Nintendo mobile games #2 and #3 will be Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem

Two of five to go

Nintendo mobile games #2 and #3 will be Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem

The wait for Mario continues, but Nintendo has announced that its second and third mobile games it's making with help from DeNA will be versions of popular console franchises Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem.

Both games are due later in 2016.

Fire Emblem is the most straightforward F2P experience (or even Free-to-Start) to imagine, it being a tactical RPG of the sort that has been top grossing on Japanese mobile charts for years.

Don't walk on the grass

Animal Crossing is a more tricky proposition.

Partly this is because it's a much loved family brand - making it hard to monetise around.

However, given the news that the mobile version will connect to the console/handheld versions, it may well be that Nintendo will take a low key approach that's similar to its first mobile app Miitomo, which has now racked up 10 million unique users.

It's also on track to generate around $1 million in its launch month

As part of its move to mobile games announced in 2015, Nintendo said it would release five mobile games in the period ending 31 March 2017.

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