Last time I stayed away longer than 2 weeks a favorite friend of mine culled me. Fortunately I had a way of getting back to him/her and sending another friend request.

I wish there was some way to leave friends a message that you’re leaving only temporarily. When I had a death in the family and did not feel like playing for awhile, I turned my camp into an approximation of a memorial service, Japanese style.

Some of my friends seem to catch on and left kudos or cross polinated with plants in my garden, even though they usually don’t. Little clues like that is about the only way we can communicate.

The pace of the game has picked up a little too much. I am starting to get burned out a bit and want a break. But I don’t want to miss out on good furniture. :oops:
 
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