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Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Distributor(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube
Engine Doubutsu no Mori
Release date(s) JPDecember 14, 2001
NA September 15, 2002
AUS October 17, 2003
EU September 24, 2004
Genre(s) Life Simulation
Role-playing
Modes Single player
Media GameCube Optical Disc
Input methods GameCube controller
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo e-Reader
NIWA Strategy.png Guide/Walkthrough at StrategyWiki

Animal Crossing (Japanese: どうぶつの森+, Dōbutsu no Mori+, lit. Animal Forest+), full name: Welcome to Animal Crossing: Population Growing, is an updated version of Doubutsu no Mori for the Nintendo 64, released for the Nintendo GameCube in Japan on December 14, 2001, just nine months after the original title, and localized for western regions in 2002. This version contains extra features that had to be left out of the Nintendo 64 version, and also utilizes the GameCube's built-in clock to keep track of the date and time while dropping the Nintendo 64's original system that utilized an internal clock built into the game cartridge. With the use of the GameCube's clock, time passes in the game even when the game is not being played. This led to the game's slogan, "It's playing, even when you're not".

During the game's localization process overseas as Animal Crossing, there were many changes that not only involved immense translation from Japanese to English, but also replacements of many cultural references as well as brand new content, including new holidays, new items and new or altered events to appeal more to western audiances. Due to its popularity, Animal Crossing became a Player's Choice title about a year after its North American release. The game was so commercially successful that it was ported back into Japanese with a few additional features and released as Doubutsu no Mori e+. Animal Crossing was also well-received by critics, and was included in many year-end 'best of' lists upon its release. It has also been featured in several all-time top video game countdowns, and has received multiple awards and nominations.

GameplayEdit

 
A player standing outside of their house.

Just as in Doubutsu no Mori, Players assume the role of a human setting out for a life of their own in a town of anthropomorphic animals. Each town is randomly generated, ensuring that no two players' experiences are exactly the same. Gameplay within each village is open-ended allowing players to engage in a variety of activities that suit their playstyle. Players can pick fruit, grow trees, garden, hunt for fossils and fish, catch insects, do favors for the villagers, or decorate their homes.

ToolsEdit

A variety of tools exist in Animal Crossing with a variety of functions. The player must press the A button to use these tools.

Image Name Description
    Shovel Shovels are used to dig into the ground. They can be used to reveal Gyroids, or Fossils from dig spots. The Golden Shovel can also be used to plant Money Trees.
    Net Nets are used to catch Bugs in various locations. If the player holds down the A button, they will cock the net and move slower, making it easier to catch the insect. Releasing the button causes them to swing the net down, catching any bugs in its path. If a villager is hit by a net, they will become irritated at the player. The Golden Net is larger than the normal net, making it easier to catch bugs.
    Fishing Rod Fishing rods, as the name implies, are used to catch Fish in bodies of water. If the player is near a body of water and presses the a button, the player will cast the rod and attract nearby fish. The player must press A again to reel in the fish. If not, the fish disappears. The Golden Fishing Rod attracts fish faster, making them easier to catch.
    Axe Axes are used to cut down Trees in the event of overgrowth. Pressing the A button causes the player to swing the axe and strike anything in its path. The player must strike a tree three times to cut it down. Unlike in Doubutsu no Mori, the axe will break after many uses. The Golden Axe, however, is unbreakable, like in Doubutsu no Mori
  Umbrella Umbrellas, unlike other tools, come in a variety of designs. They are used during rain storms to prevent the player and villagers from getting wet. They can also be used to protect the player from unintentional tans. If the A button is pressed, the player will spin the umbrella, which will spray drops of water if it is raining.
  Pinwheel Like Umbrellas, Pinwheels come in a variety of designs. If the player runs while holding a pinwheel, the pinwheel will spin around.
  Fan Fans, like Umbrellas and Pinwheels, come in a variety of designs. If the player holds the A button while holding one, they will fan themselves.

