FarmVille iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and mobile versions (Android, SMS) coming as social networking phenomenon expands

Farmville Mario Yoshi. Game expands to iPhone, SMS and mobile platforms
Farmville is about to get a shot in the arm as publisher Zynga has announced that the incredibly popular social networking App is about to hit several additional platforms.

The upcoming platforms that FarmVille is expanding to include iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, mobile phones (Android mentioned specifically) and even SMS (i.e. = texting) services! This means that you will be able to directly text Farmville specific items to your friends, and have them delivered to your game directly from there (keep in mind that I don’t actually play Farmville. But I think that’s how it works. I’ll have my mom fact check for me :P).

This expansion was uncovered by web-site Supererogatory, whom discovered several url’s that had been purchased by Zynga, they included: Farmvilleandroid.com, Farmvilleipad.com, Farmvilleiphone.com, and Farmvillesms.com.

The platform expansion was then confirmed by Zynga themselves when asked, stating:

“Zynga plans to expand to various mobile platforms, but unfortunately, we cannot provide additional information at this time.”

So here is my question. Popular flash games, browser games and the like have already hit console download services (Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, WiiWare and DSiWare) including the likes of Bejeweled, Bookworm, Peggle, Diner Dash, Flight Control, etc. And FarmVille is already part of Microsoft’s MSN Games service (though still requiring a Facebook ID to play) . . . So how long until Farmville hits consoles like WiiWare, Xbox Live Arcade, DSiWare and PlayStation Network and therefore becomes a bonofide “real” game?

Personally I’ve stayed away from it, but hearing my mom talk about “leveling” and seeing the RPG and simulation trappings that games like FarmVille contain, I have to concede that it really is helping to open up the world of gaming to an all-new audience. And I won’t go into the simularities between Farmville and that of games like Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, The Sims and the like. I wonder if Farmville was available on, say, the Wii via WiiWare, how it would fare and if it’d draw these casual audiences to an ACTUAL console or handheld gaming platform?

Currently Farmville has over 80 million active players (insanity…) and is the most popular gaming App on Facebook. And its audience will likely only grow as the game expands to other platforms and services.

Via Supererogatory