The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is reporting that Nintendo is developing a Legend of Zelda game for smartphones. Having taken the plunge into mobile gaming in the past year with Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes (plus social app Miitomo, if anyone remembers that) it would appear that the Big N is looking to capitalize on the Zelda franchise’s current popularity following the success of Breath of the Wild.
The report is so far unconfirmed by Nintendo, however the WSJ is claiming the game is scheduled for release following the upcoming Animal Crossing mobile game, which they say is likely to appear in the second half of 2017. This correlates with President Tatsumi Kimishima’s stated desire to release two to three new mobile games within the next financial year.
What form the game takes is anyone’s guess. Whilst Nintendo’s initial approach was a premium price point with Super Mario Run, the free-to-play ‘gachapon’ style of Fire Emblem Heroes has yielded higher profits despite it’s install base being ten times smaller than that of the portly plumber’s game. That said, Kimishima has reiterated that the company isn’t done with the premium mobile game model yet, so it’s entirely possible that we could see a free to play Animal Crossing game followed by a premium priced Zelda offering.
What sort of mobile Zelda game would you like to see? Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks style touch adventure, or something more akin to a spinoff like a “Tingle Match 3” or “Skulltula Go”? Let us know in the comments!