It looks like a Legend of Zelda mobile game is next in line for Nintendo’s smartphone forays, according to a new and mega exciting rumour. If you only thought we had Animal Crossing to look forward to, looks like you can think again.
Back in 2015, Nintendo announced a partnership with mobile developer DeNA, where the pair would work together to bring the company’s famous IPs to smart devices. So far, we’ve had the strange Miitomo, the more successful Super Mario Run and the most recent Fire Emblem Heroes.
According to unnamed sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, The Legend of Zelda will be Nintendo’s mobile title after Animal Crossing. The latter was expected to launch in March, but was delayed into the “next fiscal year”.
However, the WSJ sources suggest that the Animal Crossing mobile game will arrive this side of Christmas 2017.
If Nintendo does release a Zelda mobile game, it could be one of the greatest smartphone successes the company has had. After all, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Nintendo Switch have both proved to be a runaway success for both existing fans and those new to the series.
There’s no word yet on when a Zelda mobile game will launch, but the rumours are suggesting you’re looking at a release date in 2018 sometime. There’s also no information on what kind of form it’ll take. Super Mario Run took the basic concept of Super Mario games and turned it into an endless runner for mobile that was fairly successful but lacked longevity.
It’s also unclear whether a Zelda mobile game will be free-to-play with in-app purchases like Fire Emblem Heroes, or free to start with a premium ($10/£8.99) price tag for unlocking the full game.
Whatever the form, we certainly can’t wait to see how The Legend of Zelda translates to mobile come 2018.