ItemsEdit

Image Name Description
  Aircheck A live recording of music performed by K.K. Slider on saturday nights. Inserting one into a stereo allows the player to listen to this music.
  Wallpaper An item that allows the player to change the wallpaper in their house.
  Carpet An item that allows the player to change the flooring in their house.
  Bells Bells are the currency of Animal Crossing, which can be used to buy items. They can be obtained in a number of ways.
  Clothes Clothes are worn by the player and villagers.
  Furniture Furniture is used to decorate a player's home, or as a gift for a villager. Certain furniture have certain functions.
       Fruit Fruit grows on the trees around a player's town. They can be sold for a profit, though non-native fruit from other towns sell for more.
  Flowers Flowers are sold as bags of seeds, and can be planted into the ground. Some insects only appear on planted flowers.
  Gyroid Gyroids can be found underground after rainy days. When placed in the player's home, the gyroid will perform a unique dance and make unique sounds.
  Fish Fish can be caught through the use of a fishing rod. These fish come in various shapes and sizes and in various bodies of water. When caught, they can be sold to Tom Nook or donated to the Museum
  Bugs Bugs can be caught with a net. Like fish, they appear in various shapes and sizes and in different scenarios, and can also be sold to Tom Nook or donated to the Museum.
    Fossil Fossils are excavated with the use of a shovel. They can be sent to the Faraway Museum for identification.
              Shells Shells can be found along the beach, and can be sold for a low amount of bells.
  Pitfall seed Pitfall seeds can be planted in the ground to create pitfalls. If a player or a villager falls into one, they are temporarily stuck in a small hole.

CharactersEdit

Special CharactersEdit

Image Name Service Description
  Blanca Face begging A faceless cat that the player may encounter while traveling to other towns, requesting that they draw a face onto her.
  Blathers Museum The curator of the Town Museum, who accepts donations from the player.
  Booker Police Station (Lost and Found) Booker operates the Lost and Found of the Police Station.
  Chip Fishing Tourney Chip is the host of the Fishing Tourney, who requests specific fish from the player to measure.
  Copper Police Station (Outdoor)
Morning Aerobics
Copper stays outside of the Police Station, telling the player of any special visitors in the town. If the player is visiting from another town, Copper will provide them with a map.
  Don Resetti Reset lecture (sixth reset) Don, alongside his brother, monitors a player's resetting habits and lectures them if they quit without saving. Unlike his brother, however, he is mellow and does not get angry.
  Farley* Golden Axe Farley appears at the Wishing Well when the town is in perfect condition for more than fifteen days, rewarding the player with a golden axe.
  Franklin* Harvest Festival Franklin is the guest of honor, or rather "dinner", of the Harvest Festival, and hides from the other villagers. He will provide the player with items from the Harvest Series in exchange for a Knife and Fork.
  Gracie Rare clothing Gracie will sometimes park her car in a random spot in the player's town, asking for the player to wash it. If they do a good job, Gracie gives the player a rare piece of clothing.
  Gyroid Saving, Storing items, etc. A Gyroid sits outside the Player's house and will save the game if spoken to. It can also post designs on the player's door, say a message to other players, or store up to four items.
  Joan Turnips Joan appears every Sunday to sell Turnips to the player, which in return can be sold to Tom Nook for a potentially higher price.
  K.K. Slider Music performances K.K. Slider appears every Saturday after 8:00 PM near the Train Station. If spoken to, he will sing one of his songs to the player, before giving them a free copy of the song he had played.
  Kapp'n Transport to Animal Island Kapp'n appears at the Dock if the player has a linked Game Boy Advance in their GameCube system, and will take the player to Animal Island if spoken to.
  Mabel Able Sisters (clerk) An owner of the Able Sisters clothing shop, who helps players create designs or store designs they have made.
   Pelly & Phyllis Post Office Two pelican sisters that operate the Post Office. Pelly works the day shift, while Phyllis works the night shift.
  Pete Mail Delivery Pete delivers letters on behalf of the Post Office. The player, however, can sometimes speak with him at certain times.
  Porter Train Station Porter operates the Train Station of the player's town, which can take players to other towns.
  Sable Able Sisters (seamstress) Mabel's elder sister, who is constantly seen sewing clothes in the far left corner. If the player talks to her often, they can befriend her.
  Tom Nook Town Shop The owner of Nook's Cranny who helps the player settle in their home at the begining of the game. If the player buys lots of items from his store, Tom Nook will upgrade it to various levels.
   Timmy & Tommy Nookington's clerks Twins that assist Tom Nook after he upgrades his store to Nookington's.
  Tortimer Mayor Tortimer is the mayor of the player's town, and will give the player special gifts on certain holidays.

