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Nintendo plans to launch paid memberships for its smartphone game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

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Nintendo plans to launch paid memberships for its smartphone game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Nintendo, the Japanese gaming giant, is all set to launch the paid subscription memberships for its two and half year old smartphone game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on November 21, according to information revealed via an in-game news update. The social simulation video game series, created by Katsuya Eguchi and developed and published by Nintendo, is a part of the company’s broader strategy to focus more on creating a better mobile gaming experience. 

According to the update, one plan lets you “appoint one lucky animal as your camp caretaker and get some extra help around the campsite.” 

The other plan lets you “receive fortune cookies and store your furniture and clothing items in warehouses,” the update added further. 

To the surprise of mobile gaming enthusiasts, the September debut of the Mario Kart Tour came with a monthly subscription of $4.99 “Gold Pass”. This gives players an option to unlock faster speed mode and access to more in-game features. Other information and pricing of the Animal Crossing will be known on Wednesday when the company is scheduled to release the video. 

Although there is no official announcement from Nintendo yet, snapshots shared by ResetEra user ZeoVGM suggest that the Club will be launched on November 21 and there will be two membership offers. 

The company is getting ready to celebrate the second anniversary of the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp with gifts which may include “2nd anniversary-themed costumes and special furniture from Giovanni”. 

Earlier at E3 2019, the company announced its plan to launch the revamped version of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons in March 2020. The next game with the village life series will let you build your town on a deserted island. 

Although mobile gaming remains less than five percent of the overall revenue of the gaming major, it is gearing up to push it further. While interacting with investors during the financial result announcement, President Shuntaro Furukawa expressed satisfaction saying, “Mario Kart Tour earnings are also off to a good start.” 

Commenting on games download figure Furukawa said, “In addition to randomized items, we have created opportunities to generate revenue such as the Gold Pass subscription to meet the various needs of consumers, allowing them to enjoy the game.”

“By including these mechanics and multiplayer functionality, we want to make it an attractive application that will be enjoyed by consumers in the long-term,” he said further. 

During the financial result, Nintendo did not mention of new titles and highlight future Switch releases Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokémon Sword and Shield. For mobile, the company said that the focus will be on encouraging consumers to continue enjoying playing the new Dr. Mario World and Mario Kart Tour applications, along with other applications that were released last year. 

If we measure the pulse, the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is likely to be priced in the same range of monthly subscription of $5-6. It is just 2 more days of the wait to get a clear picture. It would be interesting to watch the reaction of mobile gaming enthusiasts. What do you think, people will pay $5 to join the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Club? 

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