Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Is Now Nintendo's Second Biggest Mobile Launch

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Is Now Nintendo's Second Biggest Mobile Launch

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Is Now Nintendo's Second Biggest Mobile Launch

Pocket Camp is certainly a different experiment for Nintendo given the way it approaches monetization through in-game purchases to expedite gameplay (you can buy "leaf-tickets" to craft furniture so you can make friends... a little odd but Animal Crossing fans are familiar with the bizarre) Pocket Camp is now ranked 72 among all iPhone apps for revenue on the App Store in the US.

That is why Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp achieved over 15 million downloads during its first six days, according to SensorTower.

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Nintendo shares, which trade on the Tokyo exchange, are down on Tuesday after data from SensorTower showed its newest game was downloaded 15 million times in its first week of availability. That puts it ahead of Fire Emblem: Heroes, though it's behind Super Mario Run, which drew 32 million downloads in its first six days. Players create personalized camp sites and can build more furniture by leveling up and collecting crafting ingredients. The company's second game, "Fire Emblem Heroes", was better monetized but didn't have as much content to keep players coming back. Its first title, Super Mario Run, has now hit 200 million downloads since its debut in December 2016. This makes some sense, seeing how Mario is far more recognizable around the world, while Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are more niche properties by comparison. However, Sensor Tower reports that it's No. 10 on the Apple App Store's top-grossing chart in Japan. So, Animal Crossing has a long way to be financially successful for Nintendo. It's lagging behind in the US, where it sits at No. 72, but the download numbers look promising. Ironically, Fire Emblem Heroes, which many would consider a more niche title, had a much more successful USA debut, reaching number eight in the charts after just one day.

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