VillagersEdit

Species Image /w Name
Personality
Alligator  
Alfonso
 
Alli
 
Boots
 
Del 
 
Liz
Lazy Snooty Jock Cranky Normal
 
Pironkon  
Lazy
Anteater  
Antonio 
 
Cyrano
 
Lulu  
 
Nosegay
 
Pango
Jock Cranky Snooty Normal Peppy
 
Snooty
 
Zoe
Snooty Normal
Bear  
Charlise  
 
Chow
 
Curt 
 
Dozer
 
Grizzly
Peppy Cranky Cranky Lazy Cranky
 
Groucho
 
Ike 
 
Nate
 
Paula 
 
Pinky
Cranky Cranky Lazy Peppy Peppy
 
Teddy
 
Tutu
 
Ursala
Jock Peppy Snooty
Bird  
Ace
 
Admiral
 
Anchovy
 
Flash 
 
Jacob 
Jock Cranky Lazy Cranky Lazy
 
Jay
 
Joe 
 
Madam Rosa  
 
Midge
 
Otis
Jock Cranky Snooty Normal Lazy
 
Piper
 
Robin
 
Shoukichi 
 
Twiggy
 
Twirp
Peppy Snooty Jock Peppy Cranky
Bovine  
Angus 
 
Belle
 
Bessie
 
Carrot 
 
Chuck
Cranky Peppy Normal Normal Cranky
 
Norma  
 
Oxford
 
Patty
 
Petunia
 
Stu
Normal Cranky Peppy Snooty Lazy
 
T-Bone
 
Verdun  
Lazy Cranky
Cat  
Ankha 
 
Bob
 
Felicity 
 
Kabuki
 
Kid Cat 
Snooty Lazy Peppy Cranky Jock
 
Kiki
 
Kitty
 
Lolly 
 
Meow 
 
Merry 
Normal Snooty Normal Peppy Peppy
 
Mitzi
 
Moe 
 
Monique
 
Olivia
 
Pierre 
Normal Lazy Snooty Snooty Jock
 
Punchy
 
Purrl
 
Rosie
 
Stinky
 
Tabby
Lazy Snooty Peppy Jock Peppy
 
Tangy
 
Tom
Peppy Cranky
Chicken  
Ava
 
Becky 
 
Benedict 
 
Betty
 
Egbert
Normal Snooty Lazy Normal Lazy
 
Goose
 
Hank
 
Hector
 
Leigh
 
Plucky 
Jock Jock Jock Peppy Peppy
 
Rhoda
Snooty
Cub  
Aisle 
 
Bluebear
 
Cheri
 
Cupcake
 
June 
Lazy Peppy Peppy Snooty Normal
 
Kody
 
Maple
 
Murphy
 
Olive
 
Poko 
Jock Normal Cranky Normal Jock
 
Poncho
 
Pudge
 
Vladimir
Jock Lazy Cranky
Dog  
Bea
 
Biskit
 
Bones
 
Bow 
 
Butch
Normal Lazy Lazy Lazy Cranky
 
Champagne 
 
Cookie
 
Daisy
 
Goldie
 
Lucky
Cranky Peppy Normal Normal Lazy
 
Maddie
 
Masa  
 
Megumi 
 
Portia
 
Walker 
Peppy Jock Peppy Snooty Lazy
Duck  
Bill
 
Deena
 
Derwin
 
Freckles
 
Fruity  
Jock Normal Lazy Peppy Jock
 
Joey
 
Ketchup 
 
Maelle 
 
Mallary
 
Miranda 
Lazy Peppy Snooty Snooty Snooty
 
Pate
 
Pompom
 
Scoot
 
Shinabiru 
 
Weber
Peppy Peppy Jock Jock Lazy
Eagle  
Amelia
 
Apollo
 
Avery 
 
Buzz
 
Frank  
Snooty Cranky Cranky Cranky Cranky
 
Pierce
 
Quetzal
Jock Jock
Elephant  
Axel
 
Big Top 
 
Dizzy
 
Elina 
 
Ellie
Jock Lazy Lazy Snooty Normal
 
Eloise
 
Margie 
 
Opal
 
Paolo
Snooty Normal Snooty Lazy
Frog  
Camofrog
 
Cousteau
 
Drift 
 
Emerald
 
Frobert 
Cranky Jock Jock Normal Jock
 
Huck
 
Jambette
 
Jeremiah
 
Lily
 
Prince
Normal Lazy Normal Lazy Peppy
 
Puddles
 
Raddle  
 
Ribbot
 
Sunny 
 
Tad
Peppy Lazy Jock Normal Jock
 
Wart Jr.
Cranky
Goat  
Billy
 
Chevre
 
Gruff
 
Iggy
 
Kidd  
