Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem will be free-to-play on smartphone

Nintendo has confirmed that its next two smartphone titles will be free-to-play.

Smartphone outings for Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem were confirmed last month. Now Wall Street Journal reports that both DeNA chief executive Isao Moriyasu and a Nintendo spokesperson have confirmed that both will be free to download.

Nintendo’s first smartphone app, Miitomo, was free-to-play and supported by premium in-all purchases.

Its messaging regarding future smartphone pricing structures has been a bit mixed. In October Nintendo boss Tatsumi Kimishima said future apps will be premium instead of F2P. However, a report the next month suggested this might not be the case.

A F2P model for these games will certainly ensure a larger download rate. However, as these games that are more likely to appeal to the more core parts of Nintendo’s traditional community, any move toward IAP could risk generating a level of anger.

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