Is There an Animal Crossing for Wii U in the Future?

Producer Hisashi Nogami has just seen the release of his latest game Splatoon, but speculation on his next work has only just begun. A recent interview has been published on Engadget, where the topic was focused on Splatoon, but took a turn for Nogami’s other big franchise: Animal Crossing.

When asked about the possibility of a new Animal Crossing on Wii U, Nogami had this to say:

Well, that’s difficult for me to answer at the moment! Yup. That’s pretty much all we can say.

What I will say is that you may have seen an announcement recently about an Animal Crossing product coming out on the 3DS… I can tack that on to the end of my response.

His non-committal response comes right before E3, where Nintendo still has unannounced Wii U projects in the works. It has been three years since the last entry in the series, the critically-acclaimed New Leaf, launched in Japan (2012). The pattern for Animal Crossing has typically been three year waits in-between games, so now would be the right time for a new console entry. The franchise’s sole representation on the Wii U to date was the Animal Crossing Plaza, a hub for interacting with Miiverse.

Perhaps it means nothing, or perhaps it means everything. We have naught but a few weeks to go until E3 begins, so take any rumors or speculation with a grain of salt for now. In the meantime, would you like to see a new Animal Crossing for Wii U?

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