Jock Normal Cranky Jock Lazy
 
Nan 
 
Sven
 
Velma
Normal Lazy Snooty
Gorilla  
Boyd 
 
Cesar
 
Jane
 
Louie
 
Peewee
Cranky Cranky Snooty Jock Cranky
 
Violet  
 
Yodel 
Peppy Lazy
Hippo  
Bertha
 
Biff
 
Bitty
 
Bubbles
 
Clara 
Normal Jock Snooty Peppy Normal
 
Harry  
 
Lulu
 
Rocco
 
Rollo
Jock Peppy Cranky Lazy
Horse  
Annalise 
 
Buck
 
Cleo
 
Ed
 
Elmer
Snooty Jock Snooty Jock Lazy
 
Peaches
 
Roscoe 
 
Savannah
 
Victoria 
 
Winnie
Normal Cranky Normal Peppy Peppy
Kangaroo  
Astrid
 
Carrie
 
Kitt
 
Koharu  
 
Marcy
Snooty Normal Normal Peppy Peppy
 
Mathilda
 
Sylvia 
 
Valise
Snooty Snooty Snooty
Koala  
Alice 
 
Faith 
 
Gonzo
 
Huggy
 
Ozzie
Normal Normal Cranky Peppy Lazy
 
Sydney
 
Yuka
Normal Snooty
Lion  
Aziz
 
Bud 
 
Jūbei 
 
Leopold
 
Rex
Jock Jock Cranky Jock Lazy
Mouse  
Anicotti
 
Bella 
 
Bree 
 
Broccolo 
 
Candi
Peppy Peppy Snooty Lazy Peppy
 
Carmen
 
Chico
 
Dora
 
Flossie 
 
Limberg
Snooty Lazy Normal Peppy Cranky
 
Penny
 
Rizzo
 
Rod 
 
Samson
Peppy Cranky Jock Jock
Octopus  
Marina  
 
Octavian
Normal Cranky
Ostrich  
Gladys 
 
Julia  
 
Nindori 
 
Queenie
 
Rio
Normal Snooty Jock Snooty Peppy
 
Sandy
 
Sprocket
Normal Jock
Penguin  
Analog 
 
Aurora
 
Boomer 
 
Cube
 
Friga
Normal Lazy Lazy Snooty Snooty
 
Gwen
 
Hopper
 
Nobuo
 
Puck
 
Roald
Snooty Cranky Lazy Lazy Jock
 
Wade 
Lazy
Pig  
Boris
 
Cobb
 
Curly
 
Hambo
 
Hugh
Cranky Jock Jock Jock Lazy
 
Lucy
 
Maggie 
 
Peggy 
 
Pigleg 
 
Rasher
Normal Normal Peppy Jock Cranky
 
Spork
 
Sue E.
 
Truffles
Lazy Snooty Peppy
Rabbit  
Bunnie
 
Chrissy 
 
Claude
 
Coco
 
Doc
Peppy Lazy Normal Lazy Peppy
 
Dotty
 
Francine 
 
Gabi
 
Gaston
 
Genji
Peppy Snooty Peppy Cranky Jock
 
Hopkins 
 
O'Hare 
 
Pippy
 
Snake
 
Tiffany 
Lazy Cranky Peppy Jock Snooty
Rhino  
Hornsby
 
Patricia  
 
Petunia 
 
Spike
 
Tank
Lazy Normal Snooty Cranky Jock
 
Tiara
Snooty
Sheep  
Baabara
 
Cashmere
 
Curlos  
 
Eunice
 
Gen 
Snooty Snooty Normal Normal Normal
 
Stella
 
Vesta
 
Willow 
 
Woolio
Normal Normal Snooty Jock
Squirrel  
Blaire
 
Bliss 
 
Filbert
 
Hazel
 
Kit 
Snooty Normal Lazy Normal Jock
 
Mint
 
Nibbles
 
Peanut
 
Pecan
 
Ricky
Peppy Peppy Snooty Cranky Normal
 
Sally
 
Static
 
Sylvana 
 
Tasha 
Normal Cranky Normal Snooty
Tiger  
Bangle
 
Leonardo 
 
Rolf
 
Rowan 
 
Tybalt
Peppy Jock Cranky Cranky Jock
Wolf  
Chief
 
Dobie 
 
Fang
 
Freya
 
Lobo
Cranky Lazy Cranky Snooty Cranky
 
Tarou 
 
Vivian 
 
Wolfgang
Jock Snooty Cranky

New FeaturesEdit

Animal Crossing introduced numerous additions not present in the original Doubutsu no Mori, including new items, new mechanics, and other things.

