Animal Crossing Pocket Camp brings Nintendo’s life sim to mobile devices

During an evening Nintendo Direct, the video game company finally revealed details on the long-awaited Animal Crossing mobile game. As the next Nintendo franchise to receive the mobile treatment, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp appears to be the closest yet to the mainline entries. Players can do a little bit of everything in a more bite-sized area.

Just like the console Animal Crossing games, players can interact with a variety of animal characters, decorate their home, and create a community. Instead of designing a house and acting as mayor, things have been scaled back to a mobile home and acting as the campsite manager. Before the game begins, players can customize their manager’s gender, hair, eyes, and skin color.

For the first time ever in the series, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp has a crafting system. After gathering resources like fruit and wood, items can be crafted for the campsite. These items range from couches and benches to baskets and plants. By decorating the campsite, various animals might comes to visit. Chatting with animals, fulfilling their requests, or decorating with their favorite items will increase the friendship level with them.

Aside from the campsite, players can travel in their camper to the beach, the forest, the river, or the island. Players can collect bugs, fish, minerals, and more as they explore these areas. After selling these items for money, players can head over to Market Place to buy furniture and clothing. Money can also be spent to modify and improve the camper.

During regular play, players can earn a secondary currency called Leaf Tickets. These can be used in a variety of ways such as shortening the time needed to craft items, acquire materials more easily, or to purchase unique camper exterior designs. For those who want to receive Leaf Tickets faster, they can also be purchased using real money.

As a mainstay of the series, time passes in Animal Crossing Pocket Camp at the same rate as real life. Depending on the time of day or night, the scenery and animals change. Different seasonal events will also offer limited-time furniture and outfit options.

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp releases in late November as a free-to-play mobile game. For more information or to pre-register for the game, check out the official Pocket Camp website.

Gaming

Xbox-exclusive games could find a second home on Nintendo Switch

Microsoft is reportedly set to release some of its first-party games on Nintendo Switch, as well as the Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud services. Cross-play between Switch and Xbox One is already enabled.
Gaming

Among hundreds of choices, these are the best 25 SNES games of all time

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System might be the greatest game console ever made, but what are the best titles for the system? Here are our picks for the best SNES games.
Gaming

You're never too broke to enjoy the best free-to-play games

Believe it or not, free-to-play games have evolved into engaging, enjoyable experiences. Here are a few of our favorites that you can play right now, including Warframe and the perennially popular League of Legends.
Gaming

Learn to scavenge like a pro with our Far Cry New Dawn crafting guide

Far Cry New Dawn revolves around the hunt -- the hunt for materials to craft new weapons, vehicles, and other useful items. It's easy to miss out on great opportunities to find new materials if you don't go off the beaten path.
Gaming

A beginner’s guide to Far Cry New Dawn’s postapocalyptic Hope County

Far Cry New Dawn is yet another entry in Ubisoft's popular open world shooter franchise. But while it may feel quite similar in motion, the progression system is changed in a lot of ways. Our beginner's guide is here to help.
Gaming

Transform into a tetromino master with our Tetris 99 tips and tricks

Tetris 99 is the latest battle royale game to stir up quite a bit of commotion. The Nintendo Switch Online exclusive adds a few new unexplained quirks to the Tetris formula. We've got you covered with our Tetris 99 tips and tricks.
Computing

Metro Exodus update brings DLSS improvements to Nvidia RTX 20-series PCs

Having issues in Metro Exodus? A February 21 update for the title recently delivered enhancements to Nvidia’s deep learning supersampling feature and other fixes for low-specced PCs. 
Gaming

Need to perform a factory reset on your Xbox One console? Here's how to do it

Whether you're upgrading to a One X and giving your old console to a friend, or troubleshooting a technical issue, sometimes your Xbox One needs a clean slate. Here's our quick guide on how to factory reset an Xbox One.
Gaming

Battle royale-style Tetris 99 is the first Nintendo Switch Online-exclusive game

If you want to play online multiplayer on Switch, you'll need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Here's what you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online, from price to features to the awesome library of NES games.
Gaming

The best PUBG weapons to win you that coveted chicken dinner

Which weapons in PUBG are worth the time to scout out and fit with attachments? Which are going to help you become the last player standing? We've got the answers you need in our best PUBG weapons guide.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

Want to play as Iron Man or Waluigi in GTA V? Our favorite mods make it possible

Grand Theft Auto V is best on the PC for many reasons, and modifications may be the most important. You can cause riots, spawn unique cars, and play as a cop with just a few extra files.
Deals

Walmart slices prices on PS4 DualShock 4 controllers just in time for Anthem

The standard black PS4 controller is what usually comes with the console itself, but if you want to add something a bit more customized your gaming experience, Walmart is offering a wide variety of colorful DualShock 4 controllers at…
Gaming

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.