A smartphone app game based on The Legend of Zelda series is in development by Nintendo, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. According to that report, the mobile phone game will release sometime after the planned Animal Crossing app, which has been delayed to the end of the year.

“The people familiar with the matter said the Animal Crossing smartphone app is likely to be released in the latter half of 2017, and The Legend of Zelda would follow that,” the report says, “although they cautioned that the timing and order of the releases could be changed. Nintendo is developing the games with Tokyo-based DeNA Co.”

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The WSJ report doesn’t give any more details on this mysterious Zelda app game, but Nintendo fans will be thrilled at this news regardless. The Legend of Zelda series is one of Nintendo’s most popular IP’s, and it’s seen enormous praise recently with the successful Breath of the Wild title for Wii U and Switch. Fans will be eager to get this series on their smartphone.

We’re not sure what format this app game will follow, as Nintendo’s smartphone games so far have been all across the board. Super Mario Run requires a one-time $10 payment, while Fire Emblem Heroes and Pokémon GO feature a free-to-play model with in-app purchases. But that’s where the similarities for the latter two games stop. Fire Emblem Heroes is a tactical RPG, while Pokémon GO is a location-based augmented reality game.

The Animal Crossing app is also still shrouded in mystery, but we do know it’s being developed by DeNA, the same people working on the Zelda smartphone title. Maybe after the Animal Crossing mobile game is released, fans will have a better idea of what this Zelda one will look like.

Stay tuned to A9K for the latest news on this The Legend of Zelda app game.