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During a Nintendo Direct presentation today, the Japanese gaming giant showed off the upcoming Animal Crossing game for iOS and Android. The free-to-play app is coming out in late November.
The Animal Crossing series has sold over 30 million games since it debuted in 2001. Pocket Camp has players making a camp site for themselves and friends. You can use items like cotton to craft things like furniture. Placing the right furniture in your camp can attract new animal friends. You can also customize your camper with decorations, and you can upgrade your vehicle with extensions to make them bigger.
This is Nintendo’s third mobile game after Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem: Heroes. Both hit No. 1 spot in the U.S. Apple App Store rankings for games shortly after their release. Super Mario Run is a premium app that costs $10, but Fire Emblem: Heroes is free-to-play with microtransactions.
Each animal can a Friendship Level that you can increase by doing quests for them, like giving them requested items like apples. Days pass in real time, so different people can show up during day or night. Other player’s avatars can show up in your camp site. You can then become friends with them and visit their camps.
You can use an in-game currency called Leaf Tickets to substitute missing crafting items. You can earn these in-game or buy them with real money. You can also use Leaf Tickets to speed up the building of camp amenities like a swimming pool. Bells, the traditional Animal Crossing currency, also exist. You can use them to buy things from characters.
You can engage in classic Animal Crossing activities like fishing. If rods are too slow for you, you can use a fishing net (which you can buy with Leaf Tickets) to catch a bunch of fish at once. You can also go to the market place to buy items like clothes that help you customize your look. The game is also promising seasonal events around holidays like Christmas.
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