New ‘Zelda’ and ‘Pokemon’ games to come out on smartphones?

A promotional image for Nintendo's hit video game "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild." (Facebook/LegendofZelda)

With the immense success of Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” the company now looks to conquer new grounds. This new territory is the world of mobile devices.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Japan-based company will launch a “Legend of Zelda” game for smartphones. Sources shared that the game will come out after the release of an “Animal Crossing” mobile game. “Animal Crossing” was originally slated for the second half of the year.

Nintendo later on clarified that they pushed “Animal Crossing’s” release date to the early part of 2018. The Japan-based gaming company delayed its release for the “Super Mario Run” and “Fire Emblem Heroes” games. This means that the “Zelda” mobile game will come out after April of 2018.

However, the company, together with its Japanese partner DeNA, who is in charge of developing the mobile game, declined to comment on the matter.

Furthermore, another set of unnamed sources said that The Pokemon Company will also come up with another mobile game. This comes after the success of “Pokemon GO.” The game, as shared by the sources, will be a card-based title. Like Nintendo, The Pokemon Company also declined to comment on the news.

It does not come that much of a surprise as to why Nintendo would want to launch one of their most iconic titles on mobile. Last March, “Breath of the Wild” outsold the company’s flagship console, Nintendo Switch. This is according to the numbers collated by the NPD Group, which is a firm that tracks market performance of video games in the U.S.

The game sold 925,000 units, as against the Switch’s 906,000 units. In addition, “Breath of the Wild” sold an additional 460,000 units for the Wii console for the same period. This caused its total to go up to a whopping 1.3 million units sold.