Characters and LocationsEdit

Animal Crossing adds numerous characters and villagers into the game. For instance, the player can now travel to an island by speaking with Kapp'n at the beach, though only if a Game Boy Advance is connected to the system. Additionally, the Museum is added, allowing players to gather all of the bugs, fish, fossils, and paintings they collect to be on display for the public. The Able Sisters is also included, which allows the player to create their own custom designs.

ItemsEdit

Various new furniture is added into the game, and the player can now gain additional upgrades for their house, gaining a second floor or basement. Furthermore, various bugs and fish not present in the original game are added, and the Axe, which was unbreakable in the original game, now breaks if used too often. More NES games are also added, and are explicitly labeled by the game they emulate, rather than simply being called "famicom".

Tortimer, the mayor of the Player's town, is included, who will give the player an item to celebrate any holiday in which he appears.

Stationary is also sold in packs of four, instead of one page in the original game, and the player can store more than one item in storage containers. Additionally, the player can now insert multiple airchecks into the same music player.

e-Reader connectivityEdit

Main article: Nintendo e-Reader

Animal Crossing is the only title for the Nintendo GameCube released outside of Japan to feature support for the Nintendo e-Reader peripheral. By connecting to the e-Reader via a Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable players can access the island, play NES games, and scan Animal Crossing-e cards to access special items, patterns, and mini-games.

DevelopmentEdit

Due to the Nintendo 64 having reached the end of its lifespan, Doubutsu no Mori's sales faultered in comparison to other Nintendo 64 games. As a result of this, the development team decided to port the game to the Nintendo GameCube, which had been released the same year. Taking advantage of the greater memory capacities of the system, the team included many new features that could not be added to the original game, such as Animal Island, Tortimer, and the Able Sisters. The game was released eight months after the original Doubutsu no Mori.

North American localizationEdit

The NOA localization team began writing game dialog in early 2002, however translation of the game's hundreds of items began months earlier[1]. Unlike the extended localization and development process for recent titles in the series, Animal Crossing was localized in the short span of eight to twelve months. During this time, the team translated 30,000+ files of text[2], worked to develop new items (such as the camping gear) and added support for the Nintendo e-Reader, which was launched just two days after the game's release in North America.

Announcement and release dateEdit

On May 16, 2001[3] at Nintendo's pre-E3 press conference, a six second montage of footage from "Animal Forest" was shown to members of the media as part of a larger reel featuring upcoming Nintendo Gamecube titles[4]. The clip did not feature any dialog, however the presence of the Bell Shrine indicates that it was still early in the localization process, if not footage straight from Doubutsu no Mori+. This was the first time the game was shown in North America, and the first evidence of its English localization.

As early as October of 2001[5], Nintendo established a page on their website for Animal Forest noting it was "being optimized for its U.S. debut on the GameCube."[6] A few months later on February 28, 2002 at a Nintendo Roundtable Conference, Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that localization of Animal Forest was "progressing and moving along quite well" with Satoru Iwata projecting it to be released "sometime in the fall."[7] About a month later on March 30, 2002 the game's name was officially changed to Animal Crossing[8], as reflected on Nintendo's website at the time.

On May 22, 2002 at Nintendo's pre-E3 press conference, an extended video was shown introducing Animal Crossing and highlighting its ability to connect with the e-Reader and Game Boy Advance[9]. Iwata also confirmed the game for September release in North America. Later that day, Animal Crossing made its second E3 appearance, this time as a playable title on the show floor[10]. It was generally overshadowed by high-profile titles, however it still snagged a third place spot on the Game Critic Award's list for Best Original Game of E3 2002[11]. Despite conflicting information on modern gaming websites[12][13], Animal Crossing's North American release date was set for September 16, 2002 as noted on its official sites[14][15] and a press release from Nintendo of America[16]. There were reports, however, that select Blockbuster Video locations had received and began renting advance copies of the game as early as September 6th[17].


  This article or section needs attention from an expert in global logistics and game studies for Animal Crossing.
The specific problem is: Discrepancies in NA release date need resolution, research into release date(s) in South American countries is needed. Starting point: Research South American distribution by Latamel Inc.


