Nintendo's beloved Legend of Zelda may be coming to phones

Nintendo's beloved Legend of Zelda may be coming to phones

Nintendo is charging ahead with its plans for mobile by bringing yet another iconic gaming series to smartphones. The gaming company is reportedly working on a The Legend of Zelda title for Android and iOS, according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

There’s no word on when the game would roll out. Right now, The Journal says Nintendo plans to introduce the game after a mobile version of Animal Crossing debuts in the “latter half of 2017.” The Zelda title would roll out after that, but it’s not clear if that means it will appear in time for the holidays or in 2018.

Pricing is also unknown. It may be similar to Super Mario Run, which offers the game as a free download with a few complimentary levels. Anything more than that, however, and you’ll have to pay $10. But Nintendo also recently released a Fire Emblem game for phones that relies on more traditional "freemium" pricing with in-app purchases.

The impact on you at home: In its recent earnings report, Nintendo said that sales were equal for both the Nintendo Switch and its marquee launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That suggests Zelda fans may be more than willing to plunk down an upfront cost for a mobile title—assuming it was well designed. Then again, an adventure game based on acquiring abilities and special items is just begging to be monetized in the bits-and-pieces style that’s so prevalent on mobile. We’ll have to a wait a few more months to see exactly what Nintendo has planned.

IDG Insider

PREVIOUS ARTICLE

«'Perfect storm' of ransomware and network worm hits unprotected computers globally

NEXT ARTICLE

Google readies Duo, Assistant integration as its elevation of Allo continues»
author_image
IDG Connect

IDG Connect tackles the tech stories that matter to you

Add Your Comment

Most Recent Comments

Our Case Studies

IDG Connect delivers full creative solutions to meet all your demand generatlon needs. These cover the full scope of options, from customized content and lead delivery through to fully integrated campaigns.

images

Our Marketing Research

Our in-house analyst and editorial team create a range of insights for the global marketing community. These look at IT buying preferences, the latest soclal media trends and other zeitgeist topics.

images

Poll

Should companies have Bitcoins on hand in preparation for a Ransomware attack?