Animal Crossing Mobile Delayed To Fiscal Year 2018

Despite earlier promises to the contrary, Nintendo’s Animal Crossing mobile app will not be releasing by the end of March 2017. The game has been delayed to the next fiscal year ending March 31st, 2018. Nintendo explained the delay as needed to give more breathing room to their recently released games like Super Mario Run and the imminent Fire Emblem Heroes, which launches February 2nd on iOS and Android. Nintendo says that the game’s delay will have no significant impact on its financials.

As stated yesterday, we have revised the release time frame for our Animal Crossing smart-device title. While we had previously said that we planned to launch the title by the end of March 2017, because the Android version of Super Mario Run will now be launching in March, we are changing the distribution period to next fiscal year so we can prepare all the content we wish to include and properly support the distribution of this application. I apologize to all the consumers who are anticipating this title. We will provide more details about the specific release period at a later date. This revision will have minimal impact on the earnings forecast.

Nintendo originally announced both Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile apps back in March 2016. Both were continuously delayed and, as of now, only Fire Emblem will make it out by the intended cut-off date of March 2017. Both games had also been delayed from the end of 2016 to make room for the high-profile release of Super Mario Run, which has been downloaded 78 million times since launch.

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