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Nintendo's next mobile game, 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' is out this week

Nintendo's next mobile game, 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' is out this week

Nintendo officially announced its newest game for mobile devices back in October, lifting the curtain on Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and confirming an Android launch before the end of November.

Animal Crossing is one of the more popular franchise for Nintendo, so seeing its arrival on smartphones is a welcomed one. Running the site requires crafting furniture, constructing amenities, and partaking in activities such as fishing, gathering fruit, and collecting bugs. These factors affect things such as fish spawns and bug hatchings, enabling some events or features in the game to be available only at certain times of the year. While Super Mario Run faced some criticism for squashing Nintendo's character into a relatively uninspiring running game, this smartphone take on Animal Crossing seems to have numerous same elements as its console precursors.

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The reveal of the app came during a Nintendo Direct broadcast which saw the firm finally reveal Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, a smartphone-friendly iteration of its quirky life sim series. When Super Mario Run was first announced, we had to wait a few months before getting out hands on it, but Pocket Camp will apparently be flying in so fast, you may see it before even seeing this article. Because it's a mobile phone game, there are microtransactions to consider: these take the form of Leaf Tickets, which you can earn by playing the game or purchase with real-world cash. Like many Nintendo titles, Animal Crossing appeal to players by offering something very lax yet engaging - it's a do-what-you-want type of game, basically, but infused with Nintendo's signature charm. Leaf Tickets are required to buy in-game items, and while they can be acquired for free through gameplay, it's possible to buy 20 Leaf Tickets for $0.99, 45 for $1.99, 100 for $3.99, and 200 for $7.99.


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