Nintendo is bringing The Legend of Zelda to your phone

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The Nintendo Switch's flexible Joy-Con controllers work just fine with a Mac (but not an iPhone). Zelda on the Nintendo Switch.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

The Legend of Zelda will finally break away from
Nintendo consoles to grace Android and iOS devices in 2018,
according to a new report.

The first
ever 
Zelda 
game
on mobile will be developed by DeNA, the studio
behind Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem
Heroes
.

Zelda has become one of the hottest gaming
franchises of 2017, thanks to the phenomenal success
of Breath of the Wild, the latest title in
the series. But unless you own a Nintendo console —
specifically a Switch or a Wii U — you can’t enjoy it. That
won’t be the case with the
next Zelda release.


A report
from The
Wall Street Journal
citing “people familiar with
the matter,” claims Nintendo will expand its mobile games
lineup in 2018 with the first Zelda game for
Android and iOS. Details on the game are light for now, but it
is said DeNA will be responsible for its development.


The game will follow Animal
Crossing
the next Nintendo game for mobile,
which is expected to arrive in early 2018. The title was
originally scheduled for a March 2017 release,
but it was delayed
until “the next fiscal year” so that
DeNA could focus on Fire Emblem
Heroes 
and Super Mario Run for
Android.

We’re
hoping Zelda on mobile will deliver a true RPG
experience that fans of the franchise will already be familiar
with — not a watered-down, one-touch alternative
like Super Mario Run (though that is a
terrific game). Titles like Oceanhorn on
iOS have already proven RPGs can be great on touchscreens.


Nintendo is
yet to confirm this news, so it’s probably best you don’t get
too excited just yet. But the report does come
from WSJ, so it’s more than just a sketchy
rumor from an obscure blog we’ve never heard of.