The release of Miitomo marked Nintendo's entry into the smartphone world, but the company's first 'real' game would not come until Fire Emblem: Heroes earlier this year. Several additional games are in various stages of development, with one of them being an Animal Crossing title. At long last, Nintendo has released details about the game, titled 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.'

If you're unfamiliar with it, the Animal Crossing series is comprised of four main titles (the original, Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf) and two spin-offs. The main games all have the same general idea: you live in a town filled with anthropomorphic animals. There isn't any defined end-goal, but you mainly progress through the games by helping the villagers. Possible tasks include collecting fruit, building structures, planting plants, and so on. You can also customize your house and appearance.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has a slightly different approach. Instead of managing a town, you are given a campsite to customize. In this respect, it's much closer to Happy Home Designer, one of the series' spin-offs. Performing tasks for the visitors will earn crafting materials, which you can use to build furniture and decorations. There are various areas to explore beyond the campsite, like an island and quarry, but it doesn't look like you will be able to build in them.

You can also use Bells, the game's main currency, to purchase furniture/decorations. Just like in the main games, Bells can be obtained by helping animals, shaking trees, selling captured bugs, and so on. Many characters from previous games make an appearance, including the one and only Tom Nook.

Instead of living in a house, like in the main console games, you are given a camper from 'OK Motors' to customize to your heart's content. You can use Bells to change the appearance of your camper, as well as upgrade it later on with another level. Unfortunately, the inside space is limited, as opposed to the larger houses in the main games.

Since Pocket Camp is free-to-play, there are inevitably in-app purchases. Bells are the general currency, which can only be earned in-game, but 'Leaf Tickets' can be purchased with real money. Leaf Tickets can be used to speed up projects like building furniture and large amenities (like a swimming pool). However, the tickets can also be earned by completing missions in the game, so opening your wallet isn't required to enjoy Pocket Camp.

Multi-player was one of the major selling points of New Leaf, and Pocket Camp has similar functionality. You can add your friends by entering their user ID. Once that's done, you can visit their campsite, view their market box (where you can trade items), or give them kudos.

I've personally played quite a bit of New Leaf on the 3DS, so I'll definitely try this game out when it's released. I was hoping for something closer to the main series, but this still looks pretty fun, and I'm glad to see Nintendo hasn't made the game dependent on in-app purchases. The game will be released sometime late next month, and you can pre-register for it at the link below.

Press Release

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The next time you go camping, make sure to bring all the essentials: a tent, a sleeping bag, s’mores and, of course, the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game. One of Nintendo’s most enduring franchises, Animal Crossing allows players to live a whimsical life as they interact with a wide range of other animal characters brimming with personality, decorate and expand their home, and learn more about the community they are part of. In the first Animal Crossinggame for mobile devices, you can interact with animal friends, craft furniture items and gather resources while managing a campsite. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp launches on iOS- and Android-compatible mobile devices in late November.

“As our past mobile games have proved, we love taking established and well-loved franchises and transforming them for the ways players use their devices,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is great for newcomers to the series as well as longtime fans, and ideal for people playing on a mobile device.”

A recent video presentation highlighted many of the game-play features in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. To view the presentation in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/10-24-2017/.

Some of the highlights in the video include the following:

  • Manage Your Manager: When you start a new game in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you will be asked to create your personalized campsite manager avatar – your character in the game. You can choose to be a girl or a boy, and customize things like skin color, hair color and eye color. Whatever suits you!
  • Arts & Crafts: By gathering resources like fruit and wood, you can craft items for your campsite. These include furniture and decorative items, like couches and benches, as well as baskets and plants. To craft items, just speak to classic Animal Crossing villager Cyrus to put in an order. After the item is finished, you can place it around your campsite or decorate the interior of your camper.
  • Leaf Tickets: Leaf Tickets can be earned through regular gameplay or purchased using real-world money, and can be used in a variety of ways in the game. For example, they can be used to shorten the time needed to craft items, more easily acquire materials or acquire unique camper exterior designs.
  • Friendship Level: In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you can chat with your animal friends or fulfill their requests to raise your friendship level. If you level up your friendship or decorate your campsite with an animal’s favorite items, she or he might pay you a visit.
  • BHFF (Best Human Friends Forever): Not all of your friends in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will have fur or feathers. You can send your in-game Player ID to real-life friends who also own the game to have them visit your campsite. Random player avatars will also visit the campsite from time to time. Once someone visits, you can exchange your Bells for items saved in the Market Box.
  • Tick Tock: Similar to past Animal Crossing games, time passes in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp just like in real life! As morning, day, evening and night pass, the scenery in the game will change and different animal friends might show up.
  • Area MapAnimal Crossing: Pocket Camp is full of places to visit and explore. In addition to your campsite, you can travel in your camper to a beach, a forest, a river and an island.
  • Market Place: The go-to spot for shopaholics, Market Place is full of stores run by familiar Animal Crossing characters like Timmy, Tommy and the Able Sisters. The various shops in Market Place offer things like furniture and clothing items. The selection at each shop rotates, so don’t be a stranger!
  • OK Motors: Remember that camper that was mentioned a few bullets back? It’s not used to just travel between locations in the game. By visiting the OK Motors store, you can acquire things to customize your camper, including furniture to fill the interior and paint to decorate the exterior. It’s like those tiny homes that are all the rage ... but with wheels!
  • Expanding Camp Life: In addition to all the fun things you can do in the game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will eventually offer seasonal events to keep the experience fresh and surprising, as well as limited-time furniture and outfit options through game updates. These events and updates will begin rolling out after launch.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will launch for free on iOS and Android mobile devices in late November. For more information about the game, visit https://ac-pocketcamp.com.

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