Nintendo Releases 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' for iOS

Nintendo of America‏ have announced in a tweet that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be officially available this Wednesday November 22nd.

However, it appears someone pushed the button a little bit early, because Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is now available on the app stores for both Android, and Apple's iOS. Despite the delay, fans are happy to have some new content from one of Nintendo's biggest IP's.

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That means of course that it has microtransactions, but that seems understandable given Nintendo's attempt to do without them, with Super Mario Run, proved surprisingly unpopular.

For the most part, you simply try to make friends and invite them to your camp by performing chores for the animals that reside elsewhere in the game, among other odds and ends.

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It's a free-to-play game, and much of it is locked behind either you waiting a lengthy amount of time or paying real money. Having played through some of the game thanks to the APK being leaked across the web when it was soft-launched in Australia, I would say it is most definitely a free-to-play mobile version of Animal Crossing. Thanks to the success of its mobile games, Nintendo said its smart device and IP-related income was 9 billion yen during the second fiscal quarter this year. Leaf Tickets, which you can earn in-game or purchase as an In-App Purchase can be used to purchase accessories for your campsite or speed up the construction of items. The camper is also customizable, and real-life friends can check out your camp and buy items you may have for sale.

Also, in a new twist that aims to foster more social play, visiting campsites and being visited by others strengthens in-game relationships.

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  • Israel Montgomery