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At every E3 – or any major Nintendo event for that matter – many fans hope to see the announcement of games like Animal Crossing for Switch or the western release of Mother 3. There still wasn’t news on either of these last week, but Nintendo is definitely aware of the interest.

IGN spoke with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime at E3. As a blanket statement regarding announcements for the company’s franchises, Reggie reiterated that information will be shared “close to its launch date versus teasing people for years on end.”

Today’s Animal Crossing Mobile Direct will beginning not too far from now. Nintendo’s presentation is set to begin at 8 PM PT / 11 PM PT / 4 AM in the UK / 5 AM in Europe. It should last about 15 minutes.

As we know, only the Animal Crossing game for mobile game will be covered here. We won’t be seeing anything about Switch or 3DS.

You can watch the presentation as it happens below.

Update: Same Animal Crossing Direct confirmed for the west. 15 minutes long. The North American Nintendo Direct page is here. The PAL broadcast is also being held later, so we’ve updated the times below to reflect that.

Original: A new Animal Crossing Direct will be held this Wednesday in Japan, Nintendo has revealed. The presentation is being held specifically to reveal the new mobile game. News about Switch and 3DS will not be included.

The new Nintendo Direct will be held on October 25 at 12 PM Japan time. That translates to the following:

– 8 PM PT (October 24)
– 11 PM ET (October 24)
– 7 AM in the UK (European broadcast) (October 25)
– 8 AM in Europe (European broadcast) (October 25)


On Nintendo’s official Japanese website they have made listings of a number of new Animal Crossing merchandise items including key chains and pins. You can take a look at all their offerings right here.

This information comes from Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, as stated during the company’s financial results briefing Q&A…

“As I discussed during the previous Corporate Management Policy Briefing, we will release the Animal Crossing application for smart devices during this fiscal year. We will announce the specific release date before we commence distribution.”


This information comes from Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima…

I will now talk about the third smart-device application, following Miitomo and Super Mario Run, that Nintendo will release, Fire Emblem Heroes. Distribution for both the iOS and Android versions of Fire Emblem Heroes will begin tomorrow, February 2, in 39 countries worldwide.

The Fire Emblem series is a franchise that is supported enthusiastically by fans in their 20s and 30s in particular. The series has become especially popular overseas since the titles on the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo has pushed back the launch of its Animal Crossing game for mobile. Previously scheduled for the current fiscal year, it will now launch during the next fiscal year instead. This was done in order to “accommodate the releases” of Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes. We’ll now be seeing Animal Crossing on mobile by April at the earliest.


Today, the Nintendo UK site issued a new interview with two of Animal Crossing’s primary developers. General producer Katsuya Eguchi and Animal Crossing series producer Hisashi Nogami fielded a number of questions.

The two devs weighed in on the Animal Crossing series as a whole, but more general topics as well. They were asked if they anticipated Animal Crossing becoming so popular, approach to making games, what they aim for when creating titles, and more.

We’ve picked out Eguchi and Nogami’s notable responses below.

Nintendo has brought out a new wave of Animal Crossing amiibo crossover cards featuring characters from Sanrio. View an unboxing video below.

The Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo cards won’t be available in North America until December, but people in other territories are starting to purchase the new packs. Check out an unboxing video below.