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“Animal Crossing” fans rejoice: Nintendo’s next foray into mobile gaming — “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp” — is set to launch next month.

During a Nintendo Direct presentation Wednesday, Nintendo unveiled the first details about “Pocket Camp,” which will be free to download for Apple and Android users. In “Pocket Camp,” players will be responsible for designing and customizing a campsite that your friends and familiar “Animal Crossing” residents can visit.

Crafting will play a big role in “Pocket Camp” as you’ll be able to collect resources in order to build furniture and accessories to further personalize your site. You can even build amenities, larger-than-life attractions that are sure to be the envy of all your furry friends. Many of the traditional “Animal Crossing” activities will also be available, including collecting bugs, planting trees and flowers, and of course, fishing.

Seasonal events are expected to return, bringing exclusive items to collect. Of course, you can also spend real money to purchase Leaf Tickets, which can be used to obtain items more quickly.

While I’ve never been a big fan of mobile gaming — that includes the “Pokemon Go!” craze, which I avoided at all costs — I am really looking forward to revisiting the “Animal Crossing” universe, even if it is only on my phone.