Latest in Gaming

Image credit:

Nintendo's 'Animal Crossing' subscription plans cost as much as $8

One's for loot boxes in all but name.
91 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Earlier this week, Nintendo confirmed it would be adding two paid subscription levels to its free-to-play game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. The company has since announced more information about the costs and perks of each level.

The pricier subscription level, the Cookie and Depot Plan, costs $7.99 per month for five fortune cookies. Fortune cookies are essentially loot boxes, and opening one rewards the player with a random item such as furniture or clothing. Players can pick cookies which have since left the game, and they will get more space to store items.

The other level is the Happy Helper plan, which costs $2.99 per month and allows players to designate a villager as their campsite helper. When players are logged off, their helper will collect items for them and assist them with tasks. They'll also receive 60 extra Leaf Tickets (the in-game currency) every month.

This isn't Nintendo's first foray into mobile game subscriptions. Mario Kart Tour is also a free-to-play game with paid subscriptions as well as one-off purchases.

With Animal Crossing aimed primarily at children, however, it faces criticism for its promotion of gambling-like loot boxes. A 2019 report from the UK's Gambling Commission found that 44 percent of surveyed young people aged 11 to 16 had paid money to open loot boxes. The commission previously warned that "the line between video gaming and gambling is becoming increasingly blurred," increasing the risk of problem gambling behaviors among children.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
91 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Recommended Reading: A year later, the CRISPR babies are still a mystery

Recommended Reading: A year later, the CRISPR babies are still a mystery

View
Hitting the Books: How police tech reinforces America's racial segregation

Hitting the Books: How police tech reinforces America's racial segregation

View
Blackmagic’s ATEM Mini brings broadcast quality to your YouTube and Twitch streams

Blackmagic’s ATEM Mini brings broadcast quality to your YouTube and Twitch streams

View
The Morning After: One last update for Google Glass Explorer Edition

The Morning After: One last update for Google Glass Explorer Edition

View
Noir detective game 'Blacksad' will be out for consoles on December 10th

Noir detective game 'Blacksad' will be out for consoles on December 10th

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr