Just in time for what will inevitably be either another boring Thanksgiving dinner at the in-laws or a wildly inappropriate one with an overly political uncle and your potty-mouthed granny, Nintendo has announced that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be available this Wednesday. The game, to be offered for both iOS and Android devices, is a free download that delivers a mobile take on the hugely popular franchise.

Like Super Mario Run before it, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android.

Unlike Super Mario Run, though, Pocket Camp actually is completely free to the play. You can visit with the other villagers and collect fruits and fish without ever opening up your actual pocket to whip out any real money.

But of course, Nintendo still wants to make money on this venture. That's where there are optional in-app purchases where you can purchase in-app currency. The new crafting mechanism allows you to "build" all sorts of different items, like the furniture we had in previous Animal Crossing games, but it takes real time for these items to be built. If you spend that real money, you can expedite the process. Otherwise, you can just wait and go run some other errands in the meantime.

With the official launch date now set for Wednesday, November 22, you'll have a whole day to acquaint yourself with the game until you sit down to binge on turkey and cranberry sauce. Nintendo says that the launch is worldwide too, including such countries as Australia, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.

When this title was first announced, I was hoping for some innovative location-based gaming like we had in Pokemon GO. But then again, maybe it's for the best that it's not. Check out the short video review from IGN below for some first impressions and be ready to tap that "install" button on Wednesday.


UPDATE: Nintendo decided to release the game one day early! It's available now:

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