PromotionEdit

Animal Crossing PioneersEdit

On August 7, 2002 Nintendo of America announced a contest whereby 125 teams of two would be selected to receive advance promotional copies of Animal Crossing[18]. The submission deadline for the contest was August 12th. To be considered for selection, applicants had to submit a written response of 50 words or less explaining why they should chosen as Pioneers. Those selected received a special Animal Crossing disc marked "for promotional use only", along with a 59 block Memory Card and a promotional Animal Crossing calendar. Pioneers received the game a month early and were expected to help Nintendo generate online buzz in advance of the title's release. Pioneers were also given exclusive access to their own web forum[19] where they could discuss amongst themselves as well as provide feedback to Nintendo representatives. At the end of the experience, the Pioneers were invited to an online chat with a few of the members of the game's localization team[20]. An analysis of the standard and promotional game disc concluded that the two were byte identical[21], meaning that no changes were made to the final version as a result of Pioneer feedback. The promotional copy and calendar have since become collector's items, selling for over $500 together on eBay as of March, 2014[22].

SweepstakesEdit

On August 30, 2002 Nintendo of America initiated the Animal Crossing "Deck Out Your Room" Sweepstakes. One grand prize winner received a TV, headphones, and CD player from Panasonic, a Nintendo GameCube, a Game Boy Advance, five GameCube games, five Game Boy Advance Games, two WaveBird controllers, and a one year subscription to Nintendo Power. Five first prize winners received a Nintendo GameCube, a copy of Animal Crossing, and a one year subscription to Nintendo Power[23]. The sweepstakes ended on October 15, 2002[24]. Those who registered for the sweepstakes received an Animal Crossing screensaver[25].

Regional DifferencesEdit

In addition to being an upgraded re-release to the original Dōbutsu no Mori, there are also many differences between Dōbutsu no Mori+ and Animal Crossing.

General ChangesEdit

  • Doubutsu no Mori+ almost has the same game code as Animal Crossing. Doubutsu no Mori+ is GAFJ, Animal Crossing is GAFE in the US version, GAFP in the PAL version.
  • The dial typing system, featured in the original Doubutsu no Mori, is retained in Doubutsu no Mori+.
  • The player is able to transfer data from Doubutsu no Mori into the Japanese version. This is removed in Animal Crossing due to the fact that Doubutsu no Mori was not released outside of Japan.

Event ChangesEdit

  • Different events are featured in the games compared to Animal Crossing. Seven Spring Herbs Day, Coming of Age Day, Bean Throwing Festival, White Day, Festival of the Weaver, Summer Day, Winter Day are exclusive to the Japanese games. Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, April Fool's Day, Nature Day, Spring Cleaning, Founder's Day, Hometown Day, Explorer's Day, the Harvest Festival, and Sale Day are all exclusive to Animal Crossing.
  • Villagers will wear the Summer Robe and Bamboo Robe during the Fireworks Show, and during Mushrooming Season. They will also wear the Plum Kimono and Somber Robe during certain other events. In Animal Crossing, all of these clothing items are unused.
  • On New Year's Day, instead of tossing a coin in the fountain, the player shakes the pole in the middle of the Bell Shrine to ring the bell.
  • During the Cherry Blossom Festival, villagers will picnic on tatami mats at the Bell Shrine. In Animal Crossing, they simply dance around the Wishing Well, while eating food off of tables.

Item ChangesEdit

  • Doubutsu no Mori+ features the Famicom games Gomoku Narabe and Majong, while Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+ feature the NES games Soccer and Exitebike. In addition, Doubutsu no Mori+ features the Famicom Disk System version of Legend of Zelda. Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+ feature the English NES version. And you can obtain the Forbidden Four NES games normally in the game. In Animal Crossing you need a cheating device.
  • The Ragged Wall and Old Board Floor, plus the Public Bath Wall and Bathroom Floor, are absent from Animal Crossing.
  • The Zen and Public Bath furniture themes are absent from Animal Crossing, though they appear in all later games.
  • The W Shirt, the I ❤ GC Shirt, and the Tomato Juice Shirt are exclusive to Doubutsu no Mori+.
  • The New Year's Card and the Fortune Paper were redesigned for Animal Crossing.

Area ChangesEdit

  • Doubutsu no Mori+ features a Bell shrine in place of the Wishing Well.
  • Tom Nook's shop, the Post Office, and the Dump have different signage containing katakana.
  • Igloos contain woks with bubbling blocks of tofu, as opposed to the pot of chowder seen in Animal Crossing.

