The free-to-play Animal Crossing mobile game was originally expected to be released early this year. Today, however, the company has announced that the game has now been delayed to make way for Fire Emblem Heroes, which will be released on both iOS and Android later this week. The announcement was made as part of the company's financial statement.
"For smart devices, we plan to release the game application Fire Emblem Heroes on February 2. We will also follow last December’s release of Super Mario Run for iOS with an Android version in March. To accommodate the releases and operation of these applications, we have revised the release schedule for Animal Crossing, which we had originally planned to release during this period. This title will be released during the next fiscal year."
Nintendo's fiscal year begins in April, so we can expect to see Animal Crossing any time between April 2017 and March 2018.
While this is no doubt a huge disappointment for fans excited at the prospect of having Animal Crossing's mellow stylings as a constant pocket companion, it will give Nintendo more time to focus on really nailing the experience for touchscreens.