Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem Mobile Games to be Free-to-Start

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf With Friends

Nintendo and DeNA are not stopping their partnership after Mittomo and don’t expect them to cost you anything, at first. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, DeNA chief executive Isao Moriyasu says, “Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing are both free-to-start apps.”

Animal Crossing‘s mobile app will connect to the console version of Animal Crossing on Nintendo’s consoles. And the Fire Emblem mobile app will be a continuation of the handheld strategy game.

These games are each said to be “pure-game apps”, unlike Miitomo, which is a social-networking app.

  • Mr0303

    Free to start suggest some cutoff point where you have to pay to continue playing. I really dislike mobile games.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    I’m glad to hear they’re free-to-start rather than free-to-play, which is what I read elsewhere. Free-to-start usually means paid games following a demo, which means they should have some value, and will hopefully be without the pay-to-win model often found in free-to-play.

    I think the Fire Emblem game will work well, but I’m fairly worried about the Animal Crossing game. The main series is among my favorite franchises, but after the last two spin-offs (which I didn’t buy), I can only manage cautious optimism, especially if the app ends up tying into them somehow. At least it will be free to try.

  • Kudan

    If it’s Chapter 1 or more for free on Fire Emblem and then pay a single fee for the rest and for each upcoming dlc like the 3DS games then that’s cool, like other Visual novel style games on mobile. Fire Emblem can work fine on touch screens too, since you don’t even have to move, because even on RPGs like Final Fantasy it’s a turn off for me for how clunky movement is and how your fingers cover a lot of the screen.