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Nintendo's Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing Mobile Games Pushed Back

They won't be out until the first quarter of 2017.


Two Nintendo mobile games expected out before the end of the year are now likely coming in 2017, Nintendo quietly revealed this week.

Following the announcement of Super Mario Run at Apple's event, Nintendo distributed a press release about the new game. At the end of this, it referenced the upcoming Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile games it previously announced.

"Super Mario Run represents the next phase of Nintendo’s expansion to mobile platforms, following the release of Miitomo earlier this year," it said. "After the launch of Super Mario Run in December, Nintendo plans to deliver its previously announced mobile device titles in the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem series before the end of March 2017."

While that leaves the door open for a release later in December following Super Mario Run, it's doubtful it would provide so little time between launches.

Prior to now, it had indicated those games were coming this fall. Additionally, it planned to have a total of five mobile games out by the end of March 2017 (which marks the end of its fiscal year). Provided Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing make it out by then, that will be a total of four, counting Super Mario Run and Miitomo. The fifth--the specifics of which remain unknown--has been pushed even further out.

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"We've consistently stated a plan to launch approximately five mobile apps by the end of this fiscal year, including Miitomo," Shigeru Miyamoto told Time. "Given market conditions and the development process for each title, our current plan is to launch four total mobile titles in that period."

Speaking with GameSpot, Miyamoto said Nintendo will continue to focus on crafting original games to mobile, rather than porting old ones. "I don't think we'll take the past Mario games that we've made and just move them over to a mobile platform," he said.

For more from Miyamoto, check out our full interview.

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