Every year, Nintendo fans have been asking for Mother 3 and an Animal Crossing title for Nintendo Switch.
As those titles did not appear at E3 2018, many were disappointed and felt their pleas weren’t being heard by the company. Nintendo of America COO and President Reggie Fils-Aime told IGN in an interview that this wasn’t the case – they know what their fans want.
On the topic of the next Animal Crossing game for Nintendo Switch, Reggie says they will talk about it close to its launch date, rather than teasing people for years to come. It’s part of a new strategy since the start of the Switch for almost every major title.
As for Mother 3, while Reggie recognizes there’s a vocal fan base behind that game, he couldn’t make any promises on reviving Mother 3. All he could say is “we’re aware”.
You can view his full comments below.
On Animal Crossing
When we have something to announce, we will. Fill in the blank of your favorite franchise. Our mentality will be we’ll announce information close to its launch date versus teasing people for years on end.
I did see a lot of internet memes with sad faces from the Animal Crossing group. We see tremendous opportunity in using the mobile platform to introduce IP to consumers who may not be as familiar. Animal Crossing is a great example. Tremendous interaction with Pocket Camp. Fans are really enjoying that experience. We’re introducing it to new consumers. That bodes well for whenever the next Animal Crossing might come.
Again, we know, I know there’s a fan base for that title. All I could say is we’re aware. It’s something that we always think about in terms of where there are opportunities to reintroduce IP to fans, to do it in a way that builds new fans, we’re certainly aware. No promises, no commitments one way or the other, but we’re aware. It’s interesting. I show up at the Belasco [theater] and one fan is saying ‘Hi, Reggie!’ and another is saying ‘where’s Mother 3?’