A newly uncovered patent reveals an island-based memento assortment system designed for a present or future Nintendo cellular recreation.
Nintendo lately put some thought into an island-based gameplay system for cellular video games, if a newly uncovered patent is any indication. This might be one thing in a recreation many followers will acknowledge, or it might be one thing fully new that Nintendo hasn’t revealed but.
Whereas many trade pundits rejoiced when Nintendo introduced its intention to develop cellular video games, the corporate has struggled to maintain up momentum with its lineup of cellular titles. A number of titles, comparable to Mario Kart Tour, are enormous successes that drive monetization by means of a free-to-play mannequin. Others, like Tremendous Mario Run, have struggled to successfully convert downloads into purchases. Nonetheless, Nintendo is not out of the enterprise but, and continues to offer updates to video games like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fireplace Emblem Heroes.
The patent describes a system for loading up a ship with objects, after which touring to different islands with a purpose to get hold of souvenirs. The most definitely chance is that this patent pertains to a recreation mechanic already within the wild; specifically, the Gulliver’s Ship mechanic in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. In that recreation, gamers should accumulate “Export Factors” that enable Gulliver to sail to varied islands, after which he’ll relay souvenirs to the participant in a randomized vogue. Nonetheless, as patents like this one usually don’t embrace recreation names, it’s potential this patent might apply to one thing else too.
If the patent applies to one thing aside from Pocket Camp, there are a number of candidates for sailing-themed video games. The obvious can be some tie-in for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, however it might additionally tie into every other Nintendo recreation with an emphasis on globetrotting. Such a system might complement video games which are in any other case landlocked. It could not be arduous to think about an installment within the fashionable Pikmin franchise the place the participant explores the land, however sends some Pikmin out to discover the ocean.
Nintendo followers will possible have an interest to see that the corporate is doubling down on its randomized reward system, extra generally generally known as “gacha.” These are video games the place gamers should change premium forex for a random reward. That forex might be actual cash, a scarce in-game forex extra simply acquired with actual cash, or different invaluable property (comparable to furnishings objects). Many critics evaluate gacha to playing, as gamers spend cash with out the assure of any helpful gameplay benefits. It is no shock Nintendo is sticking to gacha, nonetheless, given it drives the success of Nintendo’s hottest cellular titles.
Even when Nintendo does lean closely into gacha with its cellular video games going ahead, most of its cellular video games correspond with full-priced console video games in a roundabout way. Those that would like to not take care of gacha in Mario Kart, Fireplace Emblem, or Animal Crossing can play video games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons as an alternative of their cellular counterparts. Nonetheless, with patents just like the island-based assortment system, it is clear that gacha is not going wherever in Nintendo‘s future.
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