Design ChangesEdit

  • All Player designs have black eyes in Doubutsu no Mori+. In Animal Crossing, only a few designs retain black eyes, possibly to add diversity. This trait is retained in other Japanese releases up to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.
  • Tortimer wears glasses with white blue lenses and a red hat in Doubutsu no Mori+. He also wears a white rope around his chest.
  • Mr. Resetti and Don Resetti simply wear white shirts in Doubutsu no Mori+, and wear overalls on top of the shirts in Animal Crossing. Additionally, Mr. Resetti's mining helmet features a green stripe under the headlight, while Don Resetti's is green with a white stripe.
  • Tom Nook and Redd both have Japanese characters on their default (For Tom Nook) uniforms instead of their respective logos. Tom Nook's displays the character ten (), meaning "shop", while Redd's is currently unknown.
    • On a side note, Tom Nook's Uniform from Nook 'n' Go has green and red stripes in Doubutsu no Mori+, as opposed to blue and orange stripes in Animal Crossing. This also applies to his Nookway uniform, but in the other way around. Additionally, his Lottery uniform has him wear a red and black vest with a white rope tied around his head, as opposed to a tricolor apron with a sports visor.
  • Chip has lighter fur, gray-rimmed glasses, and squinted eyes in Doubutsu no Mori+.
  • Katrina dresses in a traditional Japanese Hakama, with her head fully exposed and wearing a white band on her forehead in Doubutsu no Mori+, in addition to her traditional gypsy robes. In Animal Crossing, Katrina dresses exclusively in Gypsy robes.
  • The Nintendo logo color changes. In Animal Crossing it was red, in Doubutsu no Mori+ it was white, and Doubutsu no Mori has the Nintendo 64 logo.

ReceptionEdit

Animal Crossing was met with mostly positive reviews from critics, with many praising its charming, unique gameplay and long life span. e-Reader connectivity was seen as a welcome addition, however some criticized its outdated graphics and felt that it did not offer much of a single-player experience. Animal Crossing was included in many year-end 'best of' lists upon its release in 2002. It has also been featured in several all-time top video game countdowns, and has received multiple awards and nominations. Review aggregator Metacritic notes a Metascore of 87/100 for Animal Crossing[26], which places it just behind Animal Crossing: New Leaf's score of 88.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result
2002 Game Critic Award Best Original Game of E3[27] Nominated
GameSpot's Best and Worst of 2002 Game of the Year[28] Nominated
Best Role-Playing Game on GameCube[29] Won
Most Innovative Game[30] Won
Funniest Game (Purposefully) [31] Nominated
GameSpy's Best of 2002 GameCube Game of the Year[32] Nominated
2003 The Game Developers Choice Awards Innovation Award[33] Won
Interactive Achievement Awards Innovation in Console Gaming[34] Won
Outstanding Achievement in Game Design Won
Console Role-Playing Game of the Year Won
Console Game of the Year Nominated
Game of the Year Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering Nominated

Top listsEdit

Year Source List Placement
2003 Entertainment Weekly The 100 Greatest Videogames[35] 72
2006 Electronic Gaming Monthly The Greatest 200 Videogames of Their Time[36] 126
Nintendo Power Nintendo Power's Top 200 Games[37] 51
X-Play 10 Best GameCube Games Ever[38] 7
2007 Edge Top 100 Games of All Time [39] 49
ScrewAttack! Top 10 GameCube Games[40] 5
2008 Nintendo Power Best of the Best - Nintendo GameCube (Top 20) [41] 19
2012 TIME All-TIME 100 greatest video games[42] -

GalleryEdit

For this subject's image gallery, see Animal Crossing (GCN)/Gallery.

ScreenshotsEdit

Names in other languagesEdit

  • This section lists the full name as on the cover, though simply Animal Crossing is used elsewhere.
Language Name Meaning
Spanish Bienvenido a Animal Crossing: Población: ¡en aumento! Welcome to Animal Crossing: Population: in growth!
French Bienvenue dans Animal Crossing: Population : croissante ! Welcome to Animal Crossing: Population: growing!
German Willkommen bei Animal Crossing: Einwohner steigend! Welcome to Animal Crossing: Population Growing!
Italian Benvenuti ad Animal Crossing: Popolazione in aumento! Welcome to Animal Crossing: Population in growth!


External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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