According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo will be bringing The Legend of Zelda series to mobile platforms, much like they’ve done with Fire Emblem in Fire Emblem Heroes. Mobile is a pretty great expansion for Nintendo, and they aim to make at least two more mobile games this year according to previous reports, so this news isn’t much of a surprise. And it makes perfect sens to take Zelda to mobile after the success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is the game that is absolutely powering the sale of Nintendo Switch consoles.
While not much else was included in The Wall Street Journal‘s story, their report said the Zelda mobile game would follow the Animal Crossing app that is reportedly being released in the latter half of 2017 after several delays. The Legend of Zelda on mobile will be developed with DeNA.
Nintendo originally promised it would launch 5 mobile games by March 2017, however we’ve only gotten Super Mario Run, Miitomo, and Fire Emblem Heroes so far. IGN‘s report recalls that Shigeru Miyamoto said “that while the plan was to release 5 games all along, “market conditions and the development process for each title” has removed one unknown game – in all likelihood this Zelda title – from the release window.” And we’re inclined to agree with their assessment. Especially given that The Wall Street Journal‘s report mentioned that the Pokémon Company was planning a new Pokémon card-game app, with no supporting details.
It could easily be that Pokémon and Zelda are the two games we’re missing from Nintendo’s promised 5-game plan. Either way, we’re pretty excited to play Zelda on mobile regardless.