Nintendo's next mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, arrives in November

As expected, Nintendo’s next mobile game will be a new entry in its popular Animal Crossing life simulation franchise, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp—and it’s coming out in about a month.

Nintendo’s strategy thus far with mobile games has been to streamline and adapt its enduring franchises instead of awkwardly porting games originally designed for physical gamepads, and so far it’s worked out wonderfully. Super Mario Run did a fine job of automating enough of the classic Super Mario Bros. experience for one-handed play, while last spring’s Fire Emblem Heroes kept the tactical combat of its source material within a simplified structure.

Based on the 14-minute teaser that Nintendo live streamed on Tuesday, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp might actually provide the most natural translation from the past console and handheld entries to mobile. Here’s a preview of what to expect in late November. 

Your own campsite

Animal Crossing first debuted in America on the Nintendo GameCube in 2002, delivering an adorable, low-key simulation experience that found you living in a village, completing odd jobs and activities, and interacting with your fuzzy neighbors. The series has since spread to other Nintendo platforms and sold more than 30 million copies along the way, and the calm, approachable gameplay seems pretty well intact with this new mobile edition.

As the title suggests, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp shifts the scenario to a campsite, where you’re the new manager. You’ll need to spruce up the abandoned place by crafting furniture and decorations, hunting down resources, making friends, and exploring the surrounding areas. It’s not just the campsite either: you’ll also have your own camper van, which you can customize to your heart’s delight with furniture and knick-knacks.

Crafting furniture and expanding your campsite draws out furry animal friends to visit, and once they’ve stayed at your place, they’ll wander back from time to time to hang out and chat. Basic chairs and beds are one thing, but it’s the amenities that seem to pull in more guests: you can build things like half-pipes and merry-go-rounds to really elevate your camp. 

Luckily, you can hop in the camper and take a ride elsewhere on the island setting, visiting places like the beach and forest to catch bugs, fish in the deep blue waters, hunt down natural resources, find fresh pals, and see what other kinds of surprises you might stumble upon. Honestly, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp looks like a more interactive and game-like take on Miitomo to some extent, and you can link up with your real-life pals with friend codes to interact in the game. 

Like the previous entries, you can customize your cute little avatar, plus the game takes place on a proper 24-hour cycle, meaning it’ll be the same time of day in the game as it is in your own world—and that can change the types of animals and human characters you encounter in the world. Nintendo will also serve up seasonal events and festive bonuses to keep you logging in on a regular basis. Given the “late November” release target, maybe we’ll start off with some Thanksgiving flair. And if not, the stream did show off some festive Christmas sights.