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Nintendo delays mobile Animal Crossing until April at the earliest

Nintendo delays mobile Animal Crossing until April at the earliest

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Nintendo’s second big smartphone game, Fire Emblem: Heroes, comes out on Thursday, but you’ll have to wait a little longer than expected for the third. While the presently untitled mobile version of Animal Crossing was pegged for a release sometime this financial year, Nintendo now says it won’t arrive until the next, meaning between April 2017 and the end of March 2018. 

Nintendo announced the news alongside its third-quarter earnings, in which it reported net profit of 64.7 billion yen (about $569 million) off the back of 174.3 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in revenue. Pokémon Sun and Moon were the biggest sales drivers, moving nearly 15 million units, while Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS sold over two million copies. Super Mario Run for iOS was otherwise the most notable release for Nintendo in the quarter, but the company isn’t saying how many of the tens of millions of people who downloaded the game in its first week paid the $9.99 for the full version.

The Wii U is as dead as you’d expect considering the impending launch of the Switch — it sold just 760,000 units, by far the worst holiday season in the system’s history. Next quarter’s results, however, will be very interesting for Nintendo fans and investors following the Switch’s worldwide release on